Square enix has made it clear in the recent State of Play from sony there Final Fantasy VII for a while, not only with an extra for Final Fantasy VII Remake facing its version in PS5, but also with two spin-offs older for mobile.
Since the seventh chapter debuted in 1997 around the world instantly became one of the great standard bearers of PlayStation, seeing how later Final fantasy they were coming out on Sony consoles. And of all the chapters, the most exploited by far is precisely Final Fantasy VII, with lots of complementary stories and experiments. This is going to take a long time…
Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII
Missing cameos from Cloud Strife or Sephiroth in games like Ehrgeiz, whose conversion to PSOne in 1998 featured those two icons alongside Tifa, Vincent, Yuffie and Zack, as well as other stellar appearances in Kingdom hearts, the first Final Fantasy Tactics or the most recent Super Smash Bros. Ultimate of Nintendo Switch, we must go back to 2004 to talk about the first official video game of the call Compilation of Final Fantasy VII: Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII.
Set six years before the events of the PlayStation classic and centering his story on Los Turcos, was an exclusive mobile game in Japan. Its peculiarity is that it was actually a game as a service, depending on a 3G connection and a monthly subscription to play. It was a success in the Japanese country, yes, until it was finally disabled with the closure of its servers in 2018.
As for the game, it retained an aesthetic and perspective slightly similar to those of the 1997 classic, where there was no lack of dialogues with other characters and turn-based combat, although without the showiness of the game starring Cloud.
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII
The first radical change occurred in 2006, with an adventure starring one of the most interesting secret characters of all Final Fantasy VII: Vincent Valentine. The game was called Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII and it was a shooter in third person with touches of RPG, being exclusive to PS2.
Under cinematics that did not have so much to envy the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children of the previous year (that same 2005 the OVA Last Order: Final Fantasy VII, by the way), this Vincent adventure stood out from the classic style of previous RPGs by taking advantage of the characteristic pistol of this vampire and his ability to transform into a monster, the latter recalling the different Limits of the 1997 classic. Galian Beast and Chaos.
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII served to expand Vincent Valentine’s story, very wasted in the original to appear with the plot very advanced. The funny thing is that in this PS2 game we were also able to control, very briefly, of course, Cait Sith. It came to the west without multiplayer, eye.
Had a spin-off for mobiles with the nickname Lost Episode. Yes another shooter, but in this case with a first-person view when we had to shoot.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Back in 2007, PlayStation Portable (PSP for friends) was left with the exclusive of another spin-off, in this case Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. Here we were before a prequel to the 1997 classic and with Zack Flair as the lead absolute.
Considered one of the best PSP exclusives, and rightly so (it has not lost its status, unlike Final Fantasy Type-0, for example), it was an RPG more focused on action, with freedom of movement for battles, although without dispensing with special commands, such as using objects or performing magic.
By placing itself a few years before Final Fantasy VIIPart of its attraction was knowing that previous story of SOLDIER Zack while we saw characters of the stature of Aeris or Sephiroth. There was also Cloud, but as a secondary.
Final Fantasy VII: G-Bike
Seven years after Zack Flair’s adventure, Square Enix surprised us with Final Fantasy VII: G-Bike in full E3 2014, expanding shortly after the details in the later Tokyo Game Show 2014. It was a game for mobile devices focused solely and exclusively on one of the “minigames” of the 1997 classic. Yes, the part of the bike that we recently revisited in the PS4 remake.
It was precisely because of the endless and agonizing wait for the remake that caused its reception to not be received too well, apart from being a game for Android and iOS (free-to-play, yes), attracting a lot of attention that his journey in the market lasted just a whole year, at close at the end of 2015.
Interestingly, a decade earlier, Square Enix had released another mobile title based on another popular minigame from the seventh chapter, that of snowboard. Your name? Final Fantasy VII: Snowboarding. And, of course, it is no longer available.
Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier
And we got to the surprise last night, first with this Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier what bet on the genre of Battle Royale, which was a stick that had yet to be played by this prolific Square Enix saga. And is that yes there is even a Battle Royale in Age of Empires, Why not also in Final Fantasy? In fact, other sacred cows have already done it, like Pac-man Mega Tunnel Battle, Super Mario Bros. 35, Super Bomberman R Online or Worms Rumble, between many more.
The point is that Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier looks like the logical evolution of the old Dirge of Cerberus, by keeping his perspective in the third person and his commitment to the genre of shooters, spiced up with attack and support magics, summons … It retains its most emblematic locations, of course, even if the essence has completely changed. And it doesn’t help to see it on mobile.
Its launch is scheduled for 2021 on Android and iOS worldwide.
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis
On the other hand, we have a more classic and faithful aspect with the original from 1997 through Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis, where Square Enix somewhat follows the pattern of that Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition for mobiles, in the sense of offering a “inferior” product with respect (in this case) to Final Fantasy VII Remake 2020.
However, it also seems the most trustworthy remake, by preserving that essence of the adventure of the last century, except for its renewed fighting system. To highlight, above all, the design of the sets, which clearly evokes the original work, even respecting the “deformed” design of its characters when they are exploring. The sorrow? Which will only be released on mobile phones and in 2022. Of course, I am clear that in this case a conversion seems more than sung later …
Meanwhile, two boat dates soon: know that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be on PlayStation Plus for the month of March (but no option to free upgrade to PS5 from PS Plus) and that the future June 6th reach Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade exclusively for PS5, with that unique Yuffie Kisaragi Integrated DLC.
And the biggest doubt is knowing When will Final Fantasy VII Remake be complete?…