I’ve been sceptical about Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake since its admittedly excellent announcement trailer rocked that insane Sony convention at E3 2015 (The Final Guardian! Shenmue !!). The unique Ultimate Fantasy VII appears like such a landmark, such a defining second for thus many, that it felt like pure folly to even try that legendary remake. I’m not satisfied anybody actually needed it, on condition that fashionable ports of the unique are broadly out there. Why even trouble doing it over? Outdoors of niggling stiff controls, what’s there to repair? What may probably be gained from Ultimate Fantasy VII: Redux?
The slim quantity of footage I noticed would have disheartened me if I’d anticipated higher. The enduring boss battle in opposition to a large robotic scorpion had been lowered to the frantic, noisy, charmless mush I’ve come to count on from the triple-A video games area. I recognize that’s a snobbish comment, however I yam what I yam. No time to breathe, all the things’s all the time turned as much as 11. You’re by no means simply in peril, you’re all the time gonna die. The ground’s all the time collapsing. You recognize? It’s exhausting. There’s a motive I favor the likes of Treasure Island Dizzy.
However rule no. 1, Nauties – you all the time give all the things a good shot. So when the demo “dropped”, I suppose I downloaded it, I suppose. And, to my real annoyance, I appreciated it rather a lot. Sure, my pet peeves are very a lot current and proper – not one single character can preserve their mouth shut for a couple of second. It is fixed, ceaseless blah-blah-blah, overdone to the purpose of utter tedium. However, because the Mountain Goats as soon as memorably sang, that is what the quantity knob’s for.
Factor is, they’ve crafted a genuinely attention-grabbing fight system right here. It is not the (wonderful) turn-based fight of the unique, however it’s a completely cool kind of midway home between (bear with me right here, I do not play a variety of RPGs) Kingdom Hearts and Ultimate Fantasy XIII. You have received free motion of the battlefield combined up with selecting expertise by hitting X, which makes the motion sluggish to a crawl whilst you pick gadgets, expertise and spells. You can even swap characters dynamically, which feels nice. If something takes a little bit of getting used to, although, it is the truth that whilst you can “dodge” you will not have the ability to keep away from all harm – it is resolutely an RPG, not an motion recreation.
Spectacular visuals, nice preparations of that stirring music and a battle system that is each simple to choose up and has terrific scope for techniques. These are the recipes for a great’un, and I am delighted to eat a bit of my hat over this.
I’d nonetheless favor a brand new Dizzy, although.