And of course, there’s the plate crash itself. The idea of Shinra callously murdering so many people is pretty appalling on its own, but...you don’t really know anyone in Sector 7.
It’s almost a case of “Well, Tifa wasn’t there, so bye!” especially once a certain small someone is found elsewhere.
Yet Sector 7 is a vibrant slumtown, full of people from all walks just doing their thing. We get the briefest glimpses of that when first introduced to Tifa at the 7th Heaven Bar. She’s well-known and knows everyone else, and it offers a taste of that close-knit community feel that probably would exist in a place like Sector 7.
Imagine that, then imagine watching everyone else there die thanks on a whim of Shinra’s president. Focusing on that community feel and Tifa and Barret’s relationships with the other folk of Sector 7, even if just in an expanded cutscene at the bar, is an absolute must.