Yuffie’s new journey is a enjoyable romp, although solely current followers want apply.
Individuals speak a giant recreation concerning the forged of the unique Last Fantasy 7. As they need to; the forged is great. However one of many best-developed members of the forged is Yuffie – who quietly builds out a novel and memorable presence regardless of being an non-obligatory get together member who in consequence has a lot much less to do with the thrust of the primary recreation’s story.
Within the authentic FF7, Yuffie is encountered at random on the world map, with the chance you’ll run into her rising dramatically the deeper into the sport you get. It’s in the end fairly doubtless you’ll recruit her due to this – she’s much less simply missed than Vincent, the opposite non-obligatory get together member. She has one main aspect quest devoted to her and a smattering of reactionary dialogue if she’s in your get together for sure scenes – however that’s it. Regardless of this, she’s one of many strongest characters in the entire recreation.
I’ve all the time theorized that Yuffie might be certainly one of FF7 Remake director Tetsuya Nomura’s favorite characters on the earth of FF7. She and Vincent had been each nearly minimize from the sport, however it was the intervention of Nomura that helped to make sure they survived as get together members, albeit pared-back and non-obligatory ones. Later, he’d give recent life to the pair in Dirge of Cerberus particularly, whereas Yuffie went on to have a job in Kingdom Hearts. Now, she’s been chosen to usher FF7 Remake onto the PlayStation 5 with Intermission, a brand new story episode out there solely for FF7 Remake Intergrade, the newly launched PS5 improve of the sport.
The stable basis laid by the unique FF7 proves most useful right here – and in consequence, Yuffie is straight away a fully-realized, lovable character. There’s glorious voice work in English from the newly-cast Suzie Yeung, and Yuffie is usually animated with the identical love and care as the opposite core characters within the Remake, which fortunately boasted low-key PS5 characters within the authentic PS4 model.
The improve is on the market totally free for those who bought the unique, although you’ll want to purchase the Yuffie episode individually for those who benefit from the free improve. In the event you purchase the brand new PS5 model, Yuffie’s journey is included. It’s a stand-alone affair accessed from the primary menu, and is fully closed off from the remainder of the FF7 Remake expertise.
Seeing Yuffie on this approach in a brand new story is nice fan service for the aged amongst us who bear in mind 1997, whereas newcomers will discover this an exhilarating introduction to a enjoyable new character. She’s an ideal mixture of humorous, good, a bit dumb, and absolutely in over her head. She’s fairly distinctive within the FF7 forged, even when she can also be a bundle of JRPG tropes.
No matter which aspect you play, each the unique recreation and the brand new chapter profit from the varied PS5 upgrades. To be trustworthy, it’s a reasonably modest improve, and your mileage will fluctuate vastly from one chapter to the following. Areas just like the Mako Reactors at the moment are thick with new fog and improved lighting, however locations just like the slums nonetheless function nearly embarrassing, blocky geometry across the edges. Textures have been improved (the notorious door is fastened), however in lots of instances the clearer textures solely serve to focus on the methods through which FF7 Remake was deeply visually uneven to start with.
The sport’s ups and downs have all the time been finest summed up within the character fashions, the place someone like Cloud or Yuffie – PS5-quality character fashions with unimaginable element and surprisingly soulful eyes – work together with shopkeepers or NPC quest-givers who genuinely seem like they had been left-over fashions from Last Fantasy 13. Intergrade seems nice, however go into it understanding it doesn’t tackle these points. The highs are greater, and the lows are… rather less low. That’s the deal.
You may select between a efficiency mode, which supplies a 60 frames-per-second presentation whereas sacrificing decision, or a graphics mode that gives full 4K with a lowered body charge. Each are serviceable and legitimate selections, however I feel FF7 Remake’s glorious battle animation advantages particularly from the efficiency mode. Annoyingly, the sport doesn’t appear to change modes while you enter picture mode as some video games do. Ideally, for those who’re in efficiency mode and hop into picture mode, the sport ought to re-render the scene in graphics mode whilst you take your shot. Intergrade sadly doesn’t try this.
Anyway – Yuffie’s episode. It’s good. Functionally it’s two chapters lengthy, and people chapters are broadly similar to these in the primary FF7 Remake. In the event you’re main-lining it, count on a quest that’ll take you three to 4 hours. In the event you do every little thing and cease to scent the roses, count on round six hours. As soon as accomplished, you may after all problem it once more on laborious mode.
The primary chapter is an ‘open world’ one, reusing the Sector 7 Slums space from the primary recreation with some tweaks. Simply as in the primary recreation, there’s a few aspect quests to take part in all through this space.
These aspect quests are actually not a lot to put in writing dwelling about. One asks you to win video games of the brand new Fort Condor mini-game, a lightweight technique factor that may be a neat distraction. One other is a garbage fetch quest. There’s additionally a VR battle that permits you to unlock Ramuh as a summon. It’s all fairly easy and acquainted, actually.
There’s lots of familiarity, in reality. Intermission is one thing of a masterclass in asset reuse, deploying a number of issues from FF7 Remake in subtly other ways. With that mentioned, there’s lots of new story, many new cutscenes, and a number of other main new bosses. As well as, Yuffie after all performs uniquely from the opposite get together members, with a ninjitsu-based gimmick that’s genuinely oodles of enjoyable to experiment with.
As soon as the DLC is completed, there’s an attractive tease for the following recreation that’ll make followers have a meltdown, plus the unlocking of a bunch of latest end-game fight simulator challenges for Yuffie – plus one new one in the primary recreation. Yuffie’s journey itself doesn’t have a lot implication for the broader story and lore – it’s eminently skippable, and for those who can’t get your arms on a PS5 and don’t have any intention of watching it on YouTube, know you may doubtless go to the following recreation with out enjoying this with out situation. FF7 lore nerds may need to play, nevertheless, as there are intriguing hints concerning the state of Wutai and the way completely different it’s within the Remake’s model of the universe.
That’s it, actually. Intermission will not be a serious new addition, however it’s an attractive new story episode for individuals who couldn’t fairly get sufficient of FF7 Remake and are salivating on the considered the sequel. It’s not likely important enjoying, however for those who loved the unique FF7 Remake, you’re certain to have a blast.