All of everyone who has ever been a person who has known another person who played Final Fantasy VII will know that there have been thousands and thousands of drunk conversations about a remake of the Playstation 1 classic. And for a long time, a lot of us believed that it would never happen. It would take years, one would say. It'll probably happen long after our lifetime, another would announce.
But now we can all happily say that we were wrong. It's coming, we've seen it. Thanks to last weekends Playstation Experience event, we've finally gotten to see what an actual remake would look like on PS4. Complete with some gameplay footage. You can check out the trailer below.
One of the oddest things about this trailer is the addition of voice acting. I honestly don't know what I expected any of the characters to sound like but I'm pretty pleased with it. It's been such a long time since I've played the original game, I'm happy that there's new life being pumped into it with this remake.
The character designs look slick and fresh -- seeing Barrett again was pretty awesome -- and it all looks like an animated movie instead of a video game. It's pretty amazing to see how detailed the world and graphics are. I remember playing the original game and only being able to imagine what the world actually looked like. This remake seems like it's tapping into our imagination in order to do the game justice from a visual perspective.
The one thing that surprised me even more, though, was the way they changed the combat system.
I tried my best to take a screenshot of the action on the screen (above) so forgive me if it's a little messy looking. But it looks like they gave up on the old turn-based combat system (probably because it's a little archaic now) and adopted the newer real-time combat system that Final Fantasy 15 has. If you've played the demo (as I did when I got it with Final Fantasy Type-0) then you'll notice that the HUD looks a lot like the one found in the demo.
I'm honestly extremely excited for the remake even though they haven't really announced a timeframe of when it's going to come out. It's just good to see that the remake is actually in production instead of hoping and wishing and praying over bottles of empty beers.