A likable hero and straightforward gameplay make Crisis Core a great pick for your next vacation.
Do expect to come away liking Zack Fair. This game is his moment in the spotlight and Squeenix didn't waste it.
---one playable character, but:
---plenty of items and materia to keep you occupied
---it can be repetitive
---it only becomes oppressive if you decide to play as many missions as possible. (Unless you're a perfect game junkie, there's no real need to play them all.)
---satisfactory as an intro to FFVII
---comprehensible even if you've never played the '97 classic.
---as a story in and of itself, Crisis Core is lacking in depth
---prime antagonist is irritating, incomprehensible, and does nothing but monologue.
---however...Zack is incredibly likable. This is its saving grace. It makes me think that the writers put most of their efforts into his character.
---good voice acting
---some memorable music in the sound track
---too many grinding metal rock tracks. (I have a problem with the style because it sounds muddy over the PSP's speakers. For instance, it's difficult to distinguish the tune of the battle music.)
--a few gorgeous CG cutscenes, worthy of the PS3
--decent in-game graphics