Reviews and Problems with Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
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1 March 2010
Excerpt: Ahh, Final Fantasy VII . Quite possibly the most popular game in existence. Its fanbase contains more raving lunatics than any other game, and any attempts to disparage what many consider the epitome of RPG gaming can be assuredly met with vicious insults and possibly egregious bodily harm.
Excerpt: In an effort to create a series within a series, Square Enix has expanded on the PlayStation title Final Fantasy VII to bring about the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII . This compilation has seen the release of the CG movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children , the PlayStation 2 third-person shooter/RPG Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII , and the Japanese-only release of the episodic mobile phone game Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII .
Excerpt: I just finished Crisis Core, and I mean ‘just’; I put down my PSP and opened Word on my laptop – I didn’t even get up. Before I go any further, I’ll say this: Crisis Core is an extremely difficult game to review fairly. Like a lot of people, I loved Final Fantasy VII on the original PlayStation.
Excerpt: Zack Fair is briefly mentioned in Final Fantasy VII as being Aerith’s missing boyfriend. When Cloud and his friends visit Zack’s hometown village of Gongaga, you’ll meet his worried parents who have not heard from him in five years. Crisis Core goes back in time and puts you in the place of Zack Fair, SOLDIER (Shinra's elite army division) 2nd class. Some of his closest friends include a couple guys named Angeal, Genesis and Sephiroth.
Excerpt: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII , the latest game in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII , is a game that will appeal mostly to fans of the series. Starring a character who appeared only in flashbacks and in passing mentions in the original game and detailing many events only alluded to in FFVII Crisis Core relies a great deal on nostalgia, to the point where it’s actually re-telling parts of FFVII at times.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy VII has earned its place in history, with its epic cutscenes, sci-fi story and lovable characters with great haircuts. And Square knows it too, making the seventh fantasy not all that final. There’s been the mixed blessing of Advent Children and the lamentably lame Dirge of Cerberus, but now it’s time for another shot in the arm with Crisis Core. Is it leaching off the source material’s life-stream or is it the real deal?
Summary: As a prequel to Final Fantasy VII - regarded by many as the best RPG ever made, and a game that helped make the genre popular outside Japan - Crisis Core has a daunting legacy to live up to. But even though the experience is tainted by a handful of irritating issues, this is an inspired and enchanting entry in the Final Fantasy franchise.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core ranks up there with the best, showcasing the PSP’s audio-visual capabilities and delivering an RPG experience we won’t forget in a hurry. If you’ve never played a FF game before, you won’t fail to be mightily impressed by this one… and even the pickiest hardcore fanboys and girls will find plenty to rave about.
Pros: Gorgeous, drool-worthy graphics teamed with the memorable characters and captivating storyline we’ve come to expect from FF titles. Plus it’s very user-friendly.
Cons: The pared down, real-time combat system may seem too simplistic for purists, although it certainly suits this PSP incarnation. Random encounters become tiresome after a while.