The iconic Final Fantasy 7 universe has transcended its roots as a JRPG, giving rise to a plethora of spin-off titles that expand upon its rich lore. From prequels to sequels and side stories, each spin-off provides a unique perspective on the beloved characters. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll embark on a journey through all of the Final Fantasy 7 spin-off games, unraveling the tales that have captivated fans and extended the legacy of this legendary gaming universe.

Here at Chit Hot, we’ve already covered the expansion of the Final Fantasy 7 legacy in general. However, this time we’re going to dive into every Final Fantasy 7 spin-off game. From the biggest releases to the mobile titles, below you’ll find a comprehensive guide to everything the Final Fantasy 7 universe has thrown at us. Except the core games themselves. We all know enough about them already!

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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 (2007) – Genesis of a Hero:

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII serves as a prequel to the events of the original game. The game focuses on the story of Zack Fair, a SOLDIER operative. This action-RPG for the PlayStation Portable explores Zack’s journey, providing valuable insights into the events leading up to Final Fantasy VII. With a gripping narrative, real-time combat, and emotional depth, Crisis Core stands as a compelling addition to the Final Fantasy VII saga.

The game made it’s way to modern consoles in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion. Be sure to check it out!

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Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis (2022) – Whistle-stop Spin-Off:

If you’re looking for Final Fantasy 7 on-the-go, this is your best option at present. Unless of course, you want to play the original game on Nintendo Switch. Also available on PC, Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is an enjoyable tour through many key moment in the Final Fantasy 7 games. Sadly, it is plagued with microtransactions, as might be expected. Chit Hot delivered a Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis review at launch, stating: “It would be easy to assume that the game was made not for the want to take advantage of a mobile platform, but rather the audience on those devices. There are Final Fantasy fans everywhere, and Square Enix are clearly keen to monetise them wherever they can.”

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Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy 7 (2006) – The Darkness Within:

Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII takes a departure from traditional RPG elements, placing players in the shoes of Vincent Valentine, a mysterious character from the original game. This third-person shooter for the PlayStation 2 delves into Vincent’s past and his struggle against a new threat known as Deepground. While Dirge of Cerberus received mixed reviews, it offers a unique blend of action and narrative exploration within the Final Fantasy VII universe.

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Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII (2004) – Mobile Espionage:

Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII is a lesser-known spin-off, initially released for mobile devices in Japan. Serving as a prequel, this action RPG explores the adventures of AVALANCHE, a group of elite operatives fighting against the Shinra Electric Power Company. Though never officially localised for international audiences, Before Crisis contributes to the broader narrative by shedding light on the activities of this clandestine group.

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Final Fantasy VII G-Bike (2014) – Mobile Thrills:

Originally a mini-game within Final Fantasy VII, G-Bike was adapted into a standalone mobile game for iOS and Android. Mixing elements of racing and combat, G-Bike allows players to take control of Cloud as he battles enemies on his iconic motorcycle. While more casual in nature, G-Bike provides a nostalgic experience for fans of the original game.

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Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus -Lost Episode- (2006) – Mobile Interlude:

Lost Episode is a mobile game that acts as a side story to Dirge of Cerberus. Although not as expansive as its console counterpart, Lost Episode provides additional details about Vincent Valentine’s adventures. Released for mobile devices, it offers a condensed experience for players eager to explore more of Vincent’s mysterious past.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade (2021) – Enhanced Journey:

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade enhances the critically acclaimed remake for the PlayStation 5. While not a direct spin-off, Intergrade introduces new content featuring Yuffie Kisaragi, a beloved character from the original game. The enhanced graphics, expanded narrative, and additional gameplay elements make Intergrade a must-play for both newcomers and longtime fans of Final Fantasy VII.

Final Fantasy 7 Spin-Off Films

Yes, this feature was intended to be all about the Final Fantasy 7 spin-off games. But if you’re looking beyond the main bloodline, there’s two other presentations you should look into.

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Final Fantasy VII: Last Order (2005) – Animated Insight:

Last Order is an animated OVA (Original Video Animation) that provides a closer look at the events of Nibelheim, a crucial part of Final Fantasy VII‘s backstory. While relatively short, Last Order offers additional context to the narrative, shedding light on the relationship between Cloud, Sephiroth, and Zack. Originally released with the Advent Children Complete edition, Last Order is a valuable supplement to the game’s intricate plot.

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) – Cinematic Sequel:

Advent Children is a full-length CG animated film that acts as a sequel to the events of Final Fantasy VII. Set two years after the game’s conclusion, it follows Cloud Strife as he grapples with a new threat. With breathtaking visuals, dynamic action sequences, and a haunting score, Advent Children is a cinematic masterpiece that further develops the characters and themes of Final Fantasy VII.

Conclusion: A Tapestry of Tales:

The Final Fantasy VII universe has evolved into a tapestry of interconnected tales, each spin-off weaving a unique narrative thread within the intricate storyline. From prequels that delve into character origins to sequels that extend the legacy, each spin-off contributes to the depth and richness of the beloved Final Fantasy VII universe. As we anticipate more revelations in the upcoming days with the launch of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, the enduring appeal of these spin-offs continues to captivate fans, ensuring that the journey through Gaia remains an ever-expanding and immersive experience.

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