Final Fantasy 7 (remake) Review by: Davideo7FF7, greatest game of all time, ported to the NES!
This is a complete remake of Final Fantasy 7 for the NES. It follows the storyline almost exactly to the original FF7 for the Playstation. The dialog, locations, characters, etc – it’s almost all dead on to the original game. The things that aren’t based on the original game are the graphics, music, enemies and a few other things. While some of the graphics are original, a lot of the graphics are ripped from various Final Fantasy games (primarily FF3).
It might be tempting to think that this is a hack but actually it is not. It’s actually a pirated game created by a Chinese company and was originally in Chinese but this version has been translated into English. The rom size is the largest I’ve ever seen at around 2 MB, that’s massive for the NES considering most NES games are around 128 KB. This is a good indicator of how massive this game is and the limits it pushes (this also explains why it doesn’t work in most emulators).
Since this game is big, expect to spend many hours playing this. Since this game is 8-bit, expect to see some things missing; examples: The mini games, Chocobo Racing, Summons, Limit Breakers, The Weapons (Ultimate, Ruby and Emerald), and a few locations. Also missing is Vincent and Yuffie (but still present is Cloud, Barret, Tifa, Aeris, Cid, Cait Sith, RedXIII and pretty much all the other characters from the game). The game is still loaded with tons of content though, even if the items I just listed seem like a lot.
Now is the game fun? Well that all depends on what you’re into. Here’s a simple little formula which will help you to figure out if this is a game for you:
You like classic turn-based RPGs = You’ll like this
You like Final Fantasy 7 = You’ll like this
You like classic turn-based RPGs + You like Final Fantasy 7 = You’ll love this
You hate classic turn-based RPGs + You hate Final Fantasy 7 = You’ll dread this
I personally did enjoy this game. This is a must play for anyone like me who claims FF7 to be their favorite game of all time. Sure the battles were long and boring sometimes (and you don’t dare run from battles otherwise you will not have enough experience to move forward) but the game overall pulls you right in, especially if you loved the storyline of FF7 because it’s all present here (minus a few things stated above). The game does of course have its flaws and there will be times when you may feel like quitting but usually the boring moments are made up for within the next scene.
Compared to other NES games, the graphics are good. What’s most impressive about this, however, is just how many graphics are squeezed into this game, far more sprites than any other NES game.
None of the music is based on FF7 which is very disappointing. The music itself is only ok, not terrible but sometimes a little glitch.
Replay Value: 5
Due to the long and boring battles, the replay value isn’t that high on this. So once you’ve played through the game, there’s a good chance you won’t have any desire to play through it again.
This is the reason why you play this game, for the awesome story that made the original FF7 game so famous!
Game Play: 7
The game can be difficult if you run from battles and don’t build up your characters but that’s just the way most RPGs are.