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Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Out Now

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Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Out Now

Take on the iconic bombing mission and face off against a powerful boss

The moment many of you have been waiting for is here: The Final Fantasy VII Remake demo is out now! Visit the demo page and download now!

While you’re waiting for it to download (or get home to play it), we can give you a little information about what to expect from this exciting glimpse into the game.

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What’s included in the Final Fantasy VII Remake demo?

The new demo features a lengthy segment from the very beginning of the game: the iconic bombing mission against the Shinra Electric Power Company, and the subsequent escape.

You’ll control two of the game’s cast – spiky-haired ex-SOLDIER Cloud Strife, and the ballistically-limbed Barret Wallace – and enact a dangerous plan to infiltrate and destroy Mako Reactor 1.

It’s a very large complex, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore, find secrets, soak in the richly detailed environments and, of course, bash Shinra Security troopers with a giant sword.

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When you reach your target, you’ll encounter the Scorpion Sentinel. It may be the first boss of the game, but don’t expect this mechanical monstrosity to give you an easy ride.

If you manage to beat it, don’t think you can relax – you still have to escape from the complex before it collapses around you.

But did you give yourself long enough to do so…?

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What you need to know about combat in Final Fantasy VII Remake

When you play the demo, you’ll get to experience Final Fantasy VII Remake’s combat system first-hand.

It combines real time action and menu-based commands to create something that feels brand new, but still hearkens back to the original game. You’ll see what we mean when you play it.

Everything revolves around ATB. As you attack foes with the Square button, you’ll fill a gauge underneath your character’s health indicator. This is the ATB bar – and when a segment is full, you can spend it to perform an action.

For example, you can use an Ability – a special attack that deals damage or fills the enemy’s stagger gauge. Alternatively, you could heal with an item or cast a spell – magic can be devastatingly effective when used properly.

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We think it’s a really exciting system, but if you prefer strategy to action, you can also try Classic Mode. In this mode, the characters will attack automatically, so you can focus on giving them commands – similar to command-based RPGs like the original FINAL FANTASY VII.

However you like to play, remember that spending ATB is the key to combat. Basic attacks don’t do much damage, and enemies can hit surprisingly hard, so make sure you experiment with all the tools at your disposal to find what works best.

To get you started, here’s a pro tip that fans of the original game might remember: Shinra machinery hate electricity, so bring the Thunder!

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We hope you enjoy the Final Fantasy VII Remake demo.

When is Final Fantasy VII Remake out?

If you’re excited to play more, the good news is that you don’t have long to wait. Final Fantasy VII Remake releases April 10, 2020 for PlayStation 4! You can pre-order now at PlayStation Store.

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  • Finally i can play the demo.. >.< SQ please make it good and don't screw up. I hope it does well as long time of the series since my childhood over 28 years now.

  • Yasss! Been waiting since they showed the first ever ga

  • I really enjoyed playing the Final Fantasy VII game on my PlayStation 1 console back then in 2003. No doubt the soon to be released Final Fantasy VII Remake is going to intriguing. I can’t wait to play the game on my PlayStation 4 console.

  • I’m glad publishers still see the value of having a demo.

  • So excited! :D

  • I’ve been staring at it in the Playstation Store for a bit, my heart is beating a mile a minute, I’m trying to figure out if I want to play it now or wait until launch night to play it. xD

    I wasn’t expecting this, lol. Thank you. :D

  • Let’s visit Lastation.

  • YOOOOOOOOO I ONLY BEEN WAITING FOR MY ENTIRE YOUNG ADULT LIFE FOR THIS…. as a MIDDLE AGED MAN …. INSURANCE MAN… ON SALARY…. WITH KIDS NOW AND A 401K… I STILL FEEL LIKE I DID THAT DAY WHEN I OPENED THE PACKAGE….. ITS ABOUT TO GO DOWN!!!

  • wow. such a let down, hack n slash ff15 combat. so much for it being ff7. ….and no classic mode is still ff15 just automated.

  • Keeps crashing on me….

  • Can we get a FFVII-themed PS4 pro announcement already?

  • I don’t know if anyone could answer this for me but is the mini soundtrack for the digital deluxe edition. Are the tracks locked to your ps4 or do I get an email of the mp3s? So I can put them on my smart device.

    • Ps4 download app thing, that (most soundtrack things I’ve gotten) allows you to link your phone to it. Granted I’d wait til release to hear more. Seeing as it’s not exclusive preorder bonus.

    • Yeah that’s why you should get the physical deluxe edition. That and you know, the digital deluxe costs exactly the same even though you are objectively getting less.

  • The demo was dope. Have my copy on pre-order after playing through this one!

  • Still disappointed it’s only going to the end of Midgar, however I will definitely buy it on sale after release. Maybe about the $25 mark.

  • It’s a bit of a pity that your save won’t transfer to the full game because I dunno, illogical reasoning, so I guess I’ll breeze through it as quickly as possible.

  • If the developer s see this comment please fix the camera during combat. I dont like that you have to adjust in battle when trying to fight. It should auto center when getting into a corner, instead it just stays there and you can’t see anything

  • It’s not available for my region, no one seems to have trouble finding it except me and my friends. Typing “final fantasy vii” only results with the old game.

  • Can’t wait for the full version, this sure brings back lots of memories of the original game. Love it!!!!

  • Thanks for giving us this Demo Square Enix. I love the look, feel, audio, dialogue and gameplay.

    And the callbacks to the original FF7 Demo are a treat! Like how Cloud still level ups after his first fight to level 7.

    I definitely want a Hard Mode in FF7R that does things like…

    1. Have the bomb timer counting down when you’re fighting the Scorpion Sentinel.

    2. Have all the Sweepers all jump off their platforms to attack Cloud & Barret when they are escaping Mako Reactor 1.

  • I’m an old lady who’s been playing games since pinball was the thing; before the first video game rolled off the assembly line.
    Final Fantasy has always been one of my favorite RPG series and I own multiple versions of some of the games.
    I’ve never paid full price for a game, just sat patiently waiting for price drops or used ones…until now. Stupid demo! Thought it’d ease the waiting but, nooo, now I’m going to have to pre-order it because I can’t wait.
    It’s what the game was supposed to be. It’s the same and not the same and so much better than the lame remaster. Now I just have to hope I don’t kick off waiting for the rest of the installments.
    Fun, fun, fun!!

    • You said it! I loved every minute of the demo. I grew up with the Final Fantasy series, starting with the original FF1 on NES as a young boy. Played and beat every single one of them since then. And this demo was mind-blowing. In-game graphics better than the CGI movies of the original FF7. As if my childhood dreams came true. Well done Squaresoft! (for the OGs out there)

    • There’s an average of two games a year actually worth paying full price for. This is one of those.

  • I couldn’t rush through it, it was too superbly amazing. Certainly the best remake ever, or at least right up there.

  • My ps4 keeps overheating while playing it. Anyone else experiencing this? Seems to only happen when I play this demo in particular

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