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Are Square-Enix tricking us with Final Fantasy 7 PC?

We told you last month that a new PC version of PlayStation classic Final Fantasy 7 was on the way, and now Square-Enix has officially confirmed the game. A website is now live teasing the game in action with a preview trailer and a promise that the game will be available to download ‘soon’.

If you have already played the game though, there may not be much to get excited about. On first glance, it doesn’t appear to be any sort of remake or HD remaster. In the trailer shown, Square-Enix has sneakily avoided using any actual gameplay from the 1997 classic.

Instead all we see is some of the iconic cutscenes that are featured in the game, you know, scenes which actually show Cloud and Aeris with mouths. As previously leaked, the game will however bring some new features to the game, such as cloud saves, achievements and something known as the character booster.

We’re not sure why some players will want this, but you’ll be able to use the character booster to max out your HP, MP and gil with the press of a button. Surely that removes all of the challenge away from the game? There’s no indication from Square on whether this will be a free feature to the PC version, or if it is going to be a paid extra.

On the website, we have noticed something of interest though – a series of screenshots. These screenshots show HD scenes from the game, but you may spot that some of the images used are not even featured in the game as a cutscene. For example, we see Barret and his daughter in the flower church – we don’t remember that being in the game? We also see a lovely picture of Cid sitting on top of the Tiny Bronco overlooking Rocket Town, but that screenshot implies that the game has been given a HD upscale?

Are Square-Enix just misleading us to think that the game has been improved graphically, when actually the game has been completely untouched from the original? – Hence the reason why we didn’t see any actual gameplay in the teaser trailer. It almost reminds us when Square-Enix tried to pass off screenshots of Final Fantasy XIII on the Xbox 360, when actually SE got caught out photoshopping the images by just sticking Xbox 360 buttons on the PS3 images.

The company has promised to give out some more details on the game within 24 hours, so hopefully they will clear up the matter on if the game has been given a graphical boost or not.

Check out the trailer below and screenshots on the official website and let us know your thoughts on them. Do you agree that the screenshots are a bit misleading if the game hasn’t been remastered?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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