Last year, Final Fantasy VII Remake knocked fans' socks off and now, you can enjoy the journey all over again on PS5 with Intergrade.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
First off, what is Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade? To put it simply, it's the exact same game as Final Fantasy VII Remake except with improved performance and a piece of DLC in the form of Episode Intermission which stars Yuffie from the original PS1 game. Thankfully, if you already own the PlayStation 4 game, you can upgrade to Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade for free although Episode Intermission is paid DLC. Is it worth it? I'll discuss it in a bit. For now, let's revisit Final Fantasy VII Remake for a nice refresher on how great it is.
Final Fantasy VII Remake is not a remake in the traditional sense as it's only for the first part of Final Fantasy VII within Midgar. With that being said, it features some additional story elements that are quite mind-blowing so it's not a simple retelling of the same old tale. On top of that, its combat is accomplished through a real-time action-intense system which can be impressively challenging. To round things off, it features gorgeous visuals, a wonderful recreated soundtrack, fantastic acting, and loads of optional content to master.Final Fantasy VII Remake Review
Episode Intermission PlayStation 5 ★★★★☆
Starring the clumsy ninja Yuffie, Episode Intermission is exactly as the title implies; a simple story that takes place during the events of Final Fantasy VII Remake. After being invited to Midgar to assist Avalanche, Yuffie soon finds herself lost within the dilapidated outskirts of the city. Upon reaching her contacts, you're introduced to a small group of characters with the most notable of which being fellow ninja Sonon who becomes your sole ally shortly into the DLC. After that, they go on a mission to steal the ultimate materia from Shinra.
The first thing that struck me about Episode Intermission is just how well Yuffie controls. She's extremely agile and her attacks make her the most fun to play as in the entire Final Fantasy VII Remake cast. For example, throwing her boomerang-style weapon which swarms enemies only to unleash projectile ninja attacks whenever it's deployed feels awesome! You can also warp to it and start to beat up enemies old-school whenever you want, too. This gameplay style goes perfectly hand-in-hand with Yuffie's personality as she's energetic and often to a boisterous extent. The fact that people don't seem to take her seriously only makes her personality more endearing.
One aspect of Episode Intermission that I absolutely loved is the fact that it contains a few substantial pieces of optional content. One is a timed box-smashing mini-game and another involves collecting flyers across the Midgar slums which actually reveals little story tidbits and rewards you with nifty materia, too. The biggest addition is a full-on mini-game known as Fort Condor which is of course a reference to the town and its corresponding mini-game from the original game. Anyway, it's essentially a 1-on-1 tower defense board game and I found mastering it to be quite a treat as outsmarting the tougher opponents can take a few attempts to accomplish.
With all of these great things in mind, Episode Intermission's story is kind of lackluster. I understand that it's a short piece of DLC but (without giving much away), it just sort of ends after some rushed dramatic scenes. Once it's over, you'll get to watch a somewhat lengthy scene with the main cast of Final Fantasy VII Remake but I was so invested in Yuffie's story that it was disappointing that she wasn't in these epilogue scenes. I guess that's one way to tease gamers for the inevitable sequel but... come on; you know? 🥺
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is the best way to experience the monumental ARPG and its Episode Intermission is a top-notch piece of DLC that's much more riveting than I was anticipating. I recommend it to anyone who's even remotely interested.
- + Final Fantasy VII Remake is a fantastic ARPG and it's great to play through it again
- + Runs very well on PS5 and looks awesome
- + Episode Intermission is excellent DLC
- - Episode Intermission's story doesn't quite feel complete and acts like more of a teaser
- - Same issues remain from the PS4 game