Round Up: Fantasy VII Remake PS4 Final Reviews Are On Cloud Nine
It is fair to say that this article has been a long time coming. Final Fantasy VII Remake is less than a week away from release, and the reviews are starting to hit the web. All in all, it’s looking very, very good for Cloud and company, with most critics dishing out high marks and plenty of praise. We imagine that Square Enix is breathing a heavy sigh of relief right now.
Maxi Game – 8/10
Measured against the immense expectations surrounding it, Final Fantasy VII Remake is a great game that will inevitably disappoint some fans. That said, playing through Midgar’s story 23 years later is giddily surreal, and the game does a fantastic job of expanding on the existing plot, while also pushing a surprising amount of fresh ideas. Some frustratingly poor level designs hinder fun at times, and visually the game is all over the place, but when it’s at its best, Remake is brilliant, rising to even greater heights thanks to an excellent combat system. It may not be the perfect remake we’ve all dreamed of these past five years, but it’s a thoroughly enjoyable, nostalgia-fueled ride that embraces the magic of Final Fantasy VII.
GameSpot – 10/10
Regardless of its history with the original game, Final Fantasy VII Remake is an amazing achievement. The wait for its release was long, but in terms of gameplay, story, characters, and music, it delivers… the wait was worth it.
Destructoid – 9/10
I kind of agonized over the Final Fantasy VII Remake rating. It’s going to generate a lot of discussion between people who are surprised and disappointed by the new treatment, and those feelings are not mutually exclusive. In the end, after thinking about it for some time and completely removing nostalgia from the equation, I came to the conclusion that this world is full of powerful characters and a setting worth remembering – remake or not.
Game Informer – 8.75/10
Regardless of what the future holds, Final Fantasy VII Remake strikes an impressive balance between its past and its present. Square Enix nods to the original without relying on that familiarity, creating a distinctive world and exciting combat system that feels modern. The new approach still has rough edges, but that doesn’t stop Final Fantasy VII Remake from forging its own legacy.
RPG Site – 8/10
Despite some misgivings about some of the liberties taken, Final Fantasy VII Remake is an admirable foundation to build on for future entries, especially in terms of its standout combat and some wonderful examples of building on the original game’s premises.