To say that the original PlayStation release of Final Fantasy VII looks mediocre would be extremely complimentary. No matter how much charm it holds for lifelong fans of the game, newcomers to the iconic RPG often can’t get into it or enjoy it simply because of how jarring it is to look at in this day and age of ultra high definition and photo-realism in video games. We know how amazing games on the current generation of consoles can look thanks to beauties like The Order: 1886, Bloodborne, and even Grand Theft Auto V. We also know just how brilliantly the cast of Final Fantasy VII can come to life in such a fully realized and graphically intensive world thanks to the 2005 film sequel Advent Children, which is already a decade old. If Square Enix can make such an astounding leap in graphical prowess from 1997 to 2005, goodness knows what they could cook up between 2005 and now.
Thanks to the jaw-dropping, fiercely emotional, completely unexpected bombshell of an announcement from Sony’s press conference, we were finally given a look at just what kind of power the PlayStation 4 possesses, and how that power can bring this fan favorite to life in a new and exciting way for those who have been playing it for nearly 20 years, and also those looking to see what the big deal is.
The official Final Fantasy VII Remake website features the E3 2015 announcement trailer in glorious 1080p (that should, under no circumstances, be viewed at anything less), and we’ve grabbed the 20 most impressive and beautiful screenshots from it for your viewing pleasure. Take a look, why don’t you?
Did you get chills when you saw Barret’s gun arm and Cloud’s Buster Sword and spiky ‘do? You better believe I did. This is Midgar the way it was meant to be seen, and hopefully we’ll get a better look as this duo as well as others when Square Enix brings the next update in winter.
Final Fantasy VII is certainly a classic that will be loved for many years to come, and even though it will undoubtedly take longer than we want for it to release, the simple knowledge of its existence and development is enough to keep the internet buzzing for months at least. Even if you’re a nostalgia fiend who can never get enough of the original, this Final Fantasy VII Remake is truly something to look forward to.