Final Fantasy VII released on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One

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#1 Posted by Jag85 (13595 posts) -

Final Fantasy VII retells its epic story on Switch and Xbox One

There are more than fifteen major Final Fantasy titles and innumerable spin-offs but the most famous one of all is probably Final Fantasy VII with its iconic characters that have seen more than one incarnation in other games. The first in the franchise to jump ship from Nintendo to Sony, FF7 is almost ironically making its way back home with the release of the game on the Nintendo Switch but is also setting foot for the first time on Microsoft’s Xbox One system.

It was almost a perfect mix of elements that led to Final Fantasy VII’s historic success. It was the first of the Final Fantasy games to use 3D computer graphics and full motion videos (FMVs) to accentuate its already gripping story. It switched from the regular fantasy theme of the first six games to a science fantasy one. Along with heavy marketing, the game and its characters have seen multiple incarnations over its 20-year career. All except, perhaps, for the photorealistic 3D remake that’s yet to come.

While biding its time, Square Enix is making the original game at least more accessible to a new generation of gamers who may have only heard about the game in pop culture and media. In 2015, it was launched on iOS, followed by Android the year later. And now it comes to two current gen consoles to spread the experience even further.

Thoe expecting more polygons on Cloud and Sephiroth will, of course, be disappointed. It’s pretty much the same original game that launched on the PlayStation but with some small added features. There’s a 3x speed mode that lets you breeze through the repetitive gameplay that JRPGs were notorious for. If that weren’t enough, though, you can even turn off enemy encounters, leaving only the necessary event battles. You might not gain enough experience to level up for those, though. Fortunately, there’s a Max Stats god mode for that too.

Final Fantasy VII costs $15.99 both on the Nintendo eShop and the Microsoft Store. As for the Remake, there’s still no hard date for that one, even for the first part of the multi-game release. Fans can only hope it won’t become a never-ending fantasy instead.

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#2 Posted by dalger21 (2174 posts) -

How many times has FF VII been re-released now?

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#3 Posted by PrincessGomez92 (5747 posts) -

Never played this, I'll get it sometime.

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#4 Posted by nepu7supastar7 (5137 posts) -

@Jag85:

Pffft! I can already play this on my ps vita and smartphone! Why would I want it a 4th time?

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#5 Posted by Ant_17 (12697 posts) -

Neat, but I'll wait for the re4 bundle for next gen.

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#6 Edited by Jag85 (13595 posts) -

@nepu7supastar7 said:

@Jag85:

Pffft! I can already play this on my ps vita and smartphone! Why would I want it a 4th time?

The news is that it's coming to Xbox and Nintendo consoles for the first time.

EDIT:

That, and the fact that it took 22 years for FFVII to finally release on a Nintendo console, after the N64 got snubbed.

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#7 Posted by freedomfreak (51234 posts) -

C'mon gimme 8. Always the ones I'm not interested in.

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#8 Posted by Archangel3371 (28345 posts) -

Love this game. Played through it a few times when it first came out on the PlayStation. Will definitely get this on the Xbox One and play through it again.

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#9 Posted by djoffer (1420 posts) -

Think I bought this game enough times already:)

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#10 Posted by DaVillain- (37415 posts) -

It's a great game but I've played FFVII countless times before on other systems. I have other games I'm more interested in playing at the moment. Don't let the graphics stop you from playing this classic you guys. At the time, the CGI cutscenes were incredible and still holds charm to it in my opinion.

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#11 Posted by phbz (4565 posts) -

Played it back then. I'll probably buy a remake but not this release.

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#12 Posted by Valgaav_219 (2469 posts) -

@freedomfreak said:

C'mon gimme 8. Always the ones I'm not interested in.

Exactly

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#13 Posted by Bread_or_Decide (29180 posts) -

Play it again.

For the first time.

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#14 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (19780 posts) -
@freedomfreak said:

C'mon gimme 8. Always the ones I'm not interested in.

They can't because Square was stupid enough to not make any backup copy of FFVIII, but it's not too late to tell SE to cancel VII remake and focus on FFVIII remake

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#15 Edited by nintendoboy16 (36459 posts) -
@dalger21 said:

How many times has FF VII been re-released now?

Not a whole lot...

This is the same thing people said about Bethesda and Skyrim, but the winner of how many times you re-release a game is Capcom with Street Fighter II.

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#16 Posted by lundy86_4 (53601 posts) -

It just sucks that these are poor ports which continue to hold bugs from previous iterations. One of the most annoying was the lack of analogue movement in FF9... As it was only 8-direction like a d-pad, due to being a mobile port. At least a mod could fix it on PC and gave original PS1 movement controls.

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#17 Posted by I_P_Daily (12273 posts) -

I might buy it but I really wanted 8 :(

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#18 Posted by Sevenizz (4013 posts) -

This is one of those turn-based anime games, right?

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#19 Posted by NerdRAGE (30 posts) -

One of the very best game ever created! Of course I'll buy it again!

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#20 Edited by pelvist (7420 posts) -

IMO, once you get past the boring parts at the beginning of the game, this game is the best in the FF series and my second favorite game ever made.

