Square Enix releases the opening movie for Final Fantasy VII Remake

Tranq

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Oct 21, 2018
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It was nice overall, but when Cloud does a flip off the train and swings his sword, well that was cheesy. Just jump down like a normal person instead of a tryhard edgelord next time. Square-Enix tries too hard to make characters cool, but it's just silly.
Of course, Cloud was a bit of an edgelord in the original too, but it was cooler when I was a teenager.

Hopefully there really is a demo coming, because I'm not sold on this yet.
I mean, if you played the original you should know it's extremely appropriate that Cloud would "try to look cool."
 

♡♪!?

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Can't hate on the intro even if I wanted too. Better than the original opening movie imo.
Not really, they got it right the first time beginning with space (connecting to the Cosmo Canyon telescope) with Aeris' face close up and
ending it the same way
That was beautiful and cosmical. I'm not a purest but if you change things, they should make it better not worse. I want to see my favourite moments recreated from the original.
 

ZeroDS

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Oct 29, 2017
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Not really, they got it right the first time beginning with space (connecting to the Cosmo Canyon telescope) with Aeris' face close up and
ending it the same way
That was beautiful and cosmical. I'm not a purest but if you change things, they should make it better not worse. I want to see my favourite moments recreated from the original.
I think connecting it to the Cosmo Canyon telescope is more your idea than what’s actually going on in the original opening.
 

snausages

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Well another poster points out that you can hear the cries of the planet in the OG opening, which I had never thought of before tbh. So it's like locating a lost child in space (Cid's line) and bringing it down to earth where Aerith is seeing a 'wound' in the form of a mako leak.

New one is sort of the same idea, focusing on the progress made by Shinra but at the cost to the natural world. They are doing this to set it up in contrast to the 500 years later scene I suppose. I prefer the more 'cosmic' original but this isn't bad either, just a little too long and the OWA bits are not a good addition. But overall it's a nice re-working of the opening.
 

Yogi

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Nov 10, 2019
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With how little I expect there to be in the game, I have to avoid it.

The only thing still bothering me about all this is how the boxart for the game has no mention of the fact that it's only Part 1. Maybe you can get away with that elsewhere but it shouldn't be the case in EU.
 

♡♪!?

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I think connecting it to the Cosmo Canyon telescope is more your idea than what’s actually going on in the original opening.
Not really, it's foreshadowing the story is about the universe, not just Gaia and the same music plays in the telescope scene.
Bugenhagen shows that,. My guess is the developers of the remake just thought of the zoom out shot, let's make it bigger and cooler but didn't think of the point of the orginal scene. It's like giving Red XIII a cool and wise voice, he may look bad arse, but he's more like a reckless teenager. I worry they have a superficial understanding of the original.
 

ZeroDS

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Not really, it's foreshadowing the story is about the universe, not just Gaia. Bugenhagen shows that,. My guess is the developers of the remake just thought of the zoom out shot, let's make it bigger and cooler but didn't think of the point of the orginal scene. It's like giving Red XIII a cool and wise voice, he may look bad arse, but he's more like a reckless teenager. I worry they have a superficial understanding of the original.
Uhh, Most of the original team who worked on the original is on this remake. Also regarding Red XII, the whole point is that he’s putting on a different face in front of everyone because they don’t know he’s only a pup. He talks in his sleep all the time, crying for his grandfather. That’s like a big part of his character. He breaks that facade after Cosmo Canyon.
 

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Uhh, Most of the original team who worked on the original is on this remake. Also regarding Red XII, the whole point is that he’s putting on a different face in front of everyone because they don’t know he’s only a pup. He talks in his sleep all the time, crying for his grandfather. That’s like a big part of his character. He breaks that facade after Cosmo Canyon.
Looks like they went too far, Red XIII is not Aslan. Whether some of the same developers worked on it or not, doesn't mean they can't miss the point.
 

sthef360

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Oct 28, 2017
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Works for me. Establishes up front “hey, this is going to be a little different than what you remember”, and then goes underground for the “real” nostalgic start.

I’m all for seeing a bit of upper-Midgar. Gives some context to those living on top of the pizza. They’re not all the upper crust. They’re working class folks that are one step away from being cast into the slums themselves. Makes the whole thing feel more fleshed out.

Also the new shots help with one of my few tiny criticisms from the demo intro, which was that it felt like it didn’t ‘ease’ into Aerith elegantly enough. In the og FF7 you swirl around with the mako flecks for a while, establishing a mood, before you see her. The demo intro just kind of went to her ASAP. Establishing the city helps the pacing, and makes it feel more special when you finally get to her.
 

Noise

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Oct 25, 2017
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They really start the remake with an Advent Children easter egg lmaooooo

Looks amazing though. Can't wait. I honestly really like the look of Midgar in the first two minutes.
 

The Last One

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Oct 25, 2017
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Oh the opening is actually different from the demo version. I hope this means that they intend to release the demo before the final game launches then.
 

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Lol ok. He literally talks like that in the original version but yeah they went too far
Red XIII was quite childish, there's a scene
where he sneaks in Junon in a human disguise and he clearly doesn't know what he's doing. Same with freaking out over Aeris in the chamber.
He's quite insecure even earlier on and not very cool and calm, despite how he may look at times. Giving him the most coolmaccool voice, misses the point. The whole "he pretends to be cool" is an excuse because even then the insecurities still shine through.
 

Camisado

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Nov 3, 2017
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I wasn't going to watch it.... but I was weak. That didn't disappoint at all, let's hope the rest of the game lives up to that!
 

Swift_Gamer

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Red XIII was quite childish, there's a scene
where he sneaks in Junon in a human disguise and he clearly doesn't know what he's doing. Same with freaking out over Aeris in the chamber.
He's quite insecure even earlier on and not very cool and calm, despite how he may look at times. Giving him the most coolmaccool voice, misses the point. The whole "he pretends to be cool" is an excuse because even then the insecurities still shine through.
You all are freaking out over nothing. He can have a cool voice and this will make the inscurities show off even more when they do show off, which fits the character pretty well.
 

ZeroDS

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Oct 29, 2017
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Red XIII was quite childish, there's a scene
where he sneaks in Junon in a human disguise and he clearly doesn't know what he's doing. Same with freaking out over Aeris in the chamber.
He's quite insecure even earlier on and not very cool and calm, despite how he may look at times. Giving him the most coolmaccool voice, misses the point. The whole "he pretends to be cool" is an excuse because even then the insecurities still shine through.
If you have the ability play in Japanese, if not watch Tim Rogers series on it. Explains it well there. They aren’t missing the point with his character
 

Kinsei

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Oct 25, 2017
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All of the new bits like the parts during the day and some rando stepping on Aerith's flower feel so pointless.
 

Dphex

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have to say, it is a really odd trend to show beginning cinematics long before the game is released or the famous"the first 10 minutes"...

back in the days it was the best to experience this personally, nowadays the beginning is already spoiled because marketing reasons...the magic is completely gone from a new game this way
 

Lobster Roll

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All of the new bits like the parts during the day and some rando stepping on Aerith's flower feel so pointless.
As awesome as the trailer looks, I tend to always roll my eyes when games go for that “the city is so rough and raw that this person just stepped on Aeris’ flower with NO regard for her” feel. Like I live in Chicago. If somebody dropped their shit on the ground and was on their hands and knees collecting it, nobody is gonna come through and drag their boots haha
 

Kemono

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Oct 27, 2017
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I know , it's the one where they shrunk the chin.

Mind you, I'm not really care much but I remember japanese fanbase complaining about Aerith looking ugly too long chin and shit like that.
Yeah. This change is probably because the japanese base shat their pants because Aerith face was too long and western looking...
 

snausages

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have to say, it is a really odd trend to show beginning cinematics long before the game is released or the famous"the first 10 minutes"...

back in the days it was the best to experience this personally, nowadays the beginning is already spoiled because marketing reasons...the magic is completely gone from a new game this way
Yes, Valve's approach with HL Alyx is so refreshing in comparison. Imagine if we got a big cutscene showing us the G-Man's intro or something like that shown before release
 
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To me, it looks like that's supposed to be a historical shot of the sector 5 reactor firing up for the first time before the plate for that sector has been built. Like everything before it cuts to Aeris is actually in the past
This was my interpretation of it as well, that it was showing a quick history of Shin-ra and Midgar’s rise through building and expansion all the way up until the city that we all recognise.

edit: I have now watched the opening for the second time, this time on my 65” 4K tv instead of my iphone and I was mistaken, I didn’t see Midgar all the way in the distance when the show was still of the wasteland. The opening absolutely is not showing the city being build aha.
 
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