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A fantastic reboot by developer Ninja Theory that has the fluid gameplay associated with the series nailed. Great fun.
, 3 Feb. 2013
This review is from: DmC Devil May Cry Game PC (DVD-ROM)
DmC is the latest game in the Devil May Cry series, effectively acting as a reboot for the story. The installation (I got it on DVD for the PC - Windows 7) was tedious in the extreme, installing various things before the game itself installs. Then when Steam opens it for the first time, it installs more things on top of that. I'm sure it's necessary but it felt like it went on forever. Anyway, enough preamble.
The graphics are stunning and the gameplay is as fluid as previous instalments. Any fears of new developer Ninja Theory messing the franchise up have to be dispelled completely. The combination of swords/gauntlets/scythes/ages and guns make gameplay extremely varied and there are ridiculous numbers of combinations of moves to perform. The story is fairly one dimensional, and the script won't be award winning. The voice acting is well done however, and Dante has some good one liners. There are 20 levels in total, some are longer than others, but all look stylish and amazing on the eye.
There are several levels of difficulty. Human (easy), Devil Hunter (medium), Nephilim (hard), Son of Sparta (very hard), Dante Must Die (ridiculously hard), Heaven or Hell (you need to be sectioned) and Hell and Hell (you have been sectioned).
Son of Sparta is available after completing the game on any of the three levels before it, whilst Dante Must Die whilst Heaven and Hell, are available after completing Son of Sparta, whilst Hell and Hell is available after Hell and Hell.
The game is incredibly short. I finished it in less than 10 hours on the Devil Hunter difficulty, and that includes replaying some of the earlier missions. Whilst the game on the lower difficulties is over fairly quickly, and you can effectively button bash your way through, the later difficulties require a lot more skill. I've almost finished the game on Son of Sparta, and it is significantly more challenging. There are harder enemies earlier in the game, and button bashing simply won't work if you want to finish the level with a decent score.
Unlike previous versions of the game, on this version you get experience points that are used to level up Dante's abilities, weapons and guns. Separately, you use red orbs to buy items (health/devil power upgrades and replenishment). You can see your score go up as you play through each level, combinations of moves as previously are rated between D-SSS. The better your moves during the level, the better your mission score will be. I should add at this point that you can replay any level at any time once you have completed it. You will get additional experience points and orbs when you complete levels again. Abilities/Weapons/Guns/Health and Devil Power upgrades that you obtain stay with you, and you can replay earlier levels with your upgrades which help to get to the max SSS rating for the level. The earlier levels contain hidden extras that you can only get when you get upgrades/abilities later on in the game.
Whilst my experience of the game is mostly positive, there are several negatives:
Firstly, the camera angle can sometimes be a bit dodgy and it makes it difficult to see and fight enemies on occasions.
Second, there is no "lock on" feature for targeting specific enemies. This would be useful when there are only a small number of harder enemies. Perhaps just a personal preference, and hasn't been seen before in the franchise.
Third, I would not attempt the higher difficulty levels without a gamepad - the keyboard controls are ok, but I found it much easier with a gamepad, and I would say this is essential for the harder difficulty levels.
Forth, there are a lot of cut scenes that sometimes interrupt the flow of the game. Luckily, most can be skipped so once you've played through each level once and got the gist of the story there's not much point in watching them again.
Fifth, the range of demons to slay is no where near as large as previous games. The bosses are more comedic and lack the darkness of previous games.
Finally, I have noticed a couple of times that the game occasionally produces a black screen when playing (just before a cut scene loads) and then you have to ctrl+alt+del. This happens very infrequently. If it does happen, when selecting the mission it reloads at the last checkpoint so you don't have to play the whole level again. Also, if you are playing with headphones, some of the cinematic cut scenes come out of the computer speakers rather than the headphones. This could just be a specific problem to me, but this is the only game I own where it does this, so I assume it is game specific.
Overall, I thought this was a solid reboot for the franchise and full marks have to be given to the gameplay and the graphics, both of which are outstanding. That's not to say there isn't room for improvement, but this is a very respectable entry/reboot. I would be lying if I said this game wasn't a huge amount of fun (hence the 5* on that aspect), but the negatives described above means it loses a star for me. That said, for fans of the series and newbies alike, I can't recommend it highly enough.
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