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Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth - Falling in Love with a Classic, With a Twist

When I stumbled upon an article about Final Fantasy 8 in a magazine, I knew I had to have it. So, I ripped out the page, handed it to my parents, and ...

Emmy Holthe

Feb 07, 2024

Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth - Falling in Love with a Classic, With a Twist

When I stumbled upon an article about Final Fantasy 8 in a magazine, I knew I had to have it. So, I ripped out the page, handed it to my parents, and pleaded for it as a birthday gift. Looking back, I wonder why I didn't ask for Final Fantasy 7 instead. But fate works in mysterious ways, and Final Fantasy 8 became my first proper foray into the series. Nostalgia played a significant role in cementing it as my favorite, and I often wonder if I had chosen FF7 first, would things have turned out differently? Alas, we'll never know. But my decision to start with FF8 meant that I've always found myself in the minority when the age-old question arises: "What's your favorite Final Fantasy?"

Now, let's not reopen the debate over the best Final Fantasy, but it's safe to say that FF7 generally holds the highest regard. If you were to ask a group of FF fans their favorite game, most would undoubtedly mention FF7 or one of its many spin-offs and remakes. Despite playing through Cloud's grand adventure after FF8, it just didn't grab me in the same way. Maybe it was the graphical downgrade or my naive expectation of similarities between the games. I found myself yearning for the Junction system and the summon materia instead of the GFs. Realistically, I think it was simply because I fell in love with the story and characters of FF8 more. However, it's an eternal "what if" scenario, as I missed the chance to fully embrace the original FF7 for whatever reason.

The Remake seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it another shot, but I must admit, my enthusiasm didn't match the fervor of the masses. I purchased it (though not on launch day, mind you), played it, and while I appreciated its craftsmanship, it didn't ignite that burning desire to immerse myself in its world after a long day at work. However, Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth is an entirely different story. Perhaps it's because it dives straight into the action, bypassing the lengthy introductions and immediately thrusting us into the meat of the drama. This instant injection of excitement has me genuinely excited, and I can't help but feel that this might be my true chance to fall head over heels for FF7's characters, world, and storyline.

It's not solely because Rebirth aligns better with my timing or offers a more thrilling segment of the tale. It's also because the development team behind Rebirth has breathed new life into a classic. Beyond the obvious graphical glow-up, they have lovingly crafted the world and characters to provide a depth and insight far beyond what we ever thought possible.

The environments are now highly detailed, with buildings and interiors that feel astonishingly realistic. NPCs chatter away, making the world feel alive. You can eavesdrop on people discussing their beloved pets, and the NPCs you interact with have distinct personalities that shine through in their behavior and dialogue.

One of the main attractions is the new relationship mechanics between the characters. These mechanics not only impact gameplay by growing and deepening party bonds as you complete challenges and side quests together, but they also affect the narrative and relationships. Cloud's actions and responses can improve the party members' feelings toward him, promising to alter parts of the story based on the level of these bonds.

However, what truly captivated me about Rebirth is how it seamlessly combines the past and present in an incredibly effective way. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the combat system. Embracing the action combat of modern titles while retaining the pop-up boxes and menu cycling from the original might sound like an odd combination on paper, but it surprisingly works like a charm.

Rebirth goes beyond evolving the features of the original PlayStation classic and delves deep into the personalities and relationships of the characters we know and love. It introduces new elements, carving out fresh ground for us to explore. One of the features I'm most excited about is the new card minigame, "Queen's Blood." I'm absolutely terrible at it, but I'm determined to master it when the game launches.

If there's ever a chance for me to truly connect with Cloud and his gang, to fully immerse myself in the world of FF7 and experience their trials and tribulations, it's with Rebirth. Maybe this newfound love will have me eagerly awaiting the third and final chapter of thetrilogy, just like the die-hard FF7 fans I know. I've always felt somewhat neutral towards the cast, so it would be a delightful surprise to finally have a real favorite.

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