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Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-
ダージュ オブ ケルベロス -ファイナルファンタジーVII-
Dāju obu Keruberosu -Fainaru Fantajī Sebun-
Developers Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Publishers Flag of Japan Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Flag of the United States/Flag of Canada Square Enix, Inc.
European flag Square Enix, Ltd.
Release dates Flag of Japan January 26, 2006
Flag of Japan September 4, 2008
Flag of the United States/Flag of Canada August 20, 2006
European flag November 11, 2006
Genre Third-person shooter
Game modes Single player,
Multiplayer (Japanese version only)
Ratings CERO:Mark a12+
ESRB:Ratingsymbol tTeen
Platforms PlayStation 2

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- is part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and is set three years after Final Fantasy VII and one year after Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. It is a third-person shooter, the only game of that type in the entire Final Fantasy series. The game reveals more about Vincent Valentine's past and tells the story of his battle against a group of SOLDIERs known as "Deepground".

The game has been given a mobile phone "midquel" called Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode -Final Fantasy VII-.


Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- is a third-person shooter RPG. The game consists of ten chapters with stages in each of them. Players will primarily play as Vincent, though on one occasion, players will also play as Cait Sith.

As Vincent, players will shoot enemies by raising their weapon with Playstation-Button-L1 or Playstation-Button-R1, and subsequently shoot again with Playstation-Button-R1 after setting an enemy in their sights with the right analog stick. A combo of melee attacks can be performed to conserve ammunition, and even deflect incoming bullets and rockets. Vincent can loose an elementally-aligned magic bullet with Playstation-Button-L1 by equipping a Materia to the weapon. Vincent can perform jumps and rush maneuver to quickly avoid attacks, although in the Japanese version, the rush was a simple roll. As Cait Sith, players must hide behind objects to prevent detection from Deepground soldiers while progressing through the level.

Dirge of Cerberus Gameplay

Gameplay in Dirge of Cerberus.

Defeating opponents earns players Experience, which can be used to level up Vincent for increased attributes, or exchanged for gil at a x10 exchange rate after completing a chapter or restarting upon defeat. Vincent's weapons can be customized with items bought or found. Players can use the Limit Breaker item to transform Vincent into his iconic Galian Beast, benefiting from increased attack and defense power, and being able to shoot homing fireballs. In the Japanese version, the player was able to freely transform back and forth from the Galian Beast by pressing Playstation-Button-L1+Playstation-Button-R1, gradually consuming MP as the player remained in Limit Break form. Vincent can purchase items like Potions and Ethers from shops in between chapters, or on the field from jukeboxes.

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- supports the use of a USB mouse and keyboard for PC-like control, and a user-friendly sight support system, ranging from the normal "Manual" sight control for seasoned shooters, a "Semi-automatic" sight control allowing players to align an over-sized sight at enemies to lock a smaller sight onto them, and an "Automatic" sight control which locks onto the nearest enemy as soon as the gun is raised, perfect for players lacking the dexterity to accurately aim.

The Japanese version featured an online multiplayer mode where a player could create a custom Deepground soldier and go head-to-head with other players, or work alongside them to complete missions that take them all over the world of Final Fantasy VII. The multiplayer included its own story, divulging more secrets about Deepground and the Tsviets prior to the Vincent's battle with them. While releases outside of Japan did not see the multiplayer, they did come packed with the Extra Features mode, which featured an Extra Missions option to tackle, many of which were missions from the multiplayer.


Main article: List of Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- Characters

The cast of Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-.

Returning charactersEdit

While most of the main cast from Final Fantasy VII return, the majority of them make cameos only. Yuffie, Reeve, Cid, and Cait Sith are the only characters that players can talk to.

New charactersEdit

Multiplayer mode charactersEdit


Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)
Reeve-Vincent DoC

Reeve and Vincent.

