Generally favorable reviews - based on 81 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 81
  2. Negative: 1 out of 81
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    Feb 11, 2023
    A neat remaster that sometimes clashes with its PSP origins. More often than not, it comes out on top, but it feels like it could have broken more limits. [Issue#23, p.74]
  2. Dec 24, 2022
    Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is a beautiful remake of a good-but-not-great game. Its structure is more well-suited for the platform it originated on, and several of the one-shot gameplay concepts it introduces don’t really land as well as they probably did in 2007. Still, it’s got charm, and I love the unpredictable nature of the DMW and how it impacts the solid combat mechanics. I don’t think Zack’s adventure will resonate with me for as long as Cloud’s did, but I am happy to have been given a chance to get to know him better before he pops up in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.
  3. Dec 21, 2022
    A 15-year old title brought back as a tasty appetizer for those who can’t wait for the second part of the new Final Fantasy VII, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is a very good remake with an addictive combat system. You can tell it’s a smaller-scale game designed for PSP, but it was remade with love and although it won’t change anyone’s life, Final Fantasy VII fans will definitely enjoy it.
  4. Dec 16, 2022
    Even with some much-welcome extra polish, Reunion still feels like a game of the past, but it’s also a strong reminder of why FFVII fans are so immensely excited about the future, and what defying the fates might bring.
  5. Dec 15, 2022
    Those who were less impressed with the original game are unlikely to have their minds changed by the update, especially as the console experience makes the awkward pacing even more of a problem. But for its intended obvious, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is the perfect game to tide them over until Final Fantasy VII Rebirth next year.
  6. Dec 6, 2022
    Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core Reunion is an excellent remaster that evolves the original game in ways I didn’t think possible, but even that can’t take away from an experience that even in 2007 was holding itself back to satiate the platform it called home. The repetitive combat and clumsy environmental design serve to make this otherwise spectacular world feel strangely artificial, while its campy dialogue and archetypal character writing doesn’t exactly gel with the remake it serves to apply greater context to. New audiences deserve to play this game, and I’m so glad they finally get that chance, but eventual wish fulfillment doesn’t lessen the hurt of inevitable disappointment. Zack is still an adorable puppy I need to protect, though.
  7. Dec 6, 2022
    FF7 Crisis Core Reunion is a remaster like no others. The graphical improvements and the more nervous, dynamic and fluid combat system work wonders. However, the game keeps all the weaknesses of the time and all them are unchanged. A respectful which would have deserved to be completely overhauled as the stigma of the PSP era can be painful to see and play. FF7 Crisis Core Reunion is neither more nor less than an old school game with an angelic face that stills has some charm.
  8. Dec 6, 2022
    As HD remasters go, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion goes above and beyond what’s expected in many regards. Its visuals have been lovingly brought up to date, and the combat has been tweaked to make it much more palatable to modern audiences. But some aspects of it, like its suffocating linearity, haven’t aged well at all. And then there’s Zack’s terrible voice acting. Still, if you’ve never played this chapter of the Final Fantasy VII story, or wish to re-live it, this is the best way to do so.
  9. Dec 6, 2022
    Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion rescues one of the best PSP videogames, with a remaster that looks like a remake and generates frictions that are hard to ignore. A half-baked work that, yes, is a good opportunity to explore the past of some of the most interesting characters of Midgar.
  10. Dec 6, 2022
    Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is a top tier remaster of a flawed and often comically awkward spinoff. But for all of its angsty melodrama, the story of Zack Fair is an endearingly daft tale that only adds to the world of Final Fantasy VII. It's hard not to enjoy the blatant fan service and completely over-the-top cinematics, while the overhauled combat system is infinitely better than it once was. A worthy second chance.
  11. Dec 28, 2022
    Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is a fine remaster for those wanting to experience the story of Zack Fair before Rebirth comes out. This is however a by the books remaster including all of the cringeworthy dialogue and stiff animations. The new additions and graphical upgrades are really good, but don't expect this to be on the same level as 2020's FFVII Remake.
  12. Jan 19, 2023
    A beautiful looking remaster which doesn’t manage to significantly upgrade its source material in aspects other than graphics. Only faithful Final Fantasy VII fans who didn’t get to play it on the PSP will leave truly satisfied.
