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Final Fantasy VII Intergrade’s Animations Make All the Difference

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is out now on PlayStation 5 — and it makes 2020’s greatest RPG even higher. The improvement takes the sport as much as 60 frames per second (fps), provides a photographing mode, and improves a few of its much less flattering textures (doorways lastly appear to be doorways, versus one giant pixel). Most considerably, Intergrade brings just a few additional hours of gameplay in the type of its INTERmission episode.

The DLC is a four-hour journey starring Yuffie, the 16-year-old ninja from 1997 traditional. Like most DLC, there’s a whole lot of familiarity to the new content material. It makes intelligent use of preexisting property, recycling enemies and areas from the fundamental sport. There are some new bosses and a surprisingly deep Fort Condor minigame, however, INTERmission is generally a victory lap around Midgar via a contemporary pair of eyes.

That shift in perspective makes a giant distinction because it seems. Yuffie is a refreshing change of tempo from the broody Cloud, together with her childlike enthusiasm and lightning-fast assaults. Though what actually makes her stand out as a protagonist is far subtler than that: It’s her character animations.

Yuffie battles an enemy in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.

From the very beginning of INTERmission, we all know we’re in for a really completely different sort of hero. We’re instantly launched to Yuffie, wearing an outsized Moogle costume, as she heroically seems out over Midgar. The scene rapidly jumps right into a slapstick comedy routine. A flock of pigeons flies by, knocking Yuffie off a cliff. Limbs go flying in each route as she struggles to get well whereas in free fall. The second turns swish for a second as she regains management and makes an ideal touchdown on a tattered roof like a gymnast. There’s a second of calm earlier than one final punchline: She plummets via the constructing like Wile E. Coyote.

Those Looney Tunes moments are current all through the journey, with Yuffie tumbling around Midgar with a mix of ninja-like grace and teenage awkwardness. Whereas Cloud carried himself with self-serious weight, Yuffie all the time seems like she’s having a blast as she explores Midgar, and that vitality is infectious.

It’s not simply in the cutscenes. There are little animation particulars in even the most mundane moments which can be a delight to observe. When she runs through a string of slim platforms, she stretches her arms out to every facet as her Moogle cap blows in the wind. She climbs down grates by hopping from rung to rung as an alternative of fastidiously discovering her footing on every step.

Yuffie runs across a grate in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.

That enthusiasm is obvious even in one thing so simple as sitting on a bench, which acts as therapeutic factors in the sport. When Cloud sits on a bench, he sluggishly backs onto it with seen exhaustion (or possibly simply indifference). Yuffie, on the different hand, launches herself onto it like it’s a beanbag chair, kicking her legs up with glee.

All of these particulars could sound minuscule, however, they assist promote the DLC’s thematic parts. In an early dialog, Yuffie chats a few bars filled with drunken adults who’re always complaining about how youngsters don’t perceive the worth of arduous work and shall be the demise of society.

“Ugh, how can they not see that they’re the ones destroying it!?” she complains.

That’s a defining second in INTERmission that makes it stand out from the fundamental Remake journey. Whereas Cloud’s story is filled with huge themes that deal with the thought of destiny and future, Yuffie’s story is extra private. It’s a few children who are making an attempt to make a distinction in a bleak world without sacrificing her playful vitality. The means we work together with Midgar is far completely different this time around because of this. It’s nonetheless the identical dystopian panorama that we traversed in the unique, however, Yuffie refuses to be overwhelmed down by it. The world continues to be her playground.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade solely provides extra depth to the already bustling Midgar. Updated visuals give it an extra element than ever, making it effectively value a replay. INTERmission solely provides to that have by letting us expertise the world via a personality that’s truly glad to be there, as an alternative of ones who’re dying to flee. It’s a surprisingly joyful piece of content material for a sport about eco-disaster.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is now out there on PS5. The INTERmission episode could be purchased individually for $20.

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