DEVIL MAY CRY 5
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on March 13, 2019
Ah, to roam the devastated lands, dispatching demons left and right. There's nothing quite like it, wouldn't you agree? Especially if you're a truly overpowered individual whose prowess in both battle and acrobatics is second to none! Now, some people would give their right arm for an opportunity like that! But, as we will soon find out, you should be really careful what you wish for...
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it's time for the latest installment in a long-running hack 'n slash series that is adored by and has thoroughly challenged many gamers around the world. It all started back in 2001, when we were introduced to a cool demon hunter named Dante and followed his exploits in the realm of demons. Now, 18 years later, we once again meet up with Dante, as he is joined by two other badass demon slayers, Nero and V, the first of which you might still know from the fourth game is the series. So, which game series am I yapping about? Why, Devil May Cry, of course!
Devil May Cry 5 is the fifth installment in the original DMC series and does not, in any way, take into account the events of the 2008 game DMC: Devil May Cry. It actually picks up five years after the events of Devil May Cry 4. As we join our jolly band of demon dismemberers, Dante is in a bit of a pickle... a 30 foot, demonic tentacle adorned pickle. Both Nero and V set out to help their comrade in arms, but the demon proves to be too strong for them. Nero and V make a narrow escape as the cave they're in starts to cave in, leaving Dante (at his own request, I might add) to fend for himself.
After this, we travel back in time for a bit and join Nero as he's working on his van with his new mechanic / sidekick, a feisty southern girl named Nico. Suddenly, a hooded character enters the garage and, without much ado, rips off Nero's demonic powered arm. I mean, come on... really?! Talk about a bad day, right? Luckily, Nico comes to his rescue and crafts a brand new set of mechanical arms called Devil Breakers for him. These arms can be used in combat and each type of Devil Breaker has its own special kind of attack. Also, they can be blown up to get Nero out of a sticky situation. So, armed with a brand new arm, his trusty Red Queen sword (off with their heads!) and his double barreled pistol, Nero sets out once more to find Dante and punish the one who took his Demon arm.
The basics of Devil May Cry haven't really changed that much over the years and I'm glad they didn't! You will have to overcome hordes of enemies by using a variety of weapons and attacks. The more varied your fighting style and the longer your combo's, the more Style Points you'll accumulate, the higher your rating will be at the end of each level. As you hack and slash your way through tons of enemies, you'll also collect orbs. Red orbs can be used as currency to buy new weapons, attacks and other upgrades and Green Orbs will instantaneously replenish some of your health. Then, there's a third kind of orb, the Blue Orb. Now, these orbs come in fragments. Collect four of these fragments to make a Blue orb and permanently increase your vitality.
Then, there's the Exceed meter. If you press L2, you'll power up the Red Queen Sword for even more awesome attacks! The Devil Breakers are a really nice addition to the DMC weaponry, I must say. They will wear down and break eventually, however, so keep your eyes peeled for new Devil Breakers that are scattered around the environments. This however, are only the weapons Nero wields. Later on in the game, you'll also get to play as Dante and V, who both come with their own weapons and kick-ass attacks. Dante is more like we're used to from previous DMC games, wielding an assortment of weapons and slicing and dicing like there's no tomorrow. V however, is a more ethereal character, and makes use of summoned spirits. All three characters have their own personalities and fighting style and each adds that little extra something to the already explosive mix!
Devil May Cry 5 looks absolutely amazing, especially considering the high speed with which the game unfolds. The environments, protagonists and enemies all have a really high level of detail and look really cool and menacing. The added particle effects during combat make the entire experience look even better and makes one feel really, really, REALLY awesome when bashing a demon's skull in with a aerial spinning sword attack or something like that. Every combat move is completely over the top and that is exactly why Devil May Cry is as popular as it is. Now, in regular mode, these combo's can be a bit harder to achieve and this is why the game features a "human", or easy mode. When playing the game in this mode, these awesome combo's can be simply achieved at the press of a button. So you'll get the same results as you would in normal mode, but without breaking your fingers when trying to push twenty buttons at the same time. It should be noted though, that you are awarded less stylish points in this mode, so achieving a true high score will be difficult.
Aside from the frantic fighting, the pulse-raging music has also made its return to the series. Furthermore, it adapts to how the player is doing which, in short, means that the better the player is fighting, the more frantic and out of control the music is going to get. It's things like this that really complete the entire Devil May Cry experience, as far as I'm concerned. The story of the game is told through a series of cutscenes and, as we're kinda used to by now from Japanese games, there are a lot of these cutscenes. Especially at the start of the game, it was cutscene galore. Now, personally, I don't mind this, because it does tell the story really well, but be prepared to watch a lot of movies in between fights.
All in all, I can only say that I had a lot of fun playing Devil May Cry 5. It is a worthy successor of the DMC crown and has managed to retain the best from previous games, while also adding new elements to the experience. As with the rest of the games in the series, the difficulty is pretty high, so expect a lot of resistance along the way. Devil May Cry has never pertended to be an easy game and this fifth installment is no exception to that rule. So, if you're a fan of the truly challenging, kick-ass looking hack 'n slash genre, do yourself a huge favor and give this game a whirl!
DEVIL MAY CRY 5
March 8, 2019