DmC: Devil May Cry is a reboot of the franchise helmed by a new studio, Ninja Theory. The story follows Dante as he’s attacked by a Hunter Demon and is saved by the mysterious psychic, Kat. He then meets up with Virgil, his brother and leader of the resistance group, The Order, who explains he’s a Nephilim: the son of a demon and an angel. As Nephilim, they are tasked with taking down the demon ruler, Mundus and saving the world. The story, unlike past DMCs, is a bit more serious, but it’s still got great one-liners and plenty of over-the-top action.
To those worrying, DmC’s signature hack and slash, stylistic, combo heavy gameplay is still here. Dante is armed to the teeth, once again, with a variety of weapons including different guns, a sword, a scythe and so forth. Some of these weapons are imbued with devil, or angel energy, which helps out strategically in battle. The scythe, for example, is an angel weapon and does massive damage to blue tinted enemies. The button mapping is a bit chaotic along with the action, but fret not. It may seem complicated at first, but after a good dose of the action, you’ll get used to it quick and become combo master.
This game is dripping with style and not just the over-the-top battle system either. The environments are unique, colorful blends of traditional demonic designs and modern inspirations. In particular, the integration of wording in the environments as demons descend upon Dante gives the game an excellent flourish that I feel the past games lacked. The music is an interesting mix of death metal and electronica that suits the action well. It does have a few issues though, like glitches, slow downs, and the camera, but nothing encumbering overall.
DmC: Devil May Cry feels like a great step in a new direction for the series. I feel that this game has more of a heart, be it black, and direction narratively. I thoroughly enjoyed the game from the story, music, and excellent, combo heavy action. It does have a few issues and it lacks the sarcastic punch of the previous games, but who cares. Haters going to to hate, but give this new, younger Dante a chance.
Score: 4/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on March 13, 2013 via my Examiner account before the website shut down.