Though the lives of those living off the ground level on a colossal "plate" suspended by pillars is cushy, the pollution the reactors sucking the Planet's life force from the ground causes is evident in the slums under the plate whose dwellers hardly ever see the light of day.
Zack is a SOLDIER 2nd Class under Angeal's mentorship with a dream of becoming a hero.
Materia is part of the magic and ability system, like in Final Fantasy VII, but it's slightly different.
Summon Materia are no longer under the player's control, and instead, are added to the DMW. Materia does not divide like it did in Final Fantasy VII, though it does level up if two matching numbers corresponding to the slot are drawn in a modulating phase (the likelihood of a level up is based upon a hidden EXP counter that gains points as Zack defeats enemies; the higher the counter, the greater chance of leveling up); 1 - 4 as a SOLDIER 2nd Class, or 1 - 6 as a SOLDIER 1st Class.
Genesis Rhapsodos wishes to obtain Sephiroth's glory for himself, and has amassed a following for himself, as Shinra starts fan clubs to revere its SOLDIER members to improve the company's public image.
Angeal Hewley is often considered the heart of the SOLDIER, whose dedication to upholding SOLDIER honor has made him popular.
Some missions can only be unlocked by accomplishing certain story parts.
Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- is both an action and turn-based RPG, with a stream of fast turns creating the illusion of real-time combat.
Like the Square and Disney hybrid series Kingdom Hearts, the player chooses actions from a menu, featuring attack, magic, special attack, and item choices.
During a training simulation in the SOLDIER training room in Shinra HQ, Zack loses against a simulated Sephiroth, forcing Angeal to abort the session.
Soonafter, Angeal leaves the SOLDIER training room and tells Zack, "Embrace your dreams, to be a hero, you need to have dreams, and honor." After Angeal and Zack leave the training room, they later head to the SOLDIER director Lazard's office, and they learn Angeal's childhood friend, Genesis, has betrayed Shinra and deserted with a number of other SOLDIER members.