In Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, Yuffie is the anti-Cloud

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In Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, Yuffie is the anti-Cloud

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Episode Intermission takes away Cloud Strife’s buster sword and replaces it with Yuffie Kisaragi’s large shuriken. The new DLC marketing campaign, unique to PlayStation 5, lasts for only some treasured hours. It’s a pleasure to return to Midgar and sling Yuffie’s boomerang-like weapon at baddies, however extra importantly, the younger heroine brings a complete new optimistic perspective that serves as a refreshing counterpoint to Cloud.

Yuffie’s enthusiastic persona has turn out to be extra emphasised since her first look within the unique Final Fantasy 7 in 1997. The broadly panned English translation of that sport portrayed Yuffie as a thieving treasure hunter, solely out for herself. In FF7 spinoffs, in addition to the Advent Children film and the Kingdom Hearts sequence, followers obtained to see far more of the teenage ninja princess, who turned out to have an brisk goofball persona and a zest for preventing again towards anybody who dared disrespect her.

That’s at all times who Yuffie was meant to be, in line with director Tetsuya Nomura, who instructed the PlayStation Blog, “At the time of the original and even now, my perspective of her has not changed very significantly. Yuffie is an energetic and straightforward character. That being said, as this episode is centered around her, I believe we were also able to depict her sensitive side.”

Yuffie’s darkish mirror is Cloud, a person haunted by barely-repressed traumas who’s reluctant to affix up with Avalanche or kind emotional attachments with different individuals. By distinction, it is smart {that a} cocky however naive teen woman like Yuffie would care deeply and brazenly about what different individuals consider her. She craves recognition and respect when she recites rehearsed hero monologues and poses like Sailor Moon. She dives (or journeys) head-first into hazard, unafraid of demise, not like Cloud, who’s seen loads of it and nonetheless suffers from the aftershock of all of it.

Yuffie and Sonon glide across metal scaffolding while breaking into Shinra HQ in Final Fantasy 7 Remake Episode Intermission

Image: Square Enix

Thanks to Yuffie’s antics, the primary couple hours of Intermission are considerably funnier and lighter in tone than Remake. The transient DLC options tons of slapstick moments for Yuffie, which land effectively partially as a result of she has a straight man by her aspect: Sonon Kusakabe, a brand new character on this sport. While Yuffie hams it up in an try and impress her allies (and her enemies), Sonon rolls his eyes and smiles apologetically. When Sonon suggests battle techniques that may place him within the line of fireplace, Yuffie cuts him off, reminding him that she’s the “leading lady” and he or she ought to get the possibility to shine … even when it means falling on her face as a result of she doesn’t really know what she’s doing.

Intermission’s musical rating matches its comedic tone and the heroine’s carefree power, with bombastic jazz accompanying Yuffie and Sonon on a few of their adventures. This track from the soundtrack, titled “The Runaround,” accompanies our heroine as she puzzles her method by Shinra’s headquarters, making a harmful break-in really feel like an episode of Looney Tunes.

Yuffie’s energetic perspective within the face of overwhelming odds makes her a much more nice protagonist than Cloud, whose grim outlook is fortunately counterbalanced by Tifa, Barret, and Aerith’s restorative willpower and perception in a greater future. Of course, Cloud needs to be indifferent as a result of turning into reengaged with the remainder of the world is his complete arc. His journey is about studying to like and to face his true self, irrespective of how a lot it could damage.

Cloud, Tifa, and Barret watch the sunset in Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Image: Square Enix

Yuffie’s arc is the alternative of Cloud’s. Although she begins off with a extra lighthearted demeanor, it’s really a mirrored image of her naivete and lack of expertise. Like Cloud, Yuffie has to face an uncomfortable reality — however in her case, it’s realizing that she’s in method over her head with Shinra and its varied terrifying experiments.

Yuffie is extra nice to hang around with than Cloud as a result of, not like Cloud, she hasn’t seen some shit. But by the tip of Intermission, she has. When we meet her once more in FF7 Remake Part 2, she’ll be the thieving trickster that she was within the unique sport, however this time, we’ll perceive extra about why. We’ll additionally know that, though that sense of indignant self-preservation is part of her, that cheerful hope stays too — and it’ll be again once more, finally.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade launched June 10 on PlayStation 5. The sport was performed on PlayStation 5 utilizing a pre-release obtain code offered by Square Enix. Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These don’t affect editorial content material, although Vox Media could earn commissions for merchandise bought by way of affiliate hyperlinks. You can discover further details about Polygon’s ethics coverage right here.

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