''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis: VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is an entry in the [[RunningGag orgasm-inducingly popular]] ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, and a prequel to the most well-known entry in the series, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. It is part of the ''Compilation of Final Fantasy VII''.

''Before Crisis'' follows the Turks, who in this game are a larger and more competent organization compared to the GoldfishPoopGang the players are likely to remember from ''Final Fantasy VII'', and are commanded by a different leader, Veld. The Turks battle the forces of AVALANCHE, the anti-Shinra resistance group led by the young swords-woman Elfé. Contrary to the group of the same name led by Barret years later, this incarnation of AVALANCHE is larger, more violent, more organized, and pose a larger threat to the company. Eventually the Turks find out the AVALANCHE scientist Fuhito is seeking the four support Materia needs to use the ultimate Summon Materia that calls the ultimate monster Zirconiade, "The World Burner," to do exactly that.

The game functions as an {{RPG}} but with a simpler system. Materia returned but with a slightly different function, and players could level up and equip armor. Completing certain episodes increased their Turk rank which gave access to stronger equipment and Materia.

''Before Crisis'' is currently [[NoExportForYou a Japan-only release,]] being released in episodic format on mobile phones. Square-Enix announced plans to release an English version of the game back in 2006, but this never materialized due to the West's comparatively inferior smartphone network at the time. Director Hajime Tabata has said he'd like to remake it for the 3DS, but so far that hasn't come to pass. Thus, ''Before Crisis'' remains the only ''Final Fantasy VII'' spin-off to not see an English localization, and thanks to its platform of release is one of the most obscure titles in the series.
! This game contains examples of:

* ActionGirl: All of the female Turks and Elfé.
* AllThereInTheManual: Since the player character Turks are interchangeable in-game, their character profiles are the only place to gives any details to their individual characteristics and back stories.
* AscendedExtra: "Shuriken (Female)" was given a prominent role in ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' under the alias Cissnei.
* BigBad: Elfé. [[spoiler:Fuhito later reveals she was his UnwittingPawn and becomes a DragonAscendant in the game's final chapters.]]
* BonusBoss: The destruction of Zirconiade awakens the seventh Weapon, Jade Weapon, who hunts the Turks on the principle they're too powerful to be allowed to live if they can destroy the ultimate summon.
* ContinuityNod: Certain missions portray the launching of Cid's rocket, the destruction of Corel, the infamous Nibelheim incident, and eventually pursue Zack and Cloud when they escape Hojo. The Turks also run across [[VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus Azul and Shalua Rui.]]
* CutsceneIncompetence: What often saves the player Turk from a CurbStompBattle from Elfé is her suddenly growing weak and ordering a withdraw at times. [[spoiler:Turns out to be {{Foreshadowing}} about the Zirconiade Materia draining her life.]]
* DismantledMacGuffin: Played with -- the Zirconiade Materia is fully intact, it just isn't strong enough to summon Zirconiade without the four support Materia.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Elfé is introduced fighting Sephiroth in Junon, and does a good job defending herself to the point Sephiroth admits he's impressed with her skills. Elfé retreats after questioning Sephiroth's reason for fighting and claiming she has hers.
* [[AFatherToHisMen A Mother To Her Men]]: Elfé fights in the heat of battle alongside her troops, and expresses disgust with herself for her bouts of sudden weakness and she's unable to fight with them. Late in the game when the player confronts her, Elfé declares directly she's going to take personal revenge for all the AVALANCHE troops you've killed.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Zirconiade, the monster that will destroy the world and that Fuhito is trying to summon. [[spoiler:Manifests partially and is the FinalBoss.]]
* GreyAndGrayMorality: As the player knows from ''Crisis Core'' especially, while their leaders are corrupt bastards, the rank and file Shinra forces are a varied group of mostly decent people, while AVALANCHE are {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who want to destroy Shinra through violent methods to save the planet. [[spoiler:Eventually the Turks turn away from Shinra and try to help Veld, who has gone alone to try and save Elfé from Zirconiade's life draining. Shears leaves AVALANCHE for the same reason and becomes their ally.]] HeelFaceTurn and FaceHeelTurn are certainly in effect, but it's hard to say for who and which way.
* HelloInsertNameHere: You can name your player character; they have no canon names, however, and are referred by their weapons and gender, such as "Rod (Male)," "Twin Guns (Male)" and "Shuriken (Female)".
* ImportantHaircut: There is a variant, Tseng wears his hair tied in a ponytail, and lets it down to hang loose at the end of the game when he becomes leader of the Turks, at that point comprised of just him, Reno and Rude, and declares the organization reborn.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Elfé's weapon of choice and, of course, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Katana (Male).]]
* KarmaHoudini: When President Shinra finds out [[spoiler:Rufus]] is supplying AVALANCHE with money and company info, his "punishment" is to be shipped off to Junon under "house arrest" so Shinra can save face rather than admit [[spoiler:the Vice-President was TheMole in the company.]]
* LukeIAmYourFather: Elfé's father is [[spoiler:Veld.]]
* MadScientist: Fuhito. All you need to know about him can be given in three words: he idolizes Hojo.
* TheMole: Someone in Shinra is leaking AVALANCHE top-secret company information, and someone is funding them a lot of money too. It turns out to be [[spoiler:Rufus, helping them to make his father look bad and take over Shinra.]]
* MythologyGag: Yet ''another'' Shinra employee ends up crashing through the roof of the Sector 5 church and wakes up on the flowerbed. For those keeping score, that's three (that we know of).
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Fuhito offers his own body to Zirconiade to help summon it, transforming in the process.]]
* PlotTumor: The original ''Final Fantasy VII'' contained a passing reference that the bomb plans used by Barret's AVALANCHE were constructed by another AVALANCHE that existed before Barret resurrected the name. Turns out there was a lot more to it than that.
* PowerDegeneration: Elfé has superhuman strength, speed, stamina and the like due to [[spoiler:the Zirconiade Materia embedded in her hand.]] It also happens to be slowing killing her.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Funny, ''VII'' made no mention of the Turks operating at Nibelheim during the Nibelheim Incident, or really, any of the characters or events of this game.
* SealedEvilInACan: Zirconiade.
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:Rufus is aiding AVALANCHE and later the Turks when they go rogue in an effort to discredit his father's management and seize the company.]]
* SuperCellReception: This game lets you use your own cellphone to make materia in the game via snapping pictures. The dominant color determines the element and grade of the materia. For example, a majority yellow picture produces Thunder materia.
* ThereIsAnother: This game finally canonically answers the question of just where the hell [[LastOfHisKind Red XIII's]] kids came from, as it features his mate at one point. She was turned into stone, but there's a time limit on it.
* {{Villain Protagonist}}s: The Turks are the good guys, AVALANCHE is the enemy. Justified, as this and other spin-offs have established the Turks as literal {{Punch Clock Villain}}s, while this original incarnation of AVALANCHE is more extreme than the second incarnation led by Barret, bordering KnightTemplar behavior at times.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Surprisingly, Elfé makes this offer to ''Aerith'' of all people, asking her to join AVALANCHE since as a Cetra Aerith ought to hate Shinra for hurting the planet. Of course, Aerith refuses; she doesn't like Shinra but she's no terrorist either.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Elfé and the rest of AVALANCHE (except for Fuhito).
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Fuhito's "Ravens" are genetically modified AVALANCHE troops based on SOLDIER and they're completely devoid of humanity for it.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Fuhito]] pulls this on ''everyone'' when appropriate, even [[spoiler:Rufus.]]