Today is April 10th 2020 and with it the official release of Final Fantasy 7 Remake (here our test)! Mind you from part 1, even if this is not mentioned anywhere in the name. The developers of Square Enix probably don't even know exactly how many parts of the new edition of Final Fantasy 7 will be divided. But the episode-like release form of the remake also gives you an idea: FF7R doesn't contain everything the original from 1997 offered content. More specifically, the remake only includes the city of Midgar. Those of the interested players who do not know the original by heart may wonder what that means. That is why we would like to introduce you to Midgar, a city with an architectural mix somewhere between the real world, steampunk and fantasy. If you want to know what Avalanche is or who the Turks are, then take a look at our short information texts.
The world of Final Fantasy 7 itself is unofficially called Gaia, but the name is not mentioned in any game, and therefore it is largely titled as The Planet. Midgar is the capital of the world, and technologically the most advanced. Originally, there were eight small villages in Midgar's place. Under the efforts of the Shinra company, the area was selected for the future super metropolis of Midgar. Subsequently, the villages grew together and formed the new city. The circular Midgar is divided into eight sectors, each of which houses a Mako reactor.
These reactors extract the mako energy from the environment, which is said to quench the city's enormous energy hunger to some extent. Therefore, the immediate vicinity of Midgar has turned into a barren wasteland and for this reason the slums are more of a bleak spot. The individual areas of the city are divided into Upper Town and Slums. The upper town is on massive metal plates, which are supported by powerful pillars. In the upper areas of the city, the rich and powerful Midgar may not necessarily live in pure luxury, but they do enjoy standards that can be missed in the slums under the slabs, such as cobbled and asphalt streets and handsome architecture. The upper slabs are almost completely sealed off from the slums, there are only connections between the upper and lower world via the rail system and some crawl paths. The heart of the city is Shinra headquarters, a state-of-the-art complex of 70 floors.
The slums are also divided into eight sectors, as the names of the original eight villages have been forgotten over time. In the defiant areas under the plate, people live in poor conditions, often only in simple boxes made of corrugated iron, wood and cardboard. Crime is high, life in the slums is brutal. In addition, very few residents ever have the chance to see the real sky. Monstrous lamps are mounted on the underside of the plates of the upper town, giving people in the slums a quasi-starry sky, while the sun's rays squeeze past the edges of the plates during the day.
If life in most slums in the eight sectors of Midgar turns out to be hard and bleak, residents can go to the slums of Sector 6 at night to find a distraction from their dreary everyday life. Because there is the Wallmarkt, the entertainment district of the underworld of Midgar, which is under the control of Don Corneo. Not even the Shinra units dare to set foot in the Wallmarkt.
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