By James Daly
Back in 1997, on January 31st, something very special happened in the world of video games: Square Enix released Final Fantasy VII.
FFVII follows the story of an introverted mercenary by the name of Cloud Strife, and his iconic Buster Sword, as he strives to save all of creation from the evil Sephiroth, and… that’s pretty much all I know.
I would like to mention now that I have never actually played Final Fantasy VII. Even though I owned a Sony PlayStation back in the day, I was only seven years old, so I wasn’t quite mentally developed enough to adequately communicate my video game desires to my parents.
However, that was back then, so I have since had 20 years to acquire a copy of FFVII through my own means, a task made even easier to complete now that the game is available to download on the App Store.
The thing is, I want that magical experience so many people had back in 1997. I want to pick up a brand new copy of Final Fantasy VII, take it home and play it like my life depends on it. I want to be blown away by the cutting-edge visuals, industry-leading gameplay and enriching story, and I don’t think the original version of FFVII (or the App Store version) is going to deliver that in 2017.
The only option we have now, if we are to experience Final Fantasy VII in all the glory it was intended to possess, is to await the remake that Square Enix have been teasing for so long.
Square Enix were originally looking to remake FFVII for PS2 back in the early 2000s, but his never came to fruition due to concerns over the size of the project, coupled with the fact that Square Enix were focusing on developing Final Fantasy VIII.
It took until 2015 for Square Enix to finally begin working on a remake of Final Fantasy VII, so when the developers officially announced this at E3 2015, resulting in ecstatic fans and more hype than you could shake a stick at. Following the announcement, FFVII character designer Tetsuya Nomura explained that the remake was being made by almost all of the original team so they wanted to act sooner rather than later, before the original staff were too old for such an intense project.
This remake is set to offer more than a contemporary version of the original Final Fantasy VII; it could deliver the very experience gamers like myself missed out on back then. This FFVII remake would be the closest thing to time travel we are likely to get, with players being transported to an alternate 1997 with better technology. This is why we need a remake of Final Fantasy VII.
I love Final Fantasy XV, and I am now on a mission to make up for all of the Final Fantasy games I have yet to play. Final Fantasy VII is the one that really matters to me most, and I am seriously going to buy a PS4 just so I can play this game.