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Old 05-21-2010, 08:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

SOLDIER first class: Zack Fair is the main character of this game, and he is much more compelling than Cloud in every aspect.

Story: 5
Like I said before, you are Zack Fair, a member of the group called SOLDIER. When the game starts, he is just a second class, and is using a generic claymore type of sword. He is sent in with his mentor, Angeal, on a clean-up operation as part of a war with the Wutai, but this part is unimportant.
In the beginning of the game, Zack is very energetic and somewhat childish, and you grow with him, and get attached to him. The ending is sad, it almost made me cry, but I won't spoil it for those that plan to play the game, okay I will, if you want to hear about it, just click the spoiler:
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Zack gets shot to death by some Shin-Ra infantry men and gives Cloud the buster sword, which he got from Angeal, and tells Cloud to be his living legacy.



The story gets crazy as Zack grows up, Genesis, a SOLDIER first class that went rouge with a bunch of lesser SOLDIERs in the very beginning of the game, goes even more dark-side than previously thought, he begins cloning himself over, and over again.


Notice: The jacket which was as red as his glove is now gray.

Genesis is also degrading because of experiments he had undergone when he was a member of SOLDIER, as he degrades his hair begins to turn gray, but, for some dumb reason, his jacket begins to turn gray too, it looks stupid. Angeal also goes dark-side and has a few copies of himself made two, but all of the copies of him are monsters with some feature on them that resembles his face. Angeal becomes a monster, Zack beats him, Angeal becomes human again, he's been degrading too, and it looks even dumber on him (and later one of the human copies of him that managed to survive).

Angeal gives some speech about honor and gives Zack the buster sword, and tells Zack to be his living legacy.
Then there is a time-skip to when Zack is high ranking among SOLDIER, he changes his hair to somewhat resemble Angeal's, and gives the same speech about honor that Angeal was always giving, to a bunch of third class SOLDIERs.
At some point, Zack meets up with Aerith and falls in love, but they don't work to well as a couple because Zack is always off doing SOLDIER stuff.

Zack goes on a mission to the mako reactor at Neibleheim with Sephiroth, where he meets Cloud, just a Shin-Ra infantryman. They do their mission, then Sephiroth completely destroys Neibleheim. Zack realizes that Sephiroth has totally lost it because Sephiroth's mom is the last living being of a long dead race, who has been experimented on and is being held in some capsule thing.

Some rather confusing events lead to Zack and Cloud being held in pods and experimented on with "S-Cells" for four years. Genesis (now almost entirely gray with degradation) freaks out about S-Cells being able to stop the degradation, but the one's implanted in Zack are no use because they are impure (due to genetic enhancement performed on SOLDIERs), so he want's the one's from Cloud, who's an invalid because of Mako addiction.
Eventually you fight the good fight against Genesis' alternate mega-form, then his non-degraded human form.

My only problems with the story are:
It's confusing
Somehow Genesis' clothes degrade like his body
Genesis won't stop quoting a fictional play called "Loveless" based upon the fictional poem "Loveless" from FFVII, based upon the album "Loveless" from some band in the 1990s.

Gameplay: 5
Mission based, battles are in real time, so you run around and whack stuff with your sword. Nothing all that special other than the Materia fusion, which lets you combine Materia to make better Materia. There is also the whole DMW thing, where everything from limit breaks, to summons, to leveling up are handled at random from a slot machine type thing that pops up in battle. You still have to have the EXP points for the level up combo, 777, to appear. For the slot machine to go full screen and actually do something, it must first spin three like numbers in the corner of your screen. It can get frustrating when you spin "Lucky Stars" instead of "Octaslash" for the hundredth time.

The battle screen.

Graphics: 5
This game looks good, especially the cutscenes that resemble the animation from the movie. It isn't terribly exciting in terms of visuals, not earth-shattering in anyway, but still among the best on the PSP.

During this cutscene, Genesis managed to read, while fighting both Angeal and Sephiroth

Here's how the cutscenes look:





Sound: 4
The music is good and the change from field to battle is immense.
I recall one situation where the field music sounded like the slow intro to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" then came a high-pitched loud note, and the music for the battle sounded like the guitar solo from Pantera's "Cowboys From Hell" I jumped a little bit. The voice acting during cutscenes was much better than I had expected.
Battle music is almost always metal:
Something about this one is magical:
This one is good too:
A remixed version of "One Winged Angel" from FFVII was used:
My favorite of all of Genesis' theme songs:

Replay Value: 4
There will be a lot of things you miss first time through, and a lot of Materia you fail to collect, you get a New Game+ option when you load your save after viewing the credits, you retain all of your non-story Materia, all of your non-story items, and your level. You don't keep any summons and DMW abilities you have unlocked though.
I've also heard stories of a New Game++ ability.

Challenge: 4
It isn't easy, in part because of the randomness of leveling up. There is one problem I have with the difficulty:
You fight Genesis' mega-form before his human form in the ending of the game, this bugs me because I have become accustomed to the Exdeath style Normal Form, Final Form, Mega Final Form boss fight formula. That and Genesis' normal form is really easy, I beat him by hitting three times, blocking for his follow up, and repeating that, through in a few uses of Curaga and Hell Thundaga and it was easy.

Tilt: 5
This is one good game, if you own a PSP, don't pass this by.
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Re: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

I was planning to review this, but you beat me to it!
Zack is awesome, he didn't deserve his fate.
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Re: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

But Zack's fate had to be as such, because of Final Fantasy VII, which is chronologically afterward already dictated something of this sort.
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Re: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Yeah I know, but Zack is the nicest/most likeable Final Fantasy character.
With a title, you shouldn't have that fate.
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Re: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

I agree that the fate was undeserved, but this is fiction, remember?
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