Saturday, April 25, 2020

Final Fantasy VII Review

It’s no secret that one of this year’s most hotly anticipated RPGs - if not games - was Final Fantasy VII Remake. Ever since the fateful technical demo during the PlayStation 3’s reveals back in 2005at E3, the gaming world was sent into a frenzy over a possible remake of the beloved PS1 classic. And now it’s real, in our hands and has definitely not disappointed as the numbers speak for themselves.
Within its first 3 days since the eagerly awaited RPG’s launch on April 10th, Square Enix reports that it has shipped over 3.5 million copies. The report states that these figures include digital sales as well as shipments of physical copies, making it one of the fastest-moving PlayStation 4 exclusives to date. This is an impressive feat, considering the current state of the world.

If we were to make any comparisons, Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix’s latest numbered entry in the popular RPG series, moved over 5 million copies within the same timeframe. This was at a time when deliveries weren’t an issue and there were no stock shortages. On top of that, FFXV wasn’t a PlayStation 4 exclusive.

A lot of fans have been speculating that Final Fantasy VII Remake may be king of fast selling exclusives on PS4 but it’s a hard conclusion to make. For reference, both God of War and Spider-Man sold roughly 3.1 and 3.3 million copies respectively, they’re figures are based on sales numbers, instead of shipments.

What remains now is to see if the RPG can continue its hot streak. While there are a lot of people who are enjoying the game and have plenty of accolades on social media to throw its way, there are those who have been sharply critical about it. This is pertaining to Final Fantasy VII Remake’s story, how Nomura and his team have changed it and added story beats.

More importantly, the most critical have been quite vocal about the game’s altered ending. Notorious YouTube game critic, Jim Sterling, posited that the “remake” in the game’s title may be somewhat misleading when compared to more faithfully remade games, such as Resident Evil 2.

There’s no denying that the remake of one of the most beloved RPGs in history was going to be a big seller, regardless of divisiveness. It’s clear that the game has sold exceptionally well so it will be interesting how the next episode - or episodes - will do when they ever release.


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