meIt’s hard to believe that Final Fantasy 7 Remake finally here. Announced in 2015, it has been highly requested since 2005 when the sweet PS3 technology demo was exhibited. This might seem like a remake generation but Final Fantasy 7 is a very special game. For many people, that was their first introduction to the series, the RPG was like no other at the time. That’s also the reason they bought PlayStation One, even if the beautiful CG cutscenes were not actual gameplay. The story and the characters have come a long way since then but their story remains as ever.
So, you might look at this title and wonder what explanation is really needed. This is Final Fantasy 7 Remake Well? Square Enix has stated several times that this is the first part and only covers the story until the escape from Midgar. So you would think this would be the same end but with a little bend here and there.
As it turns out, some events are completely new in the story and drastically affect the results. The result is Square Enix which has the potential to change how future events will take place in line with overall series continuity. If you haven’t finished Final Fantasy 7 Remake, so be careful: Heavy spoilers, heavy loads.
Let’s start with the end of the original game. Aerith has been captured by Shinra and is considered an Ancient Cetra who will reveal the Promised Land, which ideally contains a lot of Lifestream energy for the company to make a profit. Cloud, Barrett and Tifa rescue him before escaping on the Midgar Highway, which leads to a pretty good motorcycle mini-game (at least at that time), which ends in a fight against Motor Ball. After this, the gang travels outside Midgar to chase Sephiroth and hopefully find some answers.
Now let’s go back to the last trailer for Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Everything looks quite similar to the original. Cloud and Aerith have an awkward conversation; Biggs, Wedge, and Jessie were laughing; Shinra’s superiors became their common selves; Tifa’s tragic past; and so on and so on. However, in the end, we showed some ghostly figures called “whispers” or “mediators” of fate.
Later, Aerith talked about how every time a whisper touched him, he lost a part of himself. We then see something that was clearly not present in the original game – Barrett was stabbed by Sephiroth. Towards the end, we see Cloud and the party standing in front of a kind of portal surrounded by whispers. They enter, only to engage in battle with Sephiroth who seems to be a force in apocalyptic mode.
What really happened? Yes, the so-called “whispers” are actually Guards, Guards or Destiny Whispers. These ghost-like creatures are tasked with ensuring that the events in the remake play exactly like the original game. On the one hand, they represent “Destiny” and their influence can be felt throughout the remake story.
In the original game, when Cloud meets Aerith for the first time after the destruction of the Mako Reactor, he gives her flowers and finally leaves. However, when Cloud tries to make it go away in a remake, Aerith doesn’t. This causes a prompt to appear and follow the original script (even trying to drag Aerith long before Cloud can see it). The Shinra soldiers seem to capture Cloud but are completely oblivious to the Whispers. Eventually, Aerith becomes scared and runs away so the event seems to be on track for now.
Then we have an interaction between the two in Sector 5. The cloud falls and is saved by landing on the Aerith flower bed. When Reno shows up, Aerith asks Cloud to be his bodyguard. Unlike the original, instead of immediately escaping with him, Cloud engages in battle with Reno. Not a big deal apart from some potentially destroyed flowers, right?
However, shows are clearly not meant to play like this. After the fight, when Cloud was about to finish off Reno, the Whispers intervened once more and swept Cloud and Aerith away right when the Shinra army appeared.
Finally, we know that Sephiroth found out about Whispers and how he would eventually lose if everything went according to plan. When we arrived at the end of the remake, we saw Cloud and his friends want to fight against destiny, against destiny. After conversations with Sephiroth and the Whispers suddenly swell in numbers, they enter the portal seen in the last trailer and involve the Whispers in a big boss battle. It is worth mentioning that we saw Zack from the end Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 get ready to fight the hordes of Shinra soldiers to protect Cloud. A whisper is seen here too. We will be back here in a minute.
Cloud and his group fought with different Whispers while a large one appeared in the distance. During this battle, the party begins to see the vision of the original match event. Red XIII sees the original game ending where Nanaki grows up and some of his children run with remnants of Midgar visible in the distance. Tifa saw Meteor fall on Planet. There was even teasing Aerith’s death.
After defeating the Whispers, the party confronts Sephiroth before splitting up. Cloud fought 1v1 against his nemesis, until Sephiroth rallied and threw a piece of giant debris towards him. This was destroyed by Aerith who later joined the battle (which was actually rather funny to witness in some ways). When the two were arrested, Barrett finally intervened and it ended up being a party fight.
This whole sequence is very reminiscent Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children. We speak of debris and floating buildings, which Clouds cut when jumping from one to the next; aerial battles with cinematic camera angles; closed storm setting; whole work. It’s actually rather impressive how well the game is watched visually for movies but I digress.
After Sephiroth is “defeated,” Tifa and Red XIII appear right when Whisper is involved, encouraging the rest of the party to fight them while Cloud chases Sephiroth.
