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I first bought Dirge of Cerberus not long after it came out, but decided to sell it because I just didn't get it. I only bought it to begin with because it had the Final Fantasy tag, but I didn't have a clue who anyone was because, stupidly I bought it without playing FFVII. True, you don't have to play FFVII first, but it still went to the local game shop.
Then I played FFVII and decided to give Dirge of Cerberus another try. I didn't really remember anything from the first playthrough, as it was several years ago, so it was like a new game to me. You play as Vincent, an optional ally in FFVII, so unless you found him and obtained him in FFVII, chances are you'll still be pretty stumped as to who he is.
The game is very different to actual Final Fantasy games, it's a third person shooter as opposed to a turn-based RPG. It's not the sort of game that I usually go for, so I struggled at first, because I'm not too good at the whole shooting thing. However, if shooters are your style, you may enjoy this, whether you've played FFVII or not. The game, for me, was not so bad. I quite enjoyed finding out a bit more about Vincent Valentine. I got stuck very early in the game, and found it very difficult to get back on course in places.
Overall, it's a good game if 1) you enjoy FFVII AND 2) you enjoy shooters. They're both pretty compulsory for you to enjoy this game. If one or the other of these are not true of you, I'd steer clear. If they're both your kinda thing, I'd say go ahead, you'll enjoy it!
A LOT of people, myself included, were very hyped up about the release of a new game involving the Final Fantasy universe, particularly as it sees the player in the shoes of Vincent, one of the most beloved characters of what is the best RPG ever made in my opinion, Final Fantasy VII. Be aware, though, that this is no RPG - it's a third person shooter with Vincent displaying his very best superhuman skill in taking down the baddies.
One area I will praise the game, despite its myriad flaws, is the level design - fans will rejoice at seeing some of their favourite areas from the previous game, such as Midgar, and also several characters make appearances, such as Yuffie and Cait Sith. Visually, though, it's not really anything outstanding, especially considering it was one of the last games in the PS2's days. From an artistic perspective, though, it at least stays true to the tone of the series. The music is also pretty decent although it doesn't always evoke that Final Fantasy feel.
The main problem with the game is the gameplay - it's almost TOO accessible, in that it's not much more than a by-the-numbers shooter that happens to be themed around a very popular videogame series. There's little more to it than just targetting an enemy, diving around and shooting them. To its defense, you can at least customise weapons to perform special killshots and other nice treats, but it is quite a linear game design-wise, and there aren't lots of different ways to get from A-to-B. Also, the AI is hilariously bad - they are utterly dreadful.
I admire the game as an artistic reworking of one of my favourite games, but I can't let Square Enix get away with what's still a pretty lazy production nonetheless.
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII is an action game for the Playstation 2.
This game stars Vincent Valentine who was a side character available in Final Fantasy VII. The game does briefly flash back to the end of Final Fantasy VII so you get a glimpse of some of the more iconic characters like Cloud but soon you will enter Vincent's story. The story follows a group of mercenaries called the Deepground who want to revive the Omega weapon but they need Vincents help to do so, you must fight them off and discover why on earth they want you! The story is actually a strong point of this game and is told through quite substantial cutscenes which Final Fantasy is famous for.
Gameplay is nothing like the turn based Role playing game it is named from. This game is a shooter and your primary weapon is Vincents pistol, which is named Cerberus. The game play is pretty good it is smooth and satisfying to destroy enemies. There are a few weapons you can use in addition to Cerberus like a machine gun and a rifle.
The game carries over a few Final Fantasy tricks such as your life bar is displayed in HP and you have MP points too, your character will level up as you play and then you will be able to get additional skills and stat boosts. Shops are available too where you can spend your Gil on items like potions and ether. You can also perform the super moves of the Final Fantasy games which are called Limit Breaks though you need to find a Limit Breaker item before you can activate it.
Graphics are somewhat good with the high points being Vincents character model and the handful of CG scenes that wouldn't look out of place in a Final Fantasy title at worst some of the locations you visit can be a little bland.
Dirge of Cerberus is an interesting direction for the Final Fantasy series and it is actually rather a good game.
Im a huge final fantasy fan ive played alot of thegames so i decided to give dirge of cebreus a go for the ps2.
The story is about Vincent mainly (one of the original ff7 crew) and it tells a story about his quest to stop a group of geneticly altered people that have begun killing ,the journey helps him discover more information about his own past and his loves Lucrecia.
I personally didnt enjoy this game as much as the others,it had fantastic cut scenesin it but i felt it was very targeted towards boyes and violence,the usual colourful fun final fantasy wasnt there and it was very dark al the time.The game play was very diferent too,i was only able to shoot with a gun and use 1 weapon but you could upgrade it with different items which was more enjoyable.The original final fantasy 7 crew appear much to briefly though.If you are a avid fan play it it has good bits of the story you will want to know but if your not a fan i would skip it and move onto 12 or crisis core
the seventh installment in the final fantasy series has to be the best of all time. cloud and friends enjoy more fanatical gamers than any other game in the series and for good reason.
having said that it would come as no surprise that i jumped to buy this game the moment i first saw it on the shelf.
unfortunately for me (and the reputation of final fantasy 7) this spin off game was truly dissappointing. it is clearly a rushed product designed to play off the fame and good name of final fantasy 7.
it was a great oppurtunity to give incredible insight into the most enigmatic and argueably the most popular character in the series and yet they blew it.
game play is mediocre. not really bad, just not good. something you'd expect from a game bought off the bottom shelf.
you basically run around shooting a bunch of bad guys that are attacking the city in a very simplistic manner. aim, fire and run around. thats it
and to accompany that we have virtually no storyline whatsoever. the only attempt to hold an audience was to keep introducing a couple other characters from the game in the hopes that hardcore fans would find this entertaining. to anyone else however its real rubbish
This new addition to the Final Fantasy series is an absolutely awesome one. With Vincent Valentine coming back in this high-powered, fast paced shooting/melee game. With lots of different guns and loads of upgrades, this game had me going for hours and hours with loads of extras, for example the fun searc for all the cinematics, which i thought was really good as you had to search for it not just get it. With also great cinematics and a thrilling storyline it is a really good game. However it doesn't have that much of a playback value after you've finished it though...
