One of the most highly anticipated games is undoubtedly the Final Fantasy 7 remake. After its surprise reveal during Sony’s press conference at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming community at large made a collective jump for joy, as everyone soaked in the revamped exterior of Midgar with Barret and Cloud – arguably one of the most iconic video game characters of the 1990’s – moving amidst the people in the city streets.
Many fans would contest that Final Fantasy 7 is one of the most memorable and influential RPGs to date, and a lot of people would be remiss to ignore its impact. As a matter of fact, the title has transformed the genre’s landscape on many levels, especially with most gamers contesting that it’s the benchmark of Square Enix‘s long-running franchise. However, a new challenger vying for the throne of greatest all-time RPG is stepping into the arena, with its name being (this is not a joke, but it also is for the most part) The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 – Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie – Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa, or Barkley 2 for short.
Tale of Game’s Studios recently announced plans for a sequel to 2008’s initial game in their ludicrous and over-the-top series entitled Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, by way of an impeccably crafted parody of the Final Fantasy 7 remake’s reveal trailer shown at E3 2015. Although the above footage offers little explanation as to what’s to come in the freeware RPG’s release – other than the return of the Cyberdwarf whose skin is made completely out of basketballs – gaming fans with a sense of humor would do well to check out Tale of Game’s official page for Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden for an in-depth look at its sheer insanity.
Barkley 2‘s gameplay is essentially a blend of Japanese turn-based role-players with the open world atmosphere of Western releases like The Elder Scrolls, and it contains an extremely tongue-in-cheek storyline. While Tale of Game’s teases a release of November 11, 2023 in the trailer – an obvious jab a the lengthy amount of time it’s taken Final Fantasy 7‘s developers to produce the remake – it will actually become available some time next year.
Although Barkley 2 is a breath of fresh air and a worthy diversion, Yoshinori Kitase’s recent update on the production of FF 7‘s remake is likely to be of more interest to RPG fans. Considering the director has proclaimed that there will be “dramatic changes” to the combat system of Final Fantasy 7‘s remake, gamers ought to keep an open mind about the alterations. Rather than simply slap another coat of paint on Cloud’s adventures, Kitase is surely hoping to breathe new life into the game, and offer up a fresh experience for players. That said, it would be supremely interesting if Charles Barkley ended up filling in for Barrett in the remake’s final cut.
The Final Fantasy 7 remake has yet to receive an official release date, but it is likely to be available some time in the near future for the PlayStation 4.