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#21 Posted by Alucard_Prime (10107 posts) -

One of my favorite RPG games back in the day, finished it 2-3 times at least. I have no time to replay it though, and would prefer to leave it locked in my memories of the past....nice for the people who never played it, classic

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#22 Posted by WitIsWisdom (5294 posts) -

Meh

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#23 Posted by lamprey263 (36172 posts) -

I've given FFVII a chance too many times, can never get into it, though I wouldn't mind trying XII when that releases and maybe after a sale.

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#24 Posted by Raining51 (1142 posts) -

Like just the originanl? No remaster?

Honestly I've never really felt a need to deal with these since often I just played/have the original....

Backwards compatability used to be the way to deal with all this... wonder why they gave up...

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#25 Posted by mojito1988 (3671 posts) -

@FireEmblem_Man said:
@freedomfreak said:

C'mon gimme 8. Always the ones I'm not interested in.

They can't because Square was stupid enough to not make any backup copy of FFVIII, but it's not too late to tell SE to cancel VII remake and focus on FFVIII remake

They forgot to make a backup copy of FFVIII, because FFVIII sucks. Worst game in the series (almost tied with 13 and 15).

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#26 Edited by lamprey263 (36172 posts) -

Square Enix is looking more like Capcom before things all went to shit for them. Seems short of desparate. They seem to be asking for a lot too, considering these are late arrivals on non-Playstation systems. The FFX/X-2 re-release is going for like $50, same with FFXII, fuuck that noise.

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#27 Edited by MirkoS77 (14351 posts) -

This will be the last Switch port I trust, ever.

Team Cherry and Hollow Knight have made me give the benefit of the doubt that publishers actually care about port quality on the Switch. Portable mode doesn’t use like 40% of the screen and an audio bug has been reintroduced that was patched YEARS ago (how do you even do that?). It’s bad enough to play this at sub par resolution, but on a tiny screen with an already fixed (but not) bug as well. And if I’m going to play it on the TV, there are far better alternatives to do so with better features, mods, and recent support.

I’m genuinely surprised this isn’t being charged $49 or $59 for. When a simple two man team can bring a beautiful, 60 FPS port to the Switch such as Hollow Knight yet a massive company like Square Enix can’t be bothered to do the bare minimum....yea, no more. Last mistake I make with this system.

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#28 Posted by omegaMaster (1310 posts) -

FFS Square just give us FF8 on the PS4. I know Square have lost the code for it, but come on get a grip will ya!

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#29 Posted by Jag85 (13595 posts) -

If the FF8 source code has been lost, then Square could just release with emulation.

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#30 Posted by xantufrog (11608 posts) -

@MirkoS77: seems like you should be mad at SE for their crap, and not the Switch platform or ports in a general sense. You just listed any example of a great port

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#31 Posted by MirkoS77 (14351 posts) -

@xantufrog said:

@MirkoS77: seems like you should be mad at SE for their crap, and not the Switch platform or ports in a general sense. You just listed any example of a great port

I am, I just don't know why Switch is such a target for poor ports. Publishers seem to take advantage of the portable aspect to excuse their laziness.

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#32 Posted by xantufrog (11608 posts) -

@MirkoS77: oh ok. Yeah give them an inch...

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#33 Posted by MirkoS77 (14351 posts) -

@xantufrog: you get it, see?

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#34 Posted by FinalFighters (3200 posts) -

@Sevenizz said:

This is one of those turn-based anime games, right?

Yes, turn based and random enemy battles every 10 steps..Which is why i never got into these types of RPG's

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#35 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (19780 posts) -
@Jag85 said:

If the FF8 source code has been lost, then Square could just release with emulation.

Nah, they should just remake FF8

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#36 Posted by Daredevils2k (2096 posts) -

I'm so glad that it came out for the switch, i've been playing it non stop. I also have it for ps4, but for some reason, i rather play indie and JRPG on the switch. it just feels better in handheld mode.

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#37 Posted by lundy86_4 (53601 posts) -

@FireEmblem_Man said:

Nah, they should just remake FF8

Yes, please. Even given the many shortfalls, I still love the shit out of that game.

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#38 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (19780 posts) -
@lundy86_4 said:
@FireEmblem_Man said:

Nah, they should just remake FF8

Yes, please. Even given the many shortfalls, I still love the shit out of that game.

As well as make some improvements from the Junction System

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#39 Posted by lundy86_4 (53601 posts) -

@FireEmblem_Man said:

As well as make some improvements from the Junction System

The junction system was nice to just "power-level" the shit out of characters, but yeah, it was severely wonky.

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#40 Posted by Alople (6 posts) -

Ok, I might buy it

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#41 Posted by Sevenizz (4013 posts) -

@FinalFighters: Ugh, they’re not only boring - they’re stupid.

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#42 Posted by Jag85 (13595 posts) -

@FinalFighters said:

Yes, turn based and random enemy battles every 10 steps..Which is why i never got into these types of RPG's

It's the 8-bit RPGs which had high random encounter rates like that. In comparison, the random encounter rate in FFVII is okay.

@FireEmblem_Man said:

As well as make some improvements from the Junction System

It's the Draw system that ruined FFVIII for me. They need to fix that shit.