Day: June 22, 2017

FFVII Dirge of Cerberus – Reeve’s Résumé

Chapter 2: Showdown in the Wastes

Taking a Shadowfox to Edge, Reeve attempts to fill Vincent in on the attackers, whom he identifies as “Deepground soldiers.” Reeve says that over the course of President Shinra’s reign, Mr. Respectable gathered the innumerable Deepground soldiers you encounter during the game without anyone noticing, and then tucked them into the Shinra HQ basement like action figures, right next to trillions of dollars’ worth of vehicles and robots, and mutated them into super-soldiers. This is a highly believable and respectable narrative.

Reeve explains that the Tsviets are Deepground’s elites, and besides their names, that that’s basically all Reeve knows, and even that from rifling through Scarlet’s files. Considering Deepground wasn’t necessarily relevant to the WRO rank-and-file until about an hour ago, he must have handed out a memo pretty damned fast if the sergeant recognized Rosso just seconds ago, in another part of the world! Reeve figures Heidegger, Scarlet and Hojo might have known more about Deepground, but they’re all dead (or so I assume Heidegger and Scarlet are dead, since Reeve makes no attempt to contact them), and he figures that Rufus doesn’t know anything at all, because of the chaos of his rise to power (though come to think of it, Reeve doesn’t make any on-screen attempt to talk to him, either…).

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FFVII Dirge of Cerberus – A Palette of Mud

Note: As of the launch of the Final Fantasy VII Remake, the original Compilation of Final Fantasy VII Journals are being “locked down” and will no longer be updated to account for new content that might be relevant to those particular games. For example: if FFVIIR or an interview explains a FFVII plot hole that I mention in this Journal, I won’t be updating the Journal to say so, adjusting my opinion, etc. For similar reasons, comments for these games will be closed, though original comments will be preserved. Enjoy your read!

Dirge of Cerberus – Final Fantasy VII – . Or as Kyle put it at the start of our second session: “Do you want to play Dirge of Cerberus today or do you want to play something fun?”

Dirge of Ceberus has the lowest Metacritic score of all Marathon games to date (besides my filler coverage of All the Bravest), beating out – to my confusion and amazement – actual digitized canker sore Mega Man X7 by a single percentage point. This also makes it the lowest Metacritic score of all single player Final Fantasy games released to date, in the entire franchise, so, uh, geeze, what do I even say?

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