Thanks to Scott Baird of ScreentRants.com for the inspiration!
3. THE TERRIBLE ENDING
One of the most disappointing aspects of Final Fantasy VII is the ending. This is because it is extremely vague and doesn’t give a clear explanation about the fate of the cast (except for Red XIII).
The party defeats Sephiroth, which allows Holy to fight back against Meteor. It seems that Meteor is going to hit the planet, until the Lifestream bursts from the ground and merges with Holy to fight Meteor. The two mighty forces struggle against each other… bright white light flashes… we see Aerith’s face… and then… the credits play.
This is followed by a post-credits sequence, where we see that Red XIII is still alive 500 years after the events of the game. We know what happens next thanks to Dirge of Cerberus and Advent Children, so there is no need for the ending of the Final Fantasy VII remake to be as unsatisfying as the original.
The time has come to give Final Fantasy VII the proper send-off that it deserves.
This is ironic.
That “terrible” ending, along with Sakaguchi’s vision for Final Fantasy, originally kept Final Fantasy VII from being a compilation. Once they ignored this rule, we got the compilation.
What really happened? According to the
business department spinoffs, the people of Gaia survived, but Midgar perished. But maybe humans and the planet can’t coexist, as long as humans feel the need to exploit? Final Fantasy VII lets us decide whether they or not they survived.
Who knows? That’s the whole of the ending, we don’t know and their fates are just as uncertain as ours. Take it from X7Strife:
The ending fit perfectly with the overall themes of the game. It was left intentionally vague whether humanity survived or not (well, until the compilation), it made the player THINK about whether people can ever live in harmony with nature
Are indefinite answers really a bad thing? It drives some people crazy to not know. When the game first came out, it generated a ton of discussions. But the advent of spinoffs quelled discussion. What they wanted us to talk about were the spinoffs themselves, which some people would rather not exist.
Should the developers remove the ending of Final Fantasy VII?
Apparently, the developers are still exploiting the world of Gaia. But then, isn’t this how we’re getting the Final Fantasy VII remake?