Games Inbox: Final Fantasy 7 fan verdict, Final Fantasy 7-2 sequel, and Alien Isolation 2 dreams

Final Fantasy VII Remake – it’s finally out (pic: Square Enix)

The Friday Inbox ponders the long-term console rivalry between Microsoft and Sony, as one reader takes advantage of the eShop sales.

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Waiting for Chapter 2
RE: Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Lucky enough to have played it all of the last week. Loved every moment, plenty left to do, missed a few things. Just hope when I start doing the hard chapter select that it proves to be just that. Thou’ even when playing on normal mode the game at times does give you a bit of a challenge, overall a solid game it bodes well for the next if they keep at least the same level of quality up to standard.

The music is perfect, was always my most enjoyed part of even the original, but in this version Wall Market was by far my most enjoyed moments, but there are many others and I don’t want to spoil things for anyone that hasn’t got it yet. I just hope that you all enjoy the game. For the more hardened, picky fan this game is solid and I feel it was created more for the new generation overall. But if you’re a fan I really don’t see what is not to like, it’s prettier than Advent Children in a full game form.

Really, this is the best game I’ve played in a while. Last game I got as engrossed into as this was The Witcher 3. Give it a fair chance, this is only part one and I’d expect at least three parts minimum to come anywhere close to telling the whole story. And if you compare Midgar remake to the original the remake is light years ahead. Take off the rose-tinted glasses and enjoy what the devs have made, they really have tried to please the new players and the old and I can’t praise them more highly. For me it’s a 9/10 and I eagerly await part 2.

Extra epilogue
So, Final Fantasy 7 Remake just arrived for me early and I will be getting stuck into that tonight, but before I do I wonder what Square Enix will do if it is, as I assume, a massive hit. Obviously they’ve got the other chapters coming up but will this convince them to make other remakes? I’d certainly be interested in Final Fantasy 6 or 9. Or maybe related games like the classic Chrono Trigger?

Or what about a sequel to Final Fantasy 7 itself? They sort of already did it with Advent Children, except it wasn’t a game. But now that they’ve got this new system established they could easily make a Final Fantasy 7-2, or at least some sort of extra epilogue as an additional chapter.

I do ask these as questions, as I’m not really sure what would be best. Although the more I think of it the more I’d like to see them attempt to remake one of the SNES games. Final Fantasy 7 Remake is already very different to the PlayStation 1 original and I think that’s what makes it interesting. It’s a reinterpretation as much as a remake and I’d love to see what could be done with something that is based around even older tech and yet arguably has a better story than Final Fantasy 7.

Long-term prediction
It’s funny how two pictures of a controller have created more buzz online for Sony than anything Microsoft has done so far for the Xbox Series X. I really think they’re going to struggle this Christmas, especially if everything is going to hinge around Halo Infinite, which just seems so out of fashion at the moment. I realise that can be turned around, but it’s going to have to be a hell of a game to create that kind of comeback.

At the same time though I do think that Sony are kind of playing the old game with the PlayStation 5. They’re obviously very good at that but their backwards compatibility and streaming plans are clearly way behind Xbox and I think in the end that’s going to win it for Microsoft, along with Game Pass.

Those three things, to me, seem more important that whatever exclusive games Sony is going to announce. Microsoft is setting itself up for a post-console future but Sony don’t want that to end because they dominate it. It’s inevitable though and while they take the short term loss I actually think that Microsoft will start to pull ahead at the end of this gen and the start of the next. I realise there’s a bit of a wait till I can be proven right or wrong on that though!

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Super quiet time
I’ll be honest and say I haven’t been able to keep up with the inbox as much as I’d have liked to recently. While most people are off work I’m still having to go as a key worker. It’s really frustrating being a gamer right now and having to work. I’m probably one of those that would have loved some self-isolation, but people need feeding, so I have no choice in the matter.

But today I found myself with the beauty of some free time on my hands. So I decided I wanted a new game for the Switch. Having looked at what’s new and what I might have missed I decided to plump for Super Bomberman R in the sale.

Once again, I dip into the Metro GC archives to refresh my memory of your review about it. You’re my first point of call for reviews always, then followed by a quick look at Metacritic.

Bomberman R is £14.99 in the sale right now and it’s the price point of the initial £50 that let it down in the first instance and not that quality of the game, well not the battle mode quality anyway. The single-player does have a pointless viewing angle which is a bit rubbish.

