The production value of video games today has far surpassed what it used to be and “DmC: Devil May Cry” is a great example of this in action. While the original “Devil May Cry” still holds a place in the hearts of many long time gamers, maybe a little too much with those who were angered by the character redesign, Ninja Theory’s re-imagining of the series is a great game in more ways than one.
Gameplay is always going to be a huge part of what makes a game great, and “DmC: Devil May Cry” delivers an exciting and action-packed experience, but for some a compelling story and relatable characters are always going to be what makes or breaks a game. While Dante is an aggressive and notably angst-filled teen, he is still sympathetic and you quickly understand how he came to be that way. With a dark and sordid past in which he has no memory of as the game begins and a host of demons out to kill him, Dante has a lot of reasons for his aggressive attitude. This is what makes his development throughout the game and all the way to the last scene so compelling. Without revealing too much, he goes from hard-boiled teen to a hero of mankind.
Caught between worlds as a Nephilim, a child of an Angel and a Demon, Dante is pitted against the demon king Mundus who is dominating mankind through a media monopoly and a mind-control inducing soft drink. Recruited by his twin brother Vergil and a young human girl named Kat to The Order, an organization slandered and branded as a terrorist group and seeking to topple Mundus, Dante comes to terms with his parentage and grows beyond the misunderstood and selfish character you are first introduced to.
The acting and directing stand out as what makes this story so exciting and compelling. Tim Phillipps as Dante and David De Lautour as Vergil both give excellent, heart-felt performances. Ninja Theory creative director, Tameem “Pioneer” Antoniades, and his team string together wonderfully paced and exciting cutscenes that bring out the best in everyone and keep you wanting more as you complete each mission and play until the very last cut. “DmC: Devil May Cry” is a great game and an example of a reboot gone right. No doubt many will be excited to see what comes next in the lives of Dante and Vergil.
“DmC: Devil May Cry” is currently available for purchase on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. The DLC “Vergil’s Downfall” will be coming out towards the end of February.