Mixed or average reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 51
  2. Negative: 10 out of 51
  1. This game should not disappoint fans, it is different for sure, but it is also an excellent, very well executed shooter, which still retains the elements of FF we all love - the complex plot, upgrades, EXP, and even a chance to discuss chocobos if you just find the right girl to chat with!
  2. It's a unique take on the FPS, RPG and action genres, but at the same time Dirge of Cerberus doesn’t execute either of these genres extremely well. If you’re willing to be patient with the game’s controls Dirge of Cerberus offers a new experience and more background on the Final Fantasy VII universe. [JPN Import]
  3. Mediocre at best gameplay coupled with graphical bliss and a lengthy story guarantee huge sales, but you’d be much better off waiting a month and getting FF XII as this is no RPG and it’s no picnic. [JPN Import]
  4. Very beautiful. How disappointing, then, to learn that the entertainment factor is only mild. [Sept 2006, p.54]
  5. 74
    None of the bland gameplay is helped by the fact that the controls feel sluggish overall.
  6. Neither fantastic nor terrible, instead landing somewhere in between. Final Fantasy fans might find the addition of an action game to their favorite series to be odd, while shooter aficionados will wonder why it's so easy.
  7. The story is interesting and fairly epic, but told in such large chunks at a time, that sometimes the pacing is thrown off.
  8. Those difficult extra missions unlocked one by one after finishing the main game are certainly going to keep me occupied at least until Final Fantasy XII appears in the UK.
  9. 70
    Is Dirge of Cerberus the best use of the Final Fantasy VII universe? Definitely not. Is it a decent game with a strong story and occasionally-engaging rifle blasting? Absolutely.
  10. Ultimately this game is easy to recommend to FF7 fans who want one more visit with their favorite characters. But for shooter fans that don’t quite care so much for FF7, there are far better shooters out there.
  11. There are some glaring mistakes in Dirge of Cerberus that even your most hardcore of fans cannot overlook.
  12. An immensely repetitive shooter with the flavor of "Devil May Cry," "Dino Crisis," and "Parasite Eve II" baked right in. The finished dish isn’t as delish as the menu indicated, but it isn’t entirely bland.
  13. On the other hand, despite all the effort that clearly went into this game's visuals, story points, and even gun customization, making Dirge of Cerberus fun to play slipped to a disappointingly low priority somewhere along the way. [Sept. 2006, p.93]
  14. Somewhat underwhelming. It’s got all the ingredients of a great game but somebody just didn’t get the recipe right.
  15. It’s got a badass main character with an interesting back story, amazing presentation values, and all of the outer makings of a AAA title. Unfortunately underneath everything on the exterior lies uninspired level designs, repetitive combat, and mostly boring gameplay.
  16. The problem really is that most Final Fantasy Fans won't be interested in the game's core gameplay.
  17. 65
    For those not as blinded by fandom, this game proves to be just a ploy for money and a demonstration of slow degradation of the Final Fantasy series.
  18. Just a completely average game.
  19. It all comes down to how much you liked Final Fantasy VII and how badly you want to see the story continue. Fans can easily overlook the flaws, non-fans can find more robust 3rd-person shooters out there.
  20. An uninspiring action game that manages to tell a cracking story. [Christmas 2006, p.98]
  21. The average gameplay links the excellent storytelling together in a way that players of all skill levels can enjoy. It’s a great carrot-and-stick model for the millions of Final Fantasy VII donkeys out there.
  22. A competent FFVII spin-off with enough ties to the past to keep the disciples happy, but for everyone else it's a decent, if uninspired, shooter. [Dec 2006, p.100]
  23. Far from being an icon of the franchise to date, and is more of an anomaly that tries to expand the life of the Final Fantasy VII storyline years after it begun.
  24. Dirge of Cerberus tells the interesting story of a memorable video game character, but beyond that it's nothing more than a very generic shooter.
  25. At its very best, Dirge of Cerberus is an average action game with RPG elements, nice ideas, and a decent fan service. [Sept 2006, p.80]
  26. Manages to be engaging thanks to its rich storyline, and the typically luxurious cutscenes provided by Square Enix. I found it challenging enough for my level of twitch skills (or lack thereof) in the genre.
  27. The only reason I completed this game was to soak in as much Final Fantasy VII mythos as I possibly could.
  28. 60
    A severely outdated action game draped in the richest of modern presentation.
  29. I’ll say it again, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII is for the fans and even they may find this game unappealing.
  30. Cerberus doesn't come close to capturing the timeless appeal of FFVII, although if you're desperate for more insight into Vincent's background you'll probably struggle through it.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. [Anonymous]
    Aug 28, 2006
    the graphics and the story are amazing.i also liked very much the soundtracks, Redemtion and Longing, very much.
  2. JosephM.
    Aug 22, 2006
    this game is a lot like devil may cry so if u like devil may cry u should like this but for all final fantasy fans it really isn't all this game is a lot like devil may cry so if u like devil may cry u should like this but for all final fantasy fans it really isn't all that good. Full Review »
  3. Nov 2, 2013
    A chore, for the most part. excessive FMV (which is welcome, thanks to the uneven gameplay) Repetitive, dark and gloomy levels populated by aA chore, for the most part. excessive FMV (which is welcome, thanks to the uneven gameplay) Repetitive, dark and gloomy levels populated by a very small pool of annoying enemy types with some very nasty AI scripting many simply spam knockdown attacks at the player (get up, knock down ad infinitum). Controls are poor but serviceable but the main problem is the camera and auto lock-on system, which the player needs to fight as well as enemies. Only of interest to the FFVII fanatic, Dirge of Cerberus is both an unnecessary extension of Vincent's backstory from FFVII and a wrecking ball that ruins some core characters of that game (Hojo is reduced to a two-dimensional cackling lunatic), and the less said about the new characters the better. Though it is nice to see the gang again, with exception to Yuffie, Reeve (Cait Sith) and Cid, their screen time is very small, the FMV is the game's greatest asset, and is of equal quality to the animation in Advent Children. In fact there are so many cutscenes and pointlessly easy sections Square Enix probably should have just made an OVA instead. Satisfying conclusion, though, but not a keeper. Full Review »