Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core

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Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core
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Alternative Title(s): Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, FFVII:CC
Developer(s): Square Enix
Publisher(s): Square Enix
Series: Final Fantasy
Compilation of Final Fantasy VII
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Platform: Playstation Portable (PSP)
Release Date(s): *[JP] September 13, 2007
*[NA] March 25, 2008
*[EU] June 20, 2008
Genre(s): Role-Playing Game (RPG)
Mode(s): Single Player
Rating(s): ESRB: T, CERO: B,
PEGI: 16+, OFLC: M
Media: 1 UMD Disc

Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, set before the events of the original Final Fantasy VII, tells the story of an enthusiastic SOLDIER named Zack Fair, taking you through the various different stages up to Zack's disappearance. It will also tell you about how Sephiroth became so evil and explains a lot more.


[edit] Plot

SOLDIER is a group of skilled combat operatives within the Shinra Electric Power Company. The elite within the group — those strong enough to be deemed SOLDIER 1st Class — are respected and idolized by the citizenry. Zack is a young SOLDIER 2nd Class who aspires to become a 1st. He spends his days carrying out assignments under the guidance of his 1st Class mentor, Angeal Hewley.

During an operation in Wutai, a large number of SOLDIER members, led by 1st Class operative Genesis, went missing. The severity of the situation prompts Shinra executives to deploy even more SOLDIER operatives in hopes of bringing an end to the war with Wutai, and conducting an investigation into the mass desertion. The ones assigned to the mission are Zack, Angeal, and 1st Class Sephiroth. Zack is assigned to help destroy Wutai units in the fortress. After the fortress is infiltrated, Zack and Angeal begin to escort Director Lazard but are ambushed by monsters. Angeal tells Zack to continue while he deals with the threat. After Zack escorts Lazard to Shinra guards, Zack goes back to investigate. He is also ambushed by monsters, but he defeats them. They are discovered to be Genesis copies. Zack soon learns that Angeal is missing.

After returning from the mission, Zack is deployed, along with the Turk leader Tseng, to investigate Banora Village, the hometown of Angeal and Genesis. While there, Zack and Tseng break into a factory and find Genesis and Angeal. Later, Zack finds Angeal's mother dead in the house along with Angeal standing at one side. Outside the house, he meets Genesis who presents his single black wing, leaving Zack stunned. The village is then destroyed.

Returning to Midgar, Zack is assigned to go with Sephiroth to the Mako power plant to investigate it. While at the plant, Sephiroth reveals that he, Angeal and Genesis used to sneak to the training room. During a specific fight, Angeal intervened and stopped Sephiroth and Genesis from battling. As he did so, Genesis was struck in the shoulder. Genesis began to degrade from this wound as it did not heal. They explore deeper into the facility and discover that the facility was also used to create Angeal copies using the Mako Energy. Hollander appears and Zack is ordered to pursue him, but Angeal arrives and stops Zack. Angeal reveals the single white wing on his back and believes he is a monster and that he chooses to do what a monster does. Angeal then strikes at the floor and Zack falls through, landing in a church. He meets Aerith Gainsborough, who then gives him a tour of the slums.

Zack is promoted to SOLDIER 1st Class and is tasked with chasing Genesis and the now renegade Angeal, but, whilst flying to Modeoheim via Turk helicopter, it crashes. When he regains consciousness, he wakes the two Shinra guards and Tseng. Upon walking up the nearby hill, he starts talking to a Shinra guard who then reveals himself as Cloud Strife. After wandering through the hills, Zack and Cloud arrive at a mako-excavation facility, which Zack must then infiltrate. Once inside, Zack confronts Genesis, who is now degrading more considerably. After a brief fight, Genesis appears to have committed suicide. Once back outside, Zack notices a new path, which leads to the now-isolated town of Modeoheim. In a bathhouse, he encounters Angeal and Hollander. Hollander reveals that Angeal and Genesis were a part of Project G, or Project Gillian, the name of Angeal's mother. Angeal transforms into a monster but is defeated by Zack. Zack inherits his Buster Sword.

While Zack is on vacation in Costa del Sol, the town of Junon is attacked by Genesis copies. Hollander escapes with the help of the copies. After spending more time with Aerith, Zack, Sephiroth and Cloud are assigned to Nibelheim, Cloud's hometown. When Sephiroth learns that he was implanted with Jenova cells in the fetal stage and how his mother was detained, he sets the town ablaze. Zack then fights him, but is defeated. While Sephiroth is looking at Jenova, Cloud stabs him in the back. He then attempts to finish him off, but is thrown to the ground. Sephiroth stabs him through the chest, but Cloud picks up the sword and throws Sephiroth into the Lifestream. Cloud then lies with Zack, both of them injured. They are carried away by the Shinra.

