This morning, I was greeted by a headline that said, roughly, that PS1 gem Final Fantasy VII was available on the PlayStation Store as of right now, and could be downloaded to the PS3 or PSP. Naturally, I freaked out, assuming that Sony had kindly supplied me with an early birthday gift. Then I read the fine print: in Japan. Sure, I may have a Japanese PSN account for playing demos and such that haven’t been released in North America, but it’s not going to do me very much good to play through the game in Japanese. The version released is actually Final Fantasy VII International, which was basically a Japanese re-release of the game with additional content featured in the North American version.
I can’t see why Sony wouldn’t make this available worldwide sooner or later. After all, despite not being as universally adored as it once was (nothing can be too popular without hater backlash), this is still one of the most beloved games of all time, and holds up fairly well, provided you’re not a total snob and can get past the blocky, primitive, early PS1 graphics. Yes, I know I already have a copy of FFVII—an original copy with the rare printing error on the back, even—but being able to play on my PSP would be awesome. Come on, guys. It’s my birthday.