Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Preview: A New Chapter in a Legendary Saga
This might be something you’ve heard before, but Final Fantasy VII changed my life. I first played it when I was 10, and now, more than 20 years later, I still attribute my love for JRPGs and gaming to that initial experience. I’ve since played through the game many times to discover various secrets and chase nostalgia, but what’s special about this particular game is how it leaves a lasting impression no matter how many times you play it. Final Fantasy VII Remake was a much-anticipated release by many, and it served as a foundation for the remaining entries that would make up the entire remake project. With the release of the sequel, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, approaching, I got the chance to experience its opening moments, where nostalgia and excitement took over as I took my first real steps into Gaia.
Deepening Bonds: Character Development in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth continues to redefine the legendary title, infusing nostalgia with fresh narrative twists and expansive open-world exploration.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth holds its cards close. With the release date around the corner, I’d hate to spoil these moments that you’ve waited years for. What I can say is that you’re in luck. If you’ve watched any trailers, read any commentary, or overheard anything about the game that you feel spoiled about, I can assure you that any story elements that have been publicly revealed at this point do not prepare you for the actual narrative that this game is putting forth.
There are some incredible moments of dialogue that I’ve been waiting for since this remake project was first announced, one of which is Cloud’s flashback to Nibelheim, which picks up at the beginning of Rebirth. This connection to the original is an awesome way to open up the game, as it really grounds you in familiar territory. It shows you what an experience would be like if the developers simply “remade” the original instead of introducing fate-altering systems. But this also showcases the reality of that situation. It’s almost too familiar. The feeling of discovery for longtime fans takes a bit of a dip as you pay attention to the dialogue less and instead just go around to see if anything is missing as you compare it to the original scenes. But don’t worry, you can still search through Tifa’s drawer.
Exploring the Vast World of Gaia in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
Strangely, the scenes I was more looking forward too came in the present as the writing for these characters truly shines. Tifa and Arieth are less at odds with each other as they grow closer as friends or rivals, still not sure yet. Further, Red XIII has a quick but necessary conversation with Cloud; as I remember, he and Cloud haven’t really spoken one-on-one. These are the scenes that piqued my interest. Playing through the story beats of the Nibelheim flashback, I didn’t enjoy how comfortable I felt, but there’s no denying that I was emotional as a quiet scene at the Water Tower brought me to tears.
I am convinced this will secure FFVII’s status as a genre-defining JRPG for a new generation.
This leads me to the open-world design of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, where players are pretty much free to explore and discover at their leisure. I was stunned by the overall design and presentation of this overworld, as there is just a lot to do outside of where the main quest marker leads you. What’s more interesting is how the game doesn’t really force you to do the extra activities, and you can simply make your way to the quest marker to progress the story. Still, Chadley makes an appearance and gives you a plethora of tasks that range from turning on towers to show you interesting places on your map to more Summon fights to test your skills. I had fun simply getting lost in this world and looking at the map…it’s huge.
Balancing Nostalgia and Innovation in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth’s Narrative
Now, I should be clear that these large areas aren’t technically open-world equivalent as the large sections are somewhat separated, but that doesn’t diminish their size. Materials are scattered around that are required for crafting and upgrading, but I found it easier to collect them while riding a Chocobo because it was faster. My experience concluded with a fight against the Swamp Serpent, where I quickly died. You see, we only had a limited time to play, and I spent way too long getting lost and trying to find secrets that I was extremely under-leveled, but that could just be me giving excuses, so I’ll move on.
Elevating the JRPG Experience: The Enhanced Storytelling of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
The changes introduced in Final Fantasy VII Remake sparked a lot of debate amongst fans, who were upset that the story had changed in a few ways. However, after seeing a bit of what an experience like that would be like in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, I am convinced this will secure FFVII’s status as a genre-defining JRPG for a new generation. But the narrative isn’t the only thing that’s improved in this entry. The relationships between the characters are a significant focus as the writing highlights their inner struggles, which is emphasized with a system that shows the character’s mood based on choices you can make during dialog. This isn’t just about Cloud anymore, it involves each of these characters and how they’re approaching the current situation, and I applaud the writing team for being able to really showcase these personalities. If you aren’t already excited, you should be.
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