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''Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII'' is a sequel and spinoff of the [[RunningGag whiplash-inducingly popular]] ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', and was released for the Sony PlayStation2. Unlike other games in the series, ''Dirge'' is a ThirdPersonShooter with RPGElements, starring broody ally Vincent Valentine as he fights to come to terms with his past. Although nearly all of the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' characters make some appearance, focus is off the main characters and onto ones who didn't get much screentime in the original. It includes a RetCon of a scene late in the game which assumed that Vincent and [[{{Ninja}} Yuffie]], who were optional {{Secret Character}}s, were not in your party.

Generally considered the weakest of the ''Compilation Of VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', and has been criticized for camera, control and targeting issues and lack of difficulty. Its story has garnered mixed reviews.

''[=DOC=]'' takes place one year after ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' and infamously creates a tie-in with ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', released afterwards but canonically taking place before the original game. Said tie-in involves J-Pop star {{Gackt}} in a rare (for video games) live-action cameo.
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!!This game contains examples of:
* HundredPercentCompletion: Doing all the missions and shooting all the little tubes to unlock everything.
* AdaptationExpansion: Shinra Mansion sure got a lot bigger. While we're at it, just how many caverns are there under Midgar?
* AesopAmnesia: If you had Vincent in your party when fighting Hojo in the original game, he's shown to realize that Hojo was at fault for everything and that he doesn't need to "repent for his sins" any longer. Not only does he forget about that in this game, he angsts over it nonstop!
* AllDesertsHaveCacti: Or, in this case, ''Cactuars''.
* AllThereInTheManual: The online game reveals a lot more history about Deepground and the Tsviets, including the reason [[spoiler:Weiss]] died and later got [[spoiler:possessed by Hojo]]. Unfortunately this was [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]].
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Arguably the whole point of the game, but there's also a segment where you control Cait Sith.
* AnimeHair: Weiss, ''hands down.''
* AnimeThemeSong: Two, both by {{Music/Gackt}}. "Longing" plays during the very last part of the final level on your way to fight the final boss, and "Redemption" is basically the game's theme song.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: See DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist below.
* ApologizesALot: Lucrecia.
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: No matter what, you will never fight alongside any other main character. They will always just happen to be knocked out or somewhere else. The CG sequence that shows the WRO's assault on Midgar includes practically all the characters you'd want to fight alongside, along with Vincent. Of course, Vincent goes his own, separate route while the rest of the cast go elsewhere (Shelke even complains about it afterward, asking Vincent why he landed "several clicks off (his) target destination.").
* AscendedExtra: Vincent, Lucrecia and Chaos were respectively an optional party member, a minor character and a LimitBreak in the original game. In this game, Vincent is the protagonist, and Lucrecia and Chaos have major roles in the story.
* AuthorAppeal: The reason why {{Gackt}} is the most powerful being on the planet.
* AxCrazy: Rosso.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Rosso. When you beat her, she stumbles to the edge of the building you're fighting on, declares "No one will stand above me!", cuts her chunk of floor away from the rest of the building, and laughs all the way down.]]
** And yet, hilariously [[spoiler: if you take her words at face value, the very way she kills herself leaves Vincent standing above her. As in, he's standing above her as she plummets to her death.]]
* BadassArmy: Deepground and World Regenesis Organization, once they decided to go offensive.
* BadassCape: Vincent, of course. One could make a case for Rosso and Azul as well.
* BareYourMidriff: Shalua, Yuffie, Rosso, Lucrecia, Tifa...
* BigBrotherInstinct: Inverted: Nero, the younger brother, is obsessed with protecting Weiss.
** BigSisterInstinct: Shalua refers to Shelke as her reason to live.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: While she herself is not overtly malicious, the amount of horrible things that have happened in Vincent's life on account of Lucrecia is positively maddening. At least [[ApologizesALot she's apologetic]].
* BloodKnight: Azul.
* BloodLust: Rosso. [[BreakTheCutie After she snapped]], Rosso became obsessed with drawing blood from her foes, hence her title, "the Crimson".
* BoomHeadshot: Headshots do twice as much damage as any other shot.
** Not always. Very few enemies have no weak points. And certain non-human enemies have their weak point on another spot, such as a fuel tank or the stomach.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The Tsviets and Deepground, as a result of the SuperSoldier program. The heroes go through some mild angsting over whether Deepground can really be blamed for their actions.
