Console: Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Rated: M for Mature
If you are, or have ever been an owner of a PlayStation 2, then most likely you have played Devil May Cry, the game starring a quick-witted, pistol-touting, sword swinging demon slayer named Dante. Last month, we saw the return of Dante, and this time he arrives with a glossy makeover on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but after all these years does his sword still swing true or has it turned to rust?
Hell never looked so good
The game begins with a demon dragging our hero into limbo, a shadowy yet strangely alluring world where you will be spending most of your time. As soon as the first cutscene ends and control of Dante is placed into the hands of the player, you will notice that Devil May Cry belongs to an exclusive club. The list of games that run at 60 frames per second and play at the much sought after 1080p resolution is a short one. Nevertheless, developer Ninja Theory made sure Devil May Cry made that list. Every swing of your sword, every attack that you dodge and every demon that you dispatch will be performed in a fluid, fast motion that is unlikely to be matched by many other games currently available.
Sharp sword, sharper tongue
Not only are the graphics well tailored, the story and voice acting is as well. Dante is the son of an unholy relationship between a demon and angel. Therefore, with the help of a young woman who can see into limbo and his twin brother Vergil, he must step into limbo, save the living from being brainwashed and destroy the same demon that murdered his mother. This tale of demons, and demon slayers may sound serious, however, Dante always manages to keep the narrative lighthearted, whether it’s the banter between him and his sibling, or the jokes he makes when facing an outrageously large enemy, his lips move just as fast as his body.
Demon hunting never gets old
Devil May Cry is a hack and slash game, being so one may think that the action will grow stale after a few rounds of monster pummeling. Thankfully the developers implemented a few ingenious ways of keeping things fresh. As you battle your way through limbo you will earn red orbs and upgrade points, which will enable you to unlock new skills and abilities for each of the weapons you gain throughout your play through. This brings me to the other way the game keeps things as fun as when you first booted it up. In almost every other level you will acquire a new ability or weapon, along with a new type of enemy to use your latest armament upon. The mere freedom of being able to glide in one level and then use a newly obtained scythe in another is a thrilling experience. This version of the game also includes all downloadable content, so you will be getting a lot of virtual devil hunting bang for your real life buck.
Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition ticks all the right boxes, it looks great, it is laugh out loud funny, it has an engaging plot, but most importantly of all, it is a lot of fun to play. Dante and friends will assuredly keep you in limbo for a long time to come.
By Dean Moses