9 things to know before starting Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion

9 things to know before starting Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion

Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion finally bringing the prequel PSP game to multiple consoles, while remastering and upgrading features to bring the game up to par with modern gaming standards. While history stands still a lot and the funky battle system for slots is still stupid, Crisis core is still worth playing for anyone who loves the Final Fantasy 7 series.

Below we list some tips that will help newbies Crisis core players adapt to the game and remind people who played the original game how things work.


Don’t rely on the DMW to get you out of sticky situations

Digital Mind Wave (or DMW) is the limit break system in the game. It works like a slot machine, and if you get three matching characters in a row, you get access to a summon or limit break, as well as restored HP, MP and AP.

If you’re fighting and missing any of these points, just use your items. Don’t wait, trust the DMW to get you out of a difficult situation. It’s way too random, so asking for a good DMW roll will be your undoing.

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Side quests are key for leveling and items

The story i Crisis core is short; much of the extra gameplay comes from completing quests. You will unlock different missions as you complete the game, but every now and then you should take a break to do these missions.

Not only do quests reward important things like summoning, but they’ll help you level up and keep you afloat during the story. If you notice that the story enemies are taking a little too long to kill, that’s a sign that you should probably go do some quests.

All up on savings points all the time

Touching a save point will restore all your points – MP, HP and AP – to full, so you should definitely do it when you see one. You don’t even necessarily need to save. You can just touch it for quick healing.

Attacking the enemy’s back does more damage

Hitting an enemy from behind is guaranteed to be a critical hit, so you should dodge-roll around and hit enemies where it hurts when you can. Some enemies are tougher to get behind as they will reposition themselves quickly. If that’s the case, you can just focus on hacking and slashing them.

Zack Fair slashes a robot from behind, dealing critical damage

Image: Square Enix via Polygon

Use infinite MP buffs as much as you can

Sometimes DMW will reward you with infinite MP for a limited time in battle. Even if you don’t plan on using the skill to deal damage, use this as an opportunity to cure spam to heal yourself for free.

Expect meetings in open spaces

Most areas follow the same formula: thin passages leading to open spaces. Enemy encounters tend to appear in these open spaces, as there is enough room for combat that you can half predict when an encounter will occur.

That is, there are areas where enemies still appear in the halls, so make sure you’re ready to fight at any moment.

Run along the walls of the rooms to avoid enemies

If you’re tired of hearing the “enabling battle mode” voice lady and want to make the story a little better, you can avoid encounters by generally hugging the walls of the areas you’re exploring. Encounters tend to activate towards the center of the room, so hugging the walls can help avoid them.

That is, you really shouldn’t skip random matches, as you can end up underleveled. But if you’re hugely overpowered and tired of slashing at enemies, you can take a breather by running along the walls.

Talk to every NPC with an orange message

Many NPCs in Crisis Core are useless, but some NPCs have orange interaction buttons, meaning they unlock some form of content. Some NPCs will unlock minigames or give items, but many of these orange NPCs will unlock more quests for you to complete, some of which are mandatory to complete other side content.

If you have a chance to run around Midgar before heading out on a mission, make sure to explore the areas thoroughly and talk to all those orange NPCs.

A shopkeeper in the Midgar slums with an orange interaction message above his chest

Image: Square Enix via Polygon

Upgrade all the materials you can

While you should use your powerful materia against bosses and the like, you should also make a set that you use in battles against small spawn enemies just to level up the materia. Once a materia is “mastered” it will have a different effect in materia fusion, so it’s nice to have a couple of mastered materia available, even if you’re not actively using it.

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