Final Fantasy VII Remake | $25 | Amazon
It took me over 40 hours playing Final Fantasy VII Remake—or Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 1 I should say—to finally reach the end credits. That’s because, unlike the original, Final Fantasy VII Remake is brimming with side quests, extended cutscenes, dart throwing, and at one point even a dance-off. For $25, or 58% off the list price, starting today you can embark on an old adventure in a fresh new coat of paint starring familiar faces including Cloud Strife, Tifa Lockhart, Barret Wallace, the mystical Aerith Gainsborough, and, of course, the brooding antagonist of the story, Sephiroth.
Let me tell you, to have extended the first five hours of a two-decade-old game into almost 30 at the minimum is a feat. To have done it well is just short of a miracle. No matter what the haters tell you, Final Fantasy VII Remake is good, actually. Get to the end of chapter 9 and tell me I’m wrong. While it’s fair to say those who never experienced the original won’t understand certain plot elements, neither will those who never played a PSP game from 2008.
Go in with an open mind and you’ll enjoy it for what it is: a gorgeous modern rendition of an influential JRPG that, while incomplete, is a hell of a lot of fun to play. Now, Tifa > Aerith thank you very much.
This story was originally published by Gabe Carey on 05/28/2020 and updated with new information on 11/06/2020.