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    Yoshinori Kitase on the highs and lows of creating the timeless PlayStation classic

    Final Fantasy VII: Yoshinori Kitase on the highs and lows of creating the timeless PlayStation classic New interview to coincide with FFVII's PS Now release. A tidbit, Vincent is Kitase's favorite character. No wonder Vincent got his own game. This is a nice story. It's wild how distant...
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    Weiss VR battle strategies

    Here's my strategy for beating Weiss. This is all from my observations, sorry in advance if I get something wrong. Weiss has three phases he can switch between. In his first phase, Weiss only deals physical damage and none of his abilities can be blocked. Dodge these instead to leave him...
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    Final Fantasy VII Remake, One Year Later

    It’s been one year since the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake. One year since Chapter 18 sent shockwaves through the community. I can recall a post from that time: “I feel bad for those still playing through the game. They’re having so much fun. They don’t know the trainwreck waiting for...
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    Final Fantasy VII at Awesome Games Done Quick 2021

    Final Fantasy VII (PC) will be featured at Awesome Games Done Quick 2021, a speedrun marathon for charity. The time estimate is 2 hrs and 5 mins. Check out this schedule for when it'll begin (Friday evening in the US, but time is subject to change as some runs go long). The Yetee is selling a...
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    A look at the top 100 Final Fantasy VII videos on YouTube

    I decided to take a look at the most popular FF7 content on youtube in an attempt to find something new to watch. I was also curious how viable youtube is as a form of rudimentary data collection. My process began with firing up the site, searching "final fantasy vii", sorting the results by...
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    New patch for FFVII on PS4 (ver 1.03, about 500 MB)

    Who would've guessed a patch for the OG would release before the remake receives one? lol Here are the patch notes: Fixed an issue where a trophy could not be obtained under certain conditions. Fixed an issue where a trophy could be obtained by exceeding the character's date value. Fixed a...
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    ACTION BUTTON (a.k.a. Tim Rogers) REVIEWS: The Final Fantasy VII Remake

    Runtime is 3 hours and 18 minutes. This is the "Knights of the Round" of all FF7R reviews. Tim has a lot of great insights. I'll share two that stuck with me. Tim explains that the OG's multiple aesthetics, for example the low-poly field models compared to the elongated models in FMVs, were...
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    So You Just Beat Final Fantasy VII Remake – An Ending Breakdown

    https://thelifestream.net/lifestream-projects/analysis/42048/so-you-just-beat-final-fantasy-vii-remake-an-ending-breakdown/ In this article, I make extensive use of Microsoft Paint to explain timeline shenanigans. I also filled my google search history with queries on dog breeds and potato chip...
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    Goomba Stomp - ‘Advent Children’ and the Romanticization of ‘Final Fantasy VII’

    Someone wrote an article on Advent Children in 2020 and I think it makes some valid points. It's about Aerith and Zack's involvement in AC compared to the portrayal of death in the OG. It doesn't feature anything that hasn't already been discussed around here, but condenses the argument neatly...
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    DF Retro: Final Fantasy 7 - A JPRG Epic Analysed Across The Generations!

    John Linneman over at Digital Foundry has released a DF Retro episode on FF7. It covers Square's 3D prototyping efforts, how FF7 is rendered, the five modules the game is split across, the PC port of FF7, a quick look at each Compilation title, and finally a look at the Remake. John Linneman is...
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    FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Theme Song Trailer

    English: Japanese: FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Theme Song Behind The Scenes video (Closed Captions) FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Orchestra World Tour (Thanks to Misterbadguy for the heads up) "Experience all new symphonic arrangements, including the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Theme Song “Hollow,”...
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    Lost Numbers EP - Composer was a forum member?

    Hello all, I recently stumbled upon Lost Numbers EP, the sole release from folk-pop group Lost Numbers. It's good stuff, I used to listen to it everyday a few years back. I believe I learned of the EP from the composer themselves while they were a forum member here, but I can't recall who. I...
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    Thoughts on how to expand the Midgar scenario

    Now that we have official word that VIIR Part 1 will consist entirely of Midgar, I thought I'd share a thought or two as to how they'll accomplish this narratively. So far I've mostly read comments on how the Remake can expand the story BETWEEN the beats we already know. What I want to suggest...
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    Books that analyze or document Final Fantasy VII

    I recently received and read through the physical version of 500 Years Later: An Oral History of Final Fantasy VII. This has put me in that VII mood. What other books exist that seek to critically analyze or document the original game or the Compilation? Here are the ones I know of: THE LEGEND...
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    An Ode to Calling

    Do you have a safe place in a video game? A secluded path or hidden area that you can’t help but take a momentary rest in? There’s something to be said about these secret areas, especially if you find them yourself. I have a safe place. It’s really obscure. It’s not even...
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    The Top 20 Final Fantasy VII Songs - Backed by Numbers

    Hello all, Final Fantasy VII's soundtrack has the luxury of receiving many re-releases, remakes, concerts, and even some updates. I thought it would be interesting to discover the most popular tracks by tallying up the number of times each song appears outside of the original OST from a list of...
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    Shin-Ra's Rise to Power as described by the Ultimania

    This passage stuck out to me: [The Shin-Ra Company] The world is actually controlled by this corporate giant. It was originally a weapons development company called "Shin-Ra Works," but after realizing the potential in [supplying] Mako Energy, it rapidly grew. [Through use of the substance]...
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    I made a PS4 Community for TheLifestream.net, come and join!

    Hello all! In anticipation of the Remake and release of the PS4 port of FFVII, I made a Community for us to keep in touch with. If you're not aware of what Communities are, they're user run chat rooms that allow players to post their thoughts, share a screenshot, or start a party. It should be...
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    Final Fantasy VII is up on the PS4 store.

    Purchasing it allows you to download a new "Midgar" custom theme for your PS4!
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