18 April 2024
Games Technology

PSA: Be Cautious Skipping Cutscenes In FF7 Rebirth’s Flashback Chapter

Last Fantasy VII Rebirth, half two of the bold venture to remake 1997’s Last Fantasy VII, arrives tomorrow, February 29. Followers wanting to play this new entry have probably spent a while within the recreation’s demo, which launched on February 6. Must you play the demo, you’ll get the prospect to skip a big part of the opening scene—however not all of it.

Firing up Rebirth for the primary time after taking part in the demo, you’ll nonetheless must play parts of Cloud’s flashback. You’ll be given the choice to skip the vast majority of it will definitely, however don’t get too set off comfortable, as you may very simply miss some important story content material for those who’re not cautious. Critically, don’t destroy this expertise for your self since you’re impatient.

You’ll nonetheless must play elements of the Nibelheim flashback

Whilst you can skip a serious chunk of the flashback after taking part in the demo, Rebirth will nonetheless pressure you to play the opening and conclusion of Cloud’s traumatic recollections within the full recreation.

Even for those who performed and completed the demo, you’ll begin the sport (following a separate prelude) with Sephiroth’s first battle in opposition to a fiend within the rain. You’ll then go to Nibelheim, the place Cloud can go to his mother, eat a sandwich, and take a look at Tifa’s home. You gained’t be capable of skip something till you go on a quick trek with Tifa and Sephiroth exterior the city the place you’ll battle a single pair of monsters. Following this, you’ll obtain a immediate to skip the journey by means of Mt. Nibel and all the preventing that leads as much as it, together with Cloud’s first go to to the reactor.

A screenshot of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth shows a notification prompting the player to skip a portion of the game.

Screenshot: Sq. Enix / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

From right here you may skip the core of the flashback, avoiding numerous fights, climbing sequences, and the showdown with the Hexadragon (referred to as the Materia Keeper within the 1997 unique). You’ll nonetheless must stumble round by means of the flames once more after talking with Sephiroth within the basement of Shinra Manor, and I’m sorry to say that you just’ll must painfully transfer by means of that complete scene the place ya gotta maintain down L2/R2 whereas folks stand round Sephiroth holding and by no means utilizing their weapons (you and I each know that wouldn’t have stopped him, however it nonetheless seems foolish).

Watch out of which cutscenes you skip!

Right here’s the place issues get difficult. When you’re wanting to get on with the total recreation, you is perhaps within the temper to skip as a lot of this as you may. And I don’t blame you. Basically, you may skip cutscenes in Rebirth by hitting the pause button and selecting “Skip” (non-skippable dialogue scenes may be sped up by mashing circle).

Must you skip the enduring scene the place Sephiroth turns to stroll into the flames earlier than working off to see his mommy, you very nicely might find yourself skipping what comes after that: Cloud’s confrontation with Sephiroth within the reactor.

That is a vital a part of the story that’s not within the demo and could be very straightforward to skip for those who’re wanting to get on with Rebirth’s predominant serving. If you wish to quick ahead by means of different elements of the flashback, that shouldn’t be an issue. However when you’re as much as Sephiroth’s “take a look at me stroll by means of hearth, I’m so cool” second, simply let the sport play out so that you don’t abruptly skip to Kalm and miss some essential story moments that shall be known as again to ceaselessly all through Rebirth’s story.


Last Fantasy 7 Rebirth options many highlights, like its huge open world and thrilling battle system. For a lot of, if not most, the story is what actually counts nonetheless. So take care for those who’re a bit too keen to hitch the occasion in Kalm after Cloud’s unhappy origin story.