Final Fantasy VII : Dirge of Cerberus is yet another installment of the popular original, Final Fantasy VII.
You star as the mysterious yet adrenaline fuelled Vincent Valentine who is out on a quest to relinquish the ongoing strife which threatens the planet. Set three years after the events of the original Final Fantasy, a group of malicious soldiers make it their sole quest to end the peace and calm that the people on the world enjoy. This mysterious group were the soldiers who were trapped under the ruins of Midgar three years ago and are aptly named, the deepground soldiers. Vincent Valentine pursues the "kingpins" of these groups and once again becomes a key player in saving the world again.
Graphics - Absolutely amazing, just like Final Fantasy VII : Advent Children (9)
Soundtrack: Quite disappointing, with the absence of Nobuo Uematsu, this soundtrack lacked the necessary charm of a Final Fantasy, good nonetheless (7)
Gameplay: This game is ridiculously easy. The RPG element added to the third person shooter is a good idea but if it was implemented into a well thought out game, the outcome would have been great. There were also too many cutscenes for my liking. I felt bad skipping them all but i found the lack of gameplay slightly frustrating. (6)
Story: This is one of the criteria where you cant really go wrong, story is interesting but very dark and uninteresting at parts (8)
Overall: I will give this a 7, its worth a rental, give it a shot if you are into repeptitive RPGs and First/Third person shoot-em ups
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII was one of several new PS2 games I received for Christmas. I have been a fan of the FF, (Final Fantasy), games for a few years and have played several of the titles that have been released. I was really excited about playing the game and seeing as Ive finished it I thought Id write a review. I will warn you though, game reviews are not my strong point; Ill try not to make it to game guide like!
++++What is Final Fantasy?++++
Final Fantasy is a range of Japanese RPGs, (role-playing games), made by Square Enix, (formally known as Square Co). They dont all follow on from each other, instead they feature different stories, worlds and characters with the exception of FF X and FF X2 and FF VII and the new game Dirge of Cerberus. FF VII had a sequel in the form of the film, Final Fantasy: Advent Children and DoS is a sequel to the film. If you would like more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_fantasy.
Final Fantasy VII was released in 1997 and was the first FF game for the Playstation and also the first to be released for Windows based PCs.
++++Do I need to Play FF VII first?++++
I dont think you really need to have played any of the other FF games to enjoy playing DoS. The story is explained well enough within the game for you to understand it as a stand alone game. If you have played VII or watched Advent Children, (or both), you will get a lot more from the game though. I really enjoyed seeing familiar characters such as Tifa Lockheart, Barrett, Yuffie, Cloud and especially Cait Sith looking so gorgeous with todays graphics.
I will say that you should definitely complete the tutorial before playing the game ESPECIALLY if you ARE familiar with the other FF games as it so unbelievably different. It isnt a particularly long tutorial but it will familiarize you with the controls, weapons and items used in the game.
I found DoS really playable, I started playing it on Boxing day, (I didnt think it polite on Christmas day), and I finish it on my birthday, a fortnight later. For me that is an astonishingly fast time, it normally takes me months to play a game if I ever finish it at all. I spent about 4 or 5 hours a day playing it intrigued by the story and reveling in the beauty of the game.
DoS uses a first person shoot-em-up type system, (really weird for an FF game), and I have never enjoyed this type of game before. You play the character of Vincent Valentine and run a round fighting soldiers and a couple of monsters along the way. You can either use a gun, (you get a few different guns and various accessories to choose from), or melee, (hand to hand), attacks to take down your foes depending on the situation. I normally have a problem using ranged weapons in games but this has a real idiot proof aiming system so even I managed it!
The game does follow a pattern of running around taking people out, then a boss fight, then more running, another boss fight etc. I know some people will find this boring but I really liked it.
As with most RPGs you get experience points which level you up so you skills etc get better. In DoS these are awarding either when you die and reload or at the end of a chapter, normally after a boss fight. You dont get to choose how to spend these point but you do get to choose either the points or to exchange it for gil, (the currency in FF games).
The graphics throughout the game are just breath-taking. I couldnt believe how good the characters looked. FF games have always been known for being amazing looking and DoS doesnt disappoint.
There are loads of cut scenes in DoS, (as with most FF games), these can be a bit boring as they are really long but they are really beautiful. You can skip the cut scenes which is great if you die or if you are playing the game for the second time.
I really loved DoS. It really stands up against other RPG games and against other FF games. As I mentioned before the graphics are amazing and the story is really captivating. I suppose its kind of like a film that you can interact with. The only complaints I have is that you cant carry many items such as bullets and healing potions, (they are REALLY limited), and that the cut scenes are just a little bit too long.
All in all though I think this is one of the best games I have ever played and I will playing it again but this time in hard difficulty mode!
http://www.square-enix.com/eu/en/index_f2.html This is the official site of Square Enix. Its quite pretty and includes all the FF games as well as other Square Enix titles.
www.gamespot.com/ps2/action/dirgeofcerberusfinalfantasyvii/index.html This has loads of information including reviews, hints and cheats, video footage etc.
Vincent, one of the few characters in Final Fantasy to wield a shotgun, is back with a game of his own. To no one's surprise, it involves a lot of shooting. Final Fantasy 7 returns, albeit in a way we weren't expecting.