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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP)

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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 In-game dialog
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII PSP Level map
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII PSP 1st boss fight
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII PSP Controls tutorial screen

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 (9422) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
You Are My Living Legacy.... Guy Chapman (1745) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Playstation Illustrated 2008 95 out of 100 95
RPGFan Apr 02, 2008 94 out of 100 94 Mar 28, 2008 9 out of 10 90
PSW (Playstation World Magazine UK) Nov 28, 2007 9 out of 10 90
IGN Australia Jun 18, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Cheat Code Central 2008 4.3 out of 5 86 Jun 19, 2008 85 out of 100 85
PlayStation Beyond Apr 03, 2008 8 out of 10 80
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Jun 20, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Gamers' Temple, The 2008 76 out of 100 76


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  • GameSpy
    • 2008 – #4 PSP Game of the Year
    • 2008 – PSP RPG of the Year

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