  13. Dec 6, 2022
    Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Reunion does have a few qualities. Updated gameplay and far-better character models are always nice. Still, the game lacks visual improvements when it comes to cut-scenes and, honestly, the missions system will definitely few outdated for most modern players. If you wanna play it for the story, go on. If that's no the case, think again.
  14. Dec 6, 2022
    Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion still has its place in the hearts of many veterans of the series and Final Fantasy 7's world, and maintains its relevance to the FF7 Remake series. However, the original Crisis Core also received a lot of justified criticism, and Reunion doesn't do much to address those points. It's nice to have a prettier, more functional and more accessible version of this PSP prequel, but it's still hard to recommend it as a game. Fans who got into the series because of FF7 Remake are going to experience an obvious gap in quality and may be left wondering what all the excitement was about. Zack's tragic tale deserved a better retelling on modern hardware, and Crisis Core Reunion ultimately feels like a missed opportunity.
  15. Dec 6, 2022
    Crisis Core Reunion is a fascinating look into the Square Enix of the past, meshed with Final Fantasy 7's current trajectory in the Remake saga. Zack might be a dunce, and the early '00s-era script fails him miserably, but he's utterly loveable by the game's end, far outshining Final Fantasy 7 stalwarts like Aerith, who mostly seem present for their cameo impact. The retooled combat system is Crisis Core Reunion's most impressive upgrade, an elegant and electrifying system that'll always keep you on your toes with smooth Digital Mind Wave implementation. Given Zack’s inevitable role in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, Crisis Core Reunion is an essential part of the overarching Remake saga, even if the writing does hold it back.
  16. Dec 6, 2022
    Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion looks like a modern game, but its aged PSP gameplay doesn't match the HD overhaul.
  17. Dec 6, 2022
    Crisis Core Reunion has plenty to offer as a remaster, with improved visuals and tighter combat than the PSP original. The fragmented structure of the game, however, remains more suited to a handheld machine, and a poor English script is sadly unchanged. If you’re hankering for more Final Fantasy VII, though, it’s well worth diving in.
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  1. Jan 23, 2023
    A more ambitious redesign is missing. Its portable game structure from fifteen years ago makes it limited as an RPG.
  2. Dec 6, 2022
    Despite something of an overdeveloped plot, Crisis Core Reunion goes beyond just a quick upgrade, making some fundamental improvements to visuals, sound and controls, and implements them with care. There are flaws, but it remains a joy to spend time with favourites Cloud, Aerith, and Sephiroth once more. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  3. Dec 13, 2022
    For all of its strengths, Crisis Core is ultimately too obsessed with itself to serve as a perfect prequel. The game’s core narrative is an excellent half or three-quarters of a story. The final plot arc, however, fails to recognize that VII is its own story with its own characters. Crisis Core’s depiction of VII’s characters, and its refusal to stop shoving new characters into existing narratives, makes for a disappointing conclusion.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1125 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Dec 14, 2022
    It's (unfortunately only) passable. Serviceable. It does look good, and it does have some of those magical surprises that made FF7(R) great.It's (unfortunately only) passable. Serviceable. It does look good, and it does have some of those magical surprises that made FF7(R) great. As others said: The dialogue writing is showing its age, but is still acceptable. The story itself isn't too shabby, so if you're just looking for more of that FF7-realm magic, you might get what you look for. The battle system works good enough, though a little more tactical engagement would have been nice. Materia Fusion is pretty cool. All in all, it's a good, solid 7, BUT: The price point is -for what it actually is, a good looking remaster- a little too steep. If this was a $39,99 title, it'd be a 7.5. Full Review »
  2. Dec 28, 2022

    Game is fun until Zack starts talking.

  3. Dec 16, 2022
    Another nostalgia bait from Square Enix, with somewhat better graphics and atmosphere-breaking remixed soundtracks, not to mention the worstAnother nostalgia bait from Square Enix, with somewhat better graphics and atmosphere-breaking remixed soundtracks, not to mention the worst re-recording ever, especially on Zack the new va totally deprived the charm of character
    They seriously need to stop milking FF7 besides there are much more possibilities in enhancing other numbering ones
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