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Gameplay 9.1
Graphics 9.2
Sound 8.9
Value 9.1
Distributor: UbiSoft
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
June 2008
Reviewer:
James Wright

9.1


Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core

Final Fantasy returns on the PlayStation Portable in its latest epic entitled Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core that is set in the wondrous and perhaps most popular Final Fantasy universe, Final Fantasy VII that features the heroic Cloud and nefarious Sephiroth as some of its legendary inhabitants.

This current storyline follows Zack who has just signed himself to SOLDIER, a military organisation that has questionable ties to Shinra, a corporate giant with poor morale judgments. As Zack progresses through the initiation, he soon realises that not everything is what it seems at SOLDIER and he refuses to abandon his own morals who at his core, is the perfect hero.

Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core is Final Fantasy at its best with features your traditional Japanese inspired RPG with a healthy dose of adventure and some beautifully pre-rendered cutscenes that will draw you into this rich universe of good versus evil.

The gameplay of Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core is pure Final Fantasy that although doesn't offer too much new to the genre of series is still quite a powerful and entertaining system. The player must embark on a variety of different quests and also battle through an almost endless plethora of enemies in order to build up your character's statistics and challenge the various bosses throughout the game.

You can also purchase and find various items and weapons in the game that assists in immersing you into this rich gaming universe. "Luck" also plays a part in the title and during combat with the Digital Mind Wave wheel will be spinning, this will assist you becoming more empowered during battle and does spruce up the gaming engine. However it is all random!

As you progress and defeat enemies, you are awarded experience that can be used to "level-up" your characters which is quite in-depth and has a medium learning curve for new players but seasoned veterans will pick this up in no time.

During battles, you can use melee attacks, spells or action points to assist you in the battles and although the title is not real-time, the game has this "edge" and speed to it which almost gives you the illusion that it is all happening at once.

Graphically, Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core is one of the most impressive games on the console at the moment that contains detailed gaming environments, realistic, albeit cartoony characters and some amazing special effects, especially when you summon the creatures to fight by your side.

Although the map where your character explores is quite pale in comparison, the CGI cutscenes and battle scenes are truly inspirational from their rich colour palette to wondrous special effects. Brilliant from start to finish!

Musically, the title features your traditional Final Fantasy inspired soundtrack that suits the genre perfectly and will be as memorable as the other games in the series. The sound effects are a little lacking but the series was never too strong on sound effects, all in all, it's quite a well presented and sounding title on the Playstation Portable.

In conclusion, Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core is one of the better Final Fantasy franchises that has been successfully transported to the portable world of the PSP with a strong gaming engine, beautiful graphics and gameplay that you will come back to time and time again, even though it can be frustratingly annoying but at the end of the day, highly rewarding.






 
 



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