The materia system lays the groundwork for some very fun RPG combat, but wasn't without problems. What I'd like to see fixed is summon materia, specifically. Your early summon monsters are brutal when you get them, useful for a couple of hours after, and then a huge waste of MP. Even if you get Shiva, Ifrit, or Choco-mog up to level 5, the damage doesn't hold up to one and two-star summons acquired shortly after them. They become pure garbage way too fast. Adjust that.
I'd be interested in combining some materia and other small to moderate changes as well. Or what if more than two materia could link together? Lots of possibilities here.
And while you're at it...
A conservative estimate says I've spent well over 300 hours in this game world already. That's five or six beginning-to-end runs and a whole bunch of half-completions and picking up from the middle and stuff. And I know I'm not exactly the world champion. So challenge me, Square Enix. Let me know I'm in a fight.
I'm playing this game on my Vita right now, in fact, and this is some easy stuff. Yes, I realize that it's easy because I'm in my 30's instead of in my teens, and because I've learned from in-game experience. But you can bet a whole hell of a lot of people buying this game will have already been through the original, probably multiple times. That's kind of what happens when you're talking about one of the most beloved games of all time.
Just a nice selection of Easy, Normal, and Hard will do nicely, supposing that those descriptions are accurate. If I'm on Hard Mode, the fights when I can just press X to win should be pretty damn rare.
Ruby and Emerald shouldn't be the only tough fights.
This slide contains a HUGE spoiler. If you're new to FF7 and want to go in fresh, skip this. We good? Okay then...
At first I thought maybe Zack's untimely death could be added as the beginning of the new game, but I don't think I want that legendary opening to be replaced. Aeris walking out followed by the bombing mission is so iconic, I do kinda want that to stay. I'd still be cool with a change, though. If Crisis Core's ending is FF7 Remake's opening, that might be kinda cool.
Or maybe added in as a memory in the form of a dream Cloud has one night?
The best way to do it might be to simply expand upon what was shown in the original Final Fantasy VII (both in and out of the secret cinema). Whether that's through inserted flashbacks, memories, soliloquy, or what, I'm not sure. I suppose that's why Nomura's getting the fat director paycheck and not me.
Did you hear the Crisis Core soundtrack? Take a listen to what Takeharu Ishimoto did with those Uematsu compositions. His original stuff is great, perfectly fitting for FF7's dark world; and when you add in his ability to remix Uematsu like a boss, this guy is a shoe-in for the composer. Just look at his picture. Look at him not giving a shit. What a fucking dude.
I'll bet he writes music and then just slides CDs across his boss's desk and says, "Here ya go. I'm out," then pulls out a gun to shoot off the doorknob and walk out. The door wasn't even locked, he shot that fucker just because.
The core music backbone has gotta be the legendary Uematsu compositions, but for new stuff, let Ishimoto do his thing.
Remember that scene of Tifa versus that one dude, in the church, in Advent Children? That was badass. If more of that is inserted, I ain't complainin'.
There's a fantastic game series called Yakuza, which regularly makes fun of cheesy direction with its over-the-top sequences of simple things like answering the phone or taking a picture. Please, please, please don't make Final Fantasy VII the very product that Yakuza is satirizing. We don't need epic zooms on boots in water or dramatic camera swoops for shooting a basketball.
I'm excited to see FFVII's world brought to new life with PS4 visuals, but I'm hoping those summon spells can be skipped. Flash and style are great, but not when we have to watch the same 30-to-60-second cinema in every other battle. The original had a problem with that in the summon spells.
The famous "This guy are sick" gets all the jokes, but the script is riddled with more than just grammar errors. Lines that don't make sense, whole speeches that seem to lack context, and other problems actually interfere with the story itself.
I think we can safely say the Gold Saucer could use an extra wing after 18 years, yeah? Even knockoffs of other mini-games that haved been in Final Fantasy over the years would be fine with me, because now they're in FFVII, too. That could be neat.
With more power and a bigger world, there are more opportunities to immerse gamers both new and old. As someone who as written shitty stories himself, I know that even after something is finished, you find little side stories in your head that you want to share with the people who liked your work. You want to say "Yeah and you know what else! THIS happened!" In my case, that's to an audience of like eight or nine people, but in Final Fantasy VII's case, you can multiply that by a million or two.
You just know that 18 years later, there are little side stories, fun bits of narrative, and other things they'd love to show us. And I'm ready and willing to eat 'em up.
To English speakers, the flower girl was originally Aeris, but later Aerith. To the creators, it was the reverse, and her name remains a topic of debate. It was originally written with the 'th' ending, but appeared in the English game with an 's' instead. So which should it be? The name we were supposed to see, or the name we actually did see and consequently grow up with?
Some people cite the Japanese pronunciation, which is certainly closer to "Aeris," because the language lacks anything close to a "th" sound. Even as a Japanese resident, I find this argument weak, because to be consistent, you'd have to also call Cloud "Ku-ra-u-do," and Cid "Shiddo," and so on.
But I like the sound of Aeris better. I don't care for the name Aerith. It feels dumb on my tongue and sounds dumb in my ears. Alas, I know that asking for an entire separate English recording is a bit much. Aw well. It'd be nice to be able to change the text of the names like before, though. If the game is voice acted, will changing names will be allowed? I wonder.
At least for text, give us the option. Please? What if I use a smiley face? :)