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Jun 11, 2020. 22 comments

Embracing The Beautiful Nonsense Of The Final Fantasy VII Spinoffs

Embracing The Beautiful Nonsense Of The Final Fantasy VII Spinoffs

This year has not been great for my mental health. But I recently thought I could just push those vibes away, even just briefly, to dunk on Tetsuya Nomura, the creative visionary of Final Fantasy VII and a man who never met a story he couldn’t convolute.

I had plenty of material, because I’ve played all the Final Fantasy VII spin-off games, seen all three (yes, three) FFVII movies and read the...

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May 02, 2020. 16 comments

A Late Game Boss Fight Shows Final Fantasy VII Remake At Its Best

A Late Game Boss Fight Shows Final Fantasy VII Remake At Its Best

Final Fantasy VII Remake’s combat kit-bashes the series’ role-playing battles with the hefty action of a game like Monster Hunter World. Part action, part tactics, it usually works even if some camera woes mess things up from time to time. One fight later in the game—a fight that wasn’t in the original 1997 classic—highlights everything good about the Remake’s combat.

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Apr 30, 2020. 18 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake's Finale Was Wasted On A Newcomer Like Me

Final Fantasy VII Remake's Finale Was Wasted On A Newcomer Like Me
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I felt guilty while watching the credits roll on Final Fantasy VII Remake early this morning. This game wasn’t meant for me, I thought. I didn’t earn this. Sure, technically I played the game for 30 hours and finally beat the final boss after a couple of frustrating attempts. That was me. But...

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Apr 25, 2020. 7 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake Made Me Climb 59 Flights Of Stairs And I Loved It

Final Fantasy VII Remake Made Me Climb 59 Flights Of Stairs And I Loved It
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I recently arrived at Shinra headquarters in my playthrough of Final Fantasy VII Remake. After Cloud and his squad fight their way through the parking garage, they enter the spacious reception area to find the place deserted. Our heroes have two ways to reach Aerith: take the elevator or climb 59...

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Apr 23, 2020. 24 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake Is Haunted By What Came Before

Final Fantasy VII Remake Is Haunted By What Came Before

Final Fantasy VII Remake bears a heavy weight on its shoulders, needing to recreate a beloved classic in a way that can ignite the imaginations of old-school fans and newcomers alike. There is an expectation surrounding the game: Be like the thing that existed in 1997. Be the game we loved. Be the game we want now. These expectations can’t be ignored, the hazy cries of countless fans haunting...

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Apr 23, 2020. 6 comments

When Final Fantasy VII Remake Broke My Heart, Chasing A Pig Proved Strangely Therapeutic

When Final Fantasy VII Remake Broke My Heart, Chasing A Pig Proved Strangely Therapeutic
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I recently hit an

emotional low point with Final Fantasy VII Remake. It was hard to watch my favorite side characters suffer and Avalanche members Tifa and Barret grapple with their culpability in Shinra’s latest attack. I even took a day off to decompress. When I returned, however, I was...

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Apr 21, 2020. 8 comments

I Need Much More Of Final Fantasy VII Remake's Dancing Mini-Game

I Need Much More Of Final Fantasy VII Remake's Dancing Mini-Game

Don’t leave a rhythm game fan hanging here, Square Enix. The Final Fantasy VII Remake dancing mini-game is too good to be limited to a practice round and one spectacular sequence. Cloud needs to move his body right.

As I played through Final Fantasy VII Remake, former (sniff) co-worker Jason Schreier kept asking me where I was in the game. He was 10 hours ahead of me and seemed very eager for...

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Apr 21, 2020. 11 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake Gave Me A Chance To Examine My Own Anger

Final Fantasy VII Remake Gave Me A Chance To Examine My Own Anger
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Although I’ve been made aware of the major story beats in Final Fantasy VII over the years through osmosis, Remake is the first time I’ve experienced them personally. I wasn’t prepared for the impact Shinra’s attack on Sector 7 would have on me as I played over the weekend, and now more than ever...

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Apr 20, 2020. 6 comments

Man Recreates Cloud Strife's Buster Sword In Cardboard

Man Recreates Cloud Strife's Buster Sword In Cardboard
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Previously, we saw the iconic Final Fantasy VII blade

carved in pencil graphite . Now, let’s see it recreated in cardboard.

YouTuber Crafty Transformer uploaded the clip below showing how he brought the Buster Sword to life...

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Apr 18, 2020. 12 comments

Aerith Is My Favorite Party Member In Final Fantasy VII Remake

Aerith Is My Favorite Party Member In Final Fantasy VII Remake
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As a complete newcomer to the world of Final Fantasy VII, I’m meeting (and, in some cases,

falling head over heels for ) its cast members for the first time in the updated and reimagined Remake. I’ve grown to appreciate every character Cloud has met during his journey, but one stands head and...

