By Steffan Powell

The main character of Final Fantasy 7 has his distinctive buster sword strapped to his back.

This time, however, he’s not a pixelated image as seen in the 1997 PlayStation original – he’s been fully rendered in life-like modern graphics.

It’s been five years since gamers got a first glimpse of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, when the first trailer dropped.

The remake, which is out now, is a completely rebuilt version of a role-playing game that has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.

And fans of the original are excited to make a return to Midgar, the fantasy city where the remake takes place.

One of those eagerly awaiting the release is Youtuber Elz the Witch, who says she felt “really emotional” when she first played the remake.

“When the title screen came up with the theme music, it looked exactly how I imagined it looking 23 years ago, but with a hundred times better graphics,” she tells BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat.

“I didn’t expect to be emotional but it’s just that nostalgia of something that you’ve wanted for so long – and you’ve grown up with – to see come to fruition is really remarkable.”

‘It helped me understand my sexuality’

For civil servant Rob Bowman, it helped him understand his sexuality.

“Cloud is the protagonist and I related to him a lot,” he says.

“In the game, he’s trying to figure out who he is, and I was doing the same when I was playing it, although for different reasons.

“For me, it was figuring out my sexuality. Within the game Cloud found out who he was, and it made him stronger as a result.

“To this day, I feel it was the same for me. The game helped me open my eyes.”

Image captionRob got the chance to pose with a real-life buster sword, the weapon Cloud Strife uses in the game

Getting the remake right for fans of the original, like Rob and Elz, was important for the development team.

Yoshinori Kitase, one of the game’s producers, told Newsbeat: “You’ll really get that that hit of nostalgia as soon as you start playing.

“There are loads of little moments to recognize and go, ‘wow, I really remember this’, but it’s cool and exciting to see how it’s been depicted in in a more modern style.”

‘This will resonate with new players’

It’s been 23 years since the release of the original.

That game broke new ground in terms of its visual style and storytelling – and fans have idolised the story and characters.

But in the two decades since it was first released, a brand-new generation of gamers has emerged.

And that’s something the development team were very aware of.

“This is not just for the players of the original,” the remake’s director, Naoki Hamaguchi, tells Newsbeat.

“It’s got the same really well-loved core elements to it, but shown with more style, which will really help the game resonate with players today.”

To do that the team have added story details that were not explored in the original and designed an entirely new way for battles to take place.

Yoshinori and Naoki agree it was important to get the balance right between innovating and staying true to the original.

Early reviews are positive but it’s too early to tell how the game has landed with new players – although Elz is pleased with what she’s played.

“There are always going to be high expectations that the remake is going to be held against,” she says.

“I can only speak for myself and I’m really enjoying with how the gameplay has developed.”

Affiliate News Feeds

  • Hardware
  • Internet of Things
  • Networking
  • Industry News
  • Software

The tech titan Amazon used its show in Las Vegas to talk about watery matters, supply chains and much more. The post AWS re:Invent 2022: A tiered tour of technology… [...]

In a recent interview with Ravi Pendekanti, SVP of Product Management & Marketing at Western Digital, he explained how they have expanded their HDD technology to lower total cost of… [...]

Our picks for the top Amazon Cyber Week deals to ease the stress of those who work from home. The post 5 Amazon Cyber Week deals sure to make remote… [...]

IIoT can be a revelation when implemented successfully, but companies may run into obstacles. Here’s what IIoT is and the top five obstacles associated with using it. The post Top… [...]

Learn how Internet of Things technology has continued to support digital transformation for organizations across industries. The post Top 5 trends to watch in industrial IoT appeared first on TechRepublic. [...]

UK-based IoT connectivity platform provider seeks élan and style by snapping up French firm. The post Wireless Logic continues acquisition spree with IoThink Solutions deal appeared first on TechRepublic. [...]

Consider securing your remote work setup with a three-year subscription to a top VPN. Windscribe Pro is more than 70% off today only. The post Lock in 3 years of… [...]

Virtualization platforms are available from a number of vendors, but it’s still critical to maintain your virtualization environment to avoid unnecessary resource consumption, out of-compliance systems or applications, data loss,… [...]

The company’s products seek to address real-time data transport, edge data collection instruments. The post NVIDIA unveils supercomputing and edge products at SC22 appeared first on TechRepublic. [...]

An account takeover (ATO), in which criminals impersonate legitimate account owners to take control of an account, are on the rise in Asia and across the world. Fraudsters are swindling… [...]

Experts warn that API attacks will soon become the most common type of web application attack. As a result, organizations and their security vendors need to align across people, processes,… [...]

Research shows that web applications and API attacks continued to explode in the first half of 2022. Does your organization have the best defense today? Akamai recommends deploying a holistic… [...]

See how to integrate the Trello software with Google Mail for a much simpler project management workflow. The post How to integrate Trello with Gmail appeared first on TechRepublic. [...]

Read how to install the Trello app in macOS and why it will make your project management even easier. The post How to install the Trello app on macOS and… [...]

Find out if one of these top seven Wrike alternatives are an ideal project management solution for you and your team. The post Top 7 Wrike alternatives for project and… [...]