Final Fantasy 7 remake personal review

Final Fantasy 7 remake is officially out! Something that fans have waited a very long time now. So how this old game is doing as a remake? Well, the short answer is very well, honestly.

First and Final impression

Graphically the game is amazing, even the cut-scene transition sometimes directly to the game. This means that you need to be ready on your controller as you can switch between video to gameplay in a second. All the places look more alive and are well detailed. Some background sometimes looks very low resolution for some reason. This happens when you go high and look down, everything looks like a flat poor jpeg image. But all the character design, monster, and foreground is really great.

The story is following the original game but with a lot of changes. Everything takes way more time to be done, which frightened me a bit because I wonder if it means that the total game will be over 300 hours of gameplay(?). I personally do not believe that it denatures the original game, that is a choice from Square Enix and I agree with it. This offers an interesting and more detailed experience… but some parts of the game also feel like fillers.¬† I played for example from the beginning to chapter 7 non-stop. but then from 8 to 14 it felt a bit long. Without a spoiler, in some of those chapters, you will be running in a big map back and forth for some quest (unless you prefer to ignore the side quest and just focus on the main story).

The maps are ok. The most interesting ones are in my opinion in mission and not while in free mode. I would have like to spend a bit more time in the good part of Midgar, instead of being able to visit the sewers and wrecked parts of it. That is probably linked to my previous comment: the mission parts are really thrilling and I could not stop while playing them, but when in free mode, I felt the game a bit less amazing.

Plus and minus of the gameplay

The gameplay is really good and I did not felt that the game was too hard except a few bosses (I will probably work on another article with some tips on that). But a few things in battle are definitely broken.

Sadly Square decided to put a lot of cut scenes in battle and, well, if you decided to launch a very strong attack at this moment, you are screwed. What will happen is that you will lose your attack and the MP (magic point) and ATB (the bar that allows you to launch a special attack) or the Limit Break etc. And yes that is a big problem. It can take a few minutes to get those attacks ready, and just a second to see them vanish (but counted as done) because there was a god damn cut scene. That also sometimes makes the difference between an easy fight and an almost impossible fight.

So in a nutshell: if you launch an attack with a cut scene, the enemies can still attack (and kill) you. If an enemy launch a cut-scene, you lose your attack and you are frozen in time during the cut-scene. If you launch your attack just before the cut-scene (for example the boss is supposed to do something when you remove 1/3 of its life) then your attack will do 0 damages. I even had a boss that I killed just before it launches an attack with a cut scene, but it still launches it and died just after it.

I mean, seriously Square Enix? If you plan to put some cut-scenes and things like that in the middle of the battle, you need to think it through. And be sure that there are no such issues!

Conclusion

It took me 38h to finish Final Fantasy 7 Remake and I do not regret any of those. As mention, some battle features are a bit broken, but it does not apply most of the time. And when it does, just need to learn when the enemy will launch some cut-scene and void to do anything important at that moment. The rest of the game is amazing, a sweet reminder of the original game with way better graphics and more detailed story.

I would definitely recommend the game, both for people who played Final Fantasy 7 before and people who did not, as this is still an excellent game.

 

Nier Replicant remake for this year

To understand what is going one, it is probably better to say that in the Nier family you have Nier Gestalt, released on Xbox 360, Nier Replicant on Playstation 3 (both of those games are mostly similar but have some little differences) and more recently Nier Automata.

And for people that have no idea of what is Nier … well it is a third-person action-RPG, sets in an apocalyptic future (a bit in ruins), with a lot of monsters to kill. Like really big and very hard to kill monsters, but the universe and story are usually really worth it. Nier Replicant also has a lot of jump in time, so the story is in a very long period of time. Explaining more than that would either spoil the story or require a 10 minutes explanation.

So now it is probably more clear that Square Enix has decided to remake Nier Replicant for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC. It is supposed to happen this year but I have not seen a date yet.

But for those interested to play what happened before Nier Automata, that is cool. As a reminder NieR:Automata will also be available April 2nd, 2020 on consoles with Xbox Game Pass memberships.

 

 

Life is Strange 2 free demo

Square Enix just announced that a free demo of Life Is Strange 2 is currently available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC (Steam).

Not a bad thing if you do not know what to do and would like to have a try to decide if you want to play the full game or not!

As a reminder, Life is Strange 2 tells the story of two brothers, 16-year old Sean and 9-year old Daniel Diaz, who have to flee their home in suburban Seattle after a tragic event that changes their lives forever. Further complicating matters is the manifestation of an exciting new telekinetic power that has far-reaching implications for Sean and Daniel and puts pressure on the relationship between them.