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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is more of a Remaster than a Remake

I’m sure pretty much everyone reading this has warm, fuzzy nostalgia of playing Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII on their PSP back in the day, or even of loading it up on an emulator. It’s an incredible game that deserves all the love it gets, especially as we get to know Zack Fair and how his story connects to Cloud’s.

15 years later, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is back

I’m about to throw you a curve ball though – it’s getting re-released. Yup, it’s being dropped “this Winter” on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam and the Switch as “Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion” and it looks fantastic!

CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION follows the story of Zack Fair, a young warrior admired by the boy destined to save the world, trusted by men renowned as heroes of legend, and loved by the girl who holds the fate of the planet in her hands. The tale of Zack’s dreams and honor—the legacy that connects him to Cloud—is revealed in full in this grand saga that has broken the limits of an HD remaster.

What’s Different?

What you’re looking at is a remaster of the beloved 2007 Final Fantasy title complete with HD graphics, fully voiced dialogue, and new soundtrack arrangements which are sure to draw you in deeper to the store you already know and love. For someone who has yet to beat the game and see its heart wrenching plot twist, I’m going to go ahead and recommend something controversial – play this remaster before the original.

Here’s why Crisis Core is being Remastered

The reason this game is even being remastered hinges on the success of Final Fantasy VII Remake. Square Enix is deeply invested in fleshing out the classic story arch spanning several games on modern consoles. Oddly enough, Reunion is not a complete remake, according to the game’s creative director, Tetsuya Nomura. Still, it may add a few extra wrinkles to its story if producer Yoshinori Kitase’s interview with Polygon is to be taken at face value.

Consider this – Square placed a pretty significant plot change at the end of VII Remake that really does force Reunion to have a crisis at its core (heh), so if this ends up being true, it may allow the company to imagine the world and story of Cloud Strife and his companions in a more fully realized way than it did in the originals. The Final Fantasy VII Remake Project, as it’s being called, is not limited by time or technology like the first iteration of the games were, and that’s pretty cool.

How to Pre-order Reunion

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion can be pre-ordered right now on the Nintendo eShop, Steam, the PlayStation Store, and Xbox. While you wait to enjoy Zack’s story once again, you can play these Switch Online Sega Genesis titles that just dropped, or the remastered Nintendo 64 GoldenEye 007 complete with online multiplayer!


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