Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Review

RPG genre has always been highly popular on all platforms and Sony PlayStation Portable is not an exception. Speaking of RPG game one series has brought a revolution to it and that series is Final Fantasy. As you know, Final Fantasy always provided its fans with something different and unique and over the years we have seen many Final Fantasy games and spin-offs. Speaking of Final Fantasy games, in my humble opinion the best Final Fantasy game was the Final Fantasy VII. Final Fantasy VII brought unique and new storyline and it was a milestone in the Final Fantasy franchise. Speaking of popularity of Final Fantasy VII, that game formed its own metaseries. That way we got several games that are based on Final Fantasy VII and now we got a prequel of Final Fantasy VII for PlayStation Portable that is called Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.

Unlike previous games Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII takes a different approach. Story in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is about Zack that works as a soldier for Shinra Company, and his objective is to save missing fellow soldier Genesis Rhapsodos. As for the Zack, he is the best friend of Cloud Strife, the main character from Final Fantasy VII, and story is about him and his loyalty to his friends. Zack is caring, loyal to his friends at all times, and he’ll do anything to save them. On his way, Zack will meet some interesting characters such as Aerith, Cloud, Angeal, Genesis and even Sephiroth, the main villain from Final Fantasy VII. I can tell you for sure that this game offers one of the best and the most emotional stories in entire RPG genre but it’s up to you to find it out.

Greatest change about this game is that it is more like an action RPG. Combat has been changed entirely and in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII you’ll lead only one character. You’ll enter each combat randomly and when do that you’ll get a small area around you that will allow you to move within it freely. In order to attack your opponent you just need to look at him and press the X button to perform a certain action. Of course, besides basic attacks there are certain spells and special moves as well. Spells will consume materia and you’ll have to keep a close look at it, because you have a limited amount of materia at the time. You can even combine materia to create new and powerful spells. Besides spells there are special attacks and dodges that you can perform but in order to perform them you’ll have to use your action points. Speaking of blocking and dodging they are performed by pressing the Triangle and Square button. In order to make the combat easier and simpler you can toggle through spells and special abilities with shoulder buttons but in most cases you’ll just have to tap the X button in order to win. As you can see, combat is easy and simple, maybe even too easy.

New and interesting thing in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is the Digital Mind Wave that is used for performing of powerful attacks or leveling up. Digital Mind Wave consists out of three-slot reel and it resembles to a slot machine. Reel consists out of two parts: one holds the characters and if you manage to match all the three characters you’ll get the chance to perform a powerful attacks, known as the limit breakers. Besides that they are powerful they are also followed by animated cutscene. On the other hand, if you manage to match three numbers you’ll get a chance to level up or to increase your materia. In order to access Digital Mind Wave you’ll have to fight opponents and earn soldier points that keep the reel spinning.

Graphics in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII looks great but the best part of the Final Fantasy games isn’t graphics, it’s the story and cutscenes. Cutscenes in this game are simply amazing and they are beautifully rendered, and besides amazing cutscenes voice acting is superb and it will really take you deeper into the story. As for the story, I’ll have to mention that Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII has one of the saddest endings that I’ve ever seen in a video game. In the last scenes of the game Zack is fighting against the whole military on his own. Of course single man cannot defeat an entire army and soon Zack is barely standing on his feet. As he tries to hold it, he remembers Sephiroth, Tseng, and Cissnei and all their adventures and talks. After that he remembers his mentor, Angeal and all the things that he though him about life, friendship and pride. On the end, he remembers that he must protect his best friend Cloud so he decides to fight but he soon falls under the rain of bullets. As he lies there on the ground, dying, he remembers his love, Aerith. He tries not to forget her, and he remembers her words “I’ll be waiting” as the soldiers finish him. This is one great and maybe one of the best endings in the entire gaming history.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII has few flaws and one of them is the camera that doesn’t position itself properly at all times. Besides camera side missions are boring at the times because they make you go through the same maps all over again. Last flaw is related to cutscenses. Although they are amazing, you might want to skip them if you have already seen them before, but in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII you won’t be able to do that. It’s not a big problem but some of them are really long and they can get boring after you’ve seen them for a first time. Besides those tiny flaws Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is one of the greatest games on the PlayStation Portable that offers one amazing story.

