“Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII” is a game released in association with the “Final Fantasy VII” story, and is a sequel to the original game. It was released on August 15th, 2006 in North America for the PlayStation 2, and featured a character who was a hidden/secret recruit-able ally in “Final Fantasy VII”.
Vincent Valentine, the protagonist of “Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII”, is a sharpshooter with a dark past. Vincent used to work for the Turks, a division of the Shinra Electric Company, notorious for their ruthlessness and ability to get the job done at any cost. On a job, he fell in love with the wife of an unorthodox scientist, Professor Hojo. The professor was running experiments on his and his wife, Lucrecia's child.
When Vincent attempted to speak up against the cruel and unusual experiments, Hojo sedated him, and began to use him as the test dummy instead. When Vincent awoke, he was a monster, a beast, and he could not control himself. He want on somewhat of a rampage, not able to do anything but watch as his body acted of it's own accord. Eventually Vincent regained control and he felt as though he had sinned, and must repent. He locked himself in a room beneath Shinra Mansion, where Hojo ran his experiments, where he would sleep for an eternity.
This is where Cloud and friends found Vincent in “Final Fantasy VII”, and “Dirge of Cerberus” takes place three years after his re-awakening. He alone is tasked with defending the world against a secret project that Shinra was working on known as “Deepground”, super-soldiers with immense power that sought to destroy the planet.