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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 Zack battle inside Shinra building
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII PSP Bahamut
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII PSP In the desert
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII PSP Controls tutorial screen

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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Wallpaper
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Wallpaper

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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User Reviews

“Gift of the Goddess” DreinIX (9499) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
You Are My Living Legacy.... Guy Chapman (2002) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Playstation Illustrated 2008 95 out of 100 95 Apr 17, 2008 92 out of 100 92
Gaming Age Mar 19, 2008 A- 91
Thunderbolt Games Mar 24, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Cheat Code Central 2008 4.3 out of 5 86
Gamezoom Jun 27, 2008 84 out of 100 84
1UP Mar 19, 2008 B+ 83
The Dashhacks Review Site Jul 15, 2008 4 out of 5 80
Boomtown Jun 11, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Apr 08, 2008 B 75


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NIL8R153 (129) added Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP) on Feb 23, 2008