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Posted 6/19/08 , edited 6/25/08
Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (クライシス コア -ファイナルファンタジーVII, -Kuraishisu Koa -Fainaru Fantajī Sebun-?) is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation Portable. The game is a prequel to Final Fantasy VII and is also the fourth entry in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, which also includes the games Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII and Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, as well as the CGI movie Final Fantasy VII Advent Children and the anime, Last Order: Final Fantasy VII. Production was overseen by Yoshinori Kitase, the director of the original Final Fantasy VII, with Hajime Tabata as the game's director and Tetsuya Nomura as the game's character designer.

The game mainly focuses around Zack Fair, a 2nd Class (and later 1st class) SOLDIER, and the events leading up to his destined demise. He meets many of the Final Fantasy VII characters, including Cloud Strife and Aerith Gainsborough, with whom he develops strong bonds. The game's storyline takes the player from the war with the Wutai to the events at Nibelheim, and right up to the time just before the Final Fantasy VII beginning. Some of the missing events or plot holes from Nibelheim and afterwards are explained in the animated feature, Last Order: Final Fantasy VII.

Crisis Core has action- and menu-based elements. The new battle system is known as Digital Mind Wave, or "DMW", and revolves around a series of reels at the upper left corner of the screen which spin continuously as long as there are Soldier Points, or "SP" left to consume. Each reel rotates independently and upon lining up three reels of the same character and value, a power-up or a "Power Surge!" will be rewarded to Zack.

The player has full control over Zack when moving around, and can rotate the camera with the left and right triggers. Enemies abound in the field screen, battles against whom take place in real time.

Enemies can be attacked physically and magically. Spells such as Fire and Cure are located on the command bar rather than in a separate sub-menu like in Final Fantasy VII, and used in the same fashion as previous titles. Materia makes a return, fully customizable and in the multiple varieties from Final Fantasy VII, including green (spells) and yellow (extra commands: Steal, Sense, etc.). In addition, Materia can be fused together to enhance one Materia's abilities (such as making a Cure Materia that increases HP), or to make an entirely new Materia. The Materia the player has equipped determine the Magic and special commands on the in battle menu. Defensive and evasive maneuvers can also be used, such as dodge-rolling and blocking incoming attacks.

Following the completion of the game, the player will obtain a New Game Plus option. Also The USA release of Crisis Core has an added Hard mode to the game which causes the enemies to gain doubled stats, and a 10x HP gain.

The central character in Crisis Core is Zack Fair, the SOLDIER member known from Cloud's past in the original game. Professor Hojo and Jenova are also present. Many characters known from Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII are also present, and so other returning characters include Weiss, Nero, Genesis Rhapsodos. Vincent Valentine also makes an appearance if Zack opens his coffin in Nibelheim, although the player does not see his face as Zack gets spooked at the sight of a "dead" body and closes the coffin saying that Vincent should be left to sleep in peace.

There are many returning characters from the Final Fantasy VII series so far, including the main character from Final Fantasy VII, Cloud Strife. The main villain, Sephiroth returns, this time during his time in SOLDIER, and we also see the majority of the other playable characters from the original game, namely Aerith Gainsborough, Tifa Lockhart, Yuffie Kisaragi, Cait Sith, along with members of the Turks also seen in the original, Tseng, Reno and Rude. The Turk with the shuriken from Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII, going under the pseudonym Cissnei, returns in Crisis Core.

Angeal Hewley (アンジール・ヒューレー, Anjīru Hyūrē?): A SOLDIER 1st Class who acts as a mentor to Zack to whom he seems to have become something of a patron. He is a respected 1st Class and has a great sense of responsibility and wisdom and is a companion to Sephiroth and Genesis, the latter of whom he grew up with in the rural village of Banora. Angeal is the original owner of the Buster Sword used by Zack and, later, Cloud, which was purchased for him by his late father using all the family's savings. He tends not to use the weapon, however, claiming that "use brings about wear, tear and rust". When Zack encounters him in the Midgar plate interior, it is revealed that, as a result of genetic manipulation through Project G, Angeal bears one white wing on his right shoulder. Angeal's surname is derived from the Greek word hyle which is translated as materia in Latin. Angeal is voiced by Kazuhiko Inoue in the Japanese version and Josh Gilman in the English version.

