No Sequel, No Problem! Remaster Final Fantasy VII For PC Using Bootleg [MUO Gaming]

Craig Snyder 15-06-2012

Final Fantasy VII is arguably the greatest game (if not RPG) in console gaming history. I was introduced to the game by an elementary school friend in the late ’90s and it opened my eyes to an entire genre. Still today, it’s hard to pull me or my nostalgic thoughts away from the game, and it’s one that I’ll likely never forget.


Unfortunately, Square made it very clear recently that a FF7 remake is not a priority to them (after years of stringing it out and teasing us). All we’ve got to cling onto are breakoffs like Dirge of Cerberus, Ergheiz, and Advent Children. It’s not the same. I’m not even sure if a remake is the best idea. Why not just remake the game with improved visuals and an additional storyline, like has been done with FF6?


We don’t have to wait for Square to put FF7 back into the front of their minds, though. The modding and tweaking of PC games goes all the way back to the days of Doom. FF7 dates back to the late ’90s. Maybe you don’t have a perspective of how choppy and underwhelming FF7 looks in 2012.

Fans have put together mod packages like Final Fantasy VII Ultima Edition and Final Fantasy VII Remix, updating the world map, cutscenes, graphics, storyline, music, and more. It’s a hassle picking between which edition is the favorite. With Bootleg, it’s easier than ever.


Using Bootleg

  1. Before using Bootleg, you need a copy of Final Fantasy VII for PC installed under “Maximum” settings
  2. Download the FF7 1.02 Patch from the Soundfont page and extract it into the installation folder
  3. Download and extract Aali’s Custom Graphics Driver to the installation folder
  4. Run FF7Config.exe from the installation folder
  5. Go to the Graphics tab
  6. Under Renderer, select “Custom driver” (and a confirmation dialog should pop up)
  7. Exit FF7Config.exe
  8. Download Bootleg Configurator
  9. Run BFE.exe

At this point, you’re ready to start modding. You may be a little overwhelmed looking at everything that’s possible, and that’s fine. Look around. It’s important to make sure that the Installation tab is filled out accurately though:
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Afterwards, let’s click Mod Listing on the right side of the screen. You should see similar to the following:
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What you’re seeing here is a lot of every popular FF7 mod for the PC. There’s a lot of yellow there, because I haven’t configured Bootleg with many options. Yellow tables only mean that the particular mod in that row is not required to be installed with your current Bootleg settings. All red rows need to be installed for Bootleg to patch FF7 correctly. It’s more than 20 GB in size, but I’d recommend downloading everything you see on this page if at all possible. It makes the process a lot easier. Save these files to the Bootleg directory.

If any of the links are broken, check this forum thread for mirrors. If you find any instruction here giving you trouble, check out the official forum thread offering a tutorial on how to use Bootleg.


After you’ve got the configuration how you want it, go back to the main application screen and click Run Bootleg below Mod Listing. Bootleg will do the rest for you, and you’ve got a refreshed FF7!

I’ve been stunned at the amount of content within some of these mods. Visually, FF7 can look amazing using Bootleg. Here’s a comparison of PSX vs. PC modded with Bootleg:
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If that’s not enough to get your juices flowing, YouTube user EQ2Alyza has a full FF7 Bootleg playthrough put together in a playlist! Here he is playing through one of the most memorable parts of the game, Wall Market. You should notice new music, graphics, and more.


If you have any questions or other feedback, just leave me a comment and we’ll talk FF7! I’m always interested in discussing one of the best games of all-time.

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  1. asdf
    December 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

    does this work on mac?

  2. Vashe
    October 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    "Why not just remake the game with improved visuals and an additional storyline, like has been done with FF6?"

    Hmm... Improved visuals for FF6 ? No way, Psx version had only 3 additionnal cinematics, that's all, no graphical revamp or "additionnal storyline" at all. GBA version had a "secret dungeon", it's true, but without anything storyline related...

  3. sirmichaelvalentine
    September 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

    ya know theres always this few that say things like. i dont want a remake. I don’t want improved graphics. i like the game the way it is. but there the only few that feels this way. with millions upon millions of others saying different. these what i call stubborn few. need to shut the heck up. there the reason ff 7- 12 hasn't been touched yet. the makers of the series. will remake every final fantasy series if fans like it or not. its better not to bitch about it. making them too nervous to go near 7 or 8 at all. because the fans cant come to an agreement on if 7 or 8 should be remade or not. when every other one already has. ff 10 is getting a remake for ps3. ff 12 is getting a sequel. every older set has already been remade for one console or anther.maybe if the fans shut up and start agreeing. maybe we'd get high quality remakes for 7 8 and maybe 9. personally i think its about time Square picked a big fan favorite like ff 10 or maybe 8 remake it for ps3 then start giving fans a few very good and well thought out sequels i wouldn't mind having a few series we grew up with getting new continuing stories. i would love new stories with tidus and yuna or squall and rinoa with there side characters like auron and zell. for now we all need to shut up about 7. Square already said for them to remake 7 the final fantasy franchise has to be doing great for them to even touch it. for what i can see the franchise lately sucks. ff 13 and 13 2 is very bad. why did the 2nd come out when no one likes the first at all.on top of that people dont know what to think about the new ff 14 coming next year to ps3. when 14 doesn't have a good rep from its bad launch in 010(i think). so until the franchise picks up having good new series and when people stop being so dang picky then will get a remake of 7.

