Final Fantasy 7 Remake in my opinion was one of the greatest RPGs ever made. It was certainly on the top of every gaming list last year and it seems like Square Enix wants to give fans more content with an additional story. If you own a PlayStation 5 and a copy of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, you can already enjoy the updated graphics for free barring the PS+ version. Loading times on the upgraded version are vastly faster than the PS4 version and you can play the game on 60fps performance mode as well. There’s also an option to play the game in 4K 30 FPS mode as well.
While the new upgrades are a good enough reason to get back into the game, you also get access to a story expansion called “Intermission” that can be bought separately. The new DLC expansion comes included in the PS5 version of the game if you never bought the previous game for the PlayStation 4. While the main game follows the journey of Cloud and the AVALANCHE crew, in the DLC you take control of Yuffie, a ninja side character from the main game.
When you fire up the Intermission DLC, you will instantly notice that Yuffie doesn’t handle the same way as ‘Cloud’. Her move sets are very different from Cloud’s and experience a story that is separate from the main plot of FF 7 Remake. Having said that, the two chapters that you get to play in the DLC has been presented with the same production value as the main game. Currently, the two chapters are exclusively available only for PlayStation 5 players and if you do own the console, I highly recommend checking it out.
As mentioned before, the game does offer visual upgrades for the DLC content as well, meaning you can play ‘Intermission’ at both 60FPS or 4K 30FPS as well. I preferred playing the highly action-packed game in 60FPS as I like the gameplay to be as smooth as possible. However, if you prefer higher graphics quality, you can always run the game in quality mode which renders everything in 4K. While the game does look beautiful with higher-resolution details in quality mode, I wasn’t pleased playing it in 30 FPS. Since I was already spoiled by the faster gameplay in 60 FPS, I instantly changed it back to performance mode.
The Intermission DLC also takes place at the midpoint of the base game’s story. Yuffie, who is an optional party member in the base game, is the centrepiece for the plot of the DLC. While Yuffie may not have been an integral part of the main story. The DLC does explore some plots that will most definitely be explored in the second part of FF7 Remake. While some may just cast “Intermission’ as an unimportant expansion, in my opinion, it plays a far important role in the overall story.
As for Yuffie, we do get to see more of her entertaining characteristics. There is also a stark difference in the overall tone of the story since Yuffie herself has a very zestful personality. Her personality gets well represented in her dialogue and gameplay as well.
Speaking of gameplay, Yuffie controls very different from Cloud which I found to be more enjoyable as well. She wields a melee weapon called a shuriken which can be used both as close combat or as a ranged weapon. Her natural abilities are also fun to use which are quite effective at defeating bosses and key battles. It is also worth pointing out that you can only play as Yuffie in the DLC.
Unlike the base game where you could take control of any party member, here you are only restricted to play as the main protagonist. I would have loved to control ‘Sonon’ but alas that was not the case. While you cannot control ‘Sonon’ he still is an effective party member as he does participate in battles quite a bit. You can equip his abilities and weapons that suit your play style, but it still isn’t anything like when you could control Barret, Tifa or Aerith in the main game.
The Final Say
If you’re a fan of Japanese RPGs in general or a fan of the Final Fantasy franchise, there’s a lot to love in Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade. If you still haven’t played the main game and want something new for your PlayStation 5, this could be the perfect time to see what your new hardware can do.
The improved textures, faster loading times and great lighting are very satisfying to experience on the PS5 version of Final Fantasy 7 Remake. The same experiences also extend to ‘Intermission’ which is another bonus for new players. Overall, Final Fantasy 7 Intergrade is a satisfying update to experience right now and in my opinion, one of the best games to experience on the PlayStation 5 right now.