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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Review

June 15th, 2010 at 11:46 am –

RPG genre has always been highly popular on all platforms and Sony PlayStation Portable is not an exception. Speaking of RPG game one series has brought a revolution to it and that series is Final Fantasy. As you know, Final Fantasy always provided its fans with something different and unique and over the years we have seen many Final Fantasy games and spin-offs. Speaking of Final Fantasy games, in my humble opinion the best Final Fantasy game was the Final Fantasy VII. Final Fantasy VII brought unique and new storyline and it was a milestone in the Final Fantasy franchise. Speaking of popularity of Final Fantasy VII, that game formed its own metaseries. That way we got several games that are based on Final Fantasy VII and now we got a prequel of Final Fantasy VII for PlayStation Portable that is called Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Review

Unlike previous games Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII takes a different approach. Story in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is about Zack that works as a soldier for Shinra Company, and his objective is to save missing fellow soldier Genesis Rhapsodos. As for the Zack, he is the best friend of Cloud Strife, the main character from Final Fantasy VII, and story is about him and his loyalty to his friends. Zack is caring, loyal to his friends at all times, and he’ll do anything to save them. On his way, Zack will meet some interesting characters such as Aerith, Cloud, Angeal, Genesis and even Sephiroth, the main villain from Final Fantasy VII. I can tell you for sure that this game offers one of the best and the most emotional stories in entire RPG genre but it’s up to you to find it out.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Review

Greatest change about this game is that it is more like an action RPG. Combat has been changed entirely and in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII you’ll lead only one character. You’ll enter each combat randomly and when do that you’ll get a small area around you that will allow you to move within it freely. In order to attack your opponent you just need to look at him and press the X button to perform a certain action. Of course, besides basic attacks there are certain spells and special moves as well. Spells will consume materia and you’ll have to keep a close look at it, because you have a limited amount of materia at the time. You can even combine materia to create new and powerful spells. Besides spells there are special attacks and dodges that you can perform but in order to perform them you’ll have to use your action points. Speaking of blocking and dodging they are performed by pressing the Triangle and Square button. In order to make the combat easier and simpler you can toggle through spells and special abilities with shoulder buttons but in most cases you’ll just have to tap the X button in order to win. As you can see, combat is easy and simple, maybe even too easy.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Review

New and interesting thing in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is the Digital Mind Wave that is used for performing of powerful attacks or leveling up. Digital Mind Wave consists out of three-slot reel and it resembles to a slot machine. Reel consists out of two parts: one holds the characters and if you manage to match all the three characters you’ll get the chance to perform a powerful attacks, known as the limit breakers. Besides that they are powerful they are also followed by animated cutscene. On the other hand, if you manage to match three numbers you’ll get a chance to level up or to increase your materia. In order to access Digital Mind Wave you’ll have to fight opponents and earn soldier points that keep the reel spinning.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Review

Graphics in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII looks great but the best part of the Final Fantasy games isn’t graphics, it’s the story and cutscenes. Cutscenes in this game are simply amazing and they are beautifully rendered, and besides amazing cutscenes voice acting is superb and it will really take you deeper into the story. As for the story, I’ll have to mention that Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII has one of the saddest endings that I’ve ever seen in a video game. In the last scenes of the game Zack is fighting against the whole military on his own. Of course single man cannot defeat an entire army and soon Zack is barely standing on his feet. As he tries to hold it, he remembers Sephiroth, Tseng, and Cissnei and all their adventures and talks. After that he remembers his mentor, Angeal and all the things that he though him about life, friendship and pride. On the end, he remembers that he must protect his best friend Cloud so he decides to fight but he soon falls under the rain of bullets. As he lies there on the ground, dying, he remembers his love, Aerith. He tries not to forget her, and he remembers her words “I’ll be waiting” as the soldiers finish him. This is one great and maybe one of the best endings in the entire gaming history.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Review

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII has few flaws and one of them is the camera that doesn’t position itself properly at all times. Besides camera side missions are boring at the times because they make you go through the same maps all over again. Last flaw is related to cutscenses. Although they are amazing, you might want to skip them if you have already seen them before, but in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII you won’t be able to do that. It’s not a big problem but some of them are really long and they can get boring after you’ve seen them for a first time. Besides those tiny flaws Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is one of the greatest games on the PlayStation Portable that offers one amazing story.

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