Capcom has unleashed yet another great work of art into the world.
Just two months after the release of Resident Evil 2 remastered, Devil May Cry 5 has arrived and brought joy to fans of the series.
For people who aren’t familiar with the DMC franchise, it is an action game developed and published by Capcom, which tells the story of Dante the devil hunter and his companions.
The story of DMC 5 takes place a few years after the events of DMC 4, Nero, one of the protagonist of the game encounters a mysterious demon who rips off his demonic arm “Devil Bringer” and escaped with it.
A few days later, a mysterious man named “V” comes to Dante’s office and hired him and his companions to kill a certain returning demon, who happens to be the one that took Nero’s arm.
The plot of DMC 5 is a bit hard to understand without information from the previous games, luckily the game has included a video that quickly summarizes the history of the DMC universe.
However, it is recommended for the player to watch other related videos online or actually play the previous games, the experience of playing Devil May Cry 5 afterwards would be much better.
The gameplay of the franchise primarily focuses on fast-paced, stylish combat and is mostly well-known for this reason.
Visually, the game looks good, the character designs looked absolutely stunning, but there wasn’t anything else worth noting or mentioning.
The game’s soundtracks are probably one of the most memorable parts of the game, especially the character battle songs.
Not only are they great to listen to while hacking down demons, but they are also catchy and get stuck in your head.
In DMC 5, the player gets the chance to play three different characters within the story: Dante, the legendary devil hunter who focuses on multiple combat styles; Nero, who is outfitted with different types of “Devil Breaker” prosthetic arm; and V, a mysterious man who summons demons to aid him during fights.
Each playable character has a very distinctive style of combat and characteristics, which are all very fun to play.
The weapons that the game has to offer are crazy fun, from Dante’s motorcycle power-saw and akimbo rocket launcher to Nero’s prosthetic arm that acts as a homing missile fist.
The developers were very creative with the weapon designs of the game; there is even a DLC item in the game that gives Nero a spinning pasta fork for his prosthetic arm.
Gameplay-wise, Devil May Cry 5 feels just like its prequels: It is over-the-top, flashy and amazing.
Almost every aspect of the game is cool to look at.
The cutscenes have the same style of direction as the previous games, but they just never get old.
Even the simplest things such as calling the van (which serves as the in-game shop) have ridiculously actionpacked cutscenes, and each of them are very different from each other.
Like the previous games within the series, Devil May Cry 5 focuses a lot on stylish combat.
While constant button mashing is completely viable, the game encourages players to try out new combos and weapons by showing Stylish Rankings ranging from D to SSS during every battle.
It’s very satisfying to hear the in-game announcer go from saying “Dismal” to shouting out “Smokin’ Sexy Style!” when the player has reached SSS ranking.
The difficulty of the game is pretty balanced.
It took me around 10 hours to finish my first play through on Devil Hunter Mode (regular difficulty).
The level design is pretty straightforward with hidden secrets here and there, and the enemy variety and design were very interesting.
The boss fights of the game are quite memorable as well.
There aren’t any “filler” bosses in the game: Each boss encounter is unique and pretty challenging.
While Devil May Cry 5 is a fairly linear game, it has decent replayability.
After beating the game on normal, the player will unlock New Game Plus and a harder difficulty for a skilled player to play through.
If the player managed to beat that as well, an even harder difficulty will be unlocked until all the regular and special difficulty levels have been unlocked.
The game will also be receiving an update for Bloody Palace in April, which will give the players the opportunity to fight against endless waves of enemies and bosses and earn rewards.
To conclude, Devil May Cry 5 is probably the best action-hack and slash-style game that’s been released in recent years, and very much like it’s prequels, the game’s stylish actions and energizing music have created an extremely enjoyable experience for its players.
The game is currently available on PC, Xbox One and PS4.