Final Fantasy 7. The perfect game?

Proving popular with countless generations of gamers, despite its age, inspiring fanart, fiction, a series of spinoff games and even a full-budget movie, it's tempting to fit Final Fantasy VII with the title 'Greatest. Game. Ever'.

And I'll agree, it's an awesome game - but, as much as I love FF7, as much I enjoy playing through it over, and over, there's always been a nagging suspicion: could it be... better?

Let's be honest. The battles can get a little too samey, there's little incentive to experiment with materia, and the game can all to easily be bested by simply attacking and spamming Cure-All. We've all heard horror stories about players who have managed to push themselves to the Northern Crater without even grasping the basics of the materia system.

This mod - this rebalance - seeks to address these issues, altering enemy statistics and AI, nerfing overpowered skills whilst promoting others that have been neglected, introducing new tactics, creating cunning and entertaining creatures, and overall making battles far more exciting and engaging.

So, what exactly will the rebirth mod feature? Work is still in progress, and I intent to keep certain features secret until release, so as not to spoil matters, but the mod has the following broad aim in mind: to promote a more strategic mode of gameplay. You won't be able to mash attack to get through REBIRTH. You'll have to keep your wits as sharp as your sword, and think carefully about every choice you make through the entire game.

I think you'll love it.

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Contrary to popular opinion, Rebirth didn't die, it just got put on the back burner for a while. Since Christmas 2011, I've been working on a PSX Disc One beta to be released as a demo / early version sometime around the end of next month / May 2012.
As proof, here's a video of me fighting the Materia Keeper, here called a Hexadragon to hint at his ice-weak, fire-absorbing elemental affinities. Rebirth's enemies are divided up into a small number of memorable classes with particular weaknesses and resistances, and often renamed to hint at those classes. It's just one of the things that (I hope) will make Rebirth a fun mod to play.

The disc one demo will include

  • New materia and magic, including the much-desired water, wind and holy spells
  • Rebalanced limit breaks
  • Completely new equipment, with an emphasis on double-edged 'sidegrades' rather than 'upgrades'
  • Enemies with more intuitive status and elemental vulnerabilities
  • Stronger creatures and a noticeably increased difficulty
  • More steals and higher steal-rates, finally making steal useful.
  • The new 'disease' status, where Poison stops creatures from healing
  • The 'defence break' mechanic
Update: 2011

Update: 2011

4 years ago News 2 comments Report

Rebirth isn't dead! The comprehensive rebalance for Final Fantasy VII is undergoing some changes, but *all* aim to take the mod back to its original vision...

Upcoming release: Alpha Demo

Upcoming release: Alpha Demo

4 years ago News 3 comments Report

I intend to release an alpha demo before the new year. This demo will showcase Rebirth up to the Kalm Flashback, before allowing you to play the remainder...

Recent Progress

Recent Progress

5 years ago News 3 comments Report

So, what's been going on with REBIRTH? Lots of behind-the-scenes coding, for a start - a new program I've written from scratch for the project, new AI...

Release Deferred

Release Deferred

5 years ago News 5 comments Report

Unfortunately, REBIRTH will not be making the February 2010 release we hoped for. However, I am confident that a Beta-version demo for the first disc...

FFVII: REBIRTH is a free modification for the PSX classic, that seeks to rebalance the game, improve the difficulty level, add new spells and mechanics, and in essence make the game a more engaging, tactical experience. REBIRTH is unlike other modifications...
Rebirth v1 - Disc One

Rebirth v1 - Disc One

3 years ago Demo 11 comments

At last! Rebirth v1 / Disc One has been released! This download includes a PPF patch for the NTSC PSX release.

Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth - Midgar Demo

Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth - Midgar Demo

4 years ago Demo 9 comments

You've waited and waited, so it's high time you got something in return! Here's a patch for the NTSC (American) PSOne version of Final Fantasy VII. The...

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mrgame131 Jul 30 2015 says:

Is this officially dead? I really hope not, as I'd love to play through the entire game with this.

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thats_so_gaben Feb 19 2014 says:

looks pretty awesome, cant wait to play the full version

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Yojimbo_Beta Aug 31 2013 replied:

Possibly, but out of scope, I'm afraid.

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Wiweeyum Jul 13 2013 replied:

Right now it's only the first disc. It's well worth the download and patch though.

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TyeTheCzar Jul 4 2013 says:

FFVII is now out on Steam! Is there any way this could be imported onto said version?

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Wiweeyum Jul 13 2013 replied:

Ported easily? No. On a very fundamental level, the PC (Steam) and PS (what this mods) are very very different. However, a completely separate mod could be made for the Steam version if Yojimbo were willing to offer up a list of all the changes he's made.

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