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Crisis Core Launches In North America

PSP owners rejoice! Crisis Core, the hugely anticipated prequel to Final Fantasy VII, is now available in stores across North America. The game follows the story of Zack Fair, a second class member of Shinra’s SOLDIER organization who was only seen in flashbacks in the original game.

Critically it seems to be doing very well, having received a huge amount of positive or near-perfect scores. Indeed, it looks like Square Enix has done it again.

Unfortunately, if you live in Europe you’ll have to wait a bit longer as the game won’t be out until June 20th.

Set seven years prior to the events of the first Final Fantasy VII, the Shinra Company is rapidly increasing its influence through its monopoly on mako energy and military might. With the burgeoning city of Midgar as its base and symbol of prosperity, Shinra is on the verge of establishing absolute dominance over the world.

SOLDIER is a group of skilled combat operatives within Shinra. The elite within the group — those strong enough to be deemed SOLDIER 1st Class — are respected and idolized by the citizenry. Zack is a young SOLDIER 2nd Class who aspires to become a 1st. He spends his days carrying out assignments under the guidance of his 1st Class mentor, Angeal. During an operation in Wutai, a large number of SOLDIER member, led by 1st Class operative Genesis, go missing. The severity of the situation prompts Shinra executives to deploy even more SOLDIER operatives in hopes of bringing an end to the war with Wutai—and conducting an investigation into the mass desertion. The ones assigned to the mission are Zack, Angeal, and the 1st Class hero who is known the world over as Sephiroth…

What truths lie behind Genesis’s disappearance? What secrets bind the three SOLDIER 1st Class operatives? For Zack, a cruel and fateful struggle awaits…