Final Fantasy VII Remake review roundup: an effective remake of a beloved classic

By Heidi Nicholas,
The reviews are starting to trickle in for the FINAL FANTASY VII Remake ahead of its release on April 10th this week. The years since the original Final Fantasy VII released have only made it more popular, and it seems Square Enix had that weight of player nostalgia to bear in mind when creating this remake of such a beloved game. Yet the overall consensus seems to be that while the game may have a few drawbacks, it's essentially a skilful and effective remake which builds upon the parts which players loved in the original, while also including some new surprises and features. Below, you can see a roundup of the reviews so far.

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  • IGN: 8/10 "Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s dull filler and convoluted additions can cause it to stumble, but it still breathes exciting new life into a classic while standing as a great RPG all its own."
  • Eurogamer: Recommended "An expansive remake that treads carefully upon this most cherished of games, though some blunders will linger long in the memory."
  • Polygon: "Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a flawed, but fascinating, reimagining of a classic"
  • Game Informer: 8.75/10 " With smart (and surprising) additions to a classic world and its inhabitants, Final Fantasy VII Remake artfully appeals to nostalgia without being bound by it."
  • VG247: 4/5 "Midgar is so well-realised, the main characters are wonderfully done, and the battle system is masterful."
  • VGC: 5/5 "This is a game that successfully combines new systems with the timeless quality of those late 90s designs to make the best single-player Final Fantasy experience for many years."
  • Gamespot: 10/10 "Regardless of your history with the original game, Final Fantasy VII Remake is an astounding achievement."
  • Metacritic: Metascore of 87
Final Fantasy VII Remake releases in a few days, on April 10th.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!