During the four years of Zack and Cloud's disappearance, extensive experiments have been carried out on them, resulting in Cloud suffering from Mako poisoning. However, Zack is not affected by the experiment. They escape Shinra Manor, and are now Shinra fugitives. When reaching a dead end at the beach, Cissnei appears and attempts to hit him with her throwing star, but fails. Back with Cloud, Zack is approached by Cissnei again, but this time as a friend. She gives him keys to a motorbike. Before going back to Midgar, Zack resolves to stop Genesis, who is still alive. Zack arrives in Gongaga and he meets Cissnei, and she tells him that he only has minutes before the Turks and the army arrive to catch Zack. As he runs away, he catches a glimpse of a white wing and believes it to be Angeal. At the peak of Gongaga, Genesis is shown to degrade further while Hollander now has a smaller version of Genesis' black wing. Genesis plans to use Cloud's hair as it has the Sephiroth gene necessary to halt the degradation, while Zack kills Hollander. Genesis plans to go to Banora to use the Lifestream to stop the degradation as it is his interpretation of "the gift of the goddess." Lazard guards Cloud while Zack goes to fight and defeat Genesis.

When Zack returns, he brings the defeated Genesis out of the cave and he is set down next to Lazard, who dies, and Cloud. Zack leaves and returns with dumbapples, which he gives to Cloud and Genesis as well as one for himself. Lazard begins to dissipate into the Lifestream, and a letter from Aerith is left where an Angeal clone body disappeared. The letter says that it has been four years since Zack disappeared and that this is 89th and final letter she will send out. He leaves Genesis in Banora and takes Cloud along to return to Midgar, to see Aerith again. Meanwhile, Genesis is retrieved by Nero and Weiss. The Turks attempt to find Zack before the Shinra army and save his life, but fail, and Zack and Cloud are confronted by the Shinra army. With thousands of guns pointed at him, Zack decides to preserve his honor and fight the troops. He is defeated, and the army leaves. As Zack lies dying, he tells Cloud, who has now partially recovered, that he is his living legacy and tells him, "My honor, my dreams, they are yours now." Cloud, dragging the Buster Sword behind him, stumbles off towards Midgar while Zack is pulled into the Lifestream by Angeal; Zack wonders if he has become a hero after all.

In a post-credits scene, Aerith takes a flower basket with her above Midgar's plate into Sector 8, and Cloud - now believing himself to be a SOLDIER 1st Class - rides a train into the city. An intertitle states "To be continued in Final Fantasy VII".

[edit] Gameplay

Crisis Core is both an role-playing and action game in which the player controls the main character Zack Fair throughout the story. While the game feels like real-time combat, it is infact turn based, however there is no ATB bar, rather turns are affected by your speed. The player chooses actions from a small menu in the corner of the screen, featuring attack, magic, special attack, and item choices. The main feature of Crisis Core battles is the DMW, a slot-machine like mechanic in the upper-left corner. Images and numbers continuously scroll, consuming SP (Solider Points). Different combinations of sevens lead to different effects, such as Endure or No MP Cost, while having identical characters in the left and right slots activates Modulating Phase. Certain combinations of characters and numbers in modulating phase will allow the player to level up the character, power up materia, or perform special moves and summons.

The player can decide whether to follow the game's storyline, or complete missions.

[edit] Battle System

Crisis Core has an action based battle system. The player (Zack Fair) runs around an enclosed area, while one to numerous enemy's travel in the area as well. The run around to avoid attacks, attack you, and if they use a spell, it will be displayed in a red bar at the top of the screen with the name in the bar.

You will have a small bar with different colored circles at the bottom right of the screen. The colors include Green, Light Green, and Yellow. Green is magic, light green is support magic, and yellow are extra commands. You use L and R to flip through the tiny circles. You can access your basic attacks, set attacks, and your items. You can set 6 magic/spells on the in game menu. You use X to activate the command your cursor is currently set on (They will have a yellow highlight around them). Whatever the cursor is on, X will activate. You lock on to the target and button mash X on your current command. Triangle is to block any oncoming attacks, and will cut the damage in half. Square can be used to evade by making Zack preform a dodge roll.

[edit] Characters

See Also: Characters of Crisis Core

[edit] Additional Information

North American Box art

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