@someoneproud: Oh is it? Then I stand corrected. My memory is definitely off.
I actually popped my original copy in yesterday having this weird feeling of wanting to relive all the stuff I couldn't remember. I played up until you reach the bar, was amazed at how well all of this was translated into the new title, down to the horny couple standing outside the train station talking about the train graveyard, and then I stopped. A sudden feeling of being overwhelmed by the true scope of the original, but also since the new one is so exact, I'd feel like I was playing through the same thing over again right after doing it the other day lol I don't really play games over again, especially massive RPGs.
It would be incredible to see them handle the rest of the game world on a level similar to Midgar. You'd hope that now the production pipeline of the game would be setup for the most part and they could start tackling the larger scale. Except, as mentioned, it looks like they've written themselves a way out of that, and thus I could see this turning into another FF7 spin off that is.. frustrating?
I don't understand why SE doesn't have faith in their previous work. And I despise the "well, FF7 already exists for those people" perspective, either from the devs or whomever. Pretty much all of their new stories/games are junk (FF14 and Bravely Default are the exceptions). Fine, they could go back to the well then, take something that is already done and well regarded, update it and tweak minor things, and find their feet again. It'll sell like hot cakes, be critically acclaimed, and prove that people still like the old stuff, thus giving them the confidence to lean back more on their classic roots.. you know, the thing that made them a success to begin with.
Instead, it's like they thought.. Well, we did FF7 and no one would want to play that again, am I right?. And if they do, they can go play the 23 year old game (which the majority of young-- or even old fans like myself--obviously won't do). So let's alter it to undermine the previous work, then try to write in a reason that allows us to undermine it, open the possibility to work it into other cross media crap, bend to the will of the people who whined unreasonably about the story 20 years ago annnd.. Hopefully people will like it?
The video game landscape has changed. But that is in terms of gameplay and like.. "quality of life" elements or.. racist/sexist stuff. Random battles don't need to be a thing anymore. Reduce some of the grinding. Tweak the original work. The core story was fine as it was. Are they going to flesh it out like they did with Part 1? Awesome, they did a great job from that perspective IMO. But there is no real reason to change the rest of the story other than for the sake of doing it.
Sorry, went on a rant lol I don't have an emotional attachment to FF7. I just get pissed off with these companies and their decisions. It's like Bluepoint or someone should've been in the directors chair. Not the guy who made this game 25 years ago and is thinking "Eh, I don't really wanna do all that again.. Let's wing it!"
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