PlayStation Games you Can Play To Prepare for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

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Matt Fulton

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December 7, 2023

Getting hyped to play the next part of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake coming out in February 2024? Why not prep by playing older games featuring Cloud and the gang? Grab your weapons, bangles and materia. Here’s a list of all the PlayStation games you can play involved in the Compilation of Final Fantasy 7.

cloud with the buster sword

What Final Fantasy VII Games Can You Play on PlayStation?

Here are all the games on PlayStation systems you can play that are related to FF7, for remasters I included the newest version, except for remake since it’s a completely different game from the 1997 original.

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020)
  • Final Fantasy VII (1997)
  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion (2022)
  • Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (2006)

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Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020)

If you’re going to play any game in the series to prep for Rebirth, this is the one. Rebirth is a direct sequel to the 2020 remake, and Square has confirmed it will be the second in a trilogy of games for the modern compilation of FF7 games

The remake is a visually stunning and narratively engaging modernization of the classic game. It does a great job of refreshing the original game with modern gameplay and visuals while keeping the original charm and feel. 

cloud looking at the first reactor
cloud looking at reactor in original game

The tighter focus on Midgar helps you dive deeper into the story. Characters that were once mere names are now fully fleshed out. The setting, particularly Midgar, feels dynamic and believable, providing a nuanced exploration of class divisions. 

Some sidequests may not appeal to everyone, but the combat system is a successful blend of action and strategy that builds on the original system established in the 1997 Original. The remake breathes new life into a familiar tale, leaving players eager to continue the journey.

sephiroth with fire background in the remake
sephiroth fire background original

Final Fantasy VII (1997)

The original that started it all was a groundbreaking game that flawlessly combined technology, playability, and narrative in 1997. But in 2023, the game can feel dated, especially if you started gaming in the 2010’s. But if you’re really into the overall story and don’t mind the older visuals, then It is the full experience. If you want to be able to compare the stories in the remakes vs. the original, then I’d recommend playing the ’97 OG.

cloud and barret against the scorpion in '97 ff7

If you’re willing to commit the 40 to 50 hours it’ll take to burn through the campaign, you’ll experience a great story, fun turn-based combat, and deep RPG elements you can get creative with.

cloud on the gold saucer

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion (2022)

Reunion, originally a game made for the PSP in 2007, is a great way to explore Zack Fair’s story. It’s more important now than ever, as it looks like he will be a lot more involved in the remakes than the original. 

Zack fighting a dragon

The game’s structure is brief gameplay sections with cutscenes dominating most of your playtime. The Digital Mind Wave combat system and menus have been updated to resemble the 2020 remake, and it looks and feels great. But it does have some randomness that may only sit well with some players. Overall, it’s fun, smooth, and can throw you for a loop.

Despite some drawbacks, Crisis Core offers a beautiful remake that gives people a chance to know Zack better before Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

cloud fighting shinra guards

Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (2006)

I would only recommend playing it if you LOVE the series, mainly because it will be tough to find and play in 2023, and the gameplay and story were only okay when it was released on the PS2 and hasn’t had a re-release since. Not to mention that the story mainly deals with characters that aren’t even in the 2020 Remake, excluding some minor Yuffie stuff if you played the DLC.

Yuffie in dirge of cerberus

This game is kind of the black sheep of the FF7 PlayStation games, it deviates from RPG roots to adopt a generic third-person shooter design. 

The game follows Vincent Valentine as an immortal gunslinger tasked with saving the world from the nefarious Deepground soldiers. The game’s mission-based format involves linear levels, where you’ll mostly run and shoot through repetitive environments.  

vincent valentine

The story has moments, but frequent and lengthy cutscenes disrupt the pacing. But if you find and can play this game, you’re looking to learn more about some of the side characters that will appear in the next entry in the series.

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Matt Fulton

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Matt has owned and loved every PlayStation platform Sony has made, including the Vita. He has over 20 years of sweaty and intense gaming experience and prefers story-driven games over multiplayer games. But he’s not afraid to jump in the online multiplayer ring and throw down.

He tries to take a positive outlook on gaming but isn’t afraid to call out a title if it isn’t worth your time or money. There are many great games out there right now, and Matt wants to show people their options in the current market.