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Submitted by kevinrbenitez 776d ago | opinion piece

CDG: Final Fantasy VII Retro Review

"Out of the deep depths of misfortune comes bliss." What's up with reviewers today, huh? Sometimes they review half a game, sometimes they have selective reading, or sometimes they review OLD GAMES -- "OLD GAMES," you say? Yes, games so aged, the baby-boomers have to eyeball it a second time before the motors in their brains clicked, and they started  constructing the connections in their heads. Reviewers have a job to tackle, folks. That occupation consists of appealing to their audience. Critics will critique, and readers will naturally formulate opinions -- it's the natural scheme of things. It doesn't matter the material.

They refer to such reviews as RETRO reviews. Reviewers have made these old games sound, and appear refreshingly new. At least on a word processor. Final Fantasy VII is a game that I played as a wee lad; and now I'm sounding older than I actually am. You see what tangents will do to ya? But do these RETRO games really hold a candle to the imagination of a gro... (Final Fantasy VII, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PSP, Retro)

jjb1981  +   776d ago
10/10 for its time in gaming history!
NukaCola  +   776d ago
Game visually hasn't aged as well as it should. Id really like to see a polish coat keeping everything from camera angles and game play unaltered.

10/10
Xof  +   776d ago
Very true. 3D simply does not age well at all. I've long thought a potential FFVII remake would be best-served by re-drawing all of the art at super-high resolution and replacing the 3D models with either cel-shaded models (that could scale better at future resolutions) or hi-res sprites.

And at jjb1981, I would argue that it's a 10/10 for all time, as the gameplay and narrative have aged -quite- well. (and to pre-empt the idiotic "you only like it so much because of nostalgia" argument, let me note that I cam into the series late, and played FFVII -after- playing games like FFX, FFXI, etc.).
insomnium2  +   776d ago
@xof

Agreed! I'm playing FF7 through on mu Vita right now and the game sure is a blast. This time I'll finish it too dang it. I've started over douzens of times but only finished it once or twice. *possible spoiler ahead* This time I'll get my enemy skills and slaughter Sepiroth to the very end!

@rpg below

LOL true! In most cases the most beatifull girls are the most annoying ones to live with. It might pay off in the bedroom with lights on but my god other than that life can be frustrating (and expensive). Might want to be sure before knocking her up. No misfires please cause it's the child who suffers for that mistake if it indeed becomes a mistake.
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Apollosupreme  +   775d ago
What do you mean aged as well as it should? When it came out it had some of the best graphics on PS1. It was designed for PS1 and a SD TV. It's held up fine if you play it on what it was designed for. On my Vita I think it looks pretty good though by the way... I think its due to the small screen helping to hide the blemishes created by improvement in media.
Apollosupreme  +   775d ago
I do agree that it would be nice to see a higher resolution version come out though. If you've ever watch emulations with filters on a PC of the PS1 version you'll see that it would be very easy to give the game a facelift.

Apparently Square Enix is allergic to money though...
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RPG1201  +   776d ago
This game has aged, but it's still 10/10 in my book; guess i'm not vain when it comes to graphics. It's like some people only like the girl cause she's cute, when there's so much more to look at.
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   776d ago
A story I will never forget.
Even the music has stuck with me after all of these years.
I can't picture a scene in FFVII without hearing the soundtrack in my head. One of the best games I have ever played and ever will play.

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