This has to be the first Playstation 3 game I've bought which I haven't gotten fed up of in a week or less. With decent agmes being far and few between at this current stage, Devil May Cry 4 comes along and boasts itself a success. Itself being the fourth in the series - which shouldn't be a problem for new interested gamers who haven't previously played a Devil May Cry game. The installation of the game onto the hard drive is a very long process (I mean long, it took about 20-30 minutes), but it is filled with atmospheric music, pictures and even the storyline up until now from each of the previous three games. The installation times allows you to read through this two or three times before it is finished, giving you a good chance for it to stick in your mind. Having said that, it is not completely necessary even to read it if you don't want, as the story is a new one with a new main character: Nero. Previous characters do appear, namely Dante and a few others - which is where the previous story comes in handy, as previous names get mentioned throughout the game.
The tutorial at the start of the game allows easy access to the game, and walks you through all of the moves step-by-step in detail giving you an apportunity to try it all out before you move to the next step. Again, if you would rather skip the tutorial this can also be done. The controls are wonderfuly set up, and extremely fun to play. The battle system is simple, yet effective, and a lot of fun. There are two options in regards the battle system. One being the easy mode where you string a series of attacks together using just one button using timing. The other option is a form of combining buttons to attack giving it a more challenging feel for more hardcore gamers.
The game is relatively short, from about 7-12 hours. A shame is that 2 hours or so of this will be backtracking through previous levels later on in the game when you gain control of Dante. This can be a little frustrating at times, but the level design is wonderful, and the graphics are some of the best to date (especially on High Definition format). By the playing introduction to Dante about halfway into the game, you may find it a little frustrating using him because his battle abilities are very different. The timing is all very different, and he doesn't have the all-strong devil arm that Nero controls - meaning you may find yourself tapping away on the circle button having no effect and getting hit repeatedly by the enemy. As well as being a pain, this can also be good because it's almost like starting a new part of the game, and gives the game a great little twist with more things to learn. His introduction to the game is excellently timed and provides the game with extra lifespan and longevity.
The storyline is compelling, with beautiful characters, and some very impressive cut-scenes. Some of the boss's are so wonderfully designed, it really shows off the graphic capabilities of the Playstation 3. The game really benefits from being played on a High Definition television or Projector, as it seems the game was simply designed to be played on a large scale, detailed setup.
There is plenty of replayability. You gain a rank and grade for you fighting skills and orb collecting abilities for each of the missions. The better your grade, the more orbs you get, and the better the rewards. This is also a great addition for people who want to get everything from the game, in a lot of cases you may find yourself going over missions over and over trying to top youir previous score. This is in no way tedious, because the game is so much fun, and it is incredibly addictive trying to top your high score.
I would definitely recommend this game, whether you are new to the series or returning from previous games. It shows of the true power of Playstation 3, with beautiful graphics and design, and provides endless fun which will keep you up until the early hours of the morning. The collectors edition comes with a nice steel case and sleeve as well as a full colour art book which is a nice addition, however probably not worth the extra £10 unless your a big fan of game art. A fantastic purchase, and highly recommended.