Great Pulpy Fun,
This review is from: DmC Devil May Cry Game PC (DVD-ROM)
DMC on PC is another great reason to own a gamepad. Score-attack combat games really don't lend themselves well to keyboard and mouse control and this is no exception, so don't try it without.
DMC is a reboot of the Devil May Cry series, meeting as we do a young, unformed Dante who's on a mission to find out who he is, discover his family, get revenge and also bang seven bells out of every supernatural monster that stands in his way. It feels the same yet better and more fluid than the previous franchise entries I've played to boot.
Along the way, Dante will gain an impressive arsenal to dispatch his foes. He starts with his oversized sword and his guns (pretty useless except for keeping baddies at a distance) but soon starts to collect Devil weapons (which are slow, devastating hitters designed for close range hammering) and Angel weapons (fast, light-damage ranged tools which are ideal for giving you space). The trick with DMC is to use all of your weapons in every encounter, as points are awarded for combo attacks.
It's here that DMC shines. Creating a hugely violent combo is enormously satisfying, ripping your foes out of the sky, smashing an axe into them before hopping into the air, lifting your next victim with you before unleashing a blue whirlwind and battering them into a wall with possessed boxing gloves. It's chaotic, colourful and cartoonish but never lets the black humour of it's lurid death-dealing slip so it remains fun and battles never become tiresome. Yes it's very violent, but sort-of schlocky while it's there. It's even fun to return to earlier chapters you've already completed once you've expanded your moveset so you can beat your earlier score.
Visual design is great as reality twists in the nether-world, but it's here where my only criticism of the game lies. The design of the bosses often borders on tasteless and it's high time that designers stopped equating "Mature" and "Scary" with "sickening". It's not a game-breaker for me, just a bit disappointing. It's a bit like shooters justifying their M rating by swearing a lot. We don't really need it to be reminded that we're grown-ups playing a grown-up's game.
Other than that niggle the rest of the game design is very good with special mention going to character animation and voice acting. You completely buy Dante as a disenfranchised Gen-Y-er on his journey to being a more caring, sharing moster-slaughterer and supporting cast is no less strong.
Aurally, sound has moved away from generic heavy metal to a pounding electronic soundtrack by CombiChrist that's no less heavy but probably more relevant to Dante's rebirth. It sounds great and definitely adds to the game.
Overall, a highly recommended game on PC for fans of action brawlers.