Playing Crisis Core – Final Fantasy VII — Reunion just made me crave for more Final Fantasy VII (FFVII/ FF7).
This wasn’t the feeling I expected to get. After all, Square Enix has had an intense focus on the FF7, milking it for all it’s worth. I really thought I’d be sick of it. But one of the things that makes the franchise great is its story and characters. And that takes centerstage in this modernization of a game that only used to be available on the PlayStation Portable (PSP).
Right after finishing my first ever playthrough of Crisis Core (I never got to play the PSP version), I immediately watched Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. It was the most accessible piece of media related to FFVII that didn’t require dozens of hours of my time.
I just wanted more. This was the general feeling I got after finishing the game. And it’s a good way to entice fans to anticipate the upcoming mobile game FFVII Ever Crisis and the continuation of the FFVII Remake which is titled Rebirth.
Ever Crisis is a mobile game that will re-tell the entire FFVII story. This could include the prequel games Crisis Core, Before Crisis, as well as the main FFVII game. The latest trailer even teased a look at a much younger version of main villain Sephiroth.
Meanwhile, FFVII Rebirth is the second installment of FFVII Remake which Square Enix has announced will be a Trilogy retelling of the iconic game.
So, there’s definitely plenty of FFVII things coming on the horizon. But what is it about Crisis Core Reunion that made me want more?
Stepping into Zack Fair’s shoes
If you’re a Final Fantasy VII fan, you would have some knowledge of Zack Fair and how important he is to the FFVII story. However, it’s one thing to be told about Zack and a whole other thing to experience his story.
Through Crisis Core Reunion, you’ll get a better understanding of his character, his motivations, and his relationships with key figures in the FFVII universe. As a gamer, it’s incredibly more rewarding to go through all 10 (11 if you count the prologue) chapters of Crisis Core than watch a YouTube video telling you about it.
Zack is a prototypical protagonist in that he is steadfast in his beliefs and disposition. He matures, yes, but he remains true to himself and everything he values. And that’s making sure he keeps his honor and leaves a strong legacy as a member of SOLDIER and a hero
Sephiroth before he loses his marbles
Sephiroth has always been portrayed as this towering, larger-than-life figure. And while that is still mostly true here, we get real, “human” moments with him. His relationship with fellow SOLDIER 1st Class members Angeal and Genesis showed that there’s a more playful, almost vulnerable side to him.
His interactions with Zack, other members of SOLDIER, and the rest of the Shinra infantry men were also fun to see. Him being shown as the leader and hero he is revered to be, is a stark contrast to the looming grand threat he is in both the original game and the remake.
The Summons, monsters, and more
One of my favorite things about any Final Fantasy game are the summons. They always look a little different, but still familiar, in every game. I was very happy that in Crisis Core, you actually get to square off against Bahamut. This Megaflare-breathing dragon is my favorite and I was ecstatic that there’s an option to get him pretty early on in the game.
The other summons, monsters, and creatures you encounter in Final Fantasy are all the same. Ifrit, Tonberry Sahagin, Marlboro, and even the Chocobos all make an appearance here and they really put the ‘Fantasy’ in Final Fantasy.
Missions and combat
I gotta admit, the missions would have been unbearable if the combat didn’t feel good. It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but there’s enough here to keep someone engaged while going through hundreds of side missions.
Again, I never played the PSP version of the game, but from what I gather from both YouTube videos and accounts of other players, there’s plenty of quality of life improvements here to make it more enjoyable.
For one, the Digital Mind Wave or DMW (the slot-machine-like thing that keeps rolling as you fight) stays on the upper-left corner of the screen instead of it getting in the way in the PSP version.
Getting to your commands is much faster too as it adopted a system similar to Kingdom Hearts where you hold a shoulder button to activate any materia commands with the face buttons. In contrast, you had to cycle through so much using only the shoulder buttons in the original game.
The missions offer the most punishing foes and the grandest rewards. But they’re not a requirement to complete the game. If you want a more detailed bit on it, this video by The Completionist is one I recommend you watch.
Aerith, Tifa, and… Cissnei??
I was ready for more doses of FFVII waifus Aerith and Tifa. But what I was not expecting was Cissnei. She was barely mentioned in the recap and retrospective videos I’ve seen. And while she ultimately doesn’t do much for the FFVII story as a whole, her inclusion in Crisis Core is a welcome addition. It adds another layer to Zack’s characterization and you know, you can never have too many notable female characters in a game.
Aerith and Tifa were exactly what I expected. And it’s always nice to see more of them in any version of FFVII.
