It’s here! The next two chapters of Final Fantasy VII Remake are here, and even if they’re just DLC expansion that comes along with the PS5 upgrade of FF7R, it’s absolutely still worth talking about.
Join myself, Alex O’Neill, and Professor RPG Himself Scott White to give our review and thoughts on the $19.99 DLC “Episode Intermission”, which is available to all PS5 owners of Final Fantasy VII Remake. No, unfortunately, that does not include the PS4 owners. This additional piece of content composes of two episodes featuring Yuffie!
Spoiler Discussion begins at 26:26 onward!
As I explain with Scott on the Episode, Yuffie is just the most fun to play as. Her kit is great for range, for close quarters, and for any elemental weakness on the fly. The additional “synergy” mechanic with Sonon is simple, effective, and just super fun. Everything she has available to her feels fresh, new, and builds on what made gameplay in the original FF7R combat so great. I think this expansion doesn’t undermine any of that either! Partly because the whole game is available to the player at 60fps now, meaning everything feels better across the board, but also, Yuffie’s unique and extremely fun abilities make sense for her, and further her character.
Past what you get to play here (which I didn’t even amazing the addictive and fun Fort Condor) you have a really solid story that ties Yuffie better into the events of FF7 and wherever she’ll end up being come the second part of the Remake. You get the bratty and obnoxious Yuffie, while also giving her way more room to grow and emote, all while keeping the true character growth for her later down the line. Overall I’d say it’s a terribly difficult needle to thready, and just like the Remake proper, they did it.
This game was reviewed on a PlayStation 5 system with a retail code of the title purchased by the reviewers.