As if we weren't already excited enough for the Final Fantasy VII remake, these side-by-side comparisons to the original have hyped us up for its release even more.
Remakes and remasters are currently the order of the day. Disney has jumped on that bandwagon to the nth degree via its various live-action remakes. The gaming industry is no stranger to it either. Re-released, remastered versions of the original Crash Bandicoot and Spyro trilogies have performed incredibly well - so well that a Crash Team Racing remaster is dropping this June.
As excited as we are for Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled, there is another remake that is garnering almost all of our attention right now: Final Fantasy VII. Not only is FFVII perhaps the most well-loved chapter of the iconic franchise, but it was undoubtedly one of the best PlayStation One games ever released.
In 2015, Square Enix revealed that it was in the process of remastering FFVII. Then, there was radio silence for four years - or at least until a trailer dropped recently and thankfully confirmed that the project has not been scrapped.
The gameplay and the graphics look pretty remarkable, as you can see above. However, if you look closely at the tweet below, you'll see exactly how great the remake will look compared to the original.
More recent Final Fantasy games have featured remarkable graphics, and clearly, those graphics have been applied to the FFVII remake. What we like most is how every character we have been shown so far is still instantly recognizable to those of us who originally played the game during the latter half of the 1990s. We're also big fans of the text boxes being replaced by actual voice actors.
The good news is we know the FFVII remake will arrive imminently and that it looks pretty awesome. The bad news is we still don't know when it will arrive - more specifically, when the first episode will arrive. Square Enix has reconfirmed, after first revealing it in 2015, that the game will be split into episodes and released gradually. We will likely find out more at during Square Enix's press conference at E3 next month.