Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Reviewed by Darryl Linington
Say goodbye to the devil that you know, and say hello to the devil that you don’t! Opting for a more westernised approach to the world of Devil May Cry… Capcom and Ninja Theory have done away with the old Dante and introduced us to a Dante that is more relevant to the world we live in today. While this is not entirely a bad thing… fans of the original Dante may have to get used to the new kid on the block.
The initial storyline of DMC (Devil May Cry) is set in Limbo City, a city that is currently under the control of Mundus, the demon king, who is manipulating humanity through debt, soft drinks and constant surveillance. With the demons in control, it is now up to a reluctant Dante to find out who he truly is and slay his way through hordes of demons in order to set things straight. While this is only the base of the storyline, DMC holds a much deeper storyline which covers Dante’s and Vergil’s roots. You see, this time around the brothers are no longer half human; they are now Nephilims, an ancient race that is brought into existence when angels and demons procreate.
I will admit I was not entirely keen on the new Dante; however, the change is definitely a worthwhile venture. This is due to better storytelling aspects, and the additional bonus of having a character that most people can actually relate to for once. The new Dante kicks ass faster and harder than any other DMC title to date!
When it comes to gameplay, DMC is very much mission based. In order to advance through each mission you will need to hack ‘n slash your way through a multitude of enemies, solve various puzzles and take on some rather large bosses, in epic battles, that will make your control truly feel the wrath of DMC. While you will be spending most of your time running around in human form… Dante also has the ability to switch between human, demon and angel form at the touch button. In angel form the weapons perform in a much faster way, which will help dispose of larger groups of enemies in no time; however, in demon form attacks are much stronger, which will allow you to punish enemies with extreme force.
One thing that really caught my attention in DMC is the absolutely amazing combat system, which allows for combat that is smooth, energetic and an absolute pleasure to experience. Just be warned, you may need some time to get used to the control scheme. If things get a little too crazy, there are various tutorials available to get you up and running in no time.
Getting back to combos, DMC still sticks to its roots with the forever memorable combo system. Combos will help you rack up a killer score, which ultimately counts towards your final score for each mission. Chain enough kills together and you will eventually rank your way up to an ass kicking SSS demon hunter. There are also other factors that will increase your overall score, which include: secrets found, how fast you finished a mission and various other aspects. I will admit I am not entirely keen on earning rank for the time taken completing each mission, as this makes the player feel rushed and also prevents them from exploring the beautiful world around them.
While experienced gamers may find DMC not entirely that difficult to complete… it does come packed with five difficulty levels, which are vastly more intense the higher you crank them up. So, if you feel the need for a massive challenge… I suggest cranking up the difficulty all the way up to experience the true intensity of DMC.
When it comes to graphics let’s face it… DMC looks great! While I was sceptical at first about the reboot, it has actually given the Devil May Cry franchise the opportunity to start fresh and even extend upon world that has been created. Additionally, while the world is indeed beautiful, the character models and lighting effects look superb… it is just unfortunate that as stunning as this title is it still suffers from texture pop, awkward looking graphical glitches and objects that seem to disappear randomly. Furthermore, the PlayStation 3 versions seems to battle with framerate issues.
While DMC does look great in the graphics department, minus the glitches, it also exceeds in the sound department. This is due to the extraordinary voice cast and the killer heavy metal soundtrack, which really suits the atmosphere of this title.
Ninja Theory has done an absolutely superb job with DMC. The new Dante fits perfectly into the series, which allows the latest DMC title to come across as fresh, new and unique. Furthermore, combat is fluid, exhilarating and an absolute pleasure to experience.
While fans may be sceptical at first when picking up DMC, be assured that Ninja Theory has taken the concept and improved upon it drastically. DMC is now the devil that you know, combined with the devil you don’t.
Lasting appeal: 8.5/10
Predominantly reviewed on Xbox 360