Genesis Rhapsodos (ジェネシス・ラプソードス, Jeneshisu Rapusōdosu?): A 1st class member of SOLDIER and close friend of Angeal and Sephiroth. He is the result of Project G that Dr. Gast, Dr. Crescent, and Dr. Hojo organized. Like Angeal, he has a single wing, but his is black and protrudes from the left shoulder. He is a mysterious figure who is known to favor the play LOVELESS which he apparently found in his parents' study, and often recites lines from the play. He makes an appearance first in Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII's secret ending, but his name is unknown to the player at that point, only being referred to as "G". His last name is a reference to the Greek word "ραψωδός" which means "rhapsodist". He is voiced by Gackt in the Japanese version and Oliver Quinn in the English version.

Lazard (ラザード, Razādo?): The director of Shinra's SOLDIER department which, during the events of Crisis Core, is an independent department of the company (in Final Fantasy VII there is no SOLDIER Director on the Shinra board, and Lazard's portfolio has apparently been subsumed by Heidegger). Lazard has received promotions at an exceptional speed to attain his present status within the organization. The reason for this is hinted at subtly throughout Lazards various SOLDIER missives that Zack receives during the course of the game. Later on, he is altered into an Angeal Clone, and dies after the Shinra army attack him and the incapacitated Cloud. As confirmed in the FFVII Ultimania Guide, Lazard is in fact the illegitimate son of President Shinra and is the half-brother of Vice President Rufus Shinra. He is voiced by Stefan Marks in the English release of Crisis Core.

Professor Hollander (ホランダー, Horandā?): A former Shinra scientist who holds a grudge against Hojo, due the power struggle for leader of Shinra's Department of Scientific Research that cost Hollander his status and reputation. He is the father of Angeal and the creator of Project G, originally Project Gillian as he uses his wife as a carrier and extracts it from her into Genesis. He sides with Genesis originally, serving to halt his degradation, until Genesis had no more use for his services, but Genesis let him live since he later injected himself with G cells. He has a small black wing and his body begins to deteriorate quickly. He is voiced by Shinya Ohwada in the original Japanese version and by Sterling Young in the English dub.

Other characters include Kunsel (カンセル, Kanseru?) (voiced by Crispin Freeman in the U.S Release), a member of SOLDIER and a very good friend of Zack who helps Zack from time to time in the game. He serves to teach Zack (and the player) the mechanics of the game and provides tutorials. Luxiere (ルクシーレ, Rukushīre?) is a Second class SOLDIER who is a fan of Zack and emails Zack regularly. Through one of his emails, he informs Zack that he has been selected for promotion to 1st class.

Seven years prior to the events of Final Fantasy VII-

The Shinra Electric Power Company is rapidly increasing its influence through its monopoly on mako energy and military might. With the burgeoning city of Midgar as its base and symbol of prosperity, the Shinra Electric Power Company is on the verge of establishing absolute dominance over the world.

SOLDIER is a group of skilled combat operatives within the Shinra Electric Power Company. The elite within the group-those strong enough to be deemed SOLDIER 1st Class-are respected and idolized by the citizenry.

Zack is a young SOLDIER 2nd Class who aspires to become a 1st. He spends his days carrying out assignments under the guidance of his 1st Class mentor, Angeal Hewley.

During an operation in Wutai, a large number of SOLDIER members, led by 1st Class operative Genesis, go missing. The severity of the situation prompts the Shinra Electric Power Company executives to deploy even more SOLDIER operatives in hopes of bringing an end to the war with Wutai-and conducting an investigation into the mass desertion. The ones assigned to the mission are Zack, Angeal, and the 1st Class hero who is known the world over as Sephiroth. However, when Angeal goes missing on the Wutai mission, Sephiroth believes it is betrayal. Zack later learns that Hollander captured him, and gave him Jenova cells; giving him the white wing.
Development and release

The game was announced at E3 2004 before the release of the PlayStation Portable. Its first trailer consisted of clips from the OVA Last Order: Final Fantasy VII. In an interview for Famitsu, Tetsuya Nomura had stated that a playable demo of the game would be ready by the end of 2006. However, there was no mention of whether the demo would be openly available to PSP owners. However, a playable demo was available at Jump Festa '06.

Angeal's design was originally to be the main character design in Final Fantasy VII, but was replaced with Cloud's final design.

