Devils will Cry
Recently I’ve been sinking my teeth into Ninja Theory’s reimagining of Devil May Cry. Admittedly I was reluctant at first and – like a lot of the outraged internet – I was a little upset to see the original charming and pizza eating Dante put to rest in place of what appeared to be some total prick with *gasp* a new hair cut!
The advertising campaign put me off further. The more ‘hardcore’ they tried to make the game appear, the more put off I was with the new Dante. All the fuck yous, middle fingers and ‘attitude’ being pumped out ended up pushing me further and further away from the idea that the new Dante might actually be a bit of alright.
What followed was a game that was actually enjoyable but also a character that isn’t as horrible as Capcom’s marketing had painted him to be. Sure he was cocky and a bit arrogant but there was more to him than that and we get to watch him evolve emotionally during the course of the game. He’s also much more likeable than you believe. The fuck yous were seldom and there was flair there, though not as sleek and styled as his white haired predecessor.
I’m not saying I prefer him over the old Dante. I liked the pantomime, the rusty keys and insanity. The story makes a bit more sense this time around though that’s not saying much. We already know the pawns in the play and the obvious happens throughout the game. That’s not to say it isn’t enjoyable though
What fans probably need to do is disconnect the old Devil May Cry when playing DmC. It’s not the same game and while it shares various elements, it’s totally different. The tone, the style, the message are all miles apart from what Dante’s original Japanese overlords set to create.
Is it a good game? Yes. It’s fun. I enjoyed playing it through on normal difficulty, unlocking all the secret doors and making my way through the story. It’s entertaining, addictive and rewarding.
Is it a good DmC? Maybe. I was never a mega fan but I liked the games. I think the problem is that what made the original vision so fun was Dante. Sure it was old school but there’s still a want for that and it’s difficult to turn people around.
I’d definitely recommend it as an action game. It’s also a great first entry to this years exciting library of titles and possibly on of the last few triple A titles to release on current generation consoles.