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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

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Game Reviewed: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Publisher: Square Enix
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Platform: PSP
Category: Action RPG
ESRB Rating: T
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Game Description:

Back in 1997 Final Fantasy VII was released for the PS1 and quickly became not only one of the most popular RPG games of all time, but to many gamers it became one of the most popular games of all time. Now a decade later, fans of the series can play the game that tells the story leading up to the events in Final Fantasy VII (but only if you have a PSP.)

Crisis Core starts off seven years before the events of Final Fantasy VII. In the game you play as a young man named Zack who is a part of an elite group of soldiers aptly named Soldier. If you have played Final Fantasy VII then you probably remember Zack appearing in some flashback scenes from that game. If you have not played Final Fantasy VII, since Crisis Core is a prequel, it can still be enjoyed by newcomers.

The story begins with Zack and another Soldier Operative named Angeal investigating the disappearance of a 1st class Soldier named Genesis. I do not want to give away too much of the story from this point on, but it basically has to do with learning why Genesis defected from Soldier and stopping his plans to exact vengeance upon the world. In the process Zack will encounter other characters from the original Final Fantasy VII such as Aerith, Cloud, Tifa and Sephiroth allowing the player to get more back-story on the events that take place in Final Fantasy VII.

I will say more in the conclusion of this review, but on a personal level I really enjoyed Crisis Core. I would even go as far to say that I think it is one of the best games the PSP currently has to offer. There is some content, however, that parents will want to be aware of when deciding if this game is right for their family or not. So now let us take a look at content:

Violence

The combat is a third person action style of combat. The only weapon Zack uses is his sword (except for one mission where he must use a sniper rifle to destroy some robots.) The battle plays out in a very similar fashion to the game Kingdom Hearts. Enemies will come at Zack who can use his sword or spells such as lightning bolts or fireballs to fight said enemies which include a variety of monsters, robots and some soldiers. When an enemy is defeated they simply disappear. There is no blood or gore in the game, but there is one cut-scene towards the end of the game that has some blood (nothing graphic.)

Language

The word “damn” is used a handful of times and the word “hell” is used a few times.

Sexual Content

There is a scene on the beach where a girl is in a bikini. There is also a scene with a young girl who is wearing a very short skirt and a mid-riff.

Spiritual Content

Zack can use stones called materia that allow him to cast spells such as fire, lightning, blizzard and cure. Zack can also use materia to summon giant monsters to fight for him. There is also reference to materia that it binds it’s user to the planet to use magic at will.

Also, the antagonist of the story, Genesis, often quotes from a play called “Loveless.” Many of these quotes make reference to a goddess, the gift of the goddess and the return of the goddess.

Reviewer's Thoughts

Again, I want to say that I found Crisis Core to be a very enjoyable experience on the PSP. Parents may want to keep Crisis Core out of the hands of young children because of the minor violence and minor language. Teens and adults, however, who enjoy fantasy games (especially if you are a fan of FFVII) will definitely want to check Crisis Core out.



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