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Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII Remake

Genre: Role Playing
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date:
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
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Showcasing what moving this videogame staple into the now will look like with grunt, modernity and a bit of showing off, for good measure, today's "Intergrade" video is a visual highlight of FFVII's next home.

Intergrade will come with an all-new episode featuring Yuffie, extending play of the base game while also helping to highlight the game's new visuals options, which include both a "graphics mode" and a "performance mode". Here's the official line on the new content, video and full release:
In this extended video, take a look at the city of Midgar like never before, with improved textures, lighting and background environments. Switch between two game modes "Graphics Mode," which prioritizes 4K high-resolution graphics, and "Performance Mode," which prioritizes smooth action at 60 frames per second, and capture and share your favorite moments of this timeless adventure with a fully customisable “Photo Mode.” Enjoy immersive battles by using the DualSense wireless controller, with its haptic feedback integration.

In the brand-new episode featuring Yuffie, play as ninja Yuffie Kisaragi as she infiltrates the shadowy Shinra corporation to steal a powerful material and restore glory to her homeland. Play alongside new characters and enjoy an expanded gameplay experience featuring multiple new combat and gameplay additions. This adventure brings new perspective to the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE story that cannot be missed.
Watch the new extended video embedded below.

GAME TRIVIA - Did You Know?

Localisation of the original Final Fantasy VII was done by a very small team, with just the one translator, Michael Basket. The small team and a lack of experience in localisation, coupled with a massive original Japanese script meant many errors made it into the Western version of the game, some of which now are beloved "lost in translation" moments embraced by the core community.

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Tuesday, 3 March 2020
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You've read our in-depth preview and interview with Square Enix, you've watched our extended gameplay footage, but you're still hungry for more Final Fantasy VII Remake goodness. Well, Sony has got you covered with a demo now available to download and play on PlayStation 4.

As for what's included in the demo, here's the skinny:
The new demo features a lengthy segment from the very beginning of the game: the iconic bombing mission against the Shinra Electric Power Company, and the subsequent escape.

You’ll control two of the game’s cast – spiky-haired ex-SOLDIER Cloud Strife, and the ballistically-limbed Barret Wallace – and enact a dangerous plan to infiltrate and destroy Mako Reactor 1.

It’s a very large complex, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore, find secrets, soak in the richly detailed environments and, of course, bash Shinra Security troopers with a giant sword.

And it will culminate in a big boss battle - so be sure to head to the official store page to grab the Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo. For those keen to check out the new battle-system and the new built-from-the-ground-up visuals, now's your chance. The full Final Fantasy VII Remake releases April 10. Well, the first part in what is set to be a multi-part epic.
Monday, 2 March 2020
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Captured from our recent and length hands-on session with Final Fantasy VII Remake (be sure to check out the full preview here) our own Adam 'Griz' Mathew also captured a tonne of direct-feed gameplay. And this 49 minutes represents the absolute maximum that Square Enix allowed us to show without calling in a lengthy summons.

Check it out.

For more be sure to check out the GrizGaming YouTube channel.
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 08:16pm 02/03/20 | 0 Comments
At a recent Square Enix event we were invited to not only go hands-on with the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake - but also have the change to speak to the legendary Yoshinori Kitase.

And our own Adam 'Griz' Mathew is here to tell us what we were all hoping to hear - that this is going to be something special.
We're looking at a full reimagining of the original Final Fantasy VII. Kitase-san wasn't going to be satisfied with a 1:1 remake or remaster in the standard sense -- he and his team wanted to go above and beyond to create the sort of experience people would expect from a game that's this beloved.

“My ultimate objective with this game is to deliver the world of FFVII to a completely new generation,” Kitase tells me. “We want to use cutting-edge technology to make this the definitive RPG for that generation.” He also tells me that Final Fantasy VII Remake works hard to cater to returning fans. For those coming back to play Final Fantasy VII again, Kitase says, all the memorable, original, and surprising moments can be re-experienced in “new and different ways”.

