Parents' Guide to

Final Fantasy VII Remake

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Remake tackles timely topics like refugees, terrorism.

Game PlayStation 4 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+

Definitely for people that played the original as a teen.

Fans of Final Fantasy, especially those that played the original will feel nostalgic playing the game. It is only part one of the game, so be prepared to get the second when it is released. There is a significant amount of moderate foul language, ie, sh**, h***, d***. The fight scenes are like the rest of final fantasy in that they don’t have blood or gore. Tifa and Aerith are fairly well covered in the first 2 phases of the game but in the 3rd they very sexually dressed. The entire 3rd phase(Wall Market) is very sexually explicit. Like a raunchy movie set in underground Las Vegas.
age 13+

Great game, never played it

I heard that this remake of FF7 is amazing, I have not yet played the game yet. There is a bit of language in it, violence, flirting between Cloud and Tifa, etc

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Expectations must be properly set before diving into this beautiful first entry in Square Enix's long-awaited retelling of the story of Ex-SOLDIER Cloud Strife. Covering only the first handful of hours of the original game, Final Fantasy VII: Remake takes it slow, providing a much deeper look at the politics and population of Midgar as well as the stories and backgrounds of several important characters. Players accustomed to geographically epic Final Fantasy stories in which they explore an entire planet won't get that here. This is a small but visually sumptuous and emotionally resonant experience that brings to life familiar characters in new ways, but players should go in knowing that not all of their favorite personalities, summoned entities, quests, music, and moments are present. Many of these things are bound to come in later installments, but, for now, players are meant to be satisfied with an expanded Midgar that provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of the city's people, more clearly explains the potential evils of oversized corporations, and shows the lasting impact and consequences of an eco-terrorist organization that has noble ambitions but suffers tragically from a lack of foresight.

Scope and story aside, Final Fantasy VII: Remake provides players with combat, quest, and growth systems that draw from the original but are ultimately new and unique. For example, combat's designed to be action oriented with players tapping buttons to attack in real time, choosing commands for special attacks, magical spells, and items as appropriate -- a major departure from the source game's traditional turn-based fighting. A "Classic" mode automates attacks and allows players to pause the action at will in order to command characters, though it should be noted this makes the game much, much easier and won't be to all tastes. And while iconic summoned entities -- a key part of the original experience -- such as the goddess Shiva and the demon Ifrit, may still be acquired and used in battle, they appear far less often. The bottom line is that what's present in Final Fantasy VII: Remake is very good and makes for a great start to Square Enix's ambitious recreation of one of the world's most beloved games, but some players are bound to come away wishing there was just a little more meat on this bone.

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