April 14, 2024

Ultimate Fantasy VII Rebirth, Sq. Enix’s newest RPG, is a gigantic recreation. And like several enormous journey, there are dozens of subsystems, options, and layers to navigate. If you happen to’ve performed the primary recreation within the new trilogy, Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake, you have already got deal with on the fundamentals of recent FF7. However whether or not you’re coming to Rebirth as a complete beginner or a die-hard fan, these are some useful ideas to remember as you start your journey.

1: The open world stuff doesn’t begin till Chadley reveals up

Whenever you first depart Kalm and step out into the massive open world of Rebirth, you may be tempted to run off and begin exploring. By all means, give into that urge, however know that many actions gained’t correctly unlock till you meet up with Chadley at Invoice’s Chocobo Ranch. Comply with the story as scripted till you wrangle your first fowl buddy, and also you’ll come throughout the very chatty (and really needy) cyborg. He’ll ask you to activate a tower and your map will begin filling up with icons noting locations of curiosity.

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If you happen to discover earlier than speaking to Chadley, you gained’t be capable of activate any towers, scan lifesprings, and extra.

2: Synergy Abilities and Skills are Important

If you happen to’re coming recent off Remake, you may be tempted to default to the fight system you already know from the primary recreation. Whereas the basics of the fight system are primarily the identical, Synergy Abilities and Skills are price getting used to ahead of later. Abilities may be activated holding R1 and choosing a face button. Synergy Skills are particular combo strikes you should use when you’ve used up sufficient ATB expenses. We element the Synergy Skills extra in our rising Rebirth fight information.

3: Press L1 whereas touring to view character affinity ranges

Not the little smiley faces above characters’ heads.
Screenshot: Sq. Enix / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

Wish to know the way a lot a sure character likes you? You’ve possible seen the little smiley faces over their heads throughout scripted sequences, nevertheless it’s not so apparent if you’re out exploring. If you happen to maintain down L1, you possibly can see any character’s affinity degree with Cloud at the moment second.

4: Sidequests considerably affect affinity

Wish to elevate your affinity with a particular character? Finishing aspect quests is likely one of the greatest methods to do this. Whenever you choose up a aspect quest, you’ll discover that one of many social gathering members is more likely to play a gift position within the story. Do you have to full that quest, you’ll elevate your affinity with that character.

A screenshot of a map shows side quest progress in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

Observe: we’ve blurred out textual content and quest titles right here to keep away from attainable spoilers.
Screenshot: Sq. Enix / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

If you happen to’re unsure which character’s relationship will likely be boosted by a given quest, hit the touchpad to carry up the map and press L2 to tab over to the quests space. Right here, you’ll see every quest for the area with one of many characters’ faces on the hunt title.

5: Use the menu button for fast map navigation

Take it from somebody who spent round 100 hours pulling again on the appropriate analog persist with zoom by Rebirth’s many map layers.: All it’s essential to do is press the menu/pause button (the one to the appropriate of the touchpad on the DualSense) and also you’ll mechanically zoom out one layer at a time.

Talking of the map…

6: The map menu is absolutely essential

Hitting the touchpad to carry up the map is one thing you need to get used to doing early and sometimes in Rebirth. Whereas the menu button to the appropriate of the touchpad is important for managing stock and character development, the map itself is your command heart for understanding quests, intel goals, and a lot extra. The map menu is split into foremost tabs and sub tabs. Navigate the primary tabs with L2/R2, and the sub tabs with L1/R1.

To start out, you need to get into the behavior of inserting down a marker with R3, because the mini-map can usually get a bit cluttered. Don’t fear, it goes away if you arrive on the location, so that you don’t have to return in to show off a pinned location.

A screenshot of a menu shows region progress in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

Screenshot: Sq. Enix / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

Story and Quests breakdown the primary narrative materials in define kind, so you possibly can rapidly refresh your self on what’s occurring. The identical is true of the sport’s many sidequests. Underneath Intel and Chadley, you’ll discover useful data for conserving monitor of the varied aspect actions within the recreation. In truth, underneath Chadley > Area Intel, you possibly can learn up on unlockable lore for every space. For instance, do you know that almost all items on this planet are transported by way of sea and air? Or that the individuals of Junon have a singular and particular relationship with the ocean? If you happen to’re dying to know extra about FF7’s world, Area Intel is the place it’s at.

7: You may restart virtually all mini video games at any time

Rebirth has an unlimited quantity of mini-games so that you can play. And most of them will allow you to pause and retry (or at the very least stop, which you’ll then retry). Some mini-games won’t go your manner at first, like the Queen’s Blood card recreation. Save your self the effort of attending to an unsatisfactory rating or a defeat display screen and simply repeat a mini-game if it’s providing you with a tough time.

