After another long break, we’re back at it. Recently, I’ve seen a resurgence in the clamoring for a HD remake of Final Fantasy 7. A reminder that if nothing else, nostalgia can be fun. However it is just that, nostalgia. A yearning for the experiences we’ve had in the past. There are two ways this can go, and I can hear the comments now:
“Well it’s just the same game with a fresh coat of paint slapped on it.” Do you go for a graphical update with no real core changes to the game’s mechanics and risk being labeled as “lazy” or “looking for a quick buck”?
Or if there are changes: “IT’S NOT THE SAME GAME.” Just how much can really be done with the game to justify the remake? A change to the combat system to mirror that of the more recent games? Then you affect the flow the of the game and it differs from what it was. The developers would assuredly have to go back and change the majority of the game to fit the new mechanics.
I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the possibility that Square Enix knocks it out of the park. Sequels are one thing though, remakes are a completely different beast. We all know how notoriously fickle the gaming community is. Square Enix can’t win here and to be honest, I think they know that. That’s why all we’ve gotten is a spin off game and a CG movie. I truly believe that there are certain HD remakes that should happen. The caveat to that, though, is there should be something you can add to the game to truly enhance the experience. In a previous post, @RealGoesRight pointed out one such game. However, in this case, I think it’s best to just leave the past where it is and enjoy our nostalgia instead of trying to relive it.