E3 06: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Preshow Report

Square Enix showed off a new trailer for the Final Fantasy VII spin-off for the PSP at its pre-E3 press conference. Read our report for information about Soldier, Shinra, Zack, Sephiroth, and more.

LOS ANGELES--Square Enix showed off what it called a "Compilation of Final Fantasy VII," which is a collection of products set in the Final Fantasy VII universe. One of the titles shown was Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, a spin-off for the PlayStation Portable that focuses on the role Soldier and Sephiroth played in Project Genesis--specifically the character of Zack. Square Enix showed a lengthy trailer for the game, and we're bringing you the details.

Crisis Core is a prequel to Final Fantasy VII that tells the story of Zack, a young recruit working for Soldier, the elite private military of the Shinra Corporation. Zack is eager to prove himself and achieve first rank in the organization. However, an older character who seems to be somewhat of a mentor to Zack tries to temper the young fighter's eagerness.

The trailer showed lots of heated discussions between Zack and this other character, and eventually Sephiroth came into the picture. Sephiroth is a legendary soldier, and Zack vows to be even stronger. Eventually Zack and Sephiroth meet and Project Genesis is mentioned, and it seems to be a point of contention within the organization.

Very little actual gameplay was shown in the trailer, but from what we did see, it seems that the game is very action-oriented. The combat sequences are fast, and we saw several moments where Zack jumped from one enemy to another, slashing with his sword as well as using a gun.

There was no sign of Cloud in the game, but Sephiroth made several appearances. Most notable was the sequence that closed the trailer, which showed Zack and Sephiroth battling with swords. The two clashed blades and Zack vowed to defeat Sephiroth, but of course Sephiroth would have none of that, and he effortlessly flung the young soldier aside.

Crisis Core is still currently in development, but both the rendered cinematics and the in-game footage look sharp. The world is dark and sterile, much like the headquarters of the Shinra corporation in Midgar in the original Final Fantasy VII. We'll bring you more details as soon as they become available, but for now, be sure to take a look at our gamespace for some brand-new screenshots of the game.

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Discussion

30 comments
mingfu
mingfu

awsome game!!!!!!

mingfu
mingfu

perfect game!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mingfu
mingfu

I read the information about the game in combat and how it worksin ff experience and I was so happy that I saw the information that I will write a comment everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This game is WICKED AWSOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mingfu
mingfu

Brilliant Game!!!!!!!!!!!!

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

Though I have never played the original FFVII I yet love this FFVII compilation series based on what I saw in Advent Children. Crisis Core is going to be superb

Gastric_Juice
Gastric_Juice

i just may have to purchase a psp for this one

akiman89
akiman89

i wanna know more before i instantly label it a classic, but I do love me some final fantasy 7

Devilsasuke1
Devilsasuke1

Hope it comes out soon sepheroth is the best along with cloud

Ikzai
Ikzai

Oh man. I'm going to love this game.

Dualmask
Dualmask

I hope this turns out good. MHF is starting to get tedious...lol.

awia
awia

omfg...just come out with it right now...the PSP aint bad its just got the worst games...they need to make more hack n' slash / rpg. sounds a little like thats what this game might be...

Al_Bhed_Squire
Al_Bhed_Squire

Thank god. Finally what seems to be a decent RPG for PSP. Even thought GS has stated this looked more like an aciton oriented RPG, it's gotta be crazy. The lack of RPGs is KILLING the PSP .. I just finished PoPoLoCrois and if I see another 16-bit cell shaded dragon I think I'll jump outta the window.

woman4games
woman4games

Sounds awesome, but I wish they'd make it for the big consoles. I prefer playing on the tv, and the only reason they are putting it on the PSP is to encourage sells. That sucks.

GeneticWater
GeneticWater

I remembered that this game was the reason I got the PSP in the first place. This game is going to save the psp from its current slump

Jaymie666
Jaymie666

THIS THIS GAME IS GONNA OWN BIG TIME!!!

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

This game is gonna be a must have for any psp gamer...I personally have a psp but I sadly don't find that many games that make the psp worth buying through. Hopefully the rpg's get better for psp with time hence the ones that I have played which round up to about six haven't really hit any Darn I'm glad I bought this comment in my head as of yet.

luke62022
luke62022

This game is gonna kick ace!

Robert_Creaner
Robert_Creaner

What shall i get, a psp or wow. Its so hard to decide

the_josh9
the_josh9

I ditto that, But since we got some tie, I can get enough money to buy a PSP!

Teivan
Teivan

I can't wait for this game to come out!