DMC: Devil May Cry

Long have I religiously followed Capcom’s ingenious hack and slash adventure games of the Devil May Cry series, since its release on the Play Station 2 console back in 2001. Heck I even watched the twelve episode anime released in 2007. Thus, I was accustomed to the original plot line in which you were to assume the persona of Dante, the half-human, half-devil son of a legendary dark knight known as Sparda.  Dante, being half demon himself has the ability to see demons invisible to the human eye and hence spends most of his life hunting them down.  When he’s not busy using Ebony and Ivory to shoot his way through monstrosities or perhaps nicking the Yamato blade from his beloved evil twin brother Vergil, he chooses to sit down in his office and portrays his more human side by enjoying an occasional pizza and Milkshake snack.  That is if the memorable and bodacious badass friends in action, Trish and Lady, haven’t finished it off first.

After the 4th game in this exceptional installment, the new part was not just another game in the series, but a reboot in which the plot line was to be rewritten. Being the typical narrow minded fanatic that I am, I was afraid that the new creators Ninja Theory would not be able to keep up the impact the previous series had left on me.  There was basically just one way to find out, and that was to actually purchase the game and play it. So that’s exactly what I did.

During the gaming experience, there comes a point where you realize that the lengthy puzzle solving, hours of the gentle combats and even some random pre-boss fights through the streets of Limbo were eventually building you up, for an amazing chaotic scene where hell gates run open, the timid and simple demons evolve into horrific beasts and Dante assumes into a warrior allowing you to release immense over-the-top combos, basically allowing you to unleash a visually enticing carnage. So entertaining is the combat, that’s it’s easy to overlook the flaws in the game, but to do so would not do the game justice.

The game starts of as a typical adolescent fantasy as stated by game spot reviewer Mark Walton “  A slew of half-naked bodies and raucous rock music make for a less-than-enticing introduction to the new, modern-day Dante’s world, where he lives the playboy lifestyle of booze, nonstop parties, and sleazy sex.”

It’s only with the sudden arrival of the mysteriously hardened psychic Kat and the emergence of a frightening first boss the Hunter Demon that Dante, and the story, begins to grow up.

The storyline of the game is well put, depicting a tale of total evil world domination in which a demon named Mundus is determined to conquer and control the human race by methods you will indeed find amusing as they are linked closely to our everyday lives.  Fans need not fear, because the raw Devil May Cry lunacy yet lingers in the personality of the game, especially in Dante’s quirky remarks and ever loved cheesy dialogues during battle scenes. But underneath all those extreme action sequences, lies enough depth of emotion and drama to keep you deeply enticed within limbo.

Dante was and still is, perhaps one of the best characters to assume during a hack-and-slash game play. His impressive physical attacks assisted by the range of exciting weaponry give rise to some of the most, no other way to put it ‘satisfying’ combos in the gaming world. Unlike in the previous series, the Angel heritage added in the now Nephilim (half angel, half demon) character allows us to perform with both angelic weapons such as the Osiris Scythe to do lighter moves, such as juggling enemies in the air and dealing spinning swipes before you finish them off with a deadly blow from the Heavier demonic Arbiter Axe, and watch them explode into a wonderfully satisfying mess of gory blobs.

To round it all up, the DMC reboot succeeds not only in its story but also its extremely well done and renovated form of combat. The graphics are exceptionally incredible, and you rarely face glitches or problems during game play, unless you’re playing on low settings to compensate for an old laptop with a crappy graphics card, like me. But hey, don’t get sour with Dante’s trendy new haircut replacing the signature short silver hair, which by the way make a guest appearance during your first mission. Also, don’t feel too much at the absence of the characters from the previous series.  The drama and overall magnificence of the game will capture any hack-and-slash gamer to the soul. Ninja Theory really proved me wrong by creating a reboot that’s fresh and inviting while still holding onto the original ‘Devil May Cry insanity’. So grab your console and give this game a try. Trust me, you’re in for one hell of a ride.

Zainab Arshed

"Zeal without knowledge is fire without light." - Thomas Fuller, 17th century historian

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