Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade finally arrives on PC! | Review

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade finally arrives on PC! | Review

After a long wait lasting more than a year and a half, being Final Fantasy 7 Remake originally released on PlayStation 4 on April 10, 2021, Square Enix's work finally arrives today also on PC and does so in its Intergrade version. To land on our computers is in fact the most updated edition of the remake of Final Fantasy 7, that is the one we got to see just a few months ago on PS5 with including the Episode INTERmission DLC dedicated to Yuffie and a whole series of other digital contents , as well as a general and always appreciated graphic restyling. Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade therefore marks the debut of the first episode of the new vision of the famous title outside the PlayStation ecosystem, thus opening up to a whole host of new players.

We have reviewed the game with the following PC:

GPU: Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC MOBO: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-F RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB DDR4 3200MHz CPU: Intel i5 8600k 3.6 GHZ SSD: Sabrent SSD 2TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M. 2 2280 Keyboard: Corsair K70 LUX Red LED Cherry MX Brown Mouse: Fnatic Flick 2 Headphones: Logitech G930 Monitor: Samsung C27HG 70 Quad HD 144Hz HDR

The beginning of a new story

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade on PC is therefore practically the same title that we have had the opportunity to play in the past few years on PS4 first and then on PS5. Those who expected big updates for this landing, as happened in the transition to the latest Sony console with the additional episode dedicated to Yuffie, will therefore not see fertile ground for their desires. All the others, on the other hand, will find a very valid title both now and then, capable of courageously revisiting one of the greatest classics of the entire gaming history without making too much disfigurement, with some inevitable slip attached to it. A job, that of Nomura and his companions, which deserves to be experienced both by lovers of the saga and by fans of the medium in a broad sense.

Square Enix has in fact managed with Final Fantasy 7 Remake to modernize the gameplay of the title, without distorting its origins from jRPG. A turn towards action, to make yourself more appealing to the new generations, but without betraying all the tactics and reflections of an old-fashioned role-playing game. A wise work of balancing and equilibrium, capable of giving an extra gear to a decidedly captivating game in terms of narrative and characterization of the characters.

Precisely on the plot underlying the game, which has not remained the same. original but has been profoundly changed in some ways, instead lies one of the main question marks of this ambitious videogame operation. Taking up what was said in our original review of the game, without obviously falling into spoilers of any kind, it is in fact impossible to hide "so much skepticism towards that narrative flaw that is revealed at the end". A clear break with the past, which can only be drawn up in the future chapters of this remake broken up into several episodes.

Having made this necessary digression, Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade is still a game in many ways sumptuous and worth playing. In fact, a valid gameplay is interlaced with a level narrative, locations worthy of being lived and a sensational soundtrack.

Finally, do not forget the presence of the valid Episode INTERmission DLC, high quality additional content which places the character of the ninja Yuffie in a new light, giving her a more central role within the game ecosystem and a new dignity. An expansion worthy of the name, with some notable gameplay additions and the return of the Fort Condor minigame.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade on PC: a love story in half

With this new version of Square Enix's work, the PC becomes the best place to enjoy the adventures of Cloud and his companions. Net of some not insignificant shortcomings, see for example the tight technical settings and the total absence of the essential V-sync, Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade is in fact really nice to play on PC. The support for resolutions up to 4K and 120 frames per second make the famous epic even more beautiful and fluid, with Midgar and its inhabitants who manage to amaze on various occasions. In the face of an exorbitant request for disk space, we are talking about practically 100 GB, Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade is however all in all well optimized, since with the configuration present at the beginning of the article we have kept in Quad HD with high details of the granite 120 frames per second without too much trouble.

If the technical system is then all in all satisfactory and able to give a first level experience, where one could certainly expect something more, it is certainly in the graphics settings. The customization options placed in the player's hand are in fact, as you can easily see in the image above, to say the least sparse. In addition to resolution, framerate and settings for HDR, a technology much less widespread on gaming monitors than on traditional TVs, there are in fact just some choices for the quality of shadows and textures and the number of characters a screen. What makes it even more emblematic is the fact that both the quality of the textures and the shadows can only be selected between low and high.

A simple and poor binary choice, which does not even recall the console counterpart from too far away. between performance and quality and that leaves a bit of a bitter taste on PC. In short, Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade is certainly nice to see and play, but under this expectation we could and should have done much more.

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