Despite not being held in the highest esteem by "hardcore" Final Fantasy fans (hate on, haters), I thoroughly, and unapologetically love VII. RPGs had never really struck my fancy, save for a carefree, childhood jaunt through the world of A Bard's Tale on PC. Yet after an initial bout of "Jesus f*cking Christ, I'm bored," VII had be in its digital clutches - thus beginning my lifelong love of the Final Fantasy series.
Even with the oft-repeated criticisms of the game - "Emo boy" Cloud, Sephiroth and his endless "mommy issues," as well as the fundamentally loathsome Yuffie - VII was my proper introduction to the genre, and showed that video games could be more than simply a bit of casual fun, or a cathartic mowing down of enemy after enemy. They could, in fact, serve as proper avenues for storytelling.
Thus, it was welcome to hear, late last week, that VII is making its return to the PC - and as an added bonus, my "grandpa computer" will be able to handle its rather modest system requirements. Available exclusively through Square Enix, the game will be tricked out with 36 achievements, as well as support for cloud saves. Also included will be the "Character Booster" feature, allowing you to "increase your HP, MP and Gil levels to their maximum, all with the simple click of a button." Previously, some gamers and news sites had taken this as evidence of a microstransaction-based option which, at the risk of going to a tirade, I hate with a passion that reduces the fires of Hell itself to the modest, fleeting flicker of a dying candle. Now, a Square Enix representative has revealed to Kotaku's Jason Schreler that "will not cost real money to use [...] We'll have final pricing info on the game to share soon, but we can confirm that there will be no microtransactions for the upcoming rerelease of Final Fantasy VII on PC."
So for those interesting in VII's return to the PC, check the Final Fantasy VII PC homepage for more, and check out the system requirements after the jump!
• Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 (32/64-bit)
• 2GHz Processor or faster
• 1GB RAM
• DirectX 9-compatible graphic card