The original Devil May Cry game set the standard for all following hack and slash video games. The concept was simple: you are Dante, the son of a legendary demon named Sparta who makes a living hunting and killing demons.
When the first teaser trailer for DmC: Devil May Cry came out, the biggest criticism was that Dante had, are you sitting down for this, black hair (gasp!) rather than his trademark white hairdo. The game even pokes fun at this criticism in a cut scene, proving that the change was probably a smart one.
As is the case with most forms of entertainment these days, DmC: Devil May Cry reboots the story and brings a Western perspective to the smack talking swordsman. It may seem a little weird to hear this, but this reboot actually makes the series more realistic.
The origin story is a little different from previous Devil May Cry games. Sparta is still a demon who helped Mundus get power, but Eva, his wife, is now an angel. The children they have: half-demon and half-angel hybrids are called Nephilim.
If you’ve played other Devil May Cry games before, the game is very familiar. The focus is on combat. Dante has eight different weapons (three firearms and five cutting instruments) and can switch between all of them on the fly without having to bring up the menu screen. Building up combos is the main source of power for Dante, but unlike previous versions, damage taken by you does not factor into your overall progress.
One of the several nice changes is practice mode which allows you to get familiar with the new weapons and abilities you unlock as you progress. What’s great about this is you can access the practice mode even during the game so you don’t have to restart a level just because you wanted to learn how to work on your timing of an attack.
All the main characters are still here. Mundus, the primary antagonist, is known in his human form as Kyle Ryder. Ryder is the president of the largest bank in the world and seemingly has the entire world under his power because of the financial debt everyone owes him.
Virgil, Dante’s twin brother, is the leader of an organization known as “The Order” whose goal is to wake up humans from the dreamlike state Mundus keeps them in (kind of like the movie They Live).
If you’re a fan of the previous Devil May Cry games, this one will not disappoint. Like your mother always told you “Don’t judge a book by its cover” definitely applies to this game and in my opinion, the changes are all for the better.
As always, games and DLC were provided by the Edgewood Retail District GameStop.