I'm not going to go in on specifics, because I know that there are a lot of different fans out there, some who want the same game untouched with just better graphics, and some who want to change a lot about the game to make it feel fresh again. I'm somewhere in the middle, I do want them to stick to the original game a lot, but there has to be changes, not only on a graphical level. But with change comes the inevitable fear of something going wrong. Tetsuya Nomura said in an interview that "We can't have these upgraded, beautiful 3D models of Cloud and Barrett, still lining up in a row, jumping forward to attack an enemy, then jumping back to wait for their next turn. That would be bizarre. Of course there will likely be changes there." This is one of the things that scares me. Because I don't get why you can't have turn based combat, I mean, the series took a real dive once the turn based combat was scrapped. I get the logic behind the statement, I just hope they don't change too much of the battles, I don't want FF XIII or honestly even FF XV.
There is nothing wrong with a turn-based system of some sort, just because it's not the kind of game that people play now. I really hate that the games industry have abandoned the turn-based model. I played X-com: Enemy Unknown a while back and loved it, It's an amazing game, if you've never played it, please do. But what I was going to say is that it also had a turn-based system, and it worked in it's favour, it let me have control of all characters at once, and not just one, and that's the thing I think. Final Fantasy has always been an assemble story, and by only controlling one character, you shun the other characters to supporting cast instead of main, which I always saw the FF-games as. Sure, Cloud is the main protagonist, but everyone are important. So if you're going to change the battles, please make is so I can control everything and everyone, let me have control over the battles, not just choose some stuff and watch the battle turn into chaos.
Secondly, don't remove stuff, instead, add stuff. I don't want less games in the golden saucer I want more. I don't want less weapons, accessories, armour and materia, I want more. I don't want less characters... I don't want more either actually. I don't want less Limit Breaks, I want more! By the way, don't remove the limit breaks, what ever you do! I don't want less lore, less side quests or less villages, I want more! Seriously, I'm fine as long as they don't remove anything, but one can dream right?
Another thing that I'm kinda scared of is that Nomura will cheese up the dialogue, or rather make it extremely pretentious. I get that you need to redo the script, I want to see them redo the script, but make it good, please. The voice-over in the trailer is fine, I like it actually, I get that it's referring to the reunion in the game. But it's borderline that I don't get what they're talking about. Just don't mess this up... And hire good voice actors... And ship the collectors edition with some cake!
When Square released Final Fantasy VI on the Playstation, they remastered the music, they added real instrument, something they couldn't do in the SNES original. I want to see this in FFVII remake as well, THE SAME MUSIC, but shape it up a little. And if you need to add new music, get Nobuo Uematsu to do it!
Okay, lastly, and this is a big one. If you have never played FFVII, this section will be spoiler-full. I know that a lot of fans have been asking for this, but I beg of you, for the love of God almighty himself; don't bring back Aeris. This is something that FFVII did so good, the death of Aeris made little 12 years old me cry, I still tear up when I play it again. But it was also necessary, her death is what saves the world at the end, if you bring her back in some side-quest or whatever, first of all, you doom the world, second of all, YOU DOOM THE WORLD! But the worst thing is that when you bring a character back to life, you loose all stakes of the characters still alive being in any kind of danger. To go to the world of TV and films, The Marvel Cinematic Universe have done this, but most of all, Supernatural! I really liked that series up to season 6, but then they started dying and coming back to life, over and over and over and over and over again, meaning that if someone actually dies, I feel nothing. So whatever you do Nomura, let the dead be dead.
Another thing that people have been wanting is to have the last boss be challenging. And I'm not talking about the One-winged angel-boss, I'm talking about the one between just Cloud and Sephiroth. I personally loved this battle, but people doesn't get the meaning with it. It's a battle to show that Cloud is now stronger than the man he looked up to, the man he felt betrayed by, the man who represented all the things old, that he had to lie about, a reminder of the man Cloud was before, someone he rather forget. For me, just make the last battle the same, just let us chose attack, then see Cloud drive his sword right through Sephiroth.
The end, done, boom.
Okay, that's my two cents, let me know what you thought about that, please discuss, tell me your dream for the FFVII remake, tell me if I'm wrong so we can discuss that! Bye!