You finally don’t need a PlayStation console to play Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Released in 2020, Final Fantasy VII Remake held up to our lofty expectations. It was always going to be hard to please fans of one of the best JRPGs ever made, but Square Enix thought outside the box, delivering a remake that brought the world of Final Fantasy VII to life like never before. It also challenged what a remake could be – but the less said about that the better for those yet to undertake the game’s thrilling adventure.
Enhanced for PS5 earlier this year, Final Fantasy VII Remake has now made its way to PC. Its next-gen only expansion, Episode INTERmission is also included, allowing players to get fully up to date before the full-blown sequel hits in the future. It’s only available on the Epic Games Store at the moment, however, which is bound to ruffle some Chocobo feathers.
It’s the quality of the port that should be viewed with ire and disappointment though, not the storefront that it’s available on. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is a fantastic game, it truly is, but unfortunately this PC port doesn’t quite do it justice. The first thing that will disappoint PC gamers is a lack of options. Beyond being able to select between low and high quality textures and shadows, there’s not much else to fiddle with at all.
You can’t toggle v-sync on or off, make use of DLSS, or change the method of anti-aliasing that’s used. There’s not even a full screen option; just windowed and borderless windowed. These are all things that we expect as standard for PC games now, especially those as big as this, alongside other features such as resolution scaling to target a specified frame rate. On the plus side, at least there is 120fps support.
So, if you’ve got a capable PC, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade should play fine on it, right? Maybe. We started the game at max settings on a PC equipped with a Ryzen 5 3600 and a RTX 3070. Playing at 4k it was a stuttery mess; disappointing considering how brilliantly the game runs on both PS4 and PS5. Lowering the resolution to 1440p does reduce the stuttering considerably, but it’s still not flawless. And changing the other few settings doesn’t really seem to sort it out either.
With the right settings and the stutter minimalised, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is still a brilliant game to play on PC though. Expanding on the opening events of the original Final Fantasy VII, there’s a riveting story here with a wonderful cast of characters. The combat system has been revamped, too, leading to epic battles that are engaging and a genuine feast for the eyes. Throw in some fun minigames, and you have a package that will have you glued to the screen for a good thirty hours or so.
Ultimately though, if you have a PS5, that’s the best way to experience Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. Even at max settings the PC version doesn’t look noticeably prettier, and even better, the PS5 version is free of any performance problems. But if playing on PC is your only option, it’s still worth considering if you have a beefy machine. For the rest, hopefully a patch or two will be delivered soon to open up more options and stabilise performance.