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Ladies and gents, it gives me great pleasure to introduce our first review from one of the world's best game studios: Square-Enix. For the loyal fans, we will have a real treat for you coming soon, but I think for now, let's focus on the Final Fantasy: Dirge of Cerberus title that hit shelves back in August.

To be honest, my first impressions of the game weren't all that great. The game veered away from turn-based RPG and focused more towards a first-person-shooter RPG. The system almost seemed to be a copy of the Metal Gear series, less the hiding behind objects. You jump around, use guns, blow up objects, it really didn't feel Final Fantasy -ish. Sure you had your Phoenix Downs, your Potions, Hi-Potions, and such, but what is UP with the fact that you can't have more than a certain number?? The number 99 is the limit for items people! 99!! Not 5 or 10 max! It seemed as though this was going to be a disaster for the game. The constant strafing, running around and shooting an enemy a billion times gets kind of old too. Boss-fights get really difficult this way, so you have to resort to ether-based attacks and limit breaks. The Limit-Breaks offer you to transform into nightmarish-beast-from-hell (Galan Beast) and do tons of damage. It's best to use that as a last resort, because the magic-ether attacks only last one or two shots, and the Limit-Break attacks, only last a little over a minute.

But once you start focusing on the story line, you get sucked in. Hours and hours of game-play and cinematic sequences, really tie this game in for what's it is: a true Square-Enix game.


Supposed to be set three years after Final Fantasy VII (arguably the best RPG to date), the game focuses on VII's trigger-happy character: Vincent Valentine.It follows the story of his life and who he really is, but trouble is in store. Uber-Soldiers called Deepground plan to revive the Omega weapon to annihilate the world. You would think that as it's based on the events after VII, the game would involve the older characters in from time to time, but that's not the case. There are times when familiar faces show up, but for the most part, consider it a separate altogether. The story is, at least in my opinion, solid.

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