Earlier this year, Square Enix announced two mobile games around Final Fantasy VII, more than likely a reaction to the Remake success on PC and consoles. Of course, since Square is often reactionary in the face of its successes, these two moving offshoots had no release date. Of the two games, Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier recently entered a closed beta test, and since entering I have recorded a 20 minute gameplay video of my first jump into what is clearly a PUBG clone. . So if you are eager to see Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier’s Battle Royale gameplay in action, I am indeed showing what the Closed Beta currently has to offer.
20 minutes of Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier, from skipping to chicken dinner
Above, you can watch 20 minutes of Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier in action. This is a recording of my first part (please be kind), so you can see how the onboarding process works. More or less the first jump serves as a tutorial, but the whole thing is really played like PUBG, just with a Final Fantasy theme slapped over it. This means you can expect to collect unique items like spells, and there’s even an upgrade system where you can boost your skills and stats as you kill more people. What I really liked is that you have a melee weapon equipped as soon as you land and there are NPC monsters scattered around the map which are fun to cut out, adding a bit of danger to explore. the map apart from live players chasing you down. Of course, since this was my first time playing, the bots also seem to be in the mix mimicking real players.
Now, this is a closed beta, so the game is still buggy, with a few NPC enemies disappearing when you fight them. Touch controls might take some work as well, but you can customize them however you like, including their placement. As for the graphics, you have a choice of low, medium, and high settings, and the gameplay video above was recorded at the top, which appears to be limited to 30 FPS.
Graphics and control parameters
While I still can’t shake the feeling that Square Enix is planning to cash in on a popular but declining genre, Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier at least fulfills its role quite competently. Will this title replace PUBG? Preferably not. But for those looking for something a little different that still offers all of the main elements you would expect from a battle royale game, I guess there’s fun to be had with The First Soldier. Unfortunately, we still don’t know exactly how the title will be monetized or when it will be officially released, so until Square releases more information, enjoy the gameplay video.