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■ Regions of the World
Join your friends as you journey across a wide, open world. Each region feels unique, boasting different enemies to encounter and different methods of traversing its terrain. Search high and low to unlock new quests and unearth rare treasures.
Let’s take a look at some of these regions:
A vast, verdant expanse of land rich with mako. These plains are dotted with smaller outposts and planetary fonts waiting to be discovered. Adventure lies beyond the swamplands, but you’ll need to rent a chocobo from the local ranch if you want to cross.
Former capital of the eponymous republic, this once-bustling port town fell into decline after its destruction at the hands of Shinra. All that remains now is a desolate fishing village where the displaced citizens have taken refuge.
Previously a beacon of hope and economic prosperity, the former capital of the republic now slumbers beneath the waves. After its takeover, Shinra repurposed the city into its second-largest outpost, a fortified stronghold replete with an underwater reactor.
A “gilded paradise” constructed over the Corel Desert, this Shinra-owned facility uses copious amounts of mako to power its state-of-the-art attractions. The park draws in tourists from around the world and keeps them entertained from dawn to dusk to dawn again.
Countless quests and other diversions await you on your journey. A brief stop along your adventure could lead you to unearth useful treasures or make other fascinating discoveries.
Each region boasts ranches where you can exchange golden plumes for new chocobo gear. Customize your bird’s ensemble to create a steed that’s all your own.
Collect the materials outlined in transmutation formulae to create items. Transmuting items will improve your craftsmanship and in turn unlock new formulae with which you can obtain rare items.
Cloud works as a mercenary, taking on odd jobs from people in need wherever he goes.
Check the noticeboards at major outposts if you’re looking for work.
■ World Intel
Help Chadley deepen his understanding of this world by completing research requests in each region. Gathering intel will unlock new locations to explore, greatly expanding your horizons. Chadley will also develop new materia based on the data you have collected.
Chadley (voiced by Sean-Ryan Petersen in English, Shuuichirou Umeda in Japanese)
Once an employee in Shinra’s Research and Development Division, Chadley has left it and Midgar behind, thanks to Cloud. Now, he aims to reactivate the world’s defunct communications towers to facilitate his understanding of the planet, for which he needs the party’s assistance.
Activating the old republic’s remnawave towers in each region will open up new research opportunities.
When visiting a location for the first time, try seeking out these towers: they will not only help you get your bearings, but also offer a great view of the surrounding area.
Seek out rare fiends in their natural habitats and gather intel on special assignments to unlock new challenges in Chadley’s combat simulator.
These missions will test your mental mettle, though, so be sure to fight strategically.
When a chocobo smells treasure, a “?” will appear above its head. Following the scent might lead you to unearth a valuable item or a new transmuter formula.
Repair fallen chocobo stop signs to transform them into fast travel spots. If you see a stray chocobo chick, be sure to follow it: not only will it lead you to one of these stops, but it will reward you with a golden plume once your repair work is complete.
Fast travel allows you to jump instantly to previously visited towns, chocobo stops, and other locations. Use this feature to pick up the pace of your adventures.
■ Mini Games
Not only stories and battles, but all kinds of unique elements of fun await players. Enjoy the numerous mini games available across the game’s world.
After obtaining a piece of sheet music, head to a piano and try your hands at performing it. These pieces feature music from the game, with some proving to be quite the challenge. If you would rather improvise, however, you can perform original music in the free play mode.
Queen’s Blood is a strategic card game that has skyrocketed to popularity. Players take turns placing cards on the board in an attempt to overpower their opponent by accumulating power in each lane. Collect cards and utilize their abilities to claim the crown as QB royalty.
A minigame to bring mischievous Moogle kids back to their mogstools.
The Moogle kids will attack you in every possible way, so be careful not to be caught off guard by their cute smiles.
Next, let’s take a fresh look at Final Fantasy VII Rebirth‘s intense battle system, and some of the awesome things you can do.
The limit gauge gradually fills as you take damage or stagger foes.
Once the gauge is full, you can unleash devastating limit breaks unique to each party member.
Some synergy abilities can increase your limit level, enabling the usage of even more powerful attacks.
Two party members team up to activate useful abilities without consuming ATB. These commands can be executed while blocking, and provide a wide array of beneficial effects. Each pairing has their own unique set of abilities; some deal damage, while others offer support.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is due out for PlayStation 5 on February 29, 2024.
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