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Set six years before the 1997 PSX game Final Fantasy VII, the prequel Crisis Core follows the adventures of Zack Fair as he discovers the truth of the organisation he works for, Shin-Ra. At the time, Cloud Strife is still a Shinra Guard and Aerith Gainsborough also makes an appearance. Other prominent figures are Sephiroth, Tifa, Yuffie, Cait Sith, members of the Turks gang and also characters from Dirge of Cerberus.

The game is played as an action RPG and the events are mainly set around the city of Nibelheim. The turn-based battle system, DMV or Digital Mind Wave, is entirely new. It is based on reels with the portraits of the characters spinning in the top left corner. Lining up the same character in all reels is awarded with a power-up (Power Surge). Attacks are both physical and spell-based, and materia also makes a return. There are different varieties, both defensive and offensive, and different materia can also be fused together.


Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII PSP Air Strike super attack
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII PSP Level map
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII PSP 1st boss fight
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII PSP Combat

Alternate Titles

  • "クライシス コア -ファイナルファンタジーVII" -- Japanese spelling
  • "크라이시스 코어: 파이널 판타지 7" -- Korean spelling

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You Are My Living Legacy.... Guy Chapman (1742) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Thunderbolt Games Mar 24, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GamesRadar Mar 19, 2008 9 out of 10 90 Jun 20, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Defunct Games Apr 28, 2008 90 out of 100 90
Gamer 2.0 Apr 08, 2008 9 out of 10 90
PSW (Playstation World Magazine UK) Nov 28, 2007 9 out of 10 90
IGN Mar 18, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85 Jun 19, 2008 85 out of 100 85 Jun 19, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Jun 19, 2008 16 out of 20 80


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NIL8R153 (117) added Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP) on Feb 23, 2008