Three years after the events of Final Fantasy VII, an unknown group of powerful SOLDIERs appear, the Deepground SOLDIERs; an elite battalion of SOLDIER's finest, who were trapped under the ruins of Midgar for three years. Their intention is to call forth the final Weapon, Omega and to do that, Deepground needs a mass of "clean" sacrifices, and Vincent to lead the way to Omega.

After Deepground invades the town of Kalm, Vincent Valentine finds himself pursued by their elite members, the Tsviets. Reeve Tuesti, former Head of Urban Development at Shinra Electric Power Company (as well as the remote pilot of Cait Sith), is now the leader of the World Regenesis Organization (WRO), which is responsible for the Planet's reconstruction, as well as protecting it from those who wish the world further harm. Yuffie Kisaragi is a member of the organization, and several other characters from the original game provide the WRO with outside assistance.


Vincent transforms into Chaos.

Vincent meets Shalua Rui, a doctor with the WRO, while investigating the disappearance of WRO troops in the city of Edge, and during a confrontation with Rosso the Crimson, one of the Tsviets, he momentarily transforms into Chaos, attacking Rosso and forcing her to flee.

Vincent collapses and is taken to the WRO headquarters where he again meets Shalua. After learning that Lucrecia, a former Shinra scientist whom Vincent was once working for as a bodyguard, was involved in the Chaos project, the headquarters come under attack by Deepground troops, led by two of the Tsviets, Azul the Cerulean and Shelke the Transparent. Vincent stops the duo and Reeve holds them captive. After the incident at the WRO headquarters, Vincent leaves to the Shinra Manor in Nibelheim, to search for Deepground. Reeve advises him to go through the sewers, as the path above is crawling with Deepground soldiers.

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Reaching the mansion through the sewers, Vincent is surprised to find a hologram of Lucrecia waiting for him, apologizing to him. She speaks of her scattered data on Omega, which she had left in the mansion. After Vincent finds the remaining data, he runs into Rosso again. Preparing to battle her, Rosso instead flees and sends a spider-like mecha, The Black Widow, after him, which Vincent destroys in the Mansion Foyer. Rosso ambushes Vincent as he is about to leave, and plunges her hand into his chest, retrieving the Protomateria, which is revealed to be what allows Vincent to control Chaos. Without it, it is possible for Chaos to overwhelm him. Rosso makes to kill Vincent, but a figure appears and tosses a shuriken at her.

A flash bomb erupts, blinding Rosso, and as the light dissipates, the mysterious person rescues Vincent out of the mansion. The person is later revealed to be Yuffie. As Vincent is passed out, a he experiences a flashback where he is discussing with Professor Hojo about Lucrecia taking part in a project consisting of using Lucrecia's unborn child as an experiment for a Jenova Project.


Promotional artwork for Dirge of Cerberus.

He awakens to find himself in a van with Yuffie, who explains how she found him "corpse-like" in the Shinra Manor and saved him from Rosso. Reeve contacts the two and says he has received Vincent's data, which he collected earlier in Shinra Manor, and requests for them to hurry to the headquarters.

At the headquarters, Shelke awakes inside a tube of water to see Shalua slouched over her computer terminal, asleep. Shalua rises to see Shelke conscious and the two discuss how Shalua will not allow Shelke to kill her to return to Deepground. Azul awakens and Deepground strikes back after their first failed attempt.

Vincent makes his way to WRO headquarters to see the building in chaos. Azul approaches Vincent in his beast form and almost kills Shelke had she not used a Materia to paralyze and block his oncoming attack. Azul is keen on killing Shelke since Weiss has ordered her termination, as she is no longer useful to the Tsviets since they have found what they have been looking for: the Protomateria.

Shalua, sensing the danger of the situation, opens a door for the three of them to escape. Shelke, reluctant to go, has Shalua toss her through the small opening left by placing her robotic arm between the closing doors. The pressure from the doors destroy Shalua's arm and Vincent tries to open the door, but it continues closing. Shalua exchanges final words to Shelke and once the doors fully close, a loud thud is heard and beige-colored liquid seeps under the closed doors.

