FINAL FANTASY VII REUNION
Verdict: A brilliant modern update
WHAT IS IT?
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is an HD remaster of the original PlayStation Portable game from 2007. The game delves deep into what happened leading up to the events of Final Fantasy 7, as well as how hero and protagonist Zack Fair is an incredibly important part of Cloud, Aerith, Tifa and Sephiroth’s history.
Crisis Core is an action role-playing game in which the player moves Zack through and between open areas, allowing him to talk with non-player characters, interact with the environment, and engage monsters in battle. Crisis Core uses a real-time combat system in which the player can move Zack around, initiate attacks, special abilities and spells, use items, and block or dodge attacks. The game also uses a slot machine-like mechanic to affect the combat system, providing the players with buffs and powerful attacks.
The graphical overhaul is outstanding. Character models look great, environments are highly detailed, and even the game’s menus and UI feature a clean look that blends form and function so nicely. Reunion could easily be mistaken for a brand-new game in most regards, though there are some remnants of the original holding it back from looking as good as it possibly can. For example, animations are greatly improved from the original, but can sometimes feel stiff, particularly when it comes to the way certain in-game scenes are staged.
THE CALLISTO PROTOCOL
Directed by Glen Schofield, who had previously co-created the Dead Space series, The Callisto Protocol follows Jacob Lee (Josh Duhamel) who is sent to the Black Iron Prison facility on the Jovian moon, Callisto, in 2320. There, he must escape by fighting against infected prisoners with an unknown disease while uncovering dark secrets of the facility.
A dark menace consumes the American frontier. As one of the last agents in a top-secret vampire-hunting institute, you are Jesse Rentier, the final line between humanity and a deep-rooted terror that now emerges from the shadows. Rise up to become a Wild West superhero, eradicate the vampire threat and save the United States!
POKÉMON SCARLET AND VIOLET
The latest entries in the hugely popular monster-catching and battling series, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet take place in an open world, the Paldea region based off of the Iberian Peninsula. There are three separate stories the player can play through, plus 103 new Pokémon, four new regional forms and the Terastal phenomenon, which allows a Pokémon to transform into its exclusive Tera Type.