Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PlayStation Portable
Rating: T — Teen
Game type: Action/Role-Playing
*** (out of five)

What’s the premise?
The player takes control of the protagonist Zack in this prequel to the events of the extremely popular Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation. Zack is a 2nd class member of the elite SOLDIER fighting squad and he’s plunged into the middle of a war between the Shin-Ra company and the nation of Wutai.

This game is most similar to?

Kingdom Hearts, with a little hint of Final Fantasy’s staple fighting system.

Is it suitable for younger gamers?
There’s some violence and the ever-popular, yet ambiguous, ‘suggestive themes.’ But there’s little to no blood and it’s mainly story-driven, so this reviewer wouldn’t mind if kids took a run at it.

One player or more?
As with most RPGs, just one.

The (not-so) secret to success is?
Its name. Not only is ‘Final Fantasy VII’ a name that will move a million or two UMDs and a few PSPs, it also means that the game holds extensive references and nuggets of nostalgia from one of the most popular RPGs of all time.

What’s missing?

A remake and update of the original Final Fantasy VII.

And in the end?
If the word ‘Sephiroth’ ignites a deep nostalgic feeling in your gut … you must buy this game.

– Douglas Dunlop/Metro News

(Jonathan P. Kuehlein will return next week)