I've waffled on this subject but then again, I'm entitled…it has been a topic of conversation for a long time.

At first, I hated the idea. I stuck to my guns by saying it's sacrilege to go and mess with perfection; to needlessly overhaul what may be the most perfect role-playing game in existence. Then, after being introduced to the wonders of high-definition gaming and seeing "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children," I pulled a complete 180 and suddenly craved the remake. I figured that if they only put a shiny HD coat on the game without touching the actual gameplay, it'd be amazing. Don't add anything; just maintain the greatness of the game at all costs and make it visually stunning. I assumed that was well within Square Enix's capability, and the fans would love it.

But now, I feel the bottom line is this- they've waited too long. FFVII is too old. I'm sorry, but it is. In order for the gameplay to appeal to an acceptable number of younger gamers – acceptable to warrant the project's existence – they would have to do away with the archaic turn-based mechanic. I love it to pieces; the hardcore fans love it to pieces, and there are younger gamers who might also love it to pieces. But look at the direction this industry is going: faster, faster, faster. It's all anyone seems to care about. Square Enix would not be able to help themselves; if they did a FFVII remake, they'd mess with it. I'm convinced of that now.

In which case, just leave well enough alone.

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Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

I don't want a MGS Remake or a FF7 Remake.

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
9 years ago

I believe a MGS remake collection is a fantastic idea, with Kojima behind it's helm. If anything bonuses will be tacked on to an already great masterpiece. He would make it better.

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

peace walker on ps3 i what i want

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

That would be pretty sweet. I'm actually looking forward to Rising now.

Hey, any port in a storm.

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

eh…rising might be upsetting to hardcore mgs fans….content might get cut. cause of a certain console.

kitsune451
kitsune451
9 years ago

I would kill for a MSG Trilogy remake. Not because the graphics are bad (in my opinion), but because the controls suck so much ass. If I could get a MSG trilogy with MGS4 graphics and controls I would buy it in a heartbeat.

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
9 years ago

Ben (or anyone here), if you were to decide to remake any game which game would it be?


Last edited by Pandacastro on 5/8/2011 10:03:27 PM

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

Thinking about it I would like maybe Jet Force Gemini or Eternal Darkness. I loved both games and could just imagine how crazy ED could be nowadays.

One game series I would like to see finished is Advent Rising. It didn't get great reviews but I thought the story was amazing.

MartyRules
MartyRules
9 years ago

Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2+ all the side stuff like birth by sleep

Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

Legend of Dragoon.

hellish_devil
hellish_devil
9 years ago

OKAMI!!!!!

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
9 years ago

Legend of Legaia

SayWord
SayWord
9 years ago

That would be awesome if they remade jet force gemini! As for eternal darkness and legend of dragoon I'd rather see a sequel.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Castlevania: Simon's Quest

Sancho
Sancho
9 years ago

Both Shenmues and the third one to complete the trilogy.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

I hadn't really thought about it, but remaking both Legaia and Dragoon would be awesome.

I also like the idea of a FFVI or Star Ocean: The 2nd Story in HD.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

I want a Syphon Filter H-D collection.

Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

Ben, haven't we talked about a remake or sequel/prequel to LoD before?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

XENOSAGA with the turn based combat *intact*.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

I don't remember. Probably. 🙂

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

This was asked before, but easily Thousand Arms for me. Still the best rpg I've played.

ColTater
ColTater
9 years ago

Psi-Ops.

Miggy
Miggy
9 years ago

Legend of Legaia and Legend of Dragoon definitely. Legend of Legaia was the first rpg I ever played. Also I'd remake the Double Dragon games. Any of them; I love old school brawler games like that and streets of rage etc. I spent hours with my cousin playing them on the sega genesis. Battletoads and Double dragons still gives me trouble to this day.

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

I don't need a FFVII remake either. I myself don't think it was the best one anyways. I would rather see a new FF the old school way.

