Final Fantasy VII now available on Steam

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Posted 10:17am on Thu 4 July 2013
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Final Fantasy VII now available on Steam
Enhanced PC version hits Steam.

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Posted 10:17am on Thu 4 July 2013
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I've heard that the music still sounds like it did on the original PC version. The game uses midi files that were designed for the playstation's sound card but just sounded like ancient midi files on a PC.
Posted 10:37am on Thu 4 July 2013
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Bry at you service, I can provide a ton of information about this one!

First off, the game can be played offline without problems, but only if you always play it offline.

The problem is that the cloud saves are not optional and are automatically synced every time you play the game.
But when you start the game, they are not synced from local to cloud.
It is only cloud to local.
The cloud files are only updated when you actually save in-game.

In other words, if you have any offline saves, when you play the game online it will delete your offline saves! because they don't exist on the cloud!
Or, it will overwrite a newer offline save with the most recent save on the cloud.

A rather stupid system, but there IS a work-around.
Simply back up your save game and when you start up FF7 online, go to the main menu (New game, Continue), wait until the save files synced message appears and then Alt+Tab your way to the desktop.
Then place your offline save file back into the games save folder (in My Documents).
Return to the game, hit Continue and it should be sitting right there, ready for you to play.
When the game loads, save again and you will now have your offline save on the server.

The music isn't so much of a problem.
While you are hearing MIDI music, it's not actually playing them as MIDI.
For some bizarre reason that could only be summarised as remaining faithful to the original 1998 PC release, It's OGG recordings of the MIDI.
So if you want the original Playstation music, or even some of the remixes that have appeared in later games or by fans, you can swap them out.
Right here:
http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=12787.0
You'll find ready looped versions via an installer which does all the work for you.
Works brilliantly.

On the downside though, the pre-rendered backgrounds have not been re-drawn.
They are still 320x240 images that are being stretched, resulting in a somewhat blocky image.
The real-time graphics look fantastic though.
Unlike the Playstation version where low-quality real time objects would stand out from the pretty backgrounds, it's the complete opposite on the PC.

If anyone has more specific questions or curiosities, I'd be happy to answer them.
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Posted 11:02am on Thu 4 July 2013
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CLOUD based saves? haha puns
Posted 1:40pm on Thu 11 July 2013
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I bought the game on Steam this morning. My offline saves are fine, the cloud saves don't affect them. Delighted with it too, works great with XBox 360 controller although there are a few nitpics, like some of the help topics advise you not to remove the CD from the tray and so on, so clearly it's not perfectly localised as a digital version.

The characters all look shiny and new, so a slight improvement over the original PS version.

It's all good.
Posted 1:53pm on Thu 11 July 2013
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I bought the game on Steam this morning. My offline saves are fine, the cloud saves don't affect them. Delighted with it too, works great with XBox 360 controller although there are a few nitpics, like some of the help topics advise you not to remove the CD from the tray and so on, so clearly it's not perfectly localised as a digital version.

The characters all look shiny and new, so a slight improvement over the original PS version.

It's all good.

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Saw on Kotaku the other day there's an 'HD-remake' mod for the PC versions that also works for the Steam one. You can use something called Bootleg config to install community mods for PC games. there's a few videos on Youtube of the Bootleg version if you do a quick google.
Posted 6:46am on Fri 12 July 2013
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I have never played a final fantasy game. This is definitely going on my to play list!
Posted 12:29pm on Fri 12 July 2013
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Saw on Kotaku the other day there's an 'HD-remake' mod for the PC versions that also works for the Steam one. You can use something called Bootleg config to install community mods for PC games. there's a few videos on Youtube of the Bootleg version if you do a quick google.

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It's a bit more complicated than that.

In order to apply the full aspects of those mods, you actually have to 'convert' the digital release into the CD release. Or rather, strip out the new display driver.

You see, the core of what makes the new digital version work is actually a D3D version of the work a member of the community created in making a OpenGL driver for the game.
Square-Enix approached the chap (Aali) to make it happen.
But with some limitations. While the version for the original CD version allows the full scope of modding, one of the changes to the digital version was to block a number of these elements.

@FantasyMeister
It's barely been 'localised' for digital at all. The .exe is still 1.02 from the CD version, with some extra lines of code at the start which removes things like the disc swapping dialogues.
What I can tell you though is that that the PC version was given an overall improved translation back in the day.
The Playstation translation was done in Japan by the Squaresoft team.
The PC translation was done in Europe by Eidos.
For example, Heidegger being the head of Shinra's Peace Preservation department.

I'd suggest having a read of this thread which was created as an introduction to the newcomers via Steam.
http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=14407.0
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