July 14, 2024

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“Final Fantasy VII Remake” Review Round-Up: The Long-Awaited Remake is a Hit

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The remake of Square Enix's classic looks to be a hit.

The much-anticipated remake of the classic, Final Fantasy VII, is set to finally release this week, and the reviews are coming in. It looks like Square Enix has a hit on their hands.

While many people had some questions about how the game would turn out after it was announced they would be completely overhauling everything for the remake. This included a series of games released in an episodic fashion rather than one big game, and also replacing the original’s turn-based combat system. But it looks like the changes have worked out for the best, with many critics praising the game.

Twinfinite

Score: 4.5/5

“If you’re willing to keep an open mind, you’ll be able to enjoy Final Fantasy VII Remake for what it is at its core: a gorgeous, well-made, and fun RPG that successfully retells one of the best video game stories ever told with a few twists.” – Ed McGlone (Full Review)

ScreenRant

Score: 5/5

“There’s a lot to say about Final Fantasy 7 Remake – how it wasn’t afraid to shake up the story in parts where it mattered, or how it trusted its characters to hold up under increased screen time and scrutiny. How it’s a game that will frustrate with difficult boss mechanics or out-dated mini-game mechanics in an effort to preserve nostalgia or create a challenge, and how it perseveres despite that through sheer charm. Above all, though, Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a picture-perfect return to Midgar.” – Cody Gravelle (Full Review)

GamesRadar

Score: 4.5/5

“Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a spectacle from start to finish. You can tell how much care has been taken to bring this story back to life for modern audiences. As a retelling of a classic with plenty of surprises in store, the Remake offers engaging experiences for longtime fans and newcomers alike. Its action-packed combat, engrossing story, and gorgeously detailed setting successfully reminds you why Final Fantasy 7 is beloved by so many.” – Heather Wald (Full Review)

GameSpot

Score: 10/10

“Regardless of your history with the original game, Final Fantasy VII Remake is an astounding achievement. The wait for its release was a long one, but in gameplay, story, characters, and music, it delivers–the wait was worth it. For first-time players, it’s an opportunity to understand why Final Fantasy VII is held in such high regard. It’s the chance to experience a multifaceted story that grapples with complex subject matter, be in the company of memorable characters, and be moved by their plight. For returning fans, this isn’t the Final Fantasy VII your mind remembers, it’s the one your heart always knew it to be.” – Tamoor Hussain (Full Review)

Destructoid

Score: 9/10

“In the end — after thinking on it for some time and removing nostalgia from the equation entirely — I came to the conclusion that this world is full of powerful characters and a setting that’s worth remembering: remake or not.” – Chris Carter (Full Review)

Game Informer

Score: 8.75

“This remake of a legendary RPG finds an impressive equilibrium between its past and its present, crafting a distinctive world and exciting combat system that feel modern.” – Joe Juba (Full Review)

VG247

Score: 4/5

“At times it felt almost overwhelming to actually be playing it – like Square Enix had made a game specifically for me. I just wish the loyalty to the source material lasted throughout. Despite that, there’s no denying that this is the best Final Fantasy has been in a long time.” – Kirk McKeand (Full Review)

So if you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to pick it up, it looks like it may be good idea for you to do so.

After development on the game being so long, it’s a great sign for fans of the series to see that it is going to pay off. We are sure Square Enix are breathing sighs of relief as their many years of work are paying off.

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