  4. SimplyJan
    September 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Hmm...... i downloaded FF7 vom square two weeks ago, and when i want to run ff7config.exe all i see is "unable to locate registry key, please re-install ff7"..... do i need to add an extra step somewhere, when i don't have a cd, but only the "raw" data?


  5. Sean
    September 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Hi! What folder are the mods supposed to be placed in? There are a lot of folders within Bootleg's Mods folder and I am guessing you can just place them anywhere. The links are in fact broken, and I can download them elsewhere, I just need to know where to put them all. Thanks

  6. Gabriel Meono
    August 23, 2012 at 7:05 am
    • Dimitri Julie
      September 21, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Hi dude, which Remake is this? is it a Bootleg version already patched?

  7. Justin Pot
    August 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Tried this out; seems like many of the mods can't be found on the web anymore. Someone should put together a torrent with all of them.

    • Steven
      August 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

      I would like to see a torrent of the mods myself if only to help speed up getting them and not having to track down a few mods because I made one small change.

  8. Craig Snyder
    June 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    This article came through at the perfect time, as today it was just exposed that Square has it in their plans to release FF7 back to Steam!

  9. Cryptic
    June 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I never really cared for the game. I played it when it first came out, but the gameplay bored me and the dialogue was just terrible. The story wasn't totally awful, but wasn't anything impressive either.

    • Craig Snyder
      June 17, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      How old were you when you first played it?

      • Cryptic
        June 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        Somewhere around 13 - 15.

      • Cryptic
        June 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        Somewhere around 13 - 15.

  10. ReneeDeLaGee
    June 17, 2012 at 9:51 am

    :o so awesome
    square shoould make a remake though

  11. EQ2Alyza
    June 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you for featuring my video!

    I just want to give credit where it is really due though. PitBrat is the creator of Bootleg Configurator, and the tool compiles mods made by many, many modders into one setup. Your tutorial you linked is actually outdated by several releases ago, and its author has not been active since last year.

    I have made a new one, which you can view in full detail here:

    I would recommend linking this one instead, as it is also featured in the description of my videos. Along with the tutorial, there is also a section for current bug reports, future releases, and a full list of every mod featured within Bootleg. The list allows you to read, download, and preview each one before installing.

  12. Justin Pot
    June 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Wow, that video is impressive. I might need to dig up some old disks and give this a spin.

  13. Mihovil Pletikos
    June 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    in what resolution can you play ff7 like that? is there any ws resolution available?

    • Craig Snyder
      June 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      With Bootloader, you're able to configure a custom resolution and select if you want to preserve a 4:3 aspect ratio or not. You can also play in windowed mode.

  14. Robert Howitt
    June 15, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Personally, I don't want improved graphics for FF7. If we liked the game so much then why do we feel the need to change it? I fell in love with the game the way it is.
    I think improving the graphics would screw up some of the characters mannerisms. Clouds shrugs, head scratches and poses would look silly with todays realistic graphics. Imagine an anime played out with real actors. It would be crazy.
    I believe that if Square-enix did remake FF7 it would be horrid. Since FF7, I've only enjoyed a few of squares works and none of them were even in the same league. So they could only make the game worse.
    What I enjoyed most about FF7 was the story. If you've ever played Crisis Core you'd know that square has no problem changing the story around. I wonder how far they would go with the changes. No doubt it wouldn't be the same Cloud from FF7, but his emo twin from advent children that made it into the remake.
    Anyway, it always makes me happy to hear that there are people out there that share the same passion for this game as I do.

    • Craig Snyder
      June 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      My issue with people claiming that there should or shouldn't be any number of remakes or sequels is that no one is forcing them on anyone that doesn't want to play the game. With that, I won't care too much if others feel like the whole "legacy" of the game was ruined or anything. I think that might be taking it a little too seriously.

      You can't have too much of a good thing, and if it's a big thing, it's easy to avoid!

    • Jackson Chung
      June 20, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Robert, I've just awarded you 150 points for taking the time to compose that insightful comment. Good on you!