FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE
Verdict: A near-perfect nostalgia trip.
WHAT IS IT?
One of the greatest adventures ever told is now remade for a new generation 23 years later, as Final Fantasy VII is reborn. In Midgar, a city controlled by the mega-conglomerate Shinra Electric Company, rebellious eco-terrorists, Avalanche, seek to destroy Shinra’s reactors which suck up Mako, the lifeblood of the Planet, that they use to power their metropolis. Can Cloud, a former member of Shinra’s elite combat force now joined with Avalanche, and his small band of rebels, stop them?
The game’s combat and exploration mechanics are superb. Hallmarks of the old turn-based system remain in the ATB (Active Time Battle) gauge, enabling you to unleash special abilities, wield spells or use items, when a segment of the meter fills up. Without the ATB meter, you can freely strike your foes, wearing down their stamina until they’re 'staggered', modifying your attacks with a press of triangle. It's an incredibly flexible battle system that ensures combat encounters remain novel and exciting, the succession of bosses requiring tactical thinking rather than absent-minded button mashing to overcome.
Visually, the game is unlike almost anything else currently available on PS4. The level of graphical fidelity is mind-boggling as the sprawling impoverished sectors of Midgar – a vast circular city comprised entirely of steel and stone –portray a dark grey spaghetti of pipes, girders and sheet metal suspended above the slums. Every corner of Midgar is caked in grime, its citizens surrounded by discarded rubbish and innumerable signs of neglect.
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