* CharacterFilibuster: Weiss... er... [[spoiler:Hojo]] loves to do these. [[MeaninglessMeaningfulWords They make no sense whatsoever]], but he ''loves'' 'em.
* ChildSoldiers: Shelke was kidnapped and turned into a Tsviet at age 9.
** In the export, it's implied that many of the other Deepground soldiers were also children when they were first experimented on. Weiss, Nero and Rosso were all [[{{Tykebomb}} born in Deepground]].
* ColorfulThemeNaming: The Tsviets. Nero means black, Azul means blue, Rosso means red, Shelke means amber, Weiss means white, and Argento means silver. Most of them even wear the appropriate colors.
** BilingualBonus: "Tsviet" means "flower" or "color" in Russian.
*** But the accent is so bad that even native Russian speaker can miss it.
* {{Combos}}: Vincent can do kicks and punches in close quarters.
* ContinuityCameo: Rufus is seen being loaded into an ambulance during the evacuation of Midgar as Meteor is starting to fall. It's explained in the novellas as [[spoiler: having something to do with a trap door.]]
* ContinuitySnarl: Oh where to start... If the confusing as hell timeline wasn't bad enough, there's the fact that [[spoiler: apparently Hojo decided to fuse with Omega after seeing Vincent in Chaos form during his boss battle during the original game, leading to him injecting Jenova cells in himself to help the process. Only... he injected Jenova cells into him ''before'' his boss battle (and thus before he saw Chaos) so he can even fight Cloud and co. And apparently after doing Cloud and co left, he changed back to his original form, uploaded himself on the Internet, and then died in a lightning strike during the final battle with Sephiroth.]] And there's much more than that.
* CriticalHit: The aforementioned headshots, though it can happen other times too.
* CrystalPrison: Lucrecia is revealed to be in one, apparently of her own free will.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: And how! In fact, a large complaint with the game was how Vincent could pull off incredible acrobatics in cutscenes, but during gameplay could do no more than double jump, and even that was something that was added to the US/PAL version of the game.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: Shalua's ''tiny'' skirt fails to protect her modesty during her only fight scene.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: ''Everyone''.
* DarkIsNotEvil / LightIsNotGood: Contrast vampiric AntiHero Vincent with crazed mass-murderer Weiss ("white") the Immaculate.
* DeadToBeginWith: [[spoiler:Weiss]], [[GrandTheftMe in a manner of speaking]]. But "not for long", according to Nero. It turns out that he succumbed to a virus implanted in his body that would be activated if he killed his superiors, which he did.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Due to auto-saving, you have infinite continues and rarely have to redo more than a few minutes of exploration.
** Since you get to keep all of the experience you earned and convert it to levels or Gil after you die, essentially restarting before the problem point with more resources at your disposal, death can be downright '''[[ThanatosGambit beneficial.]]'''
* DefusingTheTykebomb: Shalua to Shelke, once Shelke's been captured by the WRO.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: As the LetsPlay was fond of pointing out, "Nero the Sable", "Azul the Cerulean", and "Rosso the Crimson" literally translate to "Black the Black", "Blue the Blue", and "Red the Red", respectively.
** Weiss the Immaculate [[GeniusBonus might count]], as immaculate deals with purity, a theme commonly represented by the color white in Western cultures. Only Argento and Shelke avoid this (Argento doesn't have a title as far as we know and amber is a translucent fossil resin, usually a deep yellowish-orange in color, not clear and transparent).
* DesignItYourselfEquipment: Sort of; you customize your weapon's base, barrel, and attachment.
* DifficultyByRegion: The US release removed the Easy setting, changed the Limit Breaks to items, reduced the number of max slots per item and the money that can be obtained by selling them, and tweaked the enemy AI. On the other hand, it did improve the camera controls, lets Vincent double-jump, and increased Vincent's speed by 20% (American audiences can only boggle at how the original version must have played).
* DifficultyLevels: On Extra Hard, opening the menu doesn't [[MenuTimeLockout stop the action]]. Yet, you're allowed to keep all your weapons and items from [[NewGamePlus a previous Normal or Hard mode game]].
* DisneyDeath: Implied to be what [[spoiler:Weiss]] received in the [[spoiler:Genesis ending]].
* DoubleJump: Hilariously, it's the "exclusive bonus feature" for the US/PAL version. And it's near ''[[BonusFeatureFailure useless]]'', because [[InsurmountableWaistHighFence the level design hasn't changed one bit from the Japanese version]]. But if you like to show off while gunning down {{Mooks}} and monsters, then you're luck!
