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I been wanting to do this unboxing post way back in April, but due to work, coronavirus and family stuff, my life has been busy. I also got preoccupied in the recent game of Final Fantasy VII Remake. Besides this, I am here to talk about the game’s package and what version I got. If you have been keeping up with the news I been writing, Square Enix released information on the pre-order bonuses of Final Fantasy VII Remake. There are three versions in which fans can either get the standard, deluxe or the expensive 1st Class Edition. Knowing that I wanted this game when it was first announced, I settled for the deluxe edition; it had many goodies than the standard, but it was also affordable than getting the game over $100. The deluxe edition comes with the game and standard case, a steelbook case with Sephiroth on the cover, a mini soundtrack from the game, DLC such as a Chocobo Chick and Cactuar and an artbook. Depending where you buy it from a retailer, you also get some exclusives. I went ahead and pre-ordered at my GameStop which a tin box and a Shinra keycard replica.
I don’t collect steelbooks often, but they are pretty cool to have. I have a Kingdom Hearts III, Final Fantasy XV, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT and God of War. When you get the case for Final Fantasy VII Remake, you get to have Sephiroth on the cover and on this inside, there are two slots in which you can put you game discs in it. The inside has a picture of Cloud staring at the Shinra Reactor.
The artbook is pretty cool since it does show the designs on the characters and enemies. I am not going to show everything since I don’t want to take up space on the memory. The soundtrack is pretty small. It only comes with 12 tracks from the game.
Last but not least, we have the keycard. The tin box is small, but pretty shiny. The front of the card has the title and logo of Final Fantasy VII Remake and on the back has the ID number and the Shinra logo. If you are wondering, the ID card number does nothing. I was curious and I tried to see if I can use it for an exclusive DLC code since it has the same number digits as a PSN code. However, it doesn’t do anything. This is just something to have and pretend as if you are either a Shinra worker or an Avalanche member trying to sneak into the base.
So this what it looks like if you get the deluxe edition. Did you get this edition too or did you get something else?
Wikipedia describes it:
The plot of Last Order encompasses two events that occurred before the main events of Final Fantasy VII. One storyline revolves around the Nibelheim scenario that focuses on Zack Fair, Cloud Strife, Sephiroth and Tifa Lockhart. The other event follows Zack and Cloud as they run from the megacorporation Shinra. The OVA cuts back and forth between these two flashbacks, linked by the narration of Turk leader Tseng and his reflections on the Nibelheim event. Originally meant to focus on Zack, Last Order highlighted Tseng’s feelings and position in the Shinra company, as well as his moral values.
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Thank God it’s (Good) Friday! Welcome back for another fun-filled Friday. It’s me Matthew and I am here to add some fun on your Fridays. Before we begin, I will give you some quick news and after that, you can look at memes. Today is the official global release of Final Fantasy VII Remake video game. Despite COVID-19, Square Enix are hoping to release the game as soon as possible. If you pre-ordered digially, make sure you pre-load the game so can play on day 1. The game is going to be 100 GBs, so be prepared to clear out data in your PS4 or buy an external drive. Final Fantasy VII Remake is a remake of he 1997 video game from the PS1. Despite the title stating it’s a remake, this game will also be entirely new as Square Enix promises new content and story elements that wasn’t in the original. If you are new to the game series or a veteran, you can jump right into this game. However, this game is also going to be episodic meaning that this remake classic is not going to cover the entire Final Fantasy VII plot. This game that is being covers only the story of Midgar. If you already have the game, don’t spoil this any newcomers. Despite Final Fantasy VII being a classic game that was released in 1997, this game does have something new to fans, so please don’t spoil the new stuff. Besides games, today is Good Friday! For Christians, this is the day when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins. On Sunday morning, He was resurrected and conquered death. Jesus made the way and made it possible for us to come to Him and accept the gift of paradise. It’s your chance to accept Jesus and accept Him and be in the presence of God. Last but not least, Disney confirmed that the live actions movies such as Mulan and Black Widow will be pushed back for later months of 2020. Black Widow will be out in November and Mulan will be released in July. The movie Artemis Fowl will be released in Disney plus instead.
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Here is some Final Fantasy VII videos to hype you for the Remake:
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Greetings gamers! I hope everyone is excited for next week because the upcoming video game Final Fantasy VII Remake game will released all over the world in April 10th for PS4. With all this announcements and updates, Square Enix has released one last trailer for this game. The final trailer showcases the game’s epic moments as Cloud and his friends fight Shinra in the city of Midgar. Whether you are a new or old fan, players will be able to relieve the events of Midgar and experience something entirely new. Are you planning to get this game?
