GAME NAME: Devil May Cry
DEVELOPER(S): Ninja Theory
GENRE(S): Action Adventure
Get it, get it…. get it
So let me start by saying that I have not enjoyed a game like this in a long time. The game is absolutely thrilling and as this was the first DMC “Devil May Cry” that I have played in the series… I am now looking forward to the backdated versions and getting my hands on them.
Firstly, I cannot comment on any of the other DMC’s so from here on in, please view this review of only this game…. no preconceived ideas of what it should have been or how it stacks up against its predecessors.
The character “Dante” was created as a strong, powerful and skilful warrior battling hordes of demons in limbo. This allows for two important things…. Skill upgrades with move combos and a rich graphical world to use them in. Couple this with an arsenal of weapons ranging from swords, blades, axes, whips, shotguns and pistols…. each with their own unique combos, upgrades and capabilities and the boredom level drops to zero.
Even if this game had no storyline, the fun of using single or combined combos with weapon changes and chaining build into character control and movement would be enough to make this game sell.
Fortunately; the game does have a story… and a good one at that. It pulls you in, and if you are not driven to progression through the huge amount of upgrades in skills, weapons or combos… the storyline will make you want to see what is next.
In terms of the enemies in game AI, this is adaptable on several skill level, even more skill levels once you have completed the game once around and is challenging for most…. from new to experienced players. Strangely enough, I found myself wanting to play the story a second time… just to get those skills and upgrade I didn’t the first time around.
Boss battles are also great… a little old school with repeat attacks on specific points but very entertaining. I guess the best part of the boss battles is that none of the bosses are the same and each in a very unique part of limbo… again, this is beautifully designed. The one drawback of the game is the scoring system….example, you are rated on many parts of how you completed the level… style, attack points, Items and time. Time to me was a strange…. these levels are designed well and you almost want to spend some time….when you are not hacking and slashing to look around and enjoy…. because you are rated at the end of the level on what time it took you to complete…. you almost never end up doing this….I only really did the seconds time around….also, the scoring system might seem a bit inconsistent at time…. but in no way does this make the game less fun.
The hacking and slashing, joined by exploration i.e. finding secret door and keys to unlock these plus a reward by kill (instant gratification when killing an enemy) system all stack up in one great game.
There is much more to be said…. the point is this: Good character, upgrades, combos, skills, graphics, story and difficulty. What more could you ask for.
First 5 Minutes:
The game starts with you “Dante” and an interesting scene with some girls, followed by an introduction to a hunter demon. You will also be introduced to a human that can shift between limbo and the real world and will soon learn that she will act as your guide in limbo providing you with hints and tips and guiding your way.
In the first 5 you should learn the basics of movement and weapons and…. dependant your skill, find your first non default weapon. Trust me…. this is also one of those games that you know within the first 5 if you love it or hate it…. chances are that with this one you will love it.
Multi – Player:
DMC has no multiplayer function supported by the game.
In terms on online futures, the standard stuff…. leader board, online store and redeemable codes….. Nothing out of the ordinary but nothing less than the minimum expected so no real let down.
In the end:
As I said before…. I have not enjoyed a game like this in a long time… Good character, upgrades, combos, skills, graphics, story and difficulty. What more could you ask for.
Get it, get it…. get it. This is what I recommend…. if this is your sort of game you will not be disappointed.