Final Fantasy VII Rebirth: Why fully exploring the open world matters

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth hits you with an absolutely incredible story. One that's really going to make you want to dive into the next bit as soon as possible. But in between many of these parts are large open areas of wilderness with a slew of things to do. And you'll want to do all of it.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth - ©2024 Square Enix
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Help snap for Snap

Along the way, you'll encounter a very VERY boring NPC by the name of Snaps. He's dressed like a step-dad getting the newspaper and has the same energy. But every time you encounter him he'll task you with taking a picture for him.

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth - ©2024 Square Enix (One of the pictures Snap has you take) /

These are remarkably easy tasks. Though he is vague in his definition of exactly what he wants from you, he marks a spot on the map that has a photography sign. All you need to do is go there, open your camera, take a picture of the obvious landmark, and then return. There's no judgement method or anything. I've adjusted all the features to turn it into an upside down, heavily filtered mess and he still took it.

Doing this gives you some nice little bonus items.

On the next page we go over a few more of the awesome things there is to do.

"Research" some Monsters

Chadley wants you to, occasionally, find strange and rare variants of the creatures of the world and research them. And, despite them being incredibly rare, he does ask that you research them using the business end of your weapons. Luckily they can respawn as often as you beat them so I guess they're not THAT rare.

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As you go around the map and find more and more of these critters you eventually unlock a battle that is, more or less, the de facto boss of that area of the open world. Though optional, these critters are INCREDIBLY fun boss fights that, no offense Shinra, are more fun than some weird variation of the same mech they throw at me when it's time to duel.

In fact, one of them even lets you go up against a Mindflayer. Yes, it's exactly what you think it is and yes, it IS suspiciously close to Baldurs Gate 3's.

But doing these quests not only earns you some major Chadley points but also rare drops that allow you to make some of the rarer more powerful items in the crafting side of things.