Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII - PSP - Preview
As a good amount of Final Fantasy fans would know, Final Fantasy VII has to be one of if not the most revered and beloved games in the storied franchise. So popular is the game still that Square-Enix has launched a new campaign featuring several spin-offs across a few different platforms meant to offer the complete story behind the original game’s universe. Unfortunately, these have been pretty lackluster, with titles like Dirge of Cerberus failing to live up to the original’s quality. However, that’s all about to change once Crisis Core hits store shelves.
Arguably the most anticipated Final Fantasy VII spin-off title (as well as one of the most anticipated PSP titles), Crisis Core is an action-RPG prequel that shows players the years leading up to the events in Final Fantasy VII. The game offers up some amazing cutscenes and a great story, as well as some intriguing action-RPG gameplay elements. While the wait has been long and it seemed that the game would never see the light of day, it looks not only to release, but should live up to its lofty expectations.
If you’re reading this preview, chances are you already know that Crisis Core is a prequel to Final Fantasy VII, and tells the story of Zack, a friend of Cloud and fellow SOLDIER member. You play as him as he works his way up the ranks of SOLDIER, performing missions and interacting with a variety of different characters from the Final Fantasy VII universe.
The combat in Crisis Core isn’t turn-based like its predecessor, but works in real-time. There are a few action elements added in that you can use, like the ability to dodge and block. However, you’ll still have access to the majority of RPG-centric abilities like magic-casting and special moves. Using the L and R triggers, you can switch between melee attacks and your stock of magic-casting materia and other items.
The game is divided into missions, which suits the PSP’s mobile nature quite well. While the game does have a linear main story mode to adhere to, but there are also some other side missions that you can take that are easily accessible through the main menu.
Graphically, the game is outstanding, and easily one of the best looking titles on the PSP. The character models look excellent, be they in cutscenes or in normal gameplay. The enemies are also great, especially the bosses, who look just as impressive as they ever did on consoles.
Whereas the game spent a good chunk of its development shrouded in mystery, Crisis Core has shaped up quite nicely into a fine PSP game that will do justice to its predecessor. Look for a full review soon.