Gamedaily writes: "Final Fantasy VII, despite being ten years old, continues to resonate among audiences, due in large part because of its unique faces, from Final Fantasy VII Snowboarding to Dirge of Cerberus (you don't see Super Mario Bros. 3 spin-offs, do you?). Now comes Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII for the PSP, the prequel that sets the original game's events into motion. Square Enix has done its part to push the hardware, displaying the types of quality cut scenes and music that is the publisher's pedigree. As a game, however, Crisis Core falls somewhat flat, no thanks to monotonous combat.
On the positive side, this is one of the few video games that tells an excellent story that stars characters you'll enjoy listening to, most importantly Zack, the young, combat happy member of SOLDIER that desperately wants some action."