Shalua is in a regeneration tube while Yuffie is explaining to Vincent and Shelke that she has suffered too much trauma to her head and would most likely never awaken. Vincent and Shelke share a meaningful conversation on how people risk their lives for the ones they care about. Reeve comes into the room and explains the Omega Report Vincent gave him is incomplete. Shelke offers to use her Synaptic Net Dive ability to aid Reeve in making sense of the report.

Deepground Army

Deepground forces arrive in Midgar.

The remaining Tsviets, excluding Weiss, along with Deepground soldiers, stand on the outskirts of Midgar ready for the attack from WRO troops. The members from AVALANCHE join in on the battle, assisting WRO. Meanwhile, Shelke is assisting in her own way by helping command WRO members when to drop, informing Cid of conditions of the airships, and so on. Vincent is riding on a hover board-like device and successfully lands in Midgar, looking up at Shinra Tower. He makes it to the top of the tower and meets Rosso the Crimson. The two engage in battle where Vincent comes out as victor. Rosso, not wanting Vincent to have the pleasure in defeating her, slices off the platform she is standing on and falls to her death.

Vincent's cellphone rings and he picks it up to find Shelke on the other line. She gives him directions to infiltrate Deepground. As he is talking, he feels a pain in his chest and collapses, nearly transforming into Chaos. He asks why Chaos is acting up and Shelke explains the Protomateria was what kept him in control of it. Nero appears in the Shera's engine room and destroys one or two of the engines. As Shelke runs into the room and confronts Nero he leaves in a dark portal.

As Vincent continues to delve deeper to the heart of Deepground, he receives a call from Tifa who sends Vincent a map of the Shinra Building. Vincent reaches an elevator with Azul standing on it. They engage in yet another fight; Vincent comes out triumphant but as Chaos. Chaos sends Azul off the elevator and laughs maniacally as Azul tumbles to his death. Vincent experiences a flashback of being within a regenerative tube with Lucrecia and Hojo in the lab. Hojo suggests she is using Vincent as an experiment for Omega and Chaos but she denies it.

Another flashback shows Lucrecia and Grimoire Valentine, Vincent's father, in a laboratory, and a ball of black energy inside a regenerative tube expands, filling the tube and cracks it. Grimoire shoves Lucrecia out of the way as the dark energy hits him, fatally wounding him. With his last words Grimoire asks her to apologize to his son for him. Shelke is seeing all of this, and comments that he is returning to the Planet. She remembers the time her mother had passed away and is comforted by Shalua. Whether dreaming or hallucinating, she sees Shalua and is asked by her if it was okay for her to return to the Planet. Shelke says not yet and that the two still needed to catch up. She wakes up with tears rolling down her cheeks.

Vincent continues through Deepground's complex and meets with Nero. He asks Nero what he has done with Shelke, and he respond she is inside him, trapped in darkness. He engulfs Vincent in the darkness but Vincent is unaffected. Shelke is within a cracked shield-bubble, and Vincent rescues her. Nero begins forming a cloud of darkness, but Yuffie appears in her "mysterious ninja" garb and gives a long speech about herself as a hero, ending with her falling off the building, ruining the tense moment. Nero leaves saying his brother calls him.

Shelke is put inside a regenerative tube and Yuffie runs off to shut down the reactor. Vincent has yet another flashback about when he finds out Lucrecia knew his father. She starts crying saying she did not mean for him to die. Vincent is left in the shadows while she runs off and confesses her love for Hojo.

Vincent meets up with Yuffie, who had successfully shut down the reactor. They continue onward where they meet Weiss, the Deepground leader, who is unconscious, and Nero. Yuffie thinks Weiss is dead, but Nero explains Weiss would not be dead for long, and would be receiving a new life soon. The ground shakes and Vincent and Yuffie pull out their weapons. Nero, protective of his sibling, consumes them in darkness. Yuffie is almost consumed by darkness, but is saved by Vincent.