Playing Crisis Core – Final Fantasy VII — Reunion just made me crave for more Final Fantasy VII (FFVII/ FF7). And while Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children quenched my thirst, I’m also slowly entertaining thoughts of replaying the remastered version of the original game.
I probably won’t given my rather hectic schedule, but I certainly can’t wait to sink my senses into more Final Fantasy VII.
Sony, Xbox, Nintendo are skipping E3 2023
Might hold their own events
E3 used to be one of the most anticipated showcases for the gaming community. However, since the pandemic, the event’s impact gradually shrank especially because of in-person cancellations. Now, despite the return of in-person events, E3 still has a massive uphill climb to bounce back from the past. This year, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have officially pulled out from the event.
For the first time in four years, E3 is holding an in-person event at the Los Angeles Convention Center this June. Unfortunately, according to IGN, three of the biggest companies to grace the show floor will not make an appearance for the event this year.
In an interview with the source, Microsoft says that Xbox will still hold a showcase around the same time. However, the company will likely skip the floor itself and hold its event concurrently in another location.
IGN also reports that Sony and Nintendo will follow in Microsoft’s footsteps and skip E3 this year. Nintendo usually holds its own Direct events online. Holding its own outside of an in-person event is just what you’d expect for the Switch’s growing library of games.
Sony, on the other hand, has not shared any official plans during June’s showcase yet. If anything, the PlayStation 5 is in for an optimistic year, given the console’s upcoming games. An exclusive event sounds possible, too.
It’s easier to get a PlayStation 5 now, Sony says
More supplies worldwide
Still struggling to get a new PlayStation 5? If dwindling console stocks are keeping you down, Sony has announced a reprieve for queue waiters. The company promised that supply for the console will greatly increase ahead of the PlayStation VR2’s launch in February.
Since the console’s launch back in 2020, scalpers and bots have persistently plagued the industry, taking supplies away from most gamers. Over the years, the impact of supply problems gradually dissipated. Today, it’s easier to buy a PlayStation 5, but supply can still be an issue in some parts of the world.
During CES 2023, Sony initially hinted that PlayStation 5 stocks should increase even more this year. Now, Sony is making it even more official. Today, the company officially posted that it’s easier to find one in retailers globally.
For users hunting for the console in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe, Sony recommends going to the official PlayStation store to buy one.
To promote the increased supply, Sony has also released a new promotional video for the PlayStation 5’s exclusives set to imitate a news show.
Only a month into the year, 2023 is already looking to be a great year for the platform. Later in February, Sony is set to launch the new PlayStation VR2. The console will also host a flurry of notable exclusives including Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, and Street Fighter 6.
Concept Nyx: Dell working on intelligent game controller
The future of gaming
Dell Technologies is working on an all-in-one intelligent game controller that shall interconnect devices and screens while providing a whole different level of gaming experience.
Called the Concept Nyx game controller, Dell’s project aims to provide easy access to gaming libraries across multiple devices and screens for effortless sessions at home.
Here’s what we know so far about Concept Nyx:
To kick things off, the design-making process took lots of turns. Developers explored adding tons of buttons, attachments, sensors, and more.
This has led to the potential final design that gives users personalized settings at their fingertips. It’s composed of the following parts:
- Dual thumb control wheels
- Light ring
- Adaptive thumbstick
- Left and right scroll bumpers
- Fingerprint sensor in the middle
- Left and right adaptive triggers (underneath)
- Shift buttons (underneath)
The fingerprint reader detects who is using the controller specifically, to be able to load their games right where they left off instantly.
Dell also prioritized the device’s haptics. They come with self-adjusting variable resistance thumbsticks that can be tailored to user preferences and specific game play.
PC gaming musts have also been included in the concept. Shift buttons underneath the controller allow for more front button options, mimicking the shift combos from PC keyboards.
The innovative scroll wheels give users an easier time to navigate and select weapons, while the intelligent touchpad allows for instant access to customizable controls in-game, without having to toggle a menu screen which disrupts your real-time gaming view.
Concept Nyx dashboard
The era of tug-of-wars at home may soon be over as well. The Concept Nyx controller is being designed to accommodate simultaneous gaming.
For instance, while connected on two different headsets, two separate Concept Nyx controllers may be used to play two different games on a split screen.
Streaming to other devices and screens and wi-fi connectivity are also some of the capabilities of the controller by simply pulling the thumbstick.
All these factors have been the foundation for the development of the Concept Nyx’s intelligent edge ecosystem beyond gaming.
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