One of the most successful RPGs of all time, Final Fantasy 7 can still be found entertaining those looking for the all time best RPGs. Whether playing from an old PlayStation copy or as down-loadable content from the PS3 Network, Squaresoft’s Final Fantasy 7 just won’t go away.
To make matters worse, the teaser trailer of 2005 brought back fond memories for all those seeking a little relief from Aeries Post Death Syndrome and has stirred an unquenchable thirst for an updated version of the game. But Final Fantasy has already given gamers an antimated movie, Crises Core and is on Final Fantasy 13, not to mention the ill planned X-2, and it’s time to let the old feelings fade away.
The Market is Changing
While Final Fantasy games still carry a great deal of weight, one must ask, can we go forward by going back? Final Fantasy 7 was a phenomenal game with one of the most comprehensive and explorable worlds of all time, but with the power of game series like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Bioshock and DragonAge, could Final Fantasy 7 really pull it off?
Gamers are Aging
There’s a good chance that if you’re reading about Final Fantasy 7 you’re in your mid to late 20’s and probably have a little more going in life than an undivided attention towards a clunky hero with a bad haircut. The real question has to be, other than pure nostalgia, could a remake be pulled off, and if it’s updated, will the ‘never heard of it’ gamer market be willing to play a game that’s designed for them without alienating those drooling over a return to a time long gone?
From breeding Chocobos to spending countless hours obtaining the Knights of the Round summoning materia, gamers must ask, do they really want to go back to spending all that time? And if those aspects are updated, how will the memories of youth stack up?
Aeries Will Still be Dead
It caused many a middle school boy to hide his face in front of his friends and even the typing of Aeries in a search engine will bring millions of results, but no matter how many useless hours were spent on trying to do the impossible, Aeries is dead. Aside from the movies, the prequel game, and even the out right statements during 1997, will old school gamers ever let the poor Ancient rest in the life-stream?
Could the Story Line Hold Up?
Watching a historical movie is all about how it happened, the answer is already known, they are watched to see how the hero does or doesn’t pull it off, but when remaking a game, the inspiration and action have already been seen a hundred hours over. A remake would require either changing the plot, and losing some of those great memories, or simply rehashing graphics and throwing in some decent voice acting which probably won’t sit well when gamers think about how they’ve already played through it. It’s a no win.
Fans need to understand that not only will it be a game that has already been played, but that many of the lovable things about it will be lost.
Why Are We Holding On
It’s worth mentioning that Final Fantasy was one of the most important games to come out for Sony. It completely blew away the competition, set a new standard for RPGs and brought the PlayStation to complete dominance for several years. It’s a fond memory for both gamers and the gaming industry, and while it should be left in the past, there are just to many hits on you-tube and other sites for videos of Cloud and the gang to not justify a little innocent prodding, but it’s time for the teasing to end…