Dirge of Cerberus is a thirdperson shooter starring the sullen, enigmatic Vincent Valentine from Squares Final Fantasy VII roleplaying game, which de ... buted on the original PlayStation in 1997. Taking place three years after the PlayStation hit, Dirge of Cerberus focuses on Valentines vendetta against an underground assault team known as the Deep Ground Soldiers, who have been terrorizing the recovering city of Midgar from its darkest depths. The title refers to Valentines weapon, a handgun with carvings of the mythological creature Cerberus on its three barrels one for each of the hell beasts heads. Players will use this firearm and more to shoot down armies of robotic troops while trying to rescue Midgars imprisoned citizens along the way. Each defeated enemy offers a varying amount of experience points, allowing Valentine to increase in level and become more powerful as the game progresses.
Valentine can perform a number of acrobatic moves, from rolls and crouches to jumps and melee attacks, while battling his enemies. Targeting foes is simplified with an automated lockon feature, but players are free to execute more precise shots by holding down the shoulder button to access a targeting reticule. Staying true to the Final Fantasy VII legacy, players can acquire potions to restore lost health, new weapons to battle enemies, and materia to perform magicbased attacks, one of which allows Valentine to transform into a powerful beast. The game also includes cameos from a number of Final Fantasy VII characters, including Yuffie, Cait Sith, and the indomitable Cid Highwind, and features a cinematic story line that delves deeper into Vincent Valentines murky past. After completing the solo campaign, players can continue the action online in team deathmatch, survival, and cooperative modes. Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide.