Parents' Guide to

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

PS5 upgrade adds a loveable new character, more heartbreak.

Game PlayStation 5 2021
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If Final Fantasy VII Remake was pretty, this enhanced edition is downright jaw-dropping. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is about as easy on the eyes as games get, with subtle upgrades to textures and effects that breathe life into the world and crank up the level of spectacle in combat to eleven. This is especially true when exploring Shinra headquarters, with its intricately detailed factory environments and mind-bending boss battles. And with virtually no load times, you're never jarringly removed from the world as the next area is cued up. If you've never played the game before you're in for a treat, and if you played on PlayStation 4 it's absolutely worth downloading the free upgrade just to see how the developers have turned up the graphical goodness.

The real draw for returning players, though, will be Yuffie's story. She has an upbeat attitude and loads of self-confidence with the combat skills to back it up. Tossing her boomerang or shuriken and tapping the square button to keep hammering enemies from a distance feels both unique and satisfying. Her occasional clumsiness only makes her that much more likeable. And while she only gets a handful of side quests -- such as collecting posters for a local pub owner -- they help provide a bit of backstory about who she is and where she comes from. Her chapters don't really change or affect anything in the original story, but it's a safe bet that she'll return as a key playable character in the sequel, making this quick story something close to essential for serious fans of the series. With its stunning visual enhancements and exciting new story add-on, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is the definitive way to experience the first part of Square Enix's epic retelling of its most famous game.

Game Details

  • Platform: PlayStation 5
  • Pricing structure: Paid (Players who own Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergade for PlayStation 4 can download the Intergrade upgrade for free on PlayStation 5, though they will need to pay $20 extra for the new story content.)
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Release date: June 9, 2021
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy , Adventures , Robots
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence
  • Last updated: June 14, 2021

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