8: Be at liberty to combine up the open-world actions, with some exceptions

Whereas I’d advise beginning with side-quests and letting them information you thru the world (many contain different aspect goals, so that you’re usually killing two birds with one stone by choosing up the quests), be at liberty to soak up the open-world actions at your leisure…with one notable exception: Fiend Intel.

Fiend Intel sees you tackle distinctive monsters whereas your different cyborg companion Mai…laboriously talks over the entire thing. These quests usually need you to Stress, Stagger, after which defeat the creatures inside a given time restrict (the sport will combine these goals up every now and then based mostly on the enemy). The issue with saving these actions till afterward is that you simply threat changing into too overpowered to correctly ship an enemy to a Staggered situation. You’ll then must equip lower-level weapons to finish these challenges, however even then, you might need to repeat these fights to fulfill all of the situations. Regardless of Mai being a contact overbearing, Fiend Intel is nice observe for studying the battle system and must be used as such.

9: Maintain monitor of things you wish to craft

Within the Merchandise Transmuter menu, you possibly can press sq. on any merchandise to pin it to your to-do listing. Not solely does this transfer the merchandise as much as the entrance web page of the Transmuter menu system, however you’ll see a purple indicator in your HUD to let if you’ve gathered sufficient supplies for that merchandise.

10: At all times be assessing

Utilizing Assess materia (which requires 1 ATB cost throughout battle and is discovered underneath Skills) whereas preventing is important to be taught an enemy’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s best to use this initially of each battle with a brand new enemy to learn to uniquely Stress, Stagger, and exploit their weaknesses.

11: The touchpad is your greatest buddy in fight

After you’ve assessed an enemy, you possibly can recall their data at any time with the touchpad. Additionally, whereas viewing your Synergy Abilities with R1, you possibly can hit the touchpad to name up a menu that explains every transfer.

12:You may swap social gathering members on the fly with X + L1/R1

You may configure as much as three social gathering makeups in the primary menu. In the primary menu, go to Fight Settings and hit sq. to edit the social gathering. Right here, you possibly can toggle between three totally different social gathering presets. As soon as out on the sector, you possibly can simply hit X adopted by L1 or R1 to change up the social gathering with out menu diving.

13: Rotate out characters based mostly on weapon expertise

Burdened with selection paralysis over who must be in your social gathering? Right here’s a query to ask: Who has a weapon ability to be taught? In the primary menu, choose Materia and Gear and also you’ll see a meter underneath every character. Some will likely be partially crammed, whereas others will likely be crammed with a yellow test mark. That bar represents weapon expertise.

Anytime you get a brand new weapon for a personality, they’ll be taught a brand new weapon ability just by utilizing it in battle sufficient instances. A good way to resolve who must be getting preventing time within the recreation is to see who has weapon expertise to be taught. Whoever must be taught their new ability must be actively preventing.

14: Be at liberty to experiment with materia

Some characters clearly profit from sure roles. Aerith, for instance, is the very best at magic within the recreation, so it is smart to provide her a lot of offensive and defensive spells to make use of. However since you possibly can slot in any materia for any character, you possibly can create some dynamic builds that supply a pleasant fusion of technique and creativity.

A screenshot shows equipped materia for all characters in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

Screenshot: Sq. Enix / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

You may view every character’s materia within the Materia and Gear part. However if you happen to hit the touchpad on this menu you possibly can enter an summary display screen that reveals you all of the materia everybody has outfitted, simply swapping them throughout characters or clearing the board totally to start out recent.

15: The autosave is a bit too rare

If the one recreation you propose on enjoying in your PS5 is Rebirth, you may be high quality with simply suspending your console and returning the place you left off. However Rebirth’s autosave doesn’t kick in as incessantly as you may like. Whereas I by no means misplaced a considerable period of time, there have been various events the place I misplaced a handful of hours of progress as a result of I switched to a different recreation earlier than planting a tough save. Like all RPG, you need to save recurrently in Rebirth, particularly if you happen to’re going to play a special recreation or flip off your console.

16: Learn the in-game guide

Confused a few sure recreation mechanic? Navigate to the Handbook in the primary menu to learn up on all the pieces from world traversal to fight programs. When you gained’t discover each attainable tip and trick within the recreation (hello, that’s what we’re right here for), there’s a ton of useful data in right here.


And that covers our preliminary tricks to getting began with Ultimate Fantasy VII Rebirth. What options of the brand new recreation stunned you? Are there any ideas you’d advocate to new gamers?

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