Hey guys and girls. For the longest time one of the hottest topics on the web is the hope of a Final Fantasy 7 re-make. I admit I saw that infamous tech demo years back and it blew my mind. Of course people got confused and branded it as a trailer which pretty much resulted in a bunch of fanboys running wild when they realised it was simply a tech demo and Square-Enix had no intentions of a remake. The predictable complaints of a developer not listening to their fans popped up and it is a complaint that is synonymous with Square-Enix as of recent years (give us versus 13, god dammit!).
Now lets dive in to the opinion of a Final Fantasy lover who has been playing the series since before he hit is teens and a person who's first Final Fantasy game was Final Fantasy 7.
I have 3 strong images of how a Final Fantasy re-make would be accomplished. One of them is to keep the somewhat "cute" character models, the exact same layout for each area in the game and improve the dialogue. You will essentially have Final Fantasy 7 how it is now with its cute style whilst exploring and nice realistic looking character models and environments whilst engaged in battle. If they are going to remake the game THIS is a personal favourite option and is the only way to essentially keep Final Fantasy 7 feeling like Final Fantasy 7. The problem is that the gameplay doesn't seem to cut it by today's industry standards. The constant bombardment of mini games that are present in Final Fantasy 7 are not needed. The simplicity of the Motorbike combat on the way out of Midgar is a good example of proving my point. Whilst brilliant and simple back in the 90's it will just lack depth and seem like pointless filler in the modern gaming world. Final Fantasy 7 is PACKED with these mini games. If they update them then it isn't true to the original and if they keep it the same then basically it won't appeal to a majority of gamers and will unfortunately just suck.
Another option is to totally re-imagine the whole game. Fresh new 3D layouts, realistic character models both in the game world AND in the battle screen. Re-vamped mini games and the removal of some of the pointless ones (do we really have to perform mouth to mouth as a mini-game?). Now this is the version which on paper sounds most appealing since it could actually work. If it doesn't live up to the original then it will be the most disappointing release of my life. It won't even be Final Fantasy 7 any more which is the biggest problem. Plus, I don't trust Square-Enix to essentially make a Final Fantasy 7 game from scratch and just follow the general story.
Lastly I envision the game as a hybrid of the 2. A total re-imaging and the pointless mini games intact. I for one do NOT want to see a great looking character model of cloud taking part in stupid activities such as dressing up like a woman and squatting in a gym for key items that progress the story. The hybrid option will not mix in a way that will compliment BOTH eras of gaming.
Final Fantasy 7 should be left as it is so you can appreciate it for what it was. It does not need a re-make! With Square-Enix they will probably DLC new rooms for Golden Saucer, Costumes, Enemies, Weapons and the list goes on. It will never be the perfect game that it is hyped up to be, but the general FF7 fanboys just fail to see that.
If one day I get proven wrong and it comes out then I will just have to eat my words, but I'm currently enjoying my play-through of FF7 to give a damn about a remake since I am happy with what I have.
So in conclusion I think Final Fantasy 7's gameplay mechanics as far as stuff you do in the overworld has no place in modern gaming (as in FF7's specific mini games... in general they are nice to break up the action). I think an updated visual style would affect the games charming scenes (Cloud on Barrets shoulders whilst swinging from the plate in Sector 7). A total re-make and re-imaging would make it a totally different experience. Hardcore fanboys will cry, but I would accept it if it was done well and proven me wrong. Finally I just don't think current Square-Enix is capable of pulling any sort of re-make off ESPECIALLY a total re-imaging where we can be milked for DLC.