A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The plot hits the stereotypical "good verses evil" notes, with the usual small group of heroes fighting back against seemingly insurmountable odds. There are also smaller conflicts such as duty versus conscience, as well as the importance of friendship.
Positive Role Models
Characters in Reunion cover a wide range. Some characters are genuinely heroic, driven by a desire to do what's right and to help those in need. Other characters start out as well-meaning, but experience a proverbial fall from grace. And others are simply villains from start to finish.
While there's certainly no shortage of characters in the Final Fantasy VII universe, there's not a lot of diversity. There are a few strong female characters that appear in the story though.
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Ease of Play
There's a fair amount of menu navigation and character management required in the game, though Crisis Core is much more action oriented than most Final Fantasy games. The controls on the console versions in particular have been improved greatly over the game's original PlayStation Portable release, taking full advantage of the extra options available on the systems' controllers.
Violence & Scariness
Combat is a constant and core part of the gameplay, with characters fighting using swords, guns, and other weapons in combination with flashy, over-the-top magical abilities. Most of the time there's no blood or gore, but a few cutscenes do show the aftermath of some battles, including dead bodies and some small pools of blood.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is a fantasy action/role-playing game available on Xbox Series, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch consoles, as well as Windows-based PCs. The game is a remake of the 2007 PlayStation Portable game, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, which in turn, is a spin-off prequel to Final Fantasy VII. Players fight against monsters, robots, and human foes using a variety or weapons and magical abilities. The gameplay is relatively free of blood, with attacks and damages primarily shown in colorful and flashy effects. But there are a few story cutscenes in the game that feature some more graphic depictions of violence, including impaled bodies and scattered blood.
Is It Any Good?
They say that everything old is new again, and Square Enix's Final Fantasy VII games are no exception. Now, roughly fifteen years after the original's PlayStation Portable release, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion finally brings the FFVII prequel to consoles and PCs. Making the leap to a new generation isn't easy, but for the most part, Reunion sticks the landing. The game looks phenomenal, standing right alongside Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade in terms of production quality, which makes sense due to the games being tied together. There's a new life injected into the game too, thanks to some stellar voice acting being added in for the first time. Best of all, the controls have been updated to take advantage of options that weren't originally available on the PlayStation Portable's hardware. Console players in particular will benefit from the additional thumbsticks and buttons/triggers, which make the game's action oriented combat system more fluid and responsive than ever. From a strictly technical standpoint, this is a prime example of how a remake should be done.
As faithful as Reunion is to the original, that's also a bit of a double edged Buster Sword as well. Remember, the game was originally developed for a portable game system with specific limitations. It was designed to be played on the go, with more compact story chapters and missions able to be completed in easily digestible bite-sized chunks. Reunion is built on this same foundation, so the gameplay feels a lot smaller. That doesn't take anything away from the awe and spectacle of the game while you're playing. And it's understandable that Square Enix couldn't add too much more to the story without potentially rewriting the entirety of the Final Fantasy VII saga. But it winds up being a bit like watching a TV show in a movie theatre. Sure, it looks and sounds infinitely better than you'd ever experience watching it on the small screen, but it's also something that's over before you know it.
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