TGS 06: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Trailer Impressions

Square Enix teases PSP owners with another new trailer of Crisis Core. Read our impressions.

TOKYO--During the 2006 Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix showed off a new promo of its Final Fantasy VII spin-off for the PlayStation Portable, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. While the trailer was relatively short, it revealed some new details about the game's characters and on how the game might play.

Crisis Core will be a prequel to Final Fantasy VII, and in terms of the timeline, it takes place before Dirge of Cerberus for the PlayStation 2, as well as Before Crisis for mobile phones. As we reported back at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in May, the game 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, and his missions lead him to various troubles and adventures.

The TGS trailer showed Zack going on a number of Shinra missions together with an older, experienced solider named Angeal, who's more or less of a mentor to him. Angeal carries around a huge sword just like the one that's become the symbol of the series' main character, Cloud, and it seems plausible that this is the very same sword--not just a copy. One of the scenes also showed that Angeal has a wing on one side of his back, very similarly to the series villain Sephiroth. This is the first time that Angeal is appearing in the FFVII franchise, but he'll unquestionably be revealed as a key figure behind the scenes of the series' elaborate plot.

Crisis Core seems like it should fill in the gaps in the FFVII series' storyline and also reveal some of the mysteries that remained unexplained. The end of the TGS trailer showed a glimpse of the red-cloaked man from Dirge of Cerberus who was only known as "G" from the game. His costume was basically the same as Sephiroth's (aside from the color of the cloak), hinting that he's also a Shinra soldier.

Aside from new characters, the trailer showed some of the familiar faces in the FFVII series, including Aeris, Tseng, and a relatively normal Sephiroth before he learned about the secret to his birth. We also got to see some footage of the game in action, and so far it seems like a third-person-view action role-playing game in which the player controls Zack and slashes enemies with his sword in high-speed combat. The top of the screen featured a three-barrel slot machine bar, though we didn't get to see how it affected gameplay.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is slated for release in Japan during 2007. We'll bring you more information as soon as possible.

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138 comments
zorn99
zorn99

Three words: I want it!

mingfu
mingfu

Nice NEW PICTURES!!

ravemaster_866
ravemaster_866

I want a release date and a move of the game play or trailer

mingfu
mingfu

still no release date come on when is it coming out!

wlindelof
wlindelof

wow this looks crazy cannot wait. but i hope the voice actor for Zack doesnt sound like Vaan or Tidus. How about a main character who isnt squeaky and annoying? thatd be nice. but other than that great.

mingfu
mingfu

Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee make a release date already!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mattc7691
mattc7691

I can't wait for this game, the suspense is killin' me! SquareEnix needs to annouce a release date already, please!

mingfu
mingfu

When is there gonna be a U.S date. This game is just to good. I can't wait for this game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jboonzaier
jboonzaier

looks a MUST HAVE, I can't wait to sink my hands into this one...

mingfu
mingfu

when is it coming out. At least put some more pictures. The is just too addictive!!!!!!!!!!!

mingfu
mingfu

Love the game. This game is going to be the best psp game ever

zip86
zip86

i'm praying that they don't mess this up.

mingfu
mingfu

when is it coming out. I been waiting for 4 years. this is the best game ever!!!!

mingfu
mingfu

The game gets better and better !!!!

LionHeart777
LionHeart777

gg gamespot. zack uses the buster sword. angeal's sword is clearly differeny. n00bs.

hye_03
hye_03

wow, this looks really awesome. Cant wait to see more gameplay.

mingfu
mingfu

The second trailer was cool!!!

king-tut
king-tut

i want to get it when comeing out tba forever just seen video great

Olaoye_tw
Olaoye_tw

wooaa. FF on psp? dat wud b great!! i cant wait.

trupinoigamer
trupinoigamer

i know come out already i hope its a good game i hope it's long too

BofanGaby
BofanGaby

i wanna play it because i just played all final fantasy games:D & i'm still playing all :D

mingfu
mingfu

wow game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tosymphonia
tosymphonia

OK one thing...when is this game gonna come out! Its been TBA forever!

mingfu
mingfu

I want this game to be released fast IT LOOKS TRULY OUTSTANDING FROM THE PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mingfu
mingfu

I'm in love with this game everyday I see it . This is the best game and I think people who have a psp or don't have one should get one!!! THIS GAME ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mingfu
mingfu

The BEST GAME EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mingfu
mingfu

those who don't like ff games are dum . ff games are great espescially ff7 crisis core!!!!!!!!!!!! crisis core is the best !!!!!!!!!!

mingfu
mingfu

BEST GAME !!!!!!!!!!!!

mingfu
mingfu

THIS GAME IS THE BEST GAME EVER IN THE HISTORY OF ACTION/ROLE PLAYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The graphics look amazing.The characters are nice and the combat/battle system is the best

deadskies
deadskies

Looks great, Zack is defintly a character that NEEDS his own game, glad he's getting one.

manapsal
manapsal

sonofashrub...you suck on another note...i don't want this to be an action rpg...i'd rather have a ffX combat system

LostPlanetDB
LostPlanetDB

sonofashrub, you really got to stop complaining, and just suck it up, bc FF7 games are great, thank god they make them and take Dirge of Cerburus as an example, ITS AMAZING....why did you come to did forum if you hated FF7 so much anyway?????

sim_dude_uk
sim_dude_uk

sonofashrub, SE is not going to stop making FFVII because you and others don't want it anymore, just don't come on this forum and say that. If your not interested, why did u come in this forum to check it out??? Just find something u are interested and stop moaning

schawnneo
schawnneo

definitely something to look forward to

sonofashrub
sonofashrub

ANGEAL???! wtf. oh no! i wonder what they were trying to hint at. good job thinking up names Square. wow. they need to stop making ff7 crap. it's getting ridiculous. And frankly, i don't care about cloud/sephiroth/ any of those other people anymore. Make new games, please.

ArmanX18
ArmanX18

well i can't wait till it come out screens are awesome and i really can't wait do somebody know when it comes out ?

breyva
breyva

Dont hate! love! this is Final fantasy! even better its final fantasy crisis core, the events before final fantasy 7! muhahahaha!

assasin9
assasin9

cant wait for it to come out, not too sure about the third person action though. I think it was better with the classic final fantasy gameplay. I would like to see how they develope the story behind zach and Angeal. It seems like something worth looking into.

--michael--
--michael--

graphics look amazing but not sure about game play and price

Unkillable
Unkillable

God damn it! I haven't heard a damn thing about this in about 4 months, why do they tease us so freaking much? I like many others believe that this game should be good- whenever it does come out...

STARS_Splinter
STARS_Splinter

Advent Children... was abysmal? Wow. Completely disagree with you there. FFVII the game certainly had some very very poor qualities... but it's still got its charm, 10 years on, which says a lot about it, really.

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

I'm a fan of Final Fantasy VII myself, but Advent Children was abysmal; English OR Japanese. Also, the game itself had flaws of its own, despite all its positive qualities.

Ferius-Ordan
Ferius-Ordan

it doesnt matter if this game doesnt live up to its full potential it will still be one of the best games on the PSP ad thats why as soon as this game comes out im gonna go out and buy it!

orobos
orobos

I hope i get really amused with this game before buying FF13 for the PSX3 ,.. And i really really hope the game fits with the story line of FF7 because when i played that game for the first time on my PSX my heart was pumping like hell