On September 13, 2007 Square Enix released a special edition bundle for Crisis Core, which included a copy of the game which had a special box cover art of Zack Fair standing in front of Shin-Ra HQ holding the Buster Sword in front of him (shown further up the page), special silver coloured slim and light PSP (PSP-2000 as it is called in Japan) with Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary insignia on the back, on one side, designed by Tetsuya Nomura, and the meteor from Final Fantasy VII on the other side, Buster Sword strap, and came packaged in a box similar to that of a shoe box. As with many limited edition Final Fantasy VII releases by Square Enix, the bundle was limited to 77,777 units.

On December 17th, 2007 it was announced that Crisis Core would be coming to the United States on March 25, 2008. If pre-ordered from certain retailers such as Gamestop, the buyer may receive a Shinra UMD case, depending on how long supplies last at each retailer and if pre-ordered from Best Buy, the buyer may receive Crisis Core with a metallic foil cover.

Two versions of the game will be released in Europe: alongside the regular edition available at retail, there will be a limited edition version only available online, and then only when pre-ordered. This limited edition version includes special slipcase packaging and a book of promotional CG artwork entitled "The Art of Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-".

In Australia, a bundle with the game and limited edition PSP will be available on June 19th.

The game's soundtrack was released on October 10, 2007, covering 55 songs across two discs. The music was composed by Takeharu Ishimoto, with a few tracks by Kazuhiko Toyama. The soundtrack also includes remixes of various music from Final Fantasy VII and "Final Fantasy VII - Last Order" composed by Nobuo Uematsu. The game's theme song is called "Why", by Ayaka.

Crisis Core sold 350,000 copies in Japan on its release date, including the 77,777 Limited Edition PSP/Crisis Core bundles. Square Enix recently announced that Crisis Core was its best-selling game across all regions from April through September with 710,000 copies sold in Japan. Crisis Core has received generally positive reviews. With individual scores of 9/9/8/9, Crisis Core received an overall rating of 35/40 points from Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. GameSpot gave the game a score of 9/10, praising its plot, as well as its overall presentation. Due to this, the game was credited as being one of the "Editor's Choice". IGN gave it 8.5/10, citing its great overall presentation and story. It also received a place amongst the "Editor's Choice" gallery of recommended games for the PSP platform. On Metacritic, it has an average score of 85 through 30 reviews.

X-Play gave it a 2/5 with complaints about the unskippable cutscenes, dialogue, gameplay, and plot. The review quickly became one of their most criticized reviews. On April Fools' Day, in response to criticism over their original review, they "decided to give the game a second look and gave it a mock rereview, this time with a clear unbiased perspective," editing in favorable voiceovers (from someone other than Adam Sessler) and giving it a 6/5.

As of April 1, 2008, Crisis Core has sold 301,600 copies upon its first month of release in the United States. Behind the sales of God of War: Chains of Olympus (340,500), Crisis Core was the 2nd best-selling game for the PSP during the month of March and the 6th best-selling game overall. As of November 19, 2007, the game has sold 710,000 copies in Japan according to Square Enix, and as of April 17, 2008, 301,600 copies in the United States according to the NPD Group.

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Posted 6/19/08
hehe i got this game, well my friend has it, its awsome and its quite unique =]
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Posted 6/21/08
All in all it was a great game. The graphics; breath-taking, the audio was awesome and the story was superb worthy of the Final Fantasy franchise. But the repetivive missions ( particulary the objectives and maps ) and short life-span really took it's "Greatness Value" down a notch.

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Yeah i got this game and it is AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!! at the last boss... I combined my spin slash and my thundarga and it is GREAT!!!!! I totally give this a 10/10
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Posted 6/26/08
I'll admit the gameplay looks a little shoddy, but anything with Final Fantasy in ti is a definite buy from me...God, I'm such a tool. xD
I lie it doesn't look that bad, and the story as well as the graphics, and of course it being based off my favourite FF game makes it all totally worth it...Plus my poor PSP is gathering dust and needs a game to play. =(
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Posted 6/26/08
loved this game!
the ending was beautifully done
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upped an FFVII vid on our group media. check it out guys
Posted 7/2/08
this game wasnt in my top top, but my most fav quote of the year came from this
"ANGEALU! JAMADA!!!!" where genesis hits angealu... that was ... kinda funny!
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this game is one of my favz, the ending was sad and yet amazing
totally loved it..
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this game is awesome!! i bought it the day it came out. ^_^
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