Final Fantasy VII is out today.

#1 Posted by l4wd0g (1955 posts) -

Final Fantasy 7 has been re-released on PC today.

Here is the ad from the Square Enix website, can someone help me understand what they are trying to say.

here's a link if your interested http://finalfantasyviipc.com/en

#2 Posted by Joeyoe31 (820 posts) -

Out of nowhere! Might be something I can afford today.

#3 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Has anyone already purchased this re-release? Is it a standalone .exe, or is there a SquareEnix launcher, GFWL, etc?

#4 Posted by MethodMan008 (810 posts) -

If anyone buys it, let us know if the music is changed.

#5 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

@Joeyoe31 said:

Out of nowhere! Might be something I can afford today.

The PEGI (UK age rating guys) listed it as coming out today, so we actually did know about this.

Personally, I'm not so interested in playing through it again. I think it still holds up very well, but they really could have done something to the music, translation and graphics.

#6 Posted by LikeaSsur (1532 posts) -

Um....yeah....never mind.

#7 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

Looking at the screenshots, the alpha transparencies fade to black. Didn't the original PC port also do that? Is emulation still the best way to make this game look good?
 
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#8 Posted by Jams (2961 posts) -

Here are the specs for FFVII for PC in case you were wondering:

The most talked about RPG (role-playing game) is coming out on the PC this summer.

What else can it be but the epic adventure FINAL FANTASY VII???

Developer:
Publisher:
Release date:
Summer 1998

Game features: rich graphics, engrossing story line, vast map screens, real-time battles, cinematic sequences, fully rendered high quality computer generated backgrounds, mini-games and subquests and more!

Demos to be released soon

Minimum System Requirements:

P166 (Recommended 3D Accelator card)

3D supported through Direct 3D

32MB RAM

4x CD-ROM

DirectX 5.0 compatible sound & video card

(Recommended XG-MIDI compatible sound card; AWE 64 sound card by Creative)

#9 Posted by gave1 (129 posts) -

looks like not available in US just yet. tried to buy and was told i was not in a serviced country (EU store)

#10 Posted by kindgineer (2730 posts) -

Is it worth it? I hear so much about the damn game, but never found a way to give it a try. I don't want to play the polygonal mess, (looks fantastic in 1998) but would love to give it a try if it's somewhat up-scaled.

#11 Posted by JeanLuc (3585 posts) -

As someone that only watched my friends play a bit of FFVII is this worth getting? What new features does it add? It is in widescreen HD?

#12 Posted by Vanek (383 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

Has anyone already purchased this re-release? Is it a standalone .exe, or is there a SquareEnix launcher, GFWL, etc?

That is exactly what I wanted to know. I'm basically curious about any DRM they might have added to it.

#13 Posted by Brendan (7813 posts) -

Oh right, you probably have to pay money for this, don't you? I'm out.

#14 Posted by Loafsmooch (349 posts) -

This whole thing just seems so weird.

According to the site linked in the OP, the only new features are achievements, cloud saves and a character booster (WTF?). Quote: "Find yourself stuck on a difficult section or lacking the funds to buy that vital Phoenix Down? With the Character Booster you can increase your HP, MP and Gil levels to their maximum, all with the simple click of a button, leaving you to enjoy your adventure."

They don't mention any improved graphics or new content. As a huge fan of FF7, I call shenanigans on this, I don't wanna pay for a character cheat. There already was a pc version, fuck this greedy square enix.

#15 Edited by Xymox (2088 posts) -

Hmm, I think I prefer the pixelated stuff over the blurrynes. Maybe the target audience for this one is "people who just want to get through it but don't want to suffer though gameplay that's more than 10 years old at this point?"... No idea.

@Loafsmooch said:

cloud saves

#16 Posted by Dixavd (1358 posts) -

It's finally out?! Well, guess I must have had a review copy for over a decade!

All jokes aside; I hope it is a good port and I am happy that it has been released officially again on PC to make sure that everyone on current systems can play it again. Hopefully the worst that will come out of this is that it will be there so that those who want more games like it can buy it to show they support and that they would play traditional games like it again (or that they think the SE should continue to work with the people who helped make it - like what I intend to get across when I buy video game soundtracks; that there is the tiniest possibility that the sales will get noticed and they continue to make music with them).

#17 Posted by Loafsmooch (349 posts) -

@Xymox: Yep seems like it. There's probably plenty of people who want to experience the story.. Still, without the hard work of leveling your characters and materia, the story probably won't mean as much. I wouldn't personally recommend a RL friend to play through it with cheats, even if they were in it just for the story.

Also, lol at the quote & pic! D:

#18 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

If I play again I think I'd rather just download it off of PSN.

#19 Edited by Nevi (56 posts) -

So I picked it up and right away just trying to download the installer when ESET NOD32 started flagging up that FINALFANTASYVII-dm.exe is a variant of Win32/Adware.Trymedia.A.

So Square's EU store is using an adware distributer for the installer. I keep my system clean, I am not going to start up this executable.

I also read varying reports about what type of SecuROM gets installed, and whether it includes a rootkit. Some people seem to indicate no problems, some have said that they have found SecuROM registry keys, that it stops AdAware from booting properly, that they cannot properly uninstall the game and that that they are getting hardware removal sounds appearing randomly for no reason.

