Nicolus Baslock writes:
''Final Fantasy VII is essentially one of, if not the most, spoken of RPG of all time, and has spawned spin-offs, movies, countless debates and conversations. There was even another game, Dirge of Cerberus, which attempted to expand the story, but it was far too simplistic and different than what most fans had expected. So now, after eleven years and subsequent releases, Final Fantasy diehards have a game far beyond anyone's expectations. Crisis Core ends up becoming what one might consider a prototype game from SquareEnix, with some completely new features and ideas that might have normally been left out of a traditional Final Fantasy game. Yet because of these things, and one of the best stories in an RPG in years, Crisis Core stands both above and apart from other RPG's on the market and up to Final Fantasy VII itself.''