The first Devil May Cry fell into my fat Playstation2 back about 10 years ago. I remember being completely blown away by the fast paced action and visuals that make me feel as if I was playing a movie. But at the same time, felt completely in control. It was a great balance of hack and slash, control, and visual flare. The music also was a great touch as well. The imagery was dark, gothic, and the music was fast paced, and the story was entertaining as well. The game took me by surprise and then many games followed in suit; the God of War series was released, a few copy cats continued as well. Devil May Cry released two more follow ups on the ps2 and neither was quite as amazing as the first game, but held their own. The games fell victim to button mashing mania – the “skill” and “control” I felt with the first game was lost. Again on the next generation of consoles, they gave us Devil May Cry 4, and again this game, tried to reclaim the original, but just fell short for me, I don’t know why exactly other than it was just more of what we were seeing over the past decade.
The only game since the original to really grab me as a fan was Bayonetta, which I regard as one of the best action games of this generation. It gave you control, plenty of moves, quirky characters, great visuals, and made you feel like a complete badass. Additionally, the graphics were great. The sequel is on the horizon for the Wii U, and I liked the original so much, I just might buy a Wii U for this title alone!
Then the reboot came; DmC: Devil May Cry. I thought I would try it out just because of my original love for the series, and I was pretty much floored. I felt as if they took the original-completely updated just about everything, but retained the charm of what the original great. Through the first few hours, you are slowly given new moves and abilities that are pretty easy to figure out and manipulate. Grappling hook-type moves, weapons etc. The platform elements and camera manipulation are near perfect; you feel as if you are watching a blockbuster movie, but you are controlling the character on screen. The dialogue is a little cheesy but that is the original charm of the series. Each level leaves you pretty much feeling exhausted. And the score now is tracked on leaderboards, which just opens the reply ability of the game more. Not to mention unlockable costumes as well.
In a sea of first person shooters, and there is no shortage of third party platformers, this game gives us an action third person that takes you one step past a simple button masher, and into a fairly fresh take on an older franchise. If you enjoyed any of the God of War titles, or if you were a fan of Bayonetta, I think DmC is an excellent choice that will not disappoint!!