This is where everything starts to become trippy.
Cloud Sword attacked Sephiroth and suddenly, both of them were transported to some strange places in the cosmos. Cloud began to have a headache, probably due to more vision, before Sephiroth took his hand and said: “Be careful now. What lies ahead … does not yet exist. Our world will be a part of it … one day. But me. … won’t end. I also won’t let you end. “
When Cloud asks what this place is, Sephiroth answers with “Edge of creation.” He then asks Cloud to lend his strength so they can defy shared destiny. Naturally, our boy refused and fought. After Sephiroth comes out on top, he disappears and finally Cloud leaves the “edge of creation” too.
This is where everything starts to be obtained really trippy. Remember Zack’s last stand Crisis Core? This is not the last place here – Zack actually survived. The giant explosion pushed him back but ended in a small rain of glowing light. We cut Biggs, who was declared still alive; Marlene, which tends to be a flower vase; slum rebuilt; and finally, the party is reunited, deciding to pursue Sephiroth.
But wait – there’s more. When Aerith and Cloud move forward, they pass Zack who brought Cloud in the past, when two different timelines seemed to intersect. Aerith then stopped and stated that she missed “the steel sky.”
With Whispers seemingly lost, it is implied that the entire timeline of the series has been changed, which can be marked by a rain of light that shines and is seen at different times.
Past events appear to have been rewritten. Think of it as a completely alternative timeline for Cloud and friends, not like rebooting 2009 Star Trek (except without time travel complications). Of course, there are many questions. Zack who survived the incident Crisis Core – is he part of this new timeline? Is he just an alternative timeline that does not lead directly to the event Final Fantasy 7? Does he have the potential to separate into his own series of events separate from the original storyline?
Why is Whisper only now visible to Cloud and friends and not in the original game? How did Sephiroth know about them? If “what’s ahead” doesn’t yet exist – which seems like the cleverness of the development team about how the second part isn’t ready – does this mean that certain characters like Aerith can survive? Can we see other people like, say, Tifa died instead?
Lots to do but the door seems now open to Square Enix to bring the story of remaking in a new direction. It is likely that we will see an area that is familiar but is presented in a new light. All attempts to stop Meteor, the Sephiroth clone made by Hojo, Jenova, Cloud’s past, and how it relates to Zack – there are so many different plot threads that can change. We might see Marlene having a happy reunion with her father Dyne, somewhat canceling her involvement with Tifa and Cloud in Adventist child.
Aerith can end up with Cloud instead of Tifa, which changes greatly in terms of dynamics for the whole group, both in the original game and in Adventist child. Will Cloud still lose his motivation and blame himself for not being able to save Tifa? Is Geostigma still a problem if Aerith is around? Will we meet people like Yuffie, Cait Sith, Cid and Vincent in part 2 of the remake? Will they have the same backstories? Can one of them survive to see the end?
On the one hand, I’m kind of excited to see where the development team goes with this. On the other hand, when you throw in a timeline that seems new and then another timeline with Zack comes alive, things start to get convoluted. Maybe Whisper serves a higher purpose, which is still out there and maybe still trying to get everything back on track. Maybe we also know that this event has happened before and will happen again, the cycle continues for some unknown purpose.
Nor will I go through the development team to consolidate these different time schedules, creating a kind of “crisis” in which the fabric of space, time and all creation is at risk. Anyone who tries to maintain this balance can end up being the last major crime that our heroes must overcome, perhaps creating a new “timeline” in the process. Who knows – this could all be the work of Gaia, or Planet, in a strange attempt to perpetuate its cycle of existence forever. If that is the case, one must ask if Whispers is present at another entry but in a different form.
Keep in mind that even with what we are think can happen, there is no guarantee that all this will happen in fact occur. Square Enix can change the whole original story or very little. Depending on the reaction of fans, it would not be surprising to see a similar balancing act in section 2 where familiar locations, story beats and battles are played but with changes occurring in the background, culminating in other large cliff hangers.
There are many reasons to be skeptical, including director Tetsuya Nomura who is leading the remake, famous for being too complicated. royal heart series. You can argue that it’s authentic Final Fantasy 7The story is complicated enough but the argument is whether all these elements are needed to make it more than that. I am not writing this change completely, but I am also careful about whether the development team can wrap things up in a satisfying way while staying true to the original spirit and theme.
You have to wonder – why does Square Enix take this direction with a remake at all? Will fans really complain about experiencing the same storyline again, especially with how receptive they are to new interactions and more expanded shows? I’m not sure this is done solely to motivate players to “listen” for the next part. Maybe the company wants to create a new universe and tell all kinds of different stories in it. Maybe we will get an epic rebuild Final Fantasy 7 and nothing else.
However, we will not really know until the second part comes out. Whether fans will survive for the trip or not remains to be seen.
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