* DoubleWeapon: Rosso's sword is a dual bladed red... [[BuffySpeak thing]] with a small machinegun built in the handle.
* DualWielding: Shelke, Weiss, and Nero, thought it's more along the lines of Quadruple Wielding in his case; one gun in each hand, including his wings' hands.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Nero the Sable.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Chaos and Death Penalty.
* EmotionlessGirl: Shelke.
* EscortMission: Several of them, involving you trying your darndest not to get your allies killed. Fortunately if they do get killed, you just lose points.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The best trope is Nero. Despite his dark and creepy nature at times, he really does love Weiss and would do anything to protect him or being with him. Weiss also seems to feel the same toward him.
* EverythingFades
* EvilBrit: Nero the Sable, [[UnexplainedAccent despite the fantasy setting]].
* EvilLaugh: Weiss and Hojo. At first, [[spoiler:you might think that Hojo is affecting the way that Weiss laughs]], but the [[EverybodyLaughsEnding group laughter]] at the end of the Online Mode reveals that no, he just laughs like that naturally. Most of the Tsviets are also guilty of this -- they may be evil, but they have a ''very'' healthy sense of humor.
* ExclusiveEnemyEquipment
* ExtendedGameplay: A whole bunch of missions, which unlock neat stuff like galleries.
* EyepatchOfPower: Argento.
* FacelessMooks
* FakeRussian: Rosso the Crimson.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:When Weiss and Nero merge into one, Hojo lost control of it and he's erased from existence as Weiss walks into Omega.]]
* FemmeFatale: Rosso the Crimson.
* FireIceLightning: Materia. Nothing has elemental weaknesses, the only difference is how the spell acts.
* FullNameBasis: Shelke always calls Vincent by his full name.
* GagSub: [[http://www.viddler.com/explore/thedarkid/videos/1/ This trailer.]]
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Cutscene Vincent is an agile and athletic superhuman killing machine. Gameplay Vincent is befuddled by [[InsurmountableWaistHighFence anything taller than a garbage can that's on its side]].
* GenderBlenderName: Not intentionally, but seeing as Rosso and Argento are ''women'', their names should ''really'' be Rossa and Argentea (the feminine Italian equivalents).
* GunsAreWorthless: Pretty much, given how much ammunition you'll be pumping into the average mook, to say nothing of how many rounds said mooks will put into you.
* {{Hammerspace}}
* HandCannon: Customizing Cerberus with the Long Barrel can have this effect.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Shelke]].
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: The tutorial, featuring Vincent the Turk in a training hall.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Shalua]]. [[SenselessSacrifice A bit pointless,]] but heroic all the same.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Creator/SteveBlum (Vincent), KariWahlgren (Shelke), MaryElizabethMcGlynn (Rosso), David Boat (Weiss), Paul Eiding (Hojo), Creator/AprilStewart (Lucrecia) and tons more.
* HideYourChildren: Averted with the moogle doll.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Yuffie, hoo boy.
* HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler:Hojo, by way of possessing Weiss's body.]]
* HotScientist: Shalua and Lucrecia.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Azul, by his own cannon.]]
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Depends on what your definition of "cool" is. [[spoiler:Genesis's]] jacket could be argued into the "cool" category... Nero's straitjacket and face jockstrap? Not in a million years.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Shelke, who uses two [[LawyerFriendlyCameo lightsabe]]... ''[[LaserBlade energy rods]]'' attached by... er, more energy.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Ultima Weapon, as usual. Technically, Death Penalty is stronger, but it's only available [[EleventhHourSuperpower when the Chaos Limit Break is]].
* InvisibleWall: Combined with InsurmountableWaistHeightFence. While Vincent has to find keycards for the energy fences, he cannot, at any point, simply jump over or around them. Even in the US/PAL release, where he can ''jump'' higher than these energy fences.
** Even more ridiculously, there is a point near the end of the game where Vincent has to crawl under a pipe. The problem is, '''''there is nothing above the pipe'''''. By all logic, Vincent should just be able to jump over it. But no, he has to use the pretty much useless crawl function.
** This is also really confusing, because the opening FMV scene showed Vincent jumping from roof to roof, over helicopters, in ways that pretty much defy physics and would make any Olympic gymnast go, "'''Shit.'''"
