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Last 4th of July, Square Enix released an updated PC version of Final Fantasy VII exclusively through its online store. Exactly one year later, the publisher has brought the PlayStation classic to Steam.
The game costs $11.99 and comes with the following updated features according to the Steam store page:
Achievements – Whether you’re a seasoned FINAL FANTASY VII veteran or exploring this RPG classic for the very first time, show off your in-game accomplishments and put your gaming skills to the test with 36 brand new achievements to unlock. Share your profile with friends online to find out who is the ultimate FINAL FANTASY fan.'
Cloud Saves – If you’re away from home or simply using a different computer to play, enjoy FINAL FANTASY VII wherever you are. With cloud save support in FINAL FANTASY VII you can continue your game progress right where you left off (Requires Internet Connection. Saves can only be transferred between a maximum of 3 computers at any one time).
Character Booster – Find yourself stuck on a difficult section or lacking the funds to buy that vital Phoenix Down? With the Character Booster you can increase your HP, MP and Gil levels to their maximum, all with the simple click of a button, leaving you to enjoy your adventure.
Optimized for PC – FINAL FANTASY VII has been updated to support the latest hardware and Windows Operating Systems.
It appears that FF VII is only supported on Windows PCs at this time. The original PC version of FF VII was released in 1998.
With all of the awesome current games available to players, many will pass this by for their holiday gaming marathons. But I wouldn't be surprised if this derails more than a few gamers struck by nostalgia.
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