Final Fantasy VII Remake

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Remake tackles timely topics like refugees, terrorism.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 9 reviews

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Community Reviews

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

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

A Compelling Tale, Containing Violence and Adult Themes, If it Could Just Remain Focused

Final Fantasy VII, in its original form, is an absolute masterpiece, not only as a game or even just as a work of art, but the tale it tells is absolutely wonderful and deeply, deeply moving. This Remake retells the opening part of the story and expands upon it quite nicely -- Many of the things that the original had room for improvement are fully enhanced in this remake. For example, Biggs, Wedge and Jessie are given full personalities, and Barrett went from being a silly "urban" stereotype to a very full personality, and might actually be the best written character in the entire game. Additionally, Aerith and Tifa both feature more agency, so if you're looking for a story-driven game with strong, inspiring female and non-white characters, these three do an excellent job, even Rude, a villain, as he's competent and intelligent. The problem with the story is that it lacks focus, and I don't just mean in regards to it being long-winded, although it certainly is that too. No, I also mean that there are times where jokes are thrown into a moment of triumph or tragedy, although luckily these are relatively minor. The biggest problem is that sometimes entire sequences will play out for a very long time right after the main Story's Narrative has emphasized the urgency of another element unrelated. Like, there's a really good part in what's called the "Train Graveyard", but this is literally 90 minutes long, and takes place during a time where your characters need to make serious haste, otherwise thousands of people will die! This completely took me out of the cutscenes during this sequence, which is a shame as the actual cutscenes themselves are very well written and directed, even resulting in some genuine emotion. As a game, it's very easy to pick up initially, features some excellent graphics and level design, and a wonderful musical score than ranges from cheesy techno to bombastic orchestra and choir. From an artistic standpoint, this might be the best game of the last half-decade as well, featuring both large and small images that are immensely unique (or unique to the original and this remake). Midgar was a brilliant artistic vision in 1997 and this is only more the case 23 years later, and the same can be said from the Sector 7 Slums to the serene and quaint house of Aeirth. To put it short, Final Fantasy VII remake is a near-perfect 25-30 hour game needlessly stretched to 35-45 hours. The story is moving, the heroes are inspiring, and the game's technical merits are top-tier. I don't, however, recommend this for any children younger than 15, as there are mature themes such as terrorism, loan-sharks, widespread poverty, destructive corporate corruption and even prostitution. These were all present in the original as well, but in the original many of them were subtext to what was taking place, but here there are entire scenes devoted to discussing these themes openly. Additionally, this game showcases the collateral damage of your actions in a way that actually causes serious harm and even death for entire neighborhoods, but I consider this a highlight as it treats this subject, in particular, in a very serious tone. But anyone over 15, adults included, I very, very strongly recommend this game, flaws and all.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much swearing

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