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Final Fantasy VII Remake includes hidden affection mechanics that alter the resolution scene that players view in the first quest, "Resolve", of Chapter 14, "In Search of Hope". Depending on the decisions made by the player throughout the game, Cloud Strife will either talk to Barret Wallace, Tifa Lockhart, or Aerith Gainsborough.

The determining factor is if the player completes the Odd Job sidequests in Chapter 3, "Home Sweet Slum", or in Chapter 8, "Budding Bodyguard". Each quest completed in these chapters gives +2 points to Tifa or Aerith respectively, while the choice between the two at the start of Chapter 10, "Rough Waters", adds 1 tiebreaker point to whomever is selected. The character with the most points will determine the scene. If they both have fewer than 5 total points, Barret is selected.

To see different outcomes, the player can replay an earlier chapter, save, and then return to "In Search of Hope" to see a different scene if they successfully changed outcomes. Decisions relating to affection outcomes also relate to dress mechanics. determining the dresses worn by Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith in Chapter 9, "The Town That Never Sleeps".

The affection mechanics in Final Fantasy VII Remake are reminiscent of the date mechanics in the original Final Fantasy VII, in which choices made by the player affect which character will go on a date with Cloud in the Gold Saucer. An unseen point system is used here as well.

DecisionsEdit

Chapter 3 - "Home Sweet Slum"Edit

For "Home Sweet Slum", completing all of the Odd Jobs ("Chadley's Report", "Rat Problem", "Nuisance in the Factory", "Lost Friends", "On the Prowl", and "Just Flew In from the Graveyard"), followed by the Discovery quest, "Alone at Last", will unlock Tifa's scene. Completing each quest increases Cloud's score with Tifa by +2.

Chapter 8 - "Budding Bodyguard"Edit

For "Budding Bodyguard", completing all Odd Jobs ("The Mysterious Moogle Merchant", "Kids on Patrol", "Weapons on a Rampage", "A Verified Hero", "The Angel of the Slums", and "Paying Respects") is required to unlock Aerith's scene. Each quest increases Cloud's score with Aerith by +2.

Chapter 10 - "Rough Waters"Edit

Sewers Choice from FFVII Remake

In "Rough Waters", during the initial quest "Escape to the Surface", Tifa and Aerith will have fallen on the floor before the battle against Abzu. Choosing Tifa will make it more likely to get her scene, while choosing Aerith will make it more likely to get hers.

CutscenesEdit

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Barret's resolutionEdit

Never thought I'd feel better after talking with your hard-boiled ass.

Barret Wallace

Cloud awakens to find Barret who struggles sleeping because he is thinking of the other members of Avalanche: "Finn", a lazy individual who had painted the graffiti of Stamp the party had followed earlier; "Al" who stole code for Avalanche, and was a womanizer who used flowers to win them over, but failed to impress Tifa this way (Barret says she had "told him where to stick 'em"); and Nellie, the quartermaster who was close with Jessie and the two were often mistaken for sisters.

Barret concludes they must have all survived and promises to introduce Cloud to them. He thanks Cloud, expressing surprise that he helped him feel better, saying he can sleep now.

Tifa's resolutionEdit

They took everything from us. Again.

Tifa Lockhart
Tifas Ch14 resolution scene from FFVII Remake

Cloud comforts Tifa.

When Cloud finds an insomniac Tifa she apologizes for waking him with her footsteps. She points out that the flower he had given her earlier was from Aerith, and that she had looked up its meaning, discovering that it symbolizes reunion. She had tried to keep it alive as long as she could, only for it to end up dead and buried, much like Seventh Heaven and their home in Nibelheim. Tifa leans her head on Cloud's chest and breaks down. Cloud remains still for a moment, surprised and unsure of what to say or do, but eventually hugs her until she remarks that Cloud's hold is hurting her, prompting him to let go. She apologizes for crying, saying that it's a waste of time. Cloud reassures that is not true, and Tifa thanks him.

Aerith's resolutionEdit

But whatever happens, you can't fall in love with me. Even if you think you have... it's not real.

Aerith Gainsborough
Aeriths resolution scene from FFVII Remake

Aerith disperses into glimmering wisps.

After waking up, Cloud finds Aerith in the garden, and is confused as to how he can see her. Aerith ominously remarks that it may be a dream or not, and continues that she is well taken care of as she grew up in the Shinra Building, but nonetheless wants to leave. She picks up that Cloud is worried about her, and apologizes to him for it. She states that everyone eventually dies, so it is important to make the most of the time spent alive.

Aerith is glad for meeting Cloud and says he's made her happier than he knows. However, she says that no matter what, Cloud must not fall in love with her. Cloud expresses regret that he gets no say in the matter, and promises to rescue her, who seemingly vanishes into the lifestream. Cloud then awakens in his room.

Spoilers end here.

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