Thanks to Scott Baird of ScreentRants.com for the inspiration!
14. THE OPTIONAL STATUS OF YUFFIE & VINCENT
Two of the party members in Final Fantasy VII are entirely optional. You never need to hire Yuffie, and you don’t have to awaken the mysterious Vincent from his slumber in the Shinra Mansion. The vast majority of the fans sought these characters out, as they are mentioned in the manual of the game.
Due to Yuffie and Vincent’s optional status, they never have an important part in the main story of the game. They are only used for a few unique side quests (Wutai and Lucrecia) and are never seen in any of the FMV’s of the game.
The other titles in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII have confirmed that Yuffie and Vincent were involved in the quest to stop Sephiroth. Their appearance in the Final Fantasy VII remake should be mandatory and they should be part of the main plot of the game.
With that being said; if Yuffie is going to be mandatory, then maybe they should change her role in the game…
At first, I thought Scott wanted to cut Yuffie and Vincent altogether. But then I read “optional status”. I can see where he’s going with this. Yuffie and Vincent are a part of the team and a part of the Final Fantasy VII lore. They bring a lot to your party and the story.
I didn’t notice that Yuffie and Vincent were missing from the FMV’s of Final Fantasy VII. Someone had to point it out to me. They were in the game manual, so I assumed they’d show up at my party eventually. If my party explored the world long enough, we’d find them. It never occurred to me that I could miss them.
Yet, we all know they’re there. So why not just make them mandatory? Well, the developers would have to alter Final Fantasy VII in such a way as to make certain events mandatory.
Take Yuffie for instance. In the original game, the only way to encounter Yuffie is to engage in a random encounter in the forest.
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Depending on where you go, and how long you battle in the forest, you might miss her. But if you do meet this Mystery Ninja, she’ll ask you question. You have to ask in the correct order:
|Order||Dialogue||Correct Response||Incorrect Response|
|1||You spikey-headed jerk!||One more time, let’s go one more time!||Not interested ALL right|
|2||You’re pretty scared of me, huh!?||…petrified||You’re gonna lose again|
|3||I’m really gonna leave! REALLY!||Wait a second!||Go ahead…|
|4||You want me to go with you?||…That’s right||You Kiddin’?|
|5||All right! I’ll go with you!||…Let’s hurry on||…what’s your name?|
Annoying isn’t it? But that’s the point of Yuffie, she is annoying. Really annoying. So recruiting her involves putting up with her, and that’s what having Yuffie is all about.
Besides, it’s the trial and error part that proves to be interesting. Figuring out what to say to convince her into your party is another part of the puzzle. I think it adds to player experience. Don’t take this away from fans who are nostalgic, or new fans. Don’t force it on those who’d rather skip it all together.
Then we have Vincent. Our characters can recruit him at a fixed point since…he can’t exactly go anywhere. Making Vincent mandatory would mean not being about to leave Nibelheim until you explored Shinra Manor. And why? Shouldn’t we have the option to search for him or not? Do we have to fight Lost Number?
I don’t take X7Strife’s strong opinion:
NO, I hate that games nowadays always do this hand-holding. As a kid (with no access to the internet), it felt so rewarding to figure out on my own how to aquire them (are we really so pampered that we are unable to use our brains?)
They aren’t particularly hard to get. On second and third playthroughs, you most likely find out how to recruits. Final Fantasy VII should be about having options. I appreciate the option of getting more characters, and then learning about them as the story goes along. It makes the game a lot less linear as a result. If they are mandatory, it seems as if their side quests will be a part of the game. And it’ll make the game a lot more linear as as result.
And of course, making them mandatory practically begs for Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. I don’t think any of us wants that.