Dirge of Cerberus is a third-person shooter starring the sullen, enigmatic Vincent Valentine from Square's Final Fantasy VII role-playing game, which debuted on the original PlayStation in 1997. Taking place three years after the PlayStation hit, Dirge of Cerberus focuses on Valentine's vendetta against an underground assault team known as the Deep Ground Soldiers, who have been terrorizing the recovering city of Midgar from its darkest depths. The title refers to Valentine's weapon, a handgun with carvings of the mythological creature Cerberus on its three barrels -- one for each of the hell beast's heads. Players will use this firearm and more to shoot down armies of robotic troops while trying to rescue Midgar's imprisoned citizens along the way. Each defeated enemy offers a varying amount of experience points, allowing Valentine to increase in level and become more powerful as the game progresses.