In the summer of 2023, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth co-director Motomu Toriyama shared an FAQ that asked if players could play Final Fantasy VII Rebirth without playing Final Fantasy VII Remake. Toriyama said, “No, we have made preparations so that players who did not get a chance to play the first game can fully enjoy Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.”
Well, after playing the opening moments of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, I can confidently say that is not true. This sequel requires knowledge of the trials and struggles these characters have endured, even including plot threads that happened within games like Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core. Even if an option to recap the previous events is available, nothing can truly catch players up to what exactly is going on.
Further, let’s be casual when discussing this because Final Fantasy VII has never been a straightforward story; missing just one entry of the side games or even the movie Final Fantasy VII Advent Children will set you back. There are layers to this game, and you’ll be doing yourself a disservice by jumping in before really knowing what’s going on.
Not to undermine the statement from Toriyama-san, I’m sure the marketing department asked him to say this, but here is what you should probably play before playing Final Fantasy VII Rebirth in this order:
- Final Fantasy VII (original)
- Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-
- Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (Optional)
- Final Fantasy VII Advent Children (film)
- Final Fantasy VII Remake
- Final Fantasy VII Remake Intermission
- Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier (You can just read the cliff notes for this)
- Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
- Final Fantasy VII Remake Trace of Two Pasts (Book)
I know it sounds like a lot, but I promise you can easily get through the games with the various accessibility options they each have to make the game easier and even quicken the in-game speed.
Let me know what you think about this play order and your experience with the series. Will you be jumping in before playing any of these other titles?
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy VII Remake, marking the second chapter in a trilogy that meticulously reimagines the iconic 1997 classic. Scheduled for release on February 29, 2024, exclusively for the PlayStation 5, the game promises a blend of real-time action and strategic gameplay. As players traverse this Gaia, they delve deeper into the intricately woven narrative and richly developed characters that have become synonymous with the series. With its predecessor setting a formidable foundation, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth aims to elevate the gaming experience, engaging both long-time fans and newcomers with its compelling storytelling, immersive gameplay, and state-of-the-art visuals.
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