I Can't Go Through This Again, Final Fantasy 7

One of the most heartbreaking moments in gaming history has a new voice and a new face, thanks to last week’s Final Fantasy 7 remake trailer. I have no idea how long it’s going to take for this game to arrive, but I’m already lamenting what’s to come. Aeris is going to die all over again, and I just can’t.

The Final Fantasy 7 remake will differ from the 1997 PlayStation classic in many ways. The combat is action oriented instead of turn-based. The characters are voiced. Compared to the original’s primitive polygons, the remake looks like an animated movie.

A lot has changed, but the plot beats will remain the same. Square Enix is retelling the story of Final Fantasy 7, and in that story the fresh-faced, optimistic flower girl gets an oversized katana through her midsection.

I remember the ache. I distinctly recall feeling like I was punched in the gut when Aeris died. Looking at the moment more than 20 years later, it’s silly that these goofy-looking character models made me sad. I agree with Jason Schreier, who wrote back in 2012 that the actual reason the scene made so many players cry was the way Aeris’ theme softly began to play as she fell.

Well, now Square Enix has another chance.

We’ve heard Aeris speak in other games since. She’s appeared in the Kingdom Hearts series voiced by both Mandy Moore and Mena Suvari, while Andrea Bowen played her in Crisis Core and Dissidia 012. We’ve heard her voice, but never in the context of her death.


I’m not sure who is voicing Aeris in the remake trailer. She sounds sweet and pleasant. How will that voice react at the end? Will she gasp? Will she cry? Will she utter some last words? Or will she quietly pass in Cloud’s arms as her music swells?

More importantly, will this new death overwrite my memory of the original? Years from now, when I think back on Final Fantasy 7 will I see this?


Or will it be supplanted by however the scene plays out in this new iteration? Whatever the case, Aeris will talk again. Aeris will laugh and cry and get angry. And then she will fall, all over again. I’m not ready.


Comments

    I know it's an unpopular opinion but never really liked Aeris.

      I was only sad because I had equipped her with a wizard bracelet and when she died it was gone!

    Remake Patch Notes: players were unable to use phoenix down to ressurect a party member who die in the Forgetten City zone, this was not intended and has been corrected.

    The fan base would go nuclear!

      I know I would because Pheonix Downs only revive KO'd characters in FFVII

      Sure it still doesn't patch all the plot holes but the whole, "Why didn't Cloud use a Pheonix Down?!", question has always driven me nuts because unlike Aeris, it just won't bloody die.

    You know damn well you are ready to go through it again!

    By all accounts and reports so far, Aeris is voiced by Mena Suvari again.

    I got called out for spoilers for mentioning her death in the comments section recently; but here it is in the preview blurb on the main page!

      eugh, so annoying. C'mon guys, some of us haven't played it yet (shocker I know)

    I think it'd be awesome if the devs included a 'secret' option to save Aerith. That way, the purists would be happy and the dreamers would have a way to keep her in the party.

    Twist! Kill Cloud!

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