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Final Fantasy 7 Remake demo out now on PS4

Try the first chapter of the long-awaited remake

Cloud Strife holds his sword aloft in a screenshot from Final Fantasy 7 Remake Image: Square Enix
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Square Enix released a playable demo of Final Fantasy 7 Remake for PlayStation 4 on Monday, giving fans a taste of the upcoming reimagining of the classic role-playing game.

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake demo is available to download from the PlayStation Store. It requires 7.5 GB of hard drive space. The demo features a playable mission from early on in the game: Cloud and Barret infiltrate the Shinra Electric Power Company to bomb a Mako reactor and must escape. Before they can flee to safety, however, they must battle the Scorpion Sentinel, an early boss fight that’s no joke.

We recently played that mission, plus two more, in a hands-on gameplay preview of Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Unlike my hands-on time, players will be able to spend time with Remake’s Classic Mode, which is available in the demo.

As noted on the PlayStation Store listing, progress from the demo will not carry over to the final version of the game. But downloading the demo will grant access to an exclusive PS4 theme, so it’s worth a download.

Square Enix will bring Final Fantasy 7 Remake to PS4 on April 10.

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