We are one week away for the release of Square Enix’s long awaited video game remake of Final Fantasy VII. While most people already have the game in the Europeon and Austrailan country, they probably already know about the game’s memory capacity. If you think Red Dead Redemption 2 was big, Final Fantasy VII Remake will change your mind. According to IGN, the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake video game will have up to 100GB. In a interview with the developers, gaming news USgamer asked Square Enix why does this game have 100GBs. FFVIIR co-director Naoki Hamaguchi states this:
“Rather than thinking about repurposing standard assets for individual locations, like the Slums or the Shinra Building, we decided to build each location using unique assets to achieve the quality desired for [Final Fantasy 7 Remake].”
In short, as the player explore Midgar (the main setting for this game), the location such as the Slums and the Shinra Reactor buildings will be unique in features and appearances as opposed to reusing the same assets. Instead of recycling the same asset for different parts of the town, each location will appear different than the other and making them feel unique. Hamaguchi also comments that this will also affect the game’s characters and background music. This game wants players to explore Midgar and experience every part of the location and see the uniqueness.
If you didn’t know, Final Fantasy VII Remake will be an episodic retelling of the classic Final Fantasy VII game. This one will focus on Cloud and his friends in Midgar.
We are one month away until the official release of Final Fantasy VII Remake, but Square Enix was kind enough to let us play a quick demo of the game. This demo won’t carry any items to the official game unlike the Platinum Demo from Final Fantasy XV where players are given the chance to name the summon Carbuncle. However, in a tweet, players who downloads the demo before May 11th will be given a free PS4 theme.
Can you guys believe that we are finally going to be getting a Final Fantasy VII game in HD and a whole new makeover? When it was first teased in an old E3 convention, Sony showed the power of the PS3 of what would happen if they did a PS3 remake of Final Fantasy VII. This made fans wanting this game and it took years for the idea to become a reality. Square Enix later confirmed that Final Fantasy VII will be remade and it will episodic for the PS4 instead; however, it is unknown for what plans does Square Enix have since this exclusive title will last until 2021. Regardless, We finally get the chance to taste test Final Fantasy VII Remake and we get to see if this is a hit or miss.
Impression: Avalanche iconic mission
The demo begins just like the classic game where you, as Cloud, must help the Avalanche team infiltrate Shinra’s Mako Reactor 1 bombing mission. The demo only goes on all the way to the Scorpion Sentinel Boss and running away from the time bomb. This demo is actually not very long and you could be done about approximately 30-45 minutes. On my first try, it took me about 45 minutes to understand the gameplay and during my second and third playthrough, I easily beat it quickly. I haven’t tried the classic mode so I don’t know the turn-based combat but I did play the normal mode. As someone who has played countless hours of Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts, I was expecting some major changes in combat and gameplay. First of all, there is no jump button. Second, unlike FFXV, the square button is used for fighting and the R1 is to block; pressing that button with the circle allows you to dodge roll. In FFXV, you can either block or dodge with the square button and R1 is to target. Overall, the controls is very different but really easy to learn. One of the things that the game makes use of the new feature is the revamped ATB (Active Time Battle). While gaming, the ATB will allow players perform special attacks, items and magic attacks. It can charge fast whomever you choose to be, but it slows the AI’s ATB. The game also allows you to change characters in a snap. Speaking of characters, you can only play as Cloud and Barret but each has their own fight style. Cloud can fight with his buster sword and even change styles that can prevent him from using magic but grants him devastating counters. Barret can shoot enemies at a distance and his special attack allows him to shoot a powerful attack, but it takes a while to charge it back up to full. Once the full game comes out, you’ll be able to play more than these two. A fun thing they did in this game is that you can destroy Shinra boxes and collect items like potions and eithers. It reminds me of The Legend of Zelda where you can break pots for Rupee. The combat may sound easy but it actually requires strategy. For example, the human enemies which are Shinra SOLDIERS are weak against fire magic and robots are weak against electricity. The boss in this demo is weak against thunder but its attacks is no push over. Like most Final Fantasy games, you will need to study your enemies and make use of the weakness. I really like the details on the characters in the 3D models as opposed to the polygons from the classic 1997. The voices for the characters was good as well even though I do miss some of the previous voices. I really like the voice of Barret which was John Eric Bentley and Jessie which was voiced by Erica Lindbeck. I don’t have a problem with Cloud’s voice which is currently Cody Christian and no longer Steve Burton, but I do miss Steve. However, I don’t hate the new cast and I applaud them for nailing their roles and I can’t wait to spend time with them once I get my copy of the game.
While this game is not the final product, we have come a long way for getting a remake of a classic game. Square Enix did an awesome job on details and they added brand new things to a classic game. Personally, as someone who likes action games, I think I am going to enjoy Final Fantasy VII Remake as much as I did with Final Fantasy XV. The gameplay feels engaging and I also love the updated soundtrack. They turn a classic soundtrack and made it up to date. If you want to try it out this demo, it is free at the PSN store. The full game is coming out on April 10th, 2020. I am hoping we don’t wait too long for part 2 of Final Fantasy VII Remake.
