Over the next week, we will be posting features for what we’ve nominated to be the best games of 2020. Then, on December 17, we will crown one of the nominees as GameSpot’s Best Game of 2020, so join us as we celebrate these 10 games on the road to the big announcement. Be sure to check out our other end-of-the-year coverage collected in our Best Games of 2020 hub.
Very few games have shouldered a weight of expectation as heavy as the one Final Fantasy VII Remake has–even fewer have done so for as long. The original Final Fantasy VII remains one of the most beloved RPGs of all time, and formative in the lives of multiple generations of gamers. It’s only natural, then, that news of a remake would be met with countless demands of how it should be and what it needs to do to respect the legacy of Final Fantasy VII. Over its protracted development cycle, the expectations put upon it grew to the point where it seemed all but impossible for Square Enix to succeed.
And yet, it did. Final Fantasy VII Remake lived up to expectations, but not in the way many envisioned it would, and that’s what makes it one of the standout games of 2020. Instead of delivering a like-for-like remake to show what Final Fantasy VII was, Square Enix endeavoured to honor the legacy of what Final Fantasy VII meant. In doing so it showed, with crystal clarity, not only why Final Fantasy VII is beloved, but also why Final Fantasy endures as a franchise.
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