Last Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is out now on PlayStation 5 — and it makes 2020’s greatest RPG even higher. The improve takes the recreation as much as 60 frames per second (fps), provides a photograph mode, and improves a few of its much less flattering textures (doorways lastly appear to be doorways, versus one giant pixel). Most importantly, Intergrade brings a number of further 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 the 1997 traditional. Like most DLC, there’s a variety of familiarity to the new content material. It makes intelligent use of preexisting belongings, recycling enemies and areas from the most important recreation. There are some new bosses and a surprisingly deep Fort Condor minigame, however INTERmission is generally a victory lap round Midgar by means of a recent pair of eyes.
That shift in perspective makes an enormous distinction, because it seems. Yuffie is a refreshing change of tempo from the broody Cloud, together with her childlike enthusiasm and lightning-fast assaults. Although what actually makes her stand out as a protagonist is way subtler than that: It’s her character animations.
From the very begin of INTERmission, we all know we’re in for a really totally different sort of hero. We’re instantly launched to Yuffie, wearing an outsized moogle costume, as she heroically appears to be like out over Midgar. The scene rapidly jumps right into a slapstick comedy routine. A flock of pigeons fly by, knocking Yuffie off a cliff. Limbs go flying in each course as she struggles to recuperate 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 by means of the constructing like Wile E. Coyote.
These Looney Tunes moments are current all through the journey, with Yuffie tumbling round Midgar with a mix of ninja-like grace and teenage awkwardness. Whereas Cloud carried himself with self-serious weight, Yuffie all the time appears to be like like she’s having a blast as she explores Midgar, and that power is infectious.
It’s not simply in the cutscenes. There are little animation particulars in even the most mundane moments which might be a delight to look at. When she runs throughout 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 a substitute of rigorously discovering her footing on every step.
That enthusiasm is clear even in one thing so simple as sitting on a bench, which act as therapeutic factors in the recreation. When Cloud sits on a bench, he sluggishly backs onto it with seen exhaustion (or perhaps simply indifference). Yuffie, on the different hand, launches herself onto it like its a beanbag chair, kicking her legs up with glee.
All of these particulars could sound miniscule, however they assist promote the DLC’s thematic parts. In an early dialog, Yuffie chats a couple of bar stuffed with drunken adults who’re always complaining about how youngsters don’t perceive the worth of exhausting work and might 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 most important Remake journey. Whereas Cloud’s story is filled with massive themes that deal with the concept of destiny and future, Yuffie’s story is extra private. It’s a couple of child who’s attempting to make a distinction in a bleak world with out sacrificing her playful power. The way in which we work together with Midgar is way totally different this time round in consequence. It’s nonetheless the similar dystopian panorama that we traversed in the authentic, however Yuffie refuses to be overwhelmed down by it. The world continues to be her playground.
Last Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade solely provides extra depth to the already bustling Midgar. Up to date visuals give it extra element than ever, making it effectively value a replay. INTERmission solely provides to that have by letting us expertise the world by means of a personality that’s really glad to be there, as a substitute of ones who’re dying to flee. It’s a surprisingly joyful piece of content material for a recreation about eco-disaster.
Last Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is now out there on PS5. The INTERmission episode could be purchased individually for $20.