NIKU'S NON-OBVIOUS PROTIPS FOR PLAYING FINAL FANTASY 7 REMAKE:
you can set the camera distance further back in the options
hold L1 when casting potions / healing out of combat to keep the menu open when healing multiple times
press R1 on the equipment screen to open ALL character's materia slots at once instead of one by one
pressing L1 when using Magnify materia will toggle between single and all-cast.
pay attention to which of your skills increase stagger, because staggering enemies is v. good
if you see a purple item chest in the world (instead of yellow) it is Important Equipment (i.e. new weapon) so do not miss
there is only one important Steal target in the game: make sure you steal from the boss of Chapter 11.
if you see or press square during a cutscene and it says MENU you can hold it down; this means you’re going into a fight DIRECTLY after the cut scene, so hold it down so you can swap any Materia or whatever before the fight begins
NIKU'S COMBAT PROTIPS FOR PLAYING FINAL FANTASY 7 REMAKE:
triple strike is the best bread and butter atb spender. focused thrust is your stagger builder.
don't neglect punisher mode (Cloud's Triangle); guarding during it will automatically counterattack / parry.
cloud is also a very good choice for dodging, counter attacking, parrying, etc materia.
barret is so fucking good you guys
he will seem like complete trash when you first use him i know
but barret is so fucking good
HOW TO USE BARRET: when you hold down his regular attack and get the big boom at the end, he will pump his arm. if you hit triangle to charge during this animation, you get a FREE charge boost!!
barret also makes a great tank if you use steelskin/lifesaver/provoke, and an incredible healer when you don't have aerith and load him up with magic boosters because he can very safely build ATB. barret + prayer carried me through parts of hard mode.
he has some melee weapons but let's be real here
aerith's damage is so much better than you think it is. her dinky little bolts are slow but increase in damage with each hit in a combo. her charged up triangle basically shoots out a mine that will then explode for lots of damage, so use it on stationary targets.
arcane ward will goddamn destroy anything that needs to die from magic.
SUBTIP FOR MAGIC: magic will generally have a little boom followed by a big boom, with long wind up times, so make sure your targets are not going to be moving soon when you cast.
she is the best healer, no surprise, but sometimes you will want to make cloud your healguy and let her use every drop of MP on offensive spells.
tifa is the best character in the game and if there was a loving god we would have a battle angel game that plays exactly how tifa plays
you can use her charge-up move twice. her triangle will change from "uppercut" to "punch" to "chun-li kicks" in stages, and then downgrade each time you use it, so basically build twice, hit three times, build twice, hit three times for an easy build-and-spend combo.
her triangle move will naturally increase stagger damage!! stagger usually gives you 160% damage boost; if you hit with all three triangle moves, it'll bump up over 200%. charge up before a boss is staggered and then you can slam up that damage boost as soon as they stagger, and then you can charge and unleash again before the stagger is over and boost it even higher!
so for me it was basically FULL ATB -> L1+SQUARE TWICE -> TRIANGLE THREE TIMES -> PUNCH ATB UP -> REPEAT as fast as possible to maximize stagger damage
but that's not all!!! she also get evasive strike, which will quickly dodge you out of melee danger and then zoom back in with a stagger increasing punch!
and very late, you even get a straight up ATB-spending punch that increases stagger % damage without the combo system that is incredibly good too
tifa is the best character in the game
GENERAL COMBAT TIPS
always be bouncin'. enemies will (generally, but not always) focus on who you're controlling, so you can control the flow of combat by jumping between characters to "taunt" them toward your furthest playable character.
use your long-animation ATB attacks and then IMMEDIATELY switch to someone else. you're wasting your time and ATB if you're watching your character just do their animation!
elemental materia is your best friend for easy damage; just assess enemies to know their elemental weakness and then slap that materia on your sword or fists for extra damage. and you want to get that thing to at least level 2 because
elemental materia is even better when used defensively. level 2 elemental makes you IMMUNE to that element! and plenty of enemies use fire and lightning and so forth.
weapons don't end up obsolete; you can go back to old ones and they will continue upgrading throughout the game.
anyway i obviously have this game on the brain and just wanted to write things about it so there you go