Nero returns and explains his powers with the darkness. Vincent is transported a different dimension-world where he battles a spider mecha, controlled by Nero. After defeating the spider, Vincent faces Nero. Vincent comes out victorious, but Nero staggers away in the real world through an open doorway.

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Weiss the Immaculate.

Weiss awakens and Nero goes to his brother, but Weiss plunges his hand into his stomach, saying he does not need him anymore. It turns out Weiss is his long-time enemy, Hojo. Weiss/Hojo gives speech how he used Vincent as an experiment to hold in Chaos, how he founded Deepground, and how his experiment with Vincent could work the same with Omega. Vincent battles Weiss, but Weiss is victorious. Vincent almost transforms into Chaos, but holographic Lucrecia stops him, saying he needs to control it and Vincent maintains Chaos's power while in his human form.

Vincent stops the Hojo inside Weiss using Chaos. A dark Nero appears saying they should merge so that they may never be torn apart. Hojo tries to stop Weiss from leaving, saying it is his body, but Weiss leaves with Nero. Yuffie runs in saying they have finally but before leaving, the reactor turns on from inside. Vincent pushes Yuffie away to be hit by the power. The entire Shinra Building transforms into a colossal machine, Omega and Vincent is turned into Chaos.

Shelke, who had awoken and escaped from the tube, performs Synaptic Net Dive, retrieves the Protomateria (from a figure who appears to be Lucrecia), and gives it back to Vincent. Vincent has yet another flashback of when Lucrecia tries to save him from decaying. She has flashbacks of her own about how Hojo found Vincent and thought she was experimenting with him, and how she found Vincent collapsed on the floor after being shot by Hojo. She stopped the decaying of the tissue but he transformed into Chaos. She found Protomateria on the floor and tried without success to stop the Chaos inside Vincent. After giving birth to her child, she tried to force Hojo to let her see her baby. She is last seen apologizing to Vincent.

Vincent retrieves Shelke and places her on solid ground. He summons a large gun and flies off to stop Omega. Cloud, Tifa and Barret shut down the reactors that give Omega power, and look to Vincent to do the rest of the work. Vincent dives inside of Omega and destroys its power sources from the inside. Vincent dives into Omega from outside and faces Weiss one more time. Vincent wins again.



To stop Omega from leaving the Planet with the Lifestream, Vincent dives into Omega and forces it back, but disintegrates and his location at this point is unknown. Back at 7th Heaven, Shelke lives with Tifa and sends a text message to Vincent. Vincent emerges, alive, in the Lucrecia's Cave. He says to the crystallized Lucrecia Chaos and Omega have returned to the Planet and thanks her. While he exits the cave, a tear rolls down Lucrecia's cheek. Vincent meets with Shelke out in the field, who says everyone is waiting for him. There is a figure near the moon that appears to be Omega, frozen in the sky.

Multiplayer ModeEdit

The Multiplayer Mode storyline takes place at an unknown time before the start of the game. During this time in Deepground, the organization is not lead by the Tsviets, but the cruel Restrictors, who torture their test subjects to create the perfect killing machine. None of the other Deepground soldiers can fight against him, for they have a chip in their brain which restricts their actions.

The storyline follows the training of a Player Tsviet (gender chosen by the player). During the soldier's training s/he meets up and fights with the other Tsviets while being led along by a mysterious SOLDIER named Usher. Though the player character's memory has been erased, s/he remembers a younger sister who was kidnapped along with them into Deepground. As the player advances, they reach the rank of Tsviet, but are never given a color.

During a training exercise, the player joins with the Tsviets in a revolt against the Restrictor. Despite their combined power, the Restrictor is still a formidable foe, and defeats several of them at once. The player character has yet to have a chip implanted, so with his/her help the Tsviets prove victorious and they kill the Restrictor. In the end, however, the player learns that s/he has been misled.