If you been following the hashtag #FF7R on Twitter, you are in a for a big surprise in this month. We are in March and we have a few weeks left for the upcoming video game Final Fantasy VII Remake. If you guys are excited for this game or are curious if it’s worth the time and money, Square Enix has some good news for you. Square Enix officially announced a demo release today for the game. This demo is free and it won’t tale up much memory for your PS4. So if you are like me and excited for the full release, download this demo for a short experience. If you are curious about this game, go check it out.
Red XII not playable in Final Fantasy VII Remake?
Fans of the classic game will remember Red XIII. Red XIII becomes a party member for Cloud for his friends after saving Aerith from Shinra. Even though the recent trailers revealed that Red XIII will be in this game, he will not be playable. Here is what co-director Naoki Hamaguchi said:
“We felt the point at which Red XIII joins the party in the story is very late on so we thought okay, if we’re gonna have him as a full character and try and get the player to enjoy his character development arc and growth as a character through that, it’s not really enough time to do that.”
According to IGN, Red XIII will be played as an AI guest character in the last portion of the Final Fantasy VII Remake story. Players can customize his moves and allow the computer to perform attacks from the classic game. Currently, there is no confirmed news that Red XIII will be playable in the next Final Fantasy VII Remake game.
Remember the time Square Enix teamed up with Cup Noodles to release an exclusive Noctis skin for the game Dissidia Final Fantasy NT? Well, here we go again but this time it is for the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake. The Butterfingers Twitter announced that they will team up with Square Enix and give out exclusive downloads to US customers who buy their candy. Unfortunately, this is only exclusive for United States customers and it won’t be global.
According to the website, this Butterfinger Final Fantasy VII Remake offer will begin on March 3rd, 2020 at 12PM EDT. Anyone participating will receive content such as powerful items to use in the game and Tifa Lockhart Dynamic Theme.
If you are in America and you want to decorate your PS4 with Tifa in your system, you better be ready to spend on candy.
In a old article I wrote, I mentioned that Square Enix had updated the cover of Final Fantasy VII Remake and featured a sticker saying that the game will be exclusive for PS4 until March 3rd, 2021. However, since the game is getting pushed back by April 10th, the new date for this exclusive game got pushed back as well. Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a PS4 exclusive until April 10th, 2021. So far, there is no news on what other platforms will this game will be in. If there’s any more news, I will share it with you.
News broke out yesterday from Square Enix because they released a new trailer for the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake. In this new trailer, we got some new footage revealing some iconic moments such as the party meeting Red XIII, Sephiroth’s return and the Shinra business people including the mad scientist Hojo. For fanservice, Square Enix finally revealed Cloud in his cross-dressing dress; veteran fans will recall this moment where Cloud disguised as himself as a girl to sneak into Don Corneo’s hide out to save Tifa. However, this new trailer also reveals the game’s new theme song. The song is called Hollow and it was composed by legendary video game composer Nobuo Uematsu.
If you are interested on hearing comments from Nobuo Uematsu and the game soundtrack’s other composers Masashi Hamauzu and Mitsuto Suzuki, read at the Square Enix blog.
Whichever game you pick from the FINAL FANTASY series, they all have many powerful memories for me. However, if you limit things to just the music, then you could say that VII left the biggest impression on me in the sense that it represents the point at which I was able to start challenging the boundaries and being more experimental.
Nobody has seen music like this in the FINAL FANTASY series before, whether you look at the symphonic “Opening – Bombing Mission”, the numerous different vistas evoked within a single track in “Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY VII” or “One-Winged Angel”, that was made by arranging different sequences of phrases every few bars.
I think that perhaps it was the perfect time to take on these new challenges, what with changing platforms after the previous game, FINAL FANTASY VI, and with the expressive power of the hardware increasing dramatically.
However, looking back in hindsight, I think that it was not simply a case of the hardware evolving, but that the changing times also demanded a revolution in game music. That was the moment when video games, a medium that started out as a plaything for children, were making the transformation into a form of entertainment that adults could enjoy too. But even though things were changing around us, we had no idea what to do or which direction we should be heading in.
Nobody could have possibly known what the right answers were back then. I just sat alone in my room each day and wordlessly took on musical challenge after new musical challenge, setting no final goal for the finished game, and without even listening to the opinions of others. And the result of that was the soundtrack to FINAL FANTASY VII.
This time round I was given the honour of writing “Hollow” that plays during the game, and this track is also in a style that has never been seen in FINAL FANTASY before. To me, it is very much a continuation of my experimental challenges in the field of music.
This game will be out on April 10th, 2020 for PS4.