Stabs88
Stabs88
9 years ago

I would LOVE to see a remake of FF8 but i agree with Ben. Its been too long for them to just "remake" any of the FF's for PS because they are going to mess with it.

Here's to dreaming *sips corona*

tes37
tes37
9 years ago

I think SE needs to be remade.

Milonakis
Milonakis
9 years ago

It's called squaresoft, you hurt it's feelings when you bundle it with SquareEnix

tes37
tes37
9 years ago

Squaresoft is gone though. I was trying to keep in the realm of possibility. There's still a chance for SE.

hellish_devil
hellish_devil
9 years ago

Besides of all that, it wouldn't appeal the masses (i.e the west) because of how Cloud looks. Just look at what they did with Nier, Japan got the original design of the main character, a young, typical JRPG boy, but SE said "No, for the west we need a tough-looking guy" and forced Cavia to change the main character, and we got the "other" main character.

Also, look at Capcom, they did it with two of their biggest franchises. As far as I remember, Chris Redfield wasn´t all that big in RE1, but for RE5, he was all muscles, suspiciously really GearsofWar-like. And then they ask Ninja Theory to change the look of Dante, to make the complete opposite of what he used to be. We'd be lucky if SE used the Cloud model of Advent Children.

And after seeing what they did with FFXIII and Front Mission Evolved, it is better to keep FFVII as is… and the whole Squaresoft library too.


Last edited by hellish_devil on 5/8/2011 10:12:12 PM

SayWord
SayWord
9 years ago

I still think there is a huge market for turn-based rpgs. Just look at how well the final fantasy games sold on psn. The majority who didn't buy probably didnt because they still own the physical copy. In sure that's millions. Shame they don't realize.


Last edited by SayWord on 5/8/2011 10:15:19 PM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

There is a market for turn based games, it's just not the primary demographic that game companies are targeting because it's typically older gamers.

ryu
ryu
9 years ago

I…

I…

i don't know what i want anymore… sob…

eLLeJuss
eLLeJuss
9 years ago

Yeah. I don't think it would appeal to the next generation now that gameplay mechanics have evolved so much.. but meh…

FF7 remake will still come. I know it..

Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

While you're right Ben, you tend to be psychic.
They'll probably announce the remake at E3 or TGS, push versus back for another 6 years, and disappoint everyone when FF7 doesn't even feel like FF7. "Wtf is materia? We use Crystarium now" Cloud: "….. I don't even WANT to be in this game." Yuffie: "W..What is this?"

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

haha

Victor321
Victor321
9 years ago

S-E not doing the remake would be good for them, as they've announced and currently have more projects in development than actually releasing them.

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

if they do end up making a and hd version, be sure to see it on the xbox also

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

I believe that Sony owns the rights to FF VII in America.

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

still? even for the remake…?

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

honestly? I have no idea of American copyright and trademark laws. they change so much. lol.

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

very true

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

hopefully the Highlander can set us straight.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Sony owned the North American publishing rights on FFVII in the US for the original release, I think they did when the PSN version came out. It's still SEs game, but Sony owns the rights to publish it in the US. I don't know whether that would extend to a remake since that would essentially be a new game. The PSN release of FFVII was just a repackaging of the original game after all, so the rights didn't change.

A newly remade game would re-open negotiations on all of that.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 5/9/2011 12:23:59 AM

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

lol he did set us straight lol

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

haha, I think the next big poll will be: Does PSX Rely on Highlander Too Much?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Nah, the better question would be does Highlander rely on PSX too much….

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

Just cause Ben wrote this article, A FF VII Remake will be announced next week.

Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

I know, right? I mentioned that in my comment above.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

hahaha, I didn't see that, I usually post my comments right after I read the article but before I read the comments.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I think it COULD be done right, but I agree that SE wouldn't be able to help themselves from ruining it with some kind of actiony battle system that sucks chocolate donkey balls.

It's terrible too, when something so classic and perfect isn't good enough to keep around anymore because of an unfortunate trend in gaming.