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His lack of evasive maneuvers and the fact that you have to sit still, not miss strikes and take no damage to build his focus gauge make him pretty damn terrible for a lot of sections in that mode. It's not possible to take no damage so when you manage to max out your gauge by some stroke of luck, one hit will take your down to zero. The camera in this game hates Vergils play style.
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