Final Fantasy VII Remake can now be played with a Buster Sword controller, thanks to the ingenuity of controller-making maestro Super Louis 64.
In a video uploaded to Twitter over the weekend, Louis shows off how his latest controller build can detect inputs like slashes, guards, and thrusts while battling some of the game’s early Shinra guard enemies. The only problem is, pushing and swinging a giant, heavy sword to play a video game isn’t exactly practical, but that’s not exactly the point. Even though Louis looks exhausted after testing the controller weapon, it’s still cool to see it in action and just goes to show how awesome it is that Final Fantasy VII protagonist Cloud Strife can swing around the massive piece of steel for hours like it’s nothing problem.
It is done, #FF7R is now fully playable with an actual BUSTER SWORD! I just ironed out the last bug dealing with the guard issue from the prototype.
Full video after the weekend, but I’m extremely proud of this build. I built my own parts and it works on PC and PS5 LETS GOOOOO pic.twitter.com/3OSatBfzgy
— Super Louis 64 (@SuperLouis_64) 16 December 2022
This is hardly the strangest controller Louis has ever come up with. His latest project has been working on creating specific controllers for each of Final Fantasy XIV’s classes. In this quest, he recently created a book controller to play the MMORPG’s Scholar class, where ribbing in the real-life book allows him to cast in-game spells. When asked when he was going to make a controller for FFXIV’s Dark Knight class, Louis says on Twitter that he may have had an “ulterior motive” in making the Buster Sword controller first.
Sword controllers aren’t exactly new to Louis, as he made katana controllers for playing Ghost of Tsushima and as the Samurai class in FFXIV. He’s also beaten the Elden Ring with a Rock Band controller, made a controller out of pizza, found a myriad of uses for Ring Fit Adventure’s unique workout controllers, and more.
If nothing else, Louis will be ready for when Final Fantasy VII Rebirth releases Holiday 2023, which will continue Square Enix’s retelling of the original Final Fantasy VII, albeit with updated visuals, more action-focused combat, and some interesting wrinkles that could change the game’s story as it goes. forwards. Square Enix recently released Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, a remake of a previous PSP-only spinoff starring Zack Fair. GameSpot’s Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion review called the remake a “must-play, especially for fans of the Final Fantasy VII saga.”
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