- Developer: Capcom
- Companies/Developer: Capcom
Review: Its been 9 years just about since we've seen the dynamic escapades of the legendary Demon Hunter Dante, the enigmatic and charismatic son of the Dark Knight (not that one, the other one) Sparda. DMCV takes place after conclusion of DMC4 with the series newcomer Nero taking center stage and ready to show us if he can handle the spotlight and the R34 art that will follow his magnum opus on Tumblr and soon to be on Twitter… Expand
Review: Its been 9 years just about since we've seen the dynamic escapades of the legendary Demon Hunter Dante, the enigmatic and charismatic son of the Dark Knight (not that one, the other one) Sparda. DMCV takes place after conclusion of DMC4 with the series newcomer Nero taking center stage and ready to show us if he can handle the spotlight and the R34 art that will follow his magnum opus on Tumblr and soon to be on Twitter too....
There's a lot to discuss when it comes to DMCV as it comes many years after the release of its rival Ip Beyonetta 1 & 2 as well as Metal Gear Rising, a lot has happened between 2008 and 2019 after all. Could DMC reclaim its thrown as the definitive Hack and Slash after so long? The short answer is yes it does remind the gaming industry what the Gold standard is. Furthermore it also goes out of its way to remind us why we love games, DMCV much like its predecessors is a game that doesn't take itself too seriously and remembers to have some fun with itself (take a hint LOUS).
DMCV much like avengers gets the main cast back together with the newcomer V (the game journo difficulty mode for the.....you know what I'm not gonna finish that), as well as bringing some new fun toys to the table in the form Devil Breakers for Nero and added stubble for Dante. DMC as an IP relishes in the sheer absurdity of its action and I can confidently confirm that is back in all its beautiful glory.
DMCV is metaphorical passing of the torch to the series newcomer Nero, is he worthy to carry the mantle of Devil May Cry? Honestly after beating the game on multiple different playthroughs I'm not sure.... Nero is an interesting character who unlike Dante and his brother Vergil has at one point rejected his Demonic power and accepted only his human half much like Dante himself.
However over the course of DMC4 Nero accepts his demonic power as well much like Vergil from DMC3. Dante accepted his human half and rejected his demonic half while Vergil did the exact opposite by rejecting his human half and embracing his Demonic half. Nero chose to embrace both his Demonic and Human heritage. Though enough about the backstory.
You came here to read about the gameplay so thats what we're diving into right now. In terms of gameplay Devil May Cry as an IP has been in a weird position after DMC 3. With every entry post DMC3 the games have subsequently nerfed Dante in terms of his utility.
Dante out of all of the returning cast has changed the least, to the point where capcom has decided to no longer grow his Style system and instead focus on his Devil Arms. He is the most technical of the main cast but trust me when I say this. Nero and V by comparison feel very shallow and repetitive compared to Dante.
Nero plays just like he did in DMC4 but the Devil breakers don't provide anywhere near the versatility of Dante's style system and is shallow by comparison, meanwhile newcomer V for Vendetta basically being the most button mashy of the three playable characters. The gameplay with Nero becomes repetitive over the course of the game but switching between the three enables players to not spend too much time with any one character stopping players from noticing the repetition.
The game suddenly switches genres when your in control of Dante as he is the most technical of the three playable characters and easily the one who most DMC long term players will feel right at home with. The story has its fun moments and its more serious moments as well and manages to never let anything overstay its welcome (take a page from this TLOU).
Nero's one liners fall flat for some reason while Dante gives the game its color and flavor, this is a story of Nero stepping out of Dante's shadow and it works well like that. The music meshes well with the action and it always helps get that adrenaline rushing when your in a tough spot. The game does let you buy red orbs (the games currency) for money but there's really no need to since the game hands them out rather generously.
Also Nico drives like my wife.........
The ending is bitter sweet and the action is DMC4 but with everything polished to a T.
The voice acting for all the characters minus Trish is on point and now more than ever Itsuno san puts the peddle to the metal and reminds the world that the King is back and may it reign forever more!!!!
Its aesthetic does feel weird in certain moments but hey thats a nit pick if ever I made one, lets say this one more time people..........
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