Final Fantasy VII Remake: Complete Controls Guide for PS4

Planning on getting FF7 Remake on the PlayStation 4? These are the controls that you need to know.

Originally released in 1997 to a tremendous amount of player and critical acclaim, the Final Fantasy VII Remake has finally arrived on the PlayStation 4.

The remastered classic is scheduled for release on 10 April 2020, but developers Square Enix graciously released an 8Gb demo in March to showcase the incredible new aesthetics and gameplay of FF7 Remake.

Fans have craved this game for years, decades even, and while physical distribution may be delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, gamers will be piling into this major release as soon as they can.

So that you know how to navigate the new-look world of Final Fantasy 7, here’s the Final Fantasy VII Remake controls guide.

For these Final Fantasy VII Remake controls, the four D-pad controls are listed as Left, Up, Right, and Down, with either PS4 controller analogue denoted as L or R, with the press of the left or right analogue being L3 or R3. The ‘>’ is used to denote a follow-up action as opposed to a combination of button presses.

FF7 Remake Field Controls

When playing Final Fantasy VII Remake, you’ll often find yourself in combat or roaming around preparing for combat. These are all of the controls that you need to know when you’re exploring the map.

Action Controls
Move L
Dash L3 (tap), R1 (hold), R2 (hold)
Jump / Vault / Crouch / Crawl / Climb L towards arrow (automatic movement)
Descend Ladder Quickly R1
Move Camera R
Realign Camera (snap behind character) R3
Interact / Talk / Open Chests Triangle
‘Hold’ (when prompted) Triangle (hold)
Cancel O
Confirm / Commands Menu X
Destroy Objects Square
Open Map Touch Pad
Open Menu Options
Pause Options
Toggle Mini Map / Tracker L2
Check Story / Revisit Events Touch Pad > L2
Close Help Window Options
Skip Cinematics Options > Select ‘Skip’

FF7 Remake Battle Controls

The fast-moving, eccentric action of the original looks even more spectacular in Final Fantasy 7 Remake: these are the combat controls that you need to know.

Action Controls
Move L
Flee L (run in the opposite direction)
Move Camera R
Toggle Target Lock R3 (tap)
Change Target R (swipe left/right with target lock on)
Activate Unique Ability Triangle
Evade O
Open Commands Menu X
Attack Square
Attack (Hit Multiple Foes) Square (hold)
Guard / Block R1
Cancel Action O
Select Command (within the menu) X
Switch Character Right/Left, Up/Down
Command Ally 1 L2
Command Ally 2 R2
Pause Options

FF7 Remake Customise Shortcuts

To make the processes that usually require you to navigate the Commands Menu a little quicker, you can bind commands to some shortcuts – all of which require you to press L1 and then the assigned symbol button.

If you want to trigger the shortcut, though, you’ll need to have the necessary amount charged on your ATB Gauge or the necessary MP.

To create your own shortcuts, press Options, go into Battle Settings, and then down to Shortcuts. Here, you can decide what commands will be activated when your press L1+Triangle, L1+O, L1+X, and L1+Square.

How to change the difficulty in FF7 Remake

At the start of Final Fantasy VII Remake, you’ll be asked to select the difficulty of the game. However, if you’re finding it too easy or too difficult, you can change the difficulty of the game.

To change the difficulty settings in FF7 Remake, follow these steps:

Press the Options button > System > Gameplay > Difficulty

There are three levels of difficulty in the PS4 game, ranging from Classic to Normal and are detailed as follows:

  • Classic: Actions are performed automatically with battle difficulty at the same level as on Easy difficulty. Best for those who want easier combat and want to focus on executing commands.
  • Easy: Best suited to players who don’t want to worry about the battles and want to enjoy the story.
  • Normal: Battles are fought at a more competitive level, with this standard difficulty being suited those who want to enjoy challenging battles and the story.

By following the above navigation, you can also find the Audio, Camera, and Controls settings.

How does the ATB Gauge work in FF7 Remake?

Found at the bottom left of the screen, under each character’s HP, you can see the ATB Gauge, which is light blue in colour.

When you attack enemies (Square), perform successful guards (R1), and as time passes in combat, the ATB Gauge will fill up.

The ATB works as your currency to use the abilities, items, and magic found in the Commands Menu (X) during battle. Each time a bar of the ATB Gauge is filled, you can use it to activate something from the Commands Menu.

However, some abilities require you to have more than one ATB Gauge bar filled to activate. The more powerful the ability, the more bars of ATB it tends to need to activate.

How to trigger a Limit Break in FF7 Remake

The Limit Break gauge, which takes the form of a thick yellow-to-orange bar under the character’s MP (labelled ‘Limit’), fills when you sustain damage and when you stagger an enemy – which we delve into below.

When the Limit Break gauge is full, you can trigger an extremely powerful attack. So, make sure that you’re positioned close to the enemy, or at least in range of the target enemy, when you activate the Limit Break.

To trigger your Limit Break during a battle, press X to bring up the Commands Menu, select the character with the full Limit Break gauge (L2/R2), and then scroll down the now illuminated option ‘Limit.’ As soon as you press X, the character will perform their Limit Break attack.

How to stagger enemies in FF7 Remake

Each foe that you face in Final Fantasy 7 Remake has a health bar and a red bar beneath. This red bar is the stagger gauge and indicates how close the enemy is to becoming staggered.

As the stagger gauge fills, there’s a chance that the enemy will become ‘Pressured’ if you hit them with certain attacks or deal large amounts of damage.

Being ‘Pressured’ means that an enemy is off-balance and their stagger gauge fills quicker. So, you should go all-out to hit them with abilities and spells.

Each foe’s particular vulnerabilities, as well as the types of abilities and spells that you use, will determine how quickly you fill its stagger gauge.

Once the stagger gauge is full, the enemy will become staggered and defenceless. In this state, they’ll sustain more damage and grant you a boost to your ATB Gauge if you use abilities on the staggered foe.

How to heal and revive in FF7 Remake

Perhaps not early on, but once you start meeting the boss opponents of Final Fantasy VII Remake, you’ll likely need to heal your characters and potentially even revive them a couple of times.

To heal or revive a character, you’ll need to go into the Commands Menu (X) and into the Items menu. Here, you’ll be able to scroll through all of your available items and see their descriptions.

Early in FF7 Remake, you should have and be able to use the Phoenix Down item to revive a knocked-out ally or a potion item to restore the HP of a chosen character.

Now you know how to navigate and battle in the stunning world of Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

Ben Chopping

Will give almost any game a chance, particularly those that include wildlife, monsters, or prehistoric creatures of any kind.