I press him further on this. Particularly on how he hopes to keep the impact of what I called “one of the biggest gut punch moments in all of video gaming”. Sadly, he kept coy on that. Spoiler territory, I guess. Looking beyond that, Kitase says that Remake goes well beyond the tale that was told in the original. Expect to dig down deeper into the characters and this kooky little world. In order to realise this level of detail in world-building, Kitase and his team have taken an astronomical amount of development time and produced a ton of game data.

Click Here to Read Final Fantasy VII Remake - Revisiting Square Enix's Masterpiece
Monday, 3 February 2020
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One that features the theme song from Final Fantasy series composer Nobuo Uematsu called "Hollow". For fans of the series, specifically Final Fantasy VII, many of the moments in this new cinematic trailer is wonderful in how it showcases the re-imagined look and feel of many classic scenes and moments.

Plus, the parts where Cloud dresses up.

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is a reimagining of the iconic original game that re-defined the RPG genre, diving deeper into the world and its characters than ever before. The first game in the project will be set in the eclectic city of Midgar and presents a fully standalone gaming experience that provides a great starting point to the series. Along with unforgettable characters and a powerful story, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE features a hybrid battle system that merges real-time action with strategic, command-based combat.

A great trailer and one that also features a sizable dose of action, including a look at the Chocobo summons. For a behin the scenes look at the creation of the theme song - head here.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is in the home stretch development-wise, with the April 10 release date on PlayStation 4 inching closer and closer each day.
Thursday, 12 September 2019
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With the Tokyo Game Show currently underway we're getting fresh looks at a number of upcoming titles. With the early 2020 release of Square Enix's episodic Final Fantasy VII Remake getting closer and closer, the latest cinematic trailer of in-game footage doesn't disappoint.

Visually it looks stunning, with the real-time graphics looking better than what we got with the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children CGI movie from 2005.

There's a lot of fan service here too - well, the entire project seems to be just that - with the above footage showcasing Shinra operatives, The Turks, and a pair of powerful summons - Shiva and Ifrit. Which from what we remember were go-to spectacles we always called upon in battle. Plus, plenty of Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is out March 3, 2020 for PlayStation 4.
Friday, 28 June 2019
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And before you're wondering why something like Cyberpunk 2077 didn't win, to be eligible a game needed to be playable by judges - as we highlighted when the nominees were announced. In addition to Final Fantasy VII Remake other big winners include DOOM Eternal and The Outer Worlds.

That said, Cyberpunk 2077 did win a special award for 'Special Commendations for Graphics'. Here's the full list of winners.
Best of Show
Final Fantasy VII Remake
(Square Enix for PS4)

Best Original Game
The Outer Worlds
(Obsidian/Private Division for PC, PS4, Xbox)

Best Console
Final Fantasy VII Remake
(Square Enix for PS4)

Best VR/AR Game
Phantom: Covert Ops
(nDreams/Oculus Studios for Oculus Quest, PC)

Best PC Game
Doom Eternal
(id Software/Bethesda for PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox)

Best Hardware/Peripheral
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2

Best Action Game
Doom Eternal
(id Software/Bethesda for PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox)

Best Action/Adventure
Watch Dogs: Legion
(Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox)

Best RPG
Final Fantasy VII Remake
(Square Enix for PS4)

Best Racing Game
Crash Team Racing
(Beenox/Activision for PS4, Xbox)

Best Sports Game
EFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020
(Konami for PS4, Xbox)

Best Strategy Game
John Wick Hex
(Bithell Games/Good Sheperd for Mac, PC)

Best Family/Social Game
Luigi's Mansion 3
(Next Level Games/Nintendo for Switch)

Best Online Multiplayer
Call of Duty Modern Warfare
(Infinity Ward/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox)

Best Independent Game
12 Minutes
(Luis Antonio/Annapurna for PC, Xbox)

Best Ongoing Game
Destiny 2
(Bungie for PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox)

Stay tunes as we'll be bringing you our own picks shortly.