* InvulnerableCivilians: Averted.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: Vincent gets one after [[spoiler:Omega's born and he turns into Chaos]], and [[spoiler:Shelke]] is the one who has to dive in after him to bring him back.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Weiss[[spoiler:/Hojo]] really can't resist explaining every last detail of his evil plan, even after Vincent interrupts him twice to say he's heard enough.
* LargeHam: Hojo.
** Also Yuffie. She goes all-out on her introduction when Vincent asks who she is, as she's wearing a cloak, for some unknown reason.
* LeftHanging: The secret ending of ''DirgeofCerberus'' has not been picked up by any Final Fantasy media since. [[spoiler:Genesis flies away with Weiss promising some mysterious new plan... which has never been followed up.]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: After Weiss combines with Omega, his gun-swords are upgraded to a pair of katanas.
* KudzuPlot: Possibly the biggest offender in the Compilation.
* KungFuProofMook : Weiss' Elites in Deepground are invulnerable to normal bullets thanks to a BeehiveBarrier. You can still dispose of them with elemental attacks or [[BoringButPractical kick their ass manually in hand-to-hand combat.]]
* LethalJokeItem: The Toy Gun is completely useless, but if you upgrade it to its final version, you get the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Gun]], Ultima Weapon.
* LimitBreak: Available as an item this time round.
* LittleMissBadass: Double subverted by Shelke. She really is a nineteen-year old teenager, but given that she is NotAllowedToGrowUp, she has the body of a nine-year old, yet is more than capable of kicking ass.
* LostTechnology: Cid reveals he found the ''Shera'' buried in a cave underground, already constructed and more-or-less operational. This may be a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' and how Setzer recovers the ''Falcon'', as well as the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' tradition of having the heroes find relic airships from another age.
** As mentioned in the game's intro, the big celebration taking place in Kalm is in recognition of the "Worldwide Network" being brought back online. Yes, they're celebrating getting the internet back for the first time in three years. At least {{Square|Enix}} knows its [[MostTropersAreYoungNerds fanbase]].
* MadScientist: [[spoiler:Hojo, of course]], and [[spoiler:Lucrecia, [[ReluctantMadScientist to some extent]]]].
* ManaMeter
* MasashiHamauzu: Composed part of the music.
* {{Muggles}}: Reeve and the WRO mooks. Every other character is some sort of special... Well, they're special, let's just leave it at that.
* MultiMookMelee: The 100-enemy room.
* MySuitIsAlsoSuper: No matter how much damage he takes or how many times he uses a {{Limit Break}}er, Vincent's cape will never suffer ClothingDamage.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Anyone wondering what Lucrecia ever saw in Hojo will still be left wondering after playing this game. If anything, he seems even more ObviouslyEvil than ever before.
* NoCutsceneInventoryInertia: Vincent is restricted to the Vanilla pistol in cutscenes, no matter how [[GunAccessories pimped out]] the player has it, or if you were using an SMG or Rifle a second ago.
* NoExportForYou: Want to make sense of the situation with Weiss? Or Deepground's origins and how they TurnedAgainstTheirMasters? Too bad, because all that stuff was only included in a Japan-only online mode where players would control a Deepground/WRO soldier in team-based battles. This was replaced with additional missions in the English version, without any of the online mode's storyline included.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Tsviets -- sort of.
* OddballInTheSeries: Out of all the Compilation games, this is by ''far'' the most divisive.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Hojo/]]Weiss got a huge one when Vincent-Chaos parried his RazorWind with a finger.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Shelke, a nineteen-year-old woman with the body of a nine-year-old girl.
* OneUp: The Phoenix Down arguably acts as this. [[MythologyGag Why in the world this did not happen to]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Aerith]] is beyond anyone's guess.
* OneWingedAngel: All of the Tsviets aside from Rosso (who fittingly TurnsRed instead) and Shelke, as well as Vincent.
** [[BishonenLine Bishounen Line]]: Gorgonero is virtually physically indistinguishable from his regular ol' Nero, unlike Arachnero.
* PlayingWithSyringes: Deepground.
* PsychoForHire: ''Definitely'' Rosso.
* RapunzelHair: Weiss and Argento. Nero comes close, but not quite.
* RazorWind: Rosso again, who can cut through solid concrete just by swinging her hand.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Azul delivered one to Shelke while preparing to grind her bones.
* RedshirtArmy: They even [[LampshadeHanging wear red uniforms]].
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Cerberus is a ''triple-barreled'' one.