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Apr 18, 2020. 19 comments

It's Not Gonna Happen But I Still Want A Physical Copy Of Final Fantasy VII Remake

It's Not Gonna Happen But I Still Want A Physical Copy Of Final Fantasy VII Remake

I made the mistake of trying to get a physical copy of Final Fantasy VII Remake, the game I’ve been waiting over a decade to play, ever since the idea of it first started knocking around my early-20s brain. It never came, and now I’m staring at page after page of scalper prices on Ebay.

$80. $90. In some cases, over $100. The online marketplace is full of listings for physical copies of Final...

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Apr 17, 2020. 15 comments

Final Fantasy VII Devs Wanted Sephiroth To Feel Like Jaws

Final Fantasy VII Devs Wanted Sephiroth To Feel Like Jaws

Like many things in Final Fantasy VII, the main antagonist Sephiroth is an iconic part of gaming history. He’s a striking, menacing presence throughout the classic roleplaying game. Much of Sephiroth’s reputation has to do with the way the developers took cues from an entirely different piece of media: Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller, Jaws.

During a recent interview on the official Square...

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Apr 17, 2020. 15 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake Gives Cloud's Honeybee Inn Makeover The Update It Needed

Final Fantasy VII Remake Gives Cloud's Honeybee Inn Makeover The Update It Needed

It’s 1997, and I’m sitting in my dorm room at the University of Wisconsin playing the newly-released Final Fantasy VII on my recently purchased PlayStation. Tifa is in the clutches of some slumlord jerk named Corneo and it’s my job, as Cloud, to save her. How do I do it? Putting on a dress.

Putting Cloud in a dress in Wall Market is probably one of the more memorable and weird segments of...

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Apr 16, 2020. 16 comments

Reno Forced Me To Use Parries In Final Fantasy VII Remake

Reno Forced Me To Use Parries In Final Fantasy VII Remake
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Shocking though it may be, Final Fantasy VII wasn’t part of my childhood. As such, Remake has given me a great opportunity to learn more about this iconic roleplaying game. I’ve

fallen in love with the bumbling members of Avalanche and find the overarching eco-terrorists vs. exploitative...

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Apr 13, 2020. 5 comments

Cloud Can't Close Doors

Cloud Can't Close Doors

Final Fantasy VII Remake looks so damn good, and it’s full of tiny graphical flourishes. You can even see which color materia Cloud has equipped in his sword. That might be why it’s so much more noticeable to me that Cloud can’t close doors.

I’m only eight hours into playing the game, so maybe Cloud picks up a materia later that gives him the elusive door-closing ability. Also, it doesn’t...

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Apr 13, 2020. 11 comments

Cloud Strife's Buster Sword Carved In Pencil Lead

Cloud Strife's Buster Sword Carved In Pencil Lead

Twitter user Shiroi does amazing carvings out of pencil graphite. With Final Fantasy VII Remake out, what better time to recreate Cloud’s iconic Buster Sword?

Check this out:

If you aren’t familiar with Shiroi’s work, here are more of his amazing pencil lead sculptures:

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Apr 12, 2020. 13 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake Needs A Photo Mode

Final Fantasy VII Remake Needs A Photo Mode

Final Fantasy VII Remake is a gorgeous game with some wonderful looking character models and highly detailed worlds. Yet, it launched without a photo mode.

Over this current generation of consoles, photo modes have become more and more common. And now we’ve reached a point where they almost feel like features all games should include right out of the box. Yet, FFVII Remake doesn’t include any...

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Apr 09, 2020. 20 comments

Tips For Playing Final Fantasy VII Remake

Tips For Playing Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake is not a difficult game, but there are still things you should know before you play it—ways to be more efficient, to get more treasures, and to avoid those pesky game overs.

Here are some basic tips for Cloud’s adventures through Midgar 2.0:

Regular attacks don’t do much

The first thing you should know about combat in Final Fantasy VII Remake is that button-mashing is...

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Apr 09, 2020. 3 comments

It's A Good Day For A Final Fantasy VII Electronic Dance Album

It's A Good Day For A Final Fantasy VII Electronic Dance Album

Here are three things to do while waiting for tomorrow’s official release of the Final Fantasy VII Remake. Dance, dance, dance. From RoboRob, producer of last year’s Billboard-charting Kingdom Heartbeats, One-Beat Angel is an album that transforms Final Fantasy VII’s most iconic music into danceable electronic tracks. Well, more danceable that before.

It’s amazing what applied rhythmic...

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Apr 06, 2020. 12 comments

The Week In Games: Cloud And His Big Sword

The Week In Games: Cloud And His Big Sword

After years of fans waiting, being teased, seeing trailers and more waiting, Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming out later this week.

I’ve never played FFVII, so I don’t have a huge emotional connection to this remake’s release. But I get a lot of folks are very excited to finally get this first part of the large FFVII remake. The only thing I know about this game is that Cloud has a really,...

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