It's been a few months since the launch of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, or at least the first part of it. Though the story was mostly linear, there were a few points of divergence where players could make some choices, including the best way to scale a tall building.
In a post-play survey of Final Fantasy 7 Remake players released today, Square Enix confirms that the majority of folks took the stairs up to the 59th floor, rather than the elevator. It was actually a fairly prominent majority: 65%, or roughly two-thirds, made the trek.
This means that 65% of players made the absolutely correct choice. The stairs option is, frankly, way better than a dull elevator, and results in some of the best party banter in the game. It's certainly one of the more memorable sequences in a pretty memorable RPG. Frankly, that 65% number seems low, so I'm hopeful there are other stair-takers out there who just didn't respond.
Other results reveal that the overwhelming majority of players got Aerith's best dress for the Don Corneo audition. To be frank, this survey was the first time I even saw any of the other options for Aerith aside from the red dress. Despite the love for the chair-wielding healer, the choice of who Cloud speaks to in the garden prior to the Shinra break-in—the culmination of several choices throughout the game—was a little more narrow. 56% of players actually spoke to Tifa, while 42% talked with Aerith and 2% discovered that yes, Barrett is apparently an option here.
The first part of Final Fantasy 7's remake is a strange, odd departure for the narrative that still managed to captivate us, even nabbing a spot as our April Game of the Month. Between all the new side quests, a new combat system, and some other major departures from the original story, Final Fantasy 7 Remake looks to be moving into some really interesting territory.
While I'm not nearly familiar enough with the source material to guess at what player decisions could be made in subsequent Remake entries, I am hopeful for more stairs. Oh, and hopefully a miraculous return of everyone's favorite Avalanche member. In the war between Aerith and Tifa, we know who the real victor is.