If you're reading this, you're probably doing so from home due to the 'circuit breaker'. You could pen that 'Great Singapore Novel' or get that summer body. Hell, you could even dust off the crockery set and whip up a meal from a YouTube cooking channel.
Those are fine endeavours. But if you're like me, you'll probably want to spend this month reliving your childhood and play FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE.
That's right. A remake. If you've kept up with the video gaming news of late, the seminal JRPG will return as a revamp—better graphics; newer battle system; fleshed out story and characterisation—for the PS4 this Friday.
The plot remains similar: you play Cloud Strife, an ex-soldier, who joins up with an eco-terrorist group, AVALANCHE. Your mission is to stop the conglomerate, Shinra Corporation, who is draining the planet of its resources. This is a hit of nostalgia that is gonna revive that inner child you've left behind for your bill payments and nine-to-five job… y'know, 'adulting'. Expect thinly-veiled allusions to environmentalism. Expect "One Wing Angel" playing Sephiroth in. Expect this victory fanfare that I once programmed as my ringtone:
But FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE isn't the full game; this release is the first episode out of many to come (which leads me to wonder: what's the title for the next part? FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE 2.0?).
Launching it as a multi-game format allows for the publishers, Square Enix, to properly deliver the world of FF7 in its entirety. The first chapter will focus on the world of Midgar; if you've played the original FF7, you'd know that players will spend about four hours in Midgar before escaping to explore the rest of the world.
For FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE, Midgar will be chocked full of content that exploring it and meeting new denizens will make it feel like a fully realised game. Which is good because you'll need all the distraction to keep yourself home during this period.
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE launches worldwide for PS4 on April 10, 2020.