Remake Fakeout: The Strange Defiance of Final Fantasy 7 Remake

(PLEASE NOTE: This post contains spoilers for Final Fantasy 7 Remake.)

Reviews serve a necessary function. They assert that art matters, and that the conversation about art matters. When a new work is released, reviews can enrich or challenge our perspective, giving us new ways to think about our own experiences with it, and giving the larger cultural conversation a place to start. But that’s all reviews should be, a starting point. Once a work is released to the public, the conversation may go in revealing new directions…