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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Announced, Character Booster Confirmed

By Pete Haas 2012-07-04 11:12:33 discussion comments
Square Enix revealed the rumored remake of Final Fantasy 7 today. They're optimizing the 1997 RPG for modern PCs and also adding a few new features.

To run the remake, you'll need a system with Windows XP, Vista, or 7. Other minimum requirements include a 2GHz processor, 1GB Ram, and DirectX 9-compatible graphics card. Those requirements are obviously a lot higher than they were for the original PC version (you needed a Pentium 133 to run it at the time) so expect some sort of visual upgrade. If the trailer below is any indication, though, it's not going to be a huge leap in quality.

The rumors of a Character Booster turned out to be true. At any point in the game, you can press a button to max out your hit points, magic points, or Gil (money). This will let you easily bypass difficult sections of the game, for better or worse. Was anyone really clamoring for this feature?

The remake also has a couple standard fix'ins you'd expect from a present-day PC game. There are 36 achievements to unlock throughout the game. Cloud save support allows you to continue your adventures from different computers.

Square Enix says that the updated FF7 will only be available through their digital shop. I was unaware that the Square Enix Store actually existed. Releasing an exclusive, desired product through your store seems like a smart way to raise its visibility, though.



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