TGS 2022 Preview: What is the value of Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion? Our first impressions
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TGS 2022 Preview: What is the value of Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion? Our first impressions

preview TGS 2022: What is the value of Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion? Our first impressions

To keep us waiting for Part Two of the Final Fantasy VII remake that prefigured the end of 2023, Square Enix has opted to bring back a less cult title in front of the stage but still hugely popular with fans. A prequel to “FF7” released on PlayStation Portable in 2008, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII made us not embody Cloud but another SOLDIER member, Zack Fair, in the same universe. In this episode, the publisher also decided to introduce a new version titled “Reunion”, which will be released on December 13 on PC and consoles.

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We were able to test a demo of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion during a press event he organized Square Enix in London. Our impressions come from this gameplay session made on PlayStation 5, based on the Tokyo Game Show 2022 demo.

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  • A true remake, much more than a remaster
  • How to play Zack oh Nani?
  • Really modern classic
TGS 2022: What is the value of Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion?  Our first impressions

A true remake, much more than a remaster

We would have guessed the ending of the final chapter of Final Fantasy VII Remake which caused a lot of talk about it in terms of rewriting and amazing screenwriting freedoms: Zac Fair would have been back too In a new version of Crisis Core announced during the 25th anniversary celebrations of Squaresoft’s hit. A choice that is not at all surprising given the aura of the Final Fantasy VII universe among players, and the finally obvious need for Square Enix to exploit this good context: Episode VII of the famous franchise is by far the episode the publisher sees given the biggest sprawling universe.

however, The main question lies in the true nature of such a project. It was originally introduced by Tetsuya Nomura (Very Very Humble) as remaster For computers and all current consoles, “Reunion” is actually a complete rebuilding of the 2008 title, Reusing the artistic direction of Final Fantasy VII Remake even in its menus. What you should be on familiar ground if you’ve tested the latter since its release nearly two and a half years ago: We can speak without misleading “Intro to FF7 Remake”, Hence it was posted a year before Final Fantasy VII was revived by the way…

So we find on PS5 A very remarkable graphic prowess, which is not so much to envy what Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade has to offer. Released as a next generation console exclusively. The graphical overhaul is impressive, as suggested by comparisons to the recently posted PSP version, and we’re logically hopeful of a similar offering for the PC and Xbox series versions. Since “Reunion” is not limited to new generations, we can wait for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Performance similar to the first version of the remake (Maybe just like the neat graphics, well, it’s “only” in HD, and the frame rate is locked at 30fps). However, we regret that we were not able to test the Nintendo Switch version. whose level of achievement would undoubtedly be lower, but undoubtedly too acceptable for a publisher to take the gamble of bringing this title to the hybrid console nintendo.

How to play Zack oh Nani?

TGS 2022: What is the value of Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion?  Our first impressions

In Crisis Core we play Zack Fair, not Cloud Strife anymore.

As announced by Square Enix, The goal of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is to recreate the original game from scratch, with an identical shot, By updating its interface. On this point, one would think that we are closer to the philosophy of the first part of The Last of Us than to the remake of Final Fantasy VII, which went far beyond and rethought the main lines of its legendary scenario. But really, this new version doesn’t change anything except in the backstory (so fans feel reassured, The script will not be reworked as it was in the 1997 work, whose conclusion caused a lot of talk).

The project is anyway less ambitious than a remake in the form of a trilogy, in particular because Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is not as intense as Final Fantasy VII was, And we can be satisfied here with one unique game to revisit. With Final Fantasy VII Rebirth approaching, the most important thing for Square is Make a connection between the first two parts of the remake and this prequel By emphasizing the character of Zack, with such a large role in this universe, that new players who have played Final Fantasy VII Remake don’t necessarily know.

“Yes Cloud, this time I’m the hero, what are you going to do?”

TGS 2022: What is the value of Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion?  Our first impressions

In fact, if Cloud Strife is one of these great video game icons, it’s a different protagonist we play in Crisis Core, and it’s often compared to, too. As part of this new version, there was no doubt that our “new” hero would suffer from old gameplay: Zack actually benefits from completely revisited gameplay that’s very reminiscent of Cloud in Final Fantasy VII Remake. To our delight, the PlayStation Portable version’s outdated combat system is now more geared toward the RPG that was discovered two years ago, although it’s still criticized by some purists. The overall interface has been completely improved and designed similar to Final Fantasy VII Remake, So that the near-complete reconstruction of Crisis Core somehow puts it on the level of the “main game” it’s a prequel to.

The entire global interface is literally taken from Final Fantasy VII Remake. So much the better!

TGS 2022: What is the value of Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion?  Our first impressionsTGS 2022: What is the value of Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion?  Our first impressions

Really modern classic

Since we’re talking about the combat system, the overall review is less impressive than in Final Fantasy VII Remake, whose RPG orientation in action didn’t make anyone happy. The groups of enemies you encounter as you progress do not appear on the screen in the areas you explore, resulting in Clashes in small enclosed spaces and the return of the legendary Activate combat modeAnd the Which will delight nostalgia. In general, nothing much has changed in substance, as Tetsuya Nomura and Yoshinori Kitase explained to us last July in a full interview with the producers, which we recommend reading, as their promises seem to have been fulfilled. It seems that the only real new is in the “ability” meter of the strongest enemies, which you can reduce or even completely empty in order to prevent them from performing a truly devastating attack (or at least reduce its effects). Make things clear: Whatever was the spirit of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII battles on PSP is still there, but it’s modern, smarter and above all more fluid. And try to avoid stopping as much as possible.

TGS 2022: What is the value of Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion?  Our first impressions

Ifrit is still impressive to face it.

Indeed, a certain effort should be welcomed when we see how Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion seeks to overcome some of the gameplay inconsistencies and fears of slowness in the elderly. For example, Limit Breaks can finally be saved to use when you need them instead of them happening without warning at an inopportune moment. In addition, the roulette system is still there but is less intrusive, and no longer causes any disruption once its outcome is determined (always random), avoiding breaking the rhythm of the confrontation. in the same type, Sometimes very long movies can be skipped, Which was impossible on the PSP. Admittedly, the remake is escalating from it, but we’d very much appreciate cutting it out to stay in the midst of the action, especially since then. The feeling of fighting is always so much fun.

globally, Much better gaming sensations, And not just on the combat side. The greatly improved camera has a lot to do with it, as does the new Japanese and English dubbing (we’ve only been able to test the latter so far). And what about the musical atmosphere signed by Takaharu Ichimoto, reorganized and making use of new formats here by the original composer. It really makes you want to listen to the new soundtrack, especially if the action is as great as it was in Final Fantasy VII Remake! For all of these reasons, we can’t wait to take a look at the final version of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion coming out on December 13.

TGS 2022: What is the value of Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion?  Our first impressions

Our impressions

While we’ve been wondering exactly where the “revisited” Crisis Core is, it’s clear that the Square Enix title is leaning toward the all-new version more than a simple rework with a few improvements. If the script didn’t evolve by an inch, everything was completely reimagined based on Final Fantasy VII Remake, to the delight of fans who had been waiting to see one of PSP’s core hits at the front of the stage. If the last title makes it to this very short session, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion could be a staple for the end of the year, in time for the holidays, moreover.

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