Ever since the next generation of gaming kicked off Final Fantasy gamers have dreamed of playing Final Fantasy VII with a fresh coat of HD remastered paint. Unfortunately Square-Enix has explicitly stated that they have no plans of ever releasing a remastered version of what many consider to be the best Final Fantasy game ever made. This is a very curious move considering that Square could probably make a boat load of loot if they did release a FFVII HD title, but they’re sticking to their guns.
Luckily there’s something known as the modding community, because through their hard work they’ve managed to create an HD version of FFVII using its PC release as a base. The key to beefing up the game’s visuals is a modding program called Bootleg. With this system’s various upgrades it can patch the PC version of Final Fantasy VII with the visuals we expect to see in a modern day game (mostly). The only caveat to this process is that the mods required to pull this off will take upwards of 20GB of hard drive space, but with the cost of HDDs being so inexpensive, I doubt this con is really a negative after all.
If this is an adventure you’d like to embark on you’ll obviously need a copy of Final Fantasy VII for PC, Bootleg, and the various patches that will beef up the game’s visuals. A YouTuber by the name of EQ2Alyza has posted a detailed process for enabling the HD version of FFVII, as well as a look at the mod in its HD glory. I’ve embedded both the directions and the video below for you to see. If you do get your FFVII HD on make sure to let him know how grateful you are for his leg work. Check out the unofficial Final Fantasy VII HD remastered game in action below. You’ve been wishing someone at Square would realize how much money could be made if they released an official FFVII HD remake for the PS3…
Instructions courtesy of EQ2Alyza
MOD INSTRUCTIONS (Warning: ~20GB of downloads/installs. Be patient)
UPDATE - Due to a high volume of traffic the below directions and links may not work. If that’s the case you may want to check out this alternate tutorial. As always mod at your own risk and read all of the warnings. You must own a copy of the game, don’t pirate it.
Alternate method - Tifa’s Bootleg
1. Buy the game (Ultima Edition torrents do NOT work with these mods):http://www.amazon.com/Final-Fantasy-VII-Pc/dp/B00000DMAA
2. Perform a MAXIMUM installation.
3. Download and extract 1.02 patch to the installation folder: http://ffsf.aaron-kelley.net/patch.html
4. Download and extract Aali’s Custom Graphics Driver to the installation folder: http://backup.ninjaloot.se/share/ff7_opengl-0.7.11b.zip
5. How to enable Aali’s Custom Graphics Driver:
- Run FF7Config.exe from the installation folder.
- Go to the Graphics tab.
- Under Renderer, select “Custom driver”. You should receive a message saying it passed the test, working properly, etc.
- Exit the program.
6. Download Bootleg Configurator: http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=12008.msg168306#msg168306
7a. Use this tutorial for setting up and installing Bootleg Configurator:http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=12636.0
7b. Use this if there are any broken links in the Mod List (step 6):http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=12503.msg173800
7c. Here are the settings I use: http://tinyurl.com/843cwcf
8. How to enable FF7Music mod:
- Open FF7Music.exe from the installation folder (…\Square Soft, Inc\Final Fantasy VII\FF7Music\FF7Music.exe).
- Click on Configure.
- Go to the Files tab.
- Under Profile, select “OSTRemastered”.
- Save and Exit.
9. On your desktop should be a new icon called FF7 BootLoader. Run it and configure to however you want. Make sure to click “Write CFG” to actually save what you configure.
10. Click Play FF7. Enjoy!
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