Read - Crisis Core scans
Read - Dissidia scans
Overture to Dissidia
Theme of Crisis Core
Last Order -Crisis Mix-
The Anniversary Pack will also include the new Shinra Potion, an energy drink in the same vein as the popular Final Fantasy Potion from FFXII's launch.
While these two are certainly nifty, we're surprised that a special Crisis Core-branded PSP hasn't been unveiled yet. If Monster Hunter and Tales of the World can get one, then so should Final Fantasy VII. We're sure a new color bundled with Crisis Core will effectively destroy the Japanese economy. In fact, if Sony doesn't plan on making one, we will ... and reap the profits.
[Via The Magic Box]
[Via press release]
IGN can't help but gush at the graphics: "This is the watershed game that genuinely demonstrates just how powerful the PSP is."
1UP seems to love the new real-time battle system: "Combat looks to ultimately be Crisis Core's defining element ... Battles erupt frequently while players are running around the environments, but simple controls make these melees fast and enjoyable. Zack even auto-targets and runs up to his nearest foe, meaning that you can quickly dispatch weaker enemies with little effort."
Finally, Games Radar seems to love the story and how it really does expand greatly upon the original Final Fantasy VII: "We're very impressed with just how good it looks and how well it plays - and we're really excited to dive into a story that seems to have much, much more to do with the core story of FFVII than any of the other spinoffs."
With such glowing praise, the wait for Crisis Core has become physically painful. Who's going to join us in importing the game when it comes out this September?
The perpetually developed Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core also has a concrete release date: September 13th in Japan. PSP fans already have a lot to be excited about -- let's hope that Square continues to announce even more for our favorite handheld.
[Via The Platformers; Thanks, Eric!]
Perhaps the most exciting parts of these scans are the fully CG images of Genesis, who we saw a sneak peek of in the secret ending to Dirge of Cerberus. The game is still looking beautiful and we at PSP Fanboy cannot wait to finally get our hands on it.
Check out the scans yourself over at GameSwank.
[UPDATE] A Japanese friend of mine (thanks Zak!) tells me that the caption in the above image says that Genesis will be modelled on, and voiced by, Gackt. Doesn't surprise me. I thought I saw a passing resemblence when I first saw the picture. Hopefully Gackt will be doing some music for the game, as well as starring in it.
Nomura's Kingdom Hearts-esque character designs are in full effect, and the title appears to have some console-quality graphics. It may not be what most of us expected, but we can't wait to find out more.
[Via NeoGAF; Thanks, Jamal!]
We've seen small clips of Final Fantasy Tactics' gorgeous cutscenes. Now, watch the complete intro movie to the game. Square Enix is known for their outrageous production values, and this PSP remake certainly doesn't break the mold. The art is so gorgeous -- can we please have a feature length film that looks like this?
Although there's no US release date planned, impatient gamers can pick up the import version. We hope that, for the sake of our sanity, Square Enix announces a English release ... and soon.
As the Square Enix party continues to draw near, it's clear that PSP fans will have a deluge of information to sort through. Can you feel that anticipation already dripping down your pants?
[Update: There's also a new scan,
The Dissidia flash itself is a bit bare, despite some pretty
We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available.
[UPDATE] The logo art is by Yoshitaka Amano, not Tetsuya Nomura as originally thought. Nomura will, however, be doing the character art for the game itself.
[Thanks, Silver Wolfe!]
Let's hope that Square Enix continues bringing us some love: we want our copies of Final Fantasy Tactics to launch with the Japanese box art. Or else.
[Via Forever Fantasy]
[Update: Embedded video. Thanks, Jason!]