Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion does exactly what it promises

Crisis Core is a remaster that does everything you’d expect it to, breathing new life into a classic title.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion – a title I’m not typing out in full again – launches in between the main FFVII remakes, and while it can’t quite live up to them, it’s worthy of standing in the same crowd.

Rather than a full reimagining, this has been branded from day one as a straight remaster, and that’s a fair description of what you get. It does what any good remaster should do: make it look pretty, and touch up the gameplay with modern design.

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On that first point, this is a very pretty game. That hardly makes it stand out in the current triple-A landscape, but if there’s one word I’d use to describe this game above any other, it’s flashy. If you want special attacks that make you feel like one of two gods locked in eternal conflict, this is the game for you. These over-the-top limit break moves put a Smash Bros final smash to shame, and you’ll be knocking them out regularly when things get going.

Looking at the wider combat system, the modern action RPG genre has clearly got its teeth in, which makes life a lot easier. Movement feels smooth, attacking feels satisfying, and using magic is effortless. It also encourages you to change tactics regularly, often creating clear openings for you to rest or use magic before charging in with your sword. The fact that you can weaken or cancel enemy special attacks by being aggressive is a particularly fun feature, as it turns a methodical battle into a desperate dash for damage.

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Surprisingly, with so much going on, the Nintendo Switch version of the game holds up pretty well compared to the PS5 counterpart. It’s far from perfect, often dropping frames in battles but – on a Switch OLED, at least – the rest of the game runs very well. The PS5 is still definitely the best way to play the game, but if you want to retain the Crisis Core handheld experience then you’ll be satisfied with the Switch.

Whether or not you like this version of Crisis Core comes down to what your gripes were with the original. If your issues were with the story, characters, or overall direction of the game then that’s not changed. However, if it was the combat and gameplay that put you off, then it’s worth giving this remaster a go, as it might turn your opinion around.

Ultimately, this remaster will become the definitive way to play Crisis Core for new players and veterans alike. Everything it does is either better than or just as good as the original; and at the end of the day, what more could you want from a remaster?

Written by Ryan Woodrow on behalf of GLHF.

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2021 X Games live stream, Aspen Edition, TV channel, start time, schedule

We have the final day of the X Games Aspen featuring the Real Cost Men’s Snowboard Big Air, you can stream all the action here.

The 2021 X Games will be without crowds this season but they are still throwing a big winter party in Aspen, Colorado this year.

We’ll have some of the biggest snowboard and ski athletes in the world returning to compete in the X Games this season and on Sunday we’ll have the Real Cost Men’s Snowboard Big Air and the Jeep Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Encore.

Check out the schedule for the final day on Sunday along with some top events to look out for. Here is everything you need to know to stream all the X Games action today.

2021 X Games Aspen

  • When: Sunday, January 31
  • Time: 1:00 p.m ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

X Games Aspen Sunday Schedule

Sunday, January 31

1:00 – 3:00 PM, ABC
Jeep Men’s Ski Slopestyle
Jeep Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Encore
8:30 – 11:00 PM, ESPN
Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe
The Real Cost Men’s Snowboard Big Air’
Wendy’s Ski Knuckle Huck

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How to watch the X Games: Winter 2021 Aspen Edition, TV channel, start time, schedule, live stream

The 2021 X Games will be without crowds this season but they are still throwing a big winter party in Aspen, Colorado this year.

The 2021 X Games will be without crowds this season but they are still throwing a big winter party in Aspen, Colorado this year.

We’ll have some of the biggest snowboard and ski athletes in the world returning to compete in the X Games this season including SuperPipe, Big Air, and Slopestyle, competitions we live for in the X Games world.

Check out the schedule for the full weekend along with some top events to look out for. Here is everything you need to know to stream all the X Games action this weekend.

2021 X Games Aspen

  • When: Friday, January 29
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
  • TV Channel: ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

X Games Aspen Weekend Schedule

*All times ET

Friday, January 29

2:00 – 3:00 PM   Jeep Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle

4:00 – 4:45 PM   Women’s Ski Big Air

8:00 – 8:30 PM   Wendy’s Snowboard Knuckle Huck

9:00 – 10:00 PM  Women’s Ski SuperPipe

10:30 – 12:30 AM Men’s Ski SuperPipe

Saturday, January 30

1:00 – 6:00 PM, ABC
Jeep Women’s Ski Slopestyle
Jeep Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Pacifico Women’s Snowboard Big Air
Women’s Ski Big Air Encore
8:00 – 8:45 PM
The Real Cost Men’s Ski Big Air
10:00 – 12:00 AM, ESPN
Monster Energy Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe
The Real Cost Men’s Ski Big Air Encore

Sunday, January 31

1:00 – 3:00 PM, ABC
Jeep Men’s Ski Slopestyle
Jeep Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Encore
8:30 – 11:00 PM, ESPN
Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe
The Real Cost Men’s Snowboard Big Air’
Wendy’s Ski Knuckle Huck

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