As an important piece of the Ultimate Fantasy 7 lore and universe, it at all times appeared inevitable that Sq. Enix would one way or the other re-release Disaster Core, the FF7 prequel that first launched for PSP in 2007. The discharge, which FF7 steward Tetsuya Nomura says promoted inside dialogue about whether or not it’d qualify as a remake or a remaster, does kind of defy categorization – however now I’ve performed it for myself, I’m going to strive anyway.
Disaster Core: Ultimate Fantasy 7 Reunion is a remaster. It’s maybe not fairly ‘greater than a remaster’, as Sq. Enix has urged, however it’s a bloody spectacular run at tidying up and enhancing a sport that was on a handheld console that, in the end, was much less highly effective than the PS2.
In stills, Disaster Core undoubtedly does appear like greater than a remaster, although. What you’ve right here is low-key PS4 high quality character fashions that wouldn’t look misplaced in FF7 Remake correct dropped into the PSP sport. In lots of circumstances, it looks as if Sq. Enix has made intelligent use of the FF7 Remake asset – instantly utilizing some fashions and textures from that sport, simply back-porting them to this 2007 title. In stills, and even generally in movement in fight, it appears to be like fairly rattling impeccable.
The PSP nature rears its head when characters transfer, nonetheless. These are higher-quality character fashions dropped onto the identical animation rigs that appeared on the PSP, which generally results in a kind of uncanny impact the place these extremely excessive constancy characters are animating in a rudimentary means that feels 15 years out-of-date. As a result of it’s. Characters stand dead-eyed and rod-straight, their mouths flapping as newly re-recorded voicework is delivered.
Curiously, it exposes how a lot of the magic of FF7 Remake is in its animation – the voicework is of an analogous high quality, and in lots of circumstances from the identical actors – however with out the nuanced animations to promote the characters, the performances don’t land fairly as effectively.
Elsewhere, although, this is among the greatest and most canny remasters I’ve ever seen. I’m notably enamored with the truth that the event workforce have determined to carry every part ‘in line’ with FF7 Remake – which feels like a easy proposition on paper, however should have been fairly a testing activity in actuality.
This doesn’t imply the way in which the sport performs has modified (that is decidedly the identical Disaster Core), however it signifies that each UI component has been tweaked and twisted to make it the identical or deeply much like FF7 Remake. Sure issues, just like the post-battle script which reads out enemies defeated and objects gained, are actually an identical. It makes this sport really feel like a part of the identical universe – which, after all, it’s. Between this and the seemingly borrowed paintings and fashions, it ties this a lot older sport in with FF7 Remake completely.
As for the sport itself? It’s nonetheless good! It’s a extra scrappy motion RPG, however one can see how Disaster Core was an important step within the growth of the techniques and concepts that later acquired expressed to such good leads to FF7 Remake.
Whereas sure techniques have been tweaked to make the sport a bit extra manageable and really feel a bit extra console-like, it doesn’t seem not less than from this brief hands-on that the encounters in Disaster Core have been materially modified – which suggests you may anticipate barely extra stilted, smaller-scale motion than in FF7 Remake. However that’s effective – this can be a remaster. For extra remake, we’ll have to attend for Rebirth. And that’s honest sufficient.
Disaster Core incorporates a story value experiencing. Of the entire extra-curricular FF7 lore expansions launched within the 2000s, that is the one one that’s really value everyone’s time.
This remaster repackages it in a pointy, handsome means. Like I stated, it’s one of many best-looking and most spectacular remasters I’ve ever seen. That doesn’t imply it isn’t nonetheless visibly a PSP sport, although. In case you go in with that in thoughts, you’re doubtless going to have a blast.
Disaster Core: Ultimate Fantasy 7 – Reunion will launch on 13 December, 2022 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Sequence X/S, Nintendo Change, and PC (through Steam).