With a great plot, beautiful visuals, và near perfect gameplay, Capcom deliver possibly the best Devil May Cry lớn date.

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Zack Stout·March 8, 2019
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It takes courage lớn admit when you’ve made a mistake. Love it or hate it, nin-ja Theory’s DmC: Devil May Cry was a huge step in the wrong direction for Capcom’s beloved series. Our cheeky protagonist was turned khổng lồ an edgy nomad living in a decrepit mobile home, Nero’s backstory was never given a chance khổng lồ be fleshed out before being seemingly thrown out, và the new story dropped all ties khổng lồ the original games lượt thích they were old hat. By announcing and finally releasing Devil May Cry 5, Capcom has thoroughly admitted và apologized for their misstep. Và what an apology it turned out to be.

Devil May Cry 5 wastes absolutely no time in getting lớn the heart of the kích hoạt as it throws us in the middle of a fight with a new demon king named Urizen. The once demon-armed, now demon-armless Nero rushes in lớn assist a cocky Dante in taking down this new threat, only lớn retreat once Dante is overtaken by the formidable foe. While the plot is clearly a bigger focus this time around, you’re immediately told “this game does not promote smoking or the use of cigarettes” following their stylized usage during the opening credits, reminding us all that Devil May Cry is alive & kicking.

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With the recovered focus on plot for the series, interesting storytelling devices are used along the length of the game. With a narrative that tends khổng lồ jump around, most of the loading screens display a timeline showing each mission in chronological order. The date & time of day are shown before each major cutscene, all of them rendered exquisitely và with impeccable camerawork as the drama plays out beautifully between each of our favorite demons/half-demons. Even the return of short-lived characters like Morrison from the anime are given significant screen presence. As the interesting script leads to lớn fascinating conversations, letting us get to lớn know the most varied cast in Devil May Cry to date, the most interesting among them likely being the newcomer “V”.

Looking like a malnourished Criss Angel, it’s very easy for series veterans to dislike V. So easy that it might have been intentional. He’s weak, uses