It’s still a really fun game and just playing the multiplayer against the bots has made my afternoon.
Nick The Greek

GC: We’re sure everyone is thankful for your efforts at work.

Partial identification
I’m appealing to GC and the readers to try to help me track down the name of a game that’s been driving me nuts for a little while now. It was a detective-style game about solving a crime, (possibly a murder) but the big hook was that the game would send you emails in the real world with additional information and clues, as if you were working on solving a case in real-time.

I always thought it sounded interesting but never got around to picking it up, although I suspect that by now whatever servers were set up to handle the emails have been long since shut down, as it must have come out around 2004.

I don’t know if that’s enough to go on, but the GC team and readers have managed to come up with the answers to similar queries with even less info, so I have faith in you all!
Sparky the Yak

GC: The name escapes us for the moment, but we think we know what you’re talking about. We have a feeling it was published by Ubisoft but maybe a reader knows for use.

Isolated release
I really wish Alien Isolation had been a hit. I played the Nintendo Switch version recently, which is a fantastic port, and the atmosphere is just 101% spot on with the movie. Yes, the game is too long and the story and characters don’t amount to much but it is for me the scariest game ever made – and I love it!

I’d love to have seen a sequel, especially as it doesn’t really have a proper ending, that began to take on more of the style of Aliens in terms of cinematography and action. I’ve no idea if that was what they were planning, but they must’ve had something in mind ending the game like that. I think there were some comic books that tried to continue it but I haven’t seen them and I don’t think they have anything to do with the original writers. It all seems a terrible waste of potential to me.

You did not die
After many years, many copies of the game on various consoles and many failed attempts I finally managed to get to the end of Dark Souls. I actually feel like I’ve joined an exclusive club!

What a fantastic game, I still can’t believe how intricate the game design is linking levels together. Took me 90 hours, not sure how bad that is?

Now if only it told me how many times ‘You Died’.

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Magic bean salesmanship
I’m not really sure how the most tangible piece of information we’ve had so far about either console is the colour of the PlayStation 5 controller? We’ve had specs for both systems, Digital Foundry have covered the Xbox Series X fairly comprehensively already, showing us the look of the system, the controller, how its built, with Microsoft even allowing them to build one themselves.

We have seen footage of Hellblade 2 running in-engine (not necessarily on Xbox Series X hardware though). We have also seen ray-tracing demos, Gears 5 enhancements, load time comparisons, their solutions for expandable storage and more. We also know that the Xbox Series X will play practically all Xbox One games (except for Kinect titles), along with many titles across previous generations.

I agree with you when you say that you don’t understand why anyone would make a decision at this stage though. We haven’t seen the final PlayStation 5 hardware or anything significant in the way of next gen titles from either company. I’ve been fortunate enough to own a Switch, PS4 Pro, and Xbox One X and enjoy all three for different reasons. Being a new dad means I’m going to be sensible and only opt for one next gen console. I look forward to hearing more but have a feeling that it’s going to be a difficult decision!

GC: Looking back at previous consoles launches shows that none of that should be taken at face value. Things like how easy the console is to develop for are far more important than raw power, even if it is accurately described by the tech specs – which it probably isn’t. Early footage of games is always doctored in some way and is almost certainly running on a PC, if it’s not simply pre-rendered. That’s how it’s always worked, for every console manufacturer.

Inbox also-rans
I have always wanted to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons but I could not, so I downloaded the game called Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on my mobile. The thing is, I wanted to play every single one of Nintendo’s Animal Crossing games and, yes, this game is really, really fun.

I noticed on the Nintendo UK site Streets Of Rage 4 was coming out on 30 April.

GC: Maybe it did for a time, but it’s definitely 23rd as we type this. It even says it on the main product page now, not just the search.

This week’s Hot Topic
The question for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Tenhunter, who asks what retro video game would you most recommend to a modern gamer as something they’d enjoy today? Especially given so many people are currently stuck at home with nothing new to play.

Assuming retro means anything from the PlayStation 2 era backwards (including PC games up to 2006) what games do you think have held up the best, and why? What games have aged well and which ones, even if they’re considered classics, do you think are now hard to appreciate for someone that didn’t play them the first time round?

Have you been playing many retro games during lockdown and are there any you regularly getting out when stressed or bored?

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