New mod adds voice acting to original Final Fantasy 7
Final Fantasy 7 is one of the biggest games of all time. After all, it's spread into its own media empire, with toys, movies, spinoffs, and a modern remake. Still, there's a certain charm to the 1997 original. The game is certainly dated, but a new mod brings a modern feature to the classic title: voice acting.
A new mod from the modding team Tsunamods adds full voice acting to the classic JRPG. The mod, titled "Echo-S 7," adds voices to not only the games text boxes, but FMV sequences and battles as well.
Voices aren't just reserved for the main cast, either. According to Tsunamods, "every main, minor, and NPC —any character is voiced (sic)."
The mod uses an English translation of the Japanese script, so it does differ from the official English version in some spots. There were also changes made to the script to make it sound more natural.
There are some caveats. As mentioned, the mod is currently in English only; since voice-acting a game with a script as large as Final Fantasy 7's is such a massive project (it took Tsunamods seven years to complete), it's unlikely any other languages will get a voice over.
Additionally, Echo-S 7 is only available for the PC version. That means the mod is solely for the Steam version of the game; any console or mobile ports aren't supported.
On the plus side, the mod is completely free, which is quite generous considering the time and effort that was put into it. If you'd like to try it out, you can download the mod from Tsunamod's website. Be prepared; because this mod contains lots of high quality audio, the download is 3.2 GB.
Tsunamods has confirmed they are working on similar mods for both Final Fantasy 8 and Final Fantasy 9. Those will come out sometime in the future, through Tsunamods told Kotaku that those shouldn't also take 7 years.