Zack with Cloud around his shoulders in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

Should You Play Crisis Core Before Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth?

If you’re wondering whether you need to play Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion before jumping into Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, we’ve got you covered.

The second part of the fantastic Final Fantasy 7 Remake trilogy is finally upon us, with the release of the gorgeous and remarkable Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. In 2022, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion released to much critical acclaim. It is a remake of a FF7 prequel that came out on the PSP in 2007. Many wonder if they need to play the prequel to understand the overarching narrative in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.

Do You Need to Play Crisis Core Before Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth?

No, you don’t need to play Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion to play and understand the events of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. Additionally, those wishing to avoid potential story spoilers for Final Fantasy Rebirth may want to steer clear of Crisis Core until after they finish Rebirth. It reveals important plot details about Zack Flair that some players might consider spoilers for a plot twist in Final Fantasy Rebirth.

As a prequel and spin-off of sorts, Crisis Core takes place before the events of Remake. It focuses on events and backstories involving Cloud, Sephiroth, and Zack Flair and doesn’t affect the main storyline of the Remake trilogy. However, Crisis Core does give a lot of backstory to some of Final Fantasy 7’s most important characters. It can help contextualize some of the subsequent events later in Rebirth.

Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

Playing Crisis Core first can certainly help you understand certain parts of the story in Rebirth, but it is definitely not essential. However, newcomers playing through the story of FF7 for the first time may want to avoid playing Crisis Core until after playing through Rebirth first. This is to prevent potential spoilers of an exciting twist during Rebirth that Crisis Core will reveal ahead of time.

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