View Full Version : [Game] Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

10-25-2009, 01:59 PM
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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is a prequel to the very popular Final Fantasy VII. It tells the story of Zack, a member of SOLDIER who's dream is to become a hero (Don't we all dream of that..). As this game is a prequel, we of course meet many of the characters from FFVII like Aerith, Sephiroth, and Cloud, but there are a few unfamiliar faces. Genesis, Angeal, and Director Lazard are the main ones. I won't say too much about the plot, but keep reading for my opinion the actual gameplay and whatnot.
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This being a PSP game, naturally the graphics are beautiful. There are several CGI cutscenes pretty much only at the beginning, middle, and climactic ending. Also, each summon has a CGI cutscene and they usually take about 15-20 seconds..it's really cool to see the first time, but after that, you probably won't ever want to see it again. Luckily they're skippable.
Speaking of skipping things, cutscenes are not skippable. This isn't a particularly huge problem because there aren't many long cutscenes before tough battles. I think the longest cutscene before a boss battle ran about 2-3 minutes. Still, every game should have the option to skip cutscenes.
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The gameplay here is VERY different from FFVII. Normally, I'm not really big on sticking with the classic style of things, because change is good, right? Meh, not so much in this case. I really did not like the battle system. There's this weird slot machine-like thingy at the top left corner of the screen (called the DMW, or Digital Mind Wave, which by the way, I don't even remember finding out in the game. I had to search online to find out what the heck DMW stood for, or maybe I just completely overlooked it in the game) that plays a huge role in how the battle flows. I will not explain how it works because I assure you, you will not get what I'm saying. There is a tutorial in the game that you have to read to get the jist of it, but you have to do battles to get the hang of the way it works. The whole thing is super confusing at first because it's apparently very important in battles, but YOU don't actually do anything with it. It controls itself randomly. So when the DMW interrupts/pauses the battle for a potential limit break, you just sit there and watch...and this can happen several times in a battle, AT RANDOM. Leveling up isn't so random (supposedly), but it is controlled by the DMW so it feels like it's random. Battling feels pointless because although you will eventually level up, it's a matter of the DMW displaying the combination '777'. I've read online that the DMW will level you up fairly, but it just doesn't feel that way. Battles are not turn based, but rather you can just smash away at the X button on the attack option until the enemy is down, but you will want to equip some helpful materia for healing hp, status, etc. Zack is the only member of the party always, so either he's superman or most enemies are laughably weak.
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There were times where I beat common enemies with maybe two hits and this would last through several periods in the game, then I would come up against a boss and be taken out in 5 seconds by one hit. This made it seem unbalanced. Despite this, I could beat every enemy in the game at whatever level I was at. I only got a couple of game overs, but I didn't have to fight any boss more than twice. I finished the game at level 35.
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In terms of gameplay, I really could have done without Crisis Core. I didn't hate it but I didn't particularly care for it. However, the storyline is basically the redeeming quality. I enjoyed learning about Zack and seeing Sephiroth as basically a not-so-evil person. I really couldn't have cared any less if Aerith weren't in this game, and I really like Tifa, but she didn't have a particularly big role either. They eventually go to Cloud's hometown of Nibelheim and this was the part that I mainly enjoyed. It was actually seeing Cloud's memories in Final Fantasy VII played out in their entirety. As for new characters, I really liked Angeal. Everyone in SOLDIER seemed to be pretty cool, but Angeal was especially interesting. Genesis, I didn't really care for. I'd say that roughly 80% of his dialog consisted of reciting lines from some play or whatever. He's such an important character in this game, but NOTHING he says is important (not literally). I was really surprised by Cloud's personality in this game. It was drastically different from his personality in FFVII. I haven't decided whether I like it or not...but as for the game, I liked it for the most part. The ending was particularly sad. I expected something else to happen to Zack, but instead what did happen was really sad..One gripe about the storyline is that I finished it wondering why it seems like no one in FFVII even remembers Zack. He and Cloud become such great friends but did Cloud ever even mention Zack in FFVII? He and Aerith had this great almost-relationship but did she ever even mention Zack in FFVII? That's still bugging me even now..but I really enjoyed the storyline nonetheless. I'd give it a 7/10

10-25-2009, 02:31 PM
Very nice review
I actually really liked the gameplay this had with all the missions and such.
This is also probably the best looking game on the PSP as of right now (Dissidia might be better but I havn't played much of it yet to know) untill Birth by Sleep comes out that is :lol:

I really only found a few bosses to be hard and one of which was because it had this move that could bring you close to dying but it wasn't the final boss.
Also the picture you have with Angeal, Sephiroth, and Genesis is from probably the coolest scene in the game :D

This game also has probably the saddest ending to a game that I have played so far.

10-25-2009, 03:37 PM
Thanks Brine!

Also the picture you have with Angeal, Sephiroth, and Genesis is from probably the coolest scene in the game :D
I so agree with this. That one scene was probably my favorite in the entire game.

This game also has probably the saddest ending to a game that I have played so far.
This too. I admit that I teary-eyed at the end. I really wasn't prepared for it :\

11-01-2009, 10:32 PM
This game also has probably the saddest ending to a game that I have played so far.
This too. I admit that I teary-eyed at the end. I really wasn't prepared for it :\[/quote]

Same here. Even though I knew more or less what was going to happen.. I just wasn't ready for it. Got all choked up.