It is an understatement to say that among JRPGs, Final Fantasy VII casts an enormous shadow. It was era-defining, in that it heralded the transition away from the golden age of 16-bit RPGs, and console-defining, in that it caused SquareSoft's break with Nintendo. It was enormously influential, and has left an enormous legacy. And when it comes to Final Fantasy 7 Remake, those questions of legacy cannot be escaped. They were present in the announcement of the game, in the discourse before its release, in the discourse about the game after it's release, and -- to a degree -- in the story of the game itself.
Does Final Fantasy VII Remake live up to the legacy? Is that even the way to evaluate this game? Can it stand on its own merits, or do we judge it solely by reference to its predecessor? And how many times am I going to challenge Jules to pull-ups and squats, anyway? Join us, and find out!