* {{Retcon}}: Some intended to explain why [[OptionalPartyMember Vincent and Yuffie]] weren't shown in the original ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' ending, others just to make this game work a little better, such as the new form of Chaos.
* SatelliteCharacter: Nero to Weiss.
* SealedEvilInACan: Deepground, again.
* SeeYouInHell: Azul works it into his FinalSpeech, though they're not his last words.
* ShoutOut: [[Film/ShortCircuit "Number Five is alive!"]]
** In chapter 10, a {{Mook|s}} can be found [[Franchise/MetalGear hidden inside a box]].
** The chapter featuring Cait Sith sneaking into a mako reactor's named [[Franchise/MetalGear "Solid Cait"]].
** The Tsviets themselves may be another ''Franchise/MetalGear'' ShoutOut, this time to the Foxhound antagonists from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''.
*** Rosso has a Sniper Wolf-esque inappropriate [[FakeRussian Lzherusskie]] accent.
*** Azul is a pretty clear Vulcan Raven, {{Genius|Bruiser}} [[TheBrute Brute]] with a {{BFG}}.
*** Nero has a Psycho Mantis bondage look.
*** Weiss is similar to Liquid Snake, though Nero has the accent. [[spoiler:Really, he's more like Revolver Ocelot and Hojo is Liquid Snake.]]
* SlasherSmile: Weiss pulls off a couple in the main game, as well as in the Online Mode.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Weiss.
* SocialDarwinist: Weiss, except the ones he deems worthy are the ones that will die.
* TheSpartanWay: Shelke describes Deepground as "a hell far deeper than any you could imagine". The backstory is pretty hellish for many of the characters.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Shalua, Rosso, and Yuffie.
* SuperSoldier: The Tsviets.
* TalkToEveryone: A requirement when aboard the Shera.
* TokenMiniMoe: Shelke. The creators tried to justify it by having her physically stop aging at nine, but that doesn't explain why they had to make her so disturbingly sexy for a pre-adolescent or one of the closest things to a [[{{Squick}} love interest]] Vincent has.
** Or have the camera [[MaleGaze focus on her rear]] in so many of cutscenes.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: The Tsviets, in the backstory.
* TwoShotsFromBehindTheBar: Vincent can retrieve the Hydra rifle in Edge from behind a bar inside a deserted building.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: The final levels, which turn into a RailShooter.
* UnexplainedAccent: Nero has a [[EvilBrit British accent]], Rosso has a [[FakeRussian Russian accent]] and Cait Sith has a [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Scottish one]].
** Cait Sith is justified at least, supplementary material states that Reeve got the accent from the way his parents spoke. Also Cait Sith (pronounced "Kett Shee") is a mythological Gaelic creature whose name pretty much means "Cat Fairy".
* UnwinnableByMistake: The game auto-saves before and after most boss fights. It is possible to enter a boss fight without sufficient ammo and healing items to win.
** However, the game averts the usual problem with autosaving by making separate save files for each checkpoint. Therefore, you can simply go back to the last checkpoint and replay up to that point. It's annoying, but at least you don't have to restart the entire game. Plus, there's usually a shop and some kind of sealed door just before it's about to hit the fan.
* VillainDecay: Hojo. Even though he appears to be just as evil as he was in the original game, he is robbed of most of his actual character traits and becomes far more stereotypical, making it difficult for players to take him seriously. However, it is heavily implied that the reason for his more-stereotypical behavior was because he lost his sanity after his botched attempt at injecting himself with Jenova's cells.
* VillainousBreakdown: Rosso and later Nero. [[spoiler: Hojo had a gargantuan one when Weiss and Nero merged together, causing him to be slowly erased from existance]].
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Weiss. ''Oh my'', Weiss.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Argento factors heavily in the backstory of the remaining Tsviets, but is only seen in the online multiplayer mode, leaving her fate and actions unknown.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Weiss.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Yuffie's already scanty legwear has shrunk since ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
* WomanInWhite: Lucrecia, after she goes TheAtoner route and seals herself away for all of the horrible things that happened to Vincent because of her, ditches her HotScientist garb for a white PimpedOutDress.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Tsviets easily qualify. They had essentially been raised to be weapons by Shinra, so while they did do atrocious actions, the main characters also at the same time have some pity over them because of how they were raised.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Shelke.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Yuffie and the female [=WRO=] soldiers wear Grade B with [[WhoWearsShortShorts shorts]].
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