All memories they had of their sister had been implanted by Shelke using Synaptic Net Dive. Even Usher was just a computer simulation. The hope was that the player would take the Restrictor's place so Shinra would not notice the revolt, but the player character's mind has already collapsed. The Multiplayer Mode ends with his or her apparent death.

Voice CastEdit

Character Japanese English
Vincent Valentine Shougo Suzuki Steve Blum
Shelke the Transparent Fumiko Orikasa Kari Wahlgren
Shalua Rui Yuu Asakawa Kim Mai Guest
Reeve Tuesti Banjou Ginga Jamieson Price
Cait Sith Hideo Ishikawa Greg Ellis
Weiss the Immaculate Jouji Nakata Dave Boat
Nero the Sable Ryotaro Okiayu Mike Rock
Azul the Cerulean Tessho Genda Brad Abrell
Rosso the Crimson Atsuko Tanaka Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Yuffie Kisaragi Yumi Kakazu Mae Whitman
Cid Highwind Kazuyuki Yama Chris Edgerly
Cloud Strife Takahiro Sakurai Steve Burton
Tifa Lockhart Ayumi Ito Rachael Leigh Cook
Barret Wallace Masahiro Kobayashi Beau Billingslea
Grimoire Valentine Jouji Nakata Bob Joles
Lucrecia Crescent Rio Natsuki April Stewart
Professor Hojo Nachi Nozawa Paul Eiding
Genesis Rhapsodos Gackt Robin Atkin Downes


Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- Original Soundtrack was released in Japan on January 15, 2005. The soundtrack was composed by Masashi Hamauzu. Two theme songs on the soundtrack, "LONGING" and "REDEMPTION", were done by Japanese rock singer Gackt Camui. Gackt makes a "cameo" as Genesis in the game's secret ending.


Dirge of Cerberus cast

Dirge of Cerberus cast.

An idea to make a Final Fantasy first-person shooter game was originally conceived by Producer Yoshinori Kitase. Before the game was decided to be placed in the Final Fantasy VII universe, several other candidates were considered for the main protagonist, like Irvine Kinneas from Final Fantasy VIII and Yuna from Final Fantasy X-2. Barret Wallace was also considered, but Kitase chose Vincent because the character "made a presence" in his mind.

The POV of the game was decided to be placed behind Vincent for a full-character view so that newcomers to the shooter genre would have an easier time adjusting to the gameplay. For the same reason an "Easy" mode was included.

North American and European ChangesEdit

Due to a negative reception in Japan and the developers' dissatisfaction with the original version, the game's system was given an overhaul in-between international release. The goal was to make the game more single-player oriented.

Changes include:

  • The aiming perspective has been shifted from an over-the-shoulder view to one behind Vincent for easier navigation of the surroundings.
  • Weapons can be customized to be lighter, so draw-times are quicker.
  • Vincent runs 1.2X faster.
  • He can perform a double-jump while mid-air. However, the environments are unchanged, so despite a higher jump, the player often cannot reach areas within range.
  • Attacks can be performed in the air.
  • Vincent's dodge roll was replaced by a dash move.
  • Limit Breaks do not take away from the Magic Bar; instead, they are started by an item called the "Limit Breaker".
  • "Easy Mode" is replaced by an "Extra Hard Mode" (also known as "Super Hard Mode"). In the Extra Hard Mode, players can unlock numerous things, such as 40 extra missions, character models, a music player, and an artwork gallery.
  • The Multiplayer Mode has been removed. Several missions from it have been placed into the game as extra missions, but all storyline elements are absent.

International VersionEdit

Dirge of Cerberus International Logo

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- International was released in Japan on September 4th, 2008. The version retains the new features incorporated into the North American and European releases, and includes the cutscenes that were originally only available in the Japanese online Multiplayer Mode. Audio is in English, with Japanese text and subtitles.

It was released straight away as a Greatest Hits title.

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