I value the integrity of my PC higher than the opportunity to play this game legitimately, so it looks like I am not going to be replaying FFVII PC any time soon. I might contact Square about the potentially uwanted program in the installer, if I get time.

#20 Posted by TheHBK (5486 posts) -

What the fuck does "Now with a host of online features" mean? Is host a word for a shit load now or something? I don't remember ever learning that in the last 26 that I have been speaking.

#21 Edited by Xymox (2088 posts) -

@Loafsmooch said:

@Xymox: Yep seems like it. There's probably plenty of people who want to experience the story.. Still, without the hard work of leveling your characters and materia, the story probably won't mean as much. I wouldn't personally recommend a RL friend to play through it with cheats, even if they were in it just for the story.

Also, lol at the quote & pic! D:

For sure. I used to be able to cheat my way through games just fine but these days I feel no sense of accomplishment at all from it, even to the point where I just become bored with it. Rather just play on easy when I want to get through something just to see what the fuss was about/get the story. As silly as it sounds, that removing challenge would somehow damage the delivery of the story, I would have to agree. But hey, the option's there now for those who want it, I guess.

#22 Posted by Fattony12000 (7429 posts) -

The online features include great spyware software that will report your every click to George Bush.

#23 Posted by believer258 (11923 posts) -

I'd rather just play it on my PSP.

If they would have given this one a full graphical makeover, a number of anime-styled cutscenes for story segments, and a much better translation (and excluded the spyware), I would buy it. I like the old version, despite it looking like crap, but I don't want to buy a bare-bones rerelease.

You can do better, Square. You can do much better.

#24 Posted by ValiantGrizzly (498 posts) -
@TheHBK yes. That is what host means. "a bunch", if you will.
#25 Posted by Fattony12000 (7429 posts) -

GIMME DAT PROUD CLOD, YO.

#26 Posted by atomic_dumpling (2473 posts) -

Did they bother to put in a proper soundtrack or is it still the pathetic MIDI-Files?

#27 Posted by Shivoa (625 posts) -

I got my copy early, and look what's advertised on the back:

#28 Posted by Wampa1 (673 posts) -

@Fattony12000: Wait... is this feature FREE of charge? and will I get two if I order now?

#29 Posted by weirdo (145 posts) -
#30 Posted by AlisterCat (5575 posts) -

No Steam, no sale. I don't like my PC digital releases to be loose across game or publisher specific services.

#31 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -

Achievements and cloud saves? Is this some Square Enix proprietary bullshit that will go offline in a year? No mention of Steam or GFWL.

#32 Posted by Blearious (35 posts) -
#33 Posted by doosmacleod (189 posts) -

@Shivoa said:

I got my copy early, and look what's advertised on the back:

Daikatana - Believe the Hype

Fuck yeah.

I can't wait to find out that I need a soundcard from 1998 (and only 1998) in order to play this game. But whatever.

#34 Posted by BasketSnake (1209 posts) -

I own the original copy that I can boot up and just play it so yeah..I want to pay for it again...download it..install it..configure it... FUCK NO!

#35 Posted by Marcsman (3199 posts) -

FFVII is like the girl I first humped in high school. I have fond memories of her, but she will not stand the test of time. Why diminish the memories? No way is she or FF VII gonna look good anymore.

#36 Posted by liako21 (522 posts) -

i want to play it with a mouse. i just want to click my way through battles....i know im asking for much haha

#37 Posted by indieslaw (347 posts) -

The music is the original midi stuff, but saved as .ogg files. So, I'm replacing as many of those files with other versions as I can. A pretty monstrous task, since the .ogg files names are mostly cryptic, with no clue to what the song actually is. Plus the whole converting real songs to .ogg thing.

#38 Posted by Fattony12000 (7429 posts) -

@Wampa1: YOU GET NOTHING! NOTHING!

#39 Posted by ImHungry (377 posts) -

The old PC port was just fine, they should release 9 and 10 for the PC if they really want my money.

#40 Edited by PolygonSlayer (426 posts) -

So these new achievements don't actually connect to any meaningful account, right? (Even how rubbish as they are, I wouldn't mind playing through FFVII again and "get" something in return). So I might as well just wait for the eventual steam release, considering that is where the leak of a new PC release came from I presume it will come out on there. If not, no massive loss I suppose.

#41 Posted by Lysergica33 (523 posts) -

@atomic_dumpling said:

Did they bother to put in a proper soundtrack or is it still the pathetic MIDI-Files?

You watch your tongue! None of the orchestrated versions hold a candle to the midi versions as far as mood goes. The sounds are all perfect, despite being very much a product of their time, but why would anyone want it any other way? It would just be a bigass anachronism stew if all the haters had their way. Let the original version remain as is and just keep hoping for a remake with modern art assets, sounds, etc in the mean time.

#42 Posted by falling_fast (2224 posts) -

I still don't understand why they couldn't even be bothered to put this on steam. laziest rerelease ever.

ffxi is on steam, it's not like they've never heard of the service, even over in japan.

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