The emo vampire is back!
Square-Enix finally gave to the clamor of fans and released Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus for the PS2, a sequel to one of the well-loved RPGs for the PSOne.
Dirge is a follow up to tell the story of the red-caped, gun-toting vampire hero Vincent Valentine, a memorable secret character from Final Fantasy VII (FF7) with a dark and haunted past. Here’s a snippet of a review from Gamespot by Greg Mueller:
Three years after Cloud, Vincent, and friends saved the world from total annihilation, people have started to put the pieces of their lives back together. But there’s more trouble in store: A group of elite soldiers known as Deepground have plans to revive the Omega weapon and destroy the world. However, they need Vincent in order to do so. It’s your job as Vincent to save the world once again while uncovering the secrets of your past to discover why you play such an important role in Deepground’s scheme.
I’ve always been a fangirl of the FF series and Vincent is definitely one of my more favorite character. Silent and deadly, yet he hides a compassionate soul beneath his dark veneer. After scouring online game sites, Dirge is unfortunately pegged as just one those generic shooter game–just point then shoot. It would be somewhat disappointing for the fans who had immensely enjoyed the complexity of Final Fantasy VII. It had also been mentioned that Vincent could only transform into Galian Beast–which is just one of the alter-egos of Vincent. Hmm, that doesn’t sound much to look forward to.
Not all may agree, but one of the things that I’m not really pleased about is the reappearance of Yuffie Kisaragi, the Materia-stealing ninja girl from Wutai and is also one of the secret characters in FF7. Vincent and Yuffie had always been paired in most fan fictions for FF7, but I’ve always favored the Vincent Valentine and Tifa Lockheart pairing. But I digress, The gang–yes, that would include the famous Cloud Strife, Tifa Lockheart, Cid Highwind and Barret–would also be making cameo-appearances in the beautifully rendered cutscenes a la Advent Children. Cait Sith, Reeve–yes, to your surprise–and Yuffie would be some of the characters who would be pretty much helping you out of (or getting you in) trouble.
Gameplay-wise, a lot of reviewers said that Dirge doesn’t hold an inch against the famous Devil May Cry series in the shooting genre. But if the fans out there would like to explore more on Vincent’s story, then you might want to give this game a shot. Lord knows I do.
Recommended Vincent x Tifa pairing fan fictions on the next post! Ja!