Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intermission Review (Spoilers)
I wasn’t the biggest Final Fantasy fan, let alone FF7 fan before FF7 Remake came out. Despite playing Kingdom Hearts and learning about what the series was about I never really got into the series, let along play much of the games. (With FF15 being a disappointment on story and gameplay). However, ever since jumping into FF7 Remake I’ve fell absolute in love with the world and characters which even made me play FF6 (which was a masterpiece in its own right). So I was completely excited to see more of what this DLC had to offer and I was kind of blown away from minute one.
It’s short but effective, the great ninja Yuffie is on a mission by the provisional Wutai government to infiltrate Shinra HQ and formulate an alliance with the local Avalanche group now that the two are working together. The worldbuilding and context behind this mission is far more interesting than the actual mission itself but since it also has these characters go through fun and character building scenarios it works for what it is. I never expected it to be game changing like the main story was.
The main star was certainly Yuffie’s introduction and character arc, or atleast the beginning of it. Yuffie’s personality was the perfect balance between bratty but energetic, annoying but kind and enduring. It certainly helped that her VA’s were spectacular, like seriously whoever is in charge of hiring the VA is this series needs a promotion for picking such great people for the job.
Getting back to her story, it’s a nice tale of a teen who’s readying to dash into the adult world and take responsibility, when in reality she’s probably still needs time till doing those sort of things. Her home life and situation her homeland been through created a world where she did have to grow up fast but it doesn’t change the dangers that plague Wutai for who knows how long. Sonon was a great partner to pair her up cause he’s more seasoned but reasonable to deal with, so when Yuffie has moments of doubt or goes to far he’ll help re-center her and work around those without blowing up at her for messing up or getting in the way of his personal mission. It’s a great dynamic that carried this DLC, and though the death flags were rather obvious, how long it lingers on that death and what it would mean for Yuffie’s story later down the line made it far more effective where it could’ve felt limp.
My only gripe is that it felt like their were a strong beginning, middle and then a quick end. Chapter one was great in reminding players of the controls and introducing the characters, Chapter two was gripping with the conflicts presented by the antagonists with Nero actually being challenging and creepy (though he was SUPER edgy in a mid-2000′s sort of way). But then it cuts to Yuffie already outside of Midgar and looking for others to join in an upbeat attitude. I understand that it’s a DLC but I personally would’ve gone for one last mission, not even a whole chapter, where Yuffie had to fend her way out of the city so to make the player miss Sonon for not being able to fight with them and showing how Yuffie would handle a dire situation entirely alone.
Still, it’s a well paced story befitting of an energetic young ninja.
I already talked about it but Yuffie was a delight and got the proper treatment the party in the main story got. I can not wait to see how she’ll integrate with them both in fighting style and characters. Sonon, I wasn’t expecting to like since the aforementioned death flags were everywhere for him and if his role in this short story would leave an impact both for me and Yuffie. Thankfully, he was a solid partner in a side story who meshed well with Remake’s world. It was a little interesting that he projected his sister onto Yuffie and his personality mixing really well with Yuffie’s, though I guess I would’ve appreciated a bit more backstory of them working together and see what exactly Yuffie reminded him.
These new Avalanche characters were very small in their roles but their politics were certainly interesting. Given by Yuffie’s and Sonon’s side conversations, they give off the vibe of being more moderate in their approach of confronting Shinra compared to Barret’s radical splinter cell and we see how much it’s frown upon. Yuffie’s immediate support of these bombings is a great hint to why she joins the party later. It presented a interesting and revealing part of avalanche and where that story thread could lead, and presents why more Radical methods is necessary and justified. Avalanche is a group focused on Midgar issues, first and foremost, and while Midgar is in desperate need of change, the fact that Yuffie point out that they never seen the deadly effect Shinra imperialism has done to other people like Wutai shows they’re short sighted and don’t fully grasps the scope of Shinra’s ambitions and the deadly effects their capitalistic and imperialistic system is capable of. They give of the vibes of wanting to negotiate and compromise with the system, rather than break it down whatever means necessary. It reminds me of the differences to what the first world sees as ‘too far’ and ‘rebellious’ to third world nations where they face the brunt of today’s global systems effects more than anyone.
It’s all interesting to think about and why I love this series and have confidence in this plot.
Nero and deepground aren’t something I’m familiar with but I think it’s handled well. It’s edgy but just enough of it where it doesn’t become eye-rolling and comes off as comedic. I actually enjoyed it to where I hope we see Nero again as a sort of rival to Yuffie, they did show him grabbing Sonon’s corpse so perhaps it’ll be used to get in her head and challenge her on her personal goal of taking responsibility and being an adult by reminding her of her mistake.
What can I say other than perfect and refined. Flying through the air as Yuffie was fluid and fun, and the partner system didn’t feel like a downgrade to the main story but a great addition to scenario’s where its needed. Missions were cute and Fort Condor was great fun, I almost wish for it to be a multiplayer feature. Boss Fights were fantastic in scale and challenge, kind of scared to face Weiss given how tough he is.
It’s a great stepping stone to what’s to come in part 2 with a after credit scene that shows what travel and scenes will be like and what crazy time shit consequences are waiting for us.
Final Review: 9/10, it’s gonna be fun and interesting to replay the main story and jump to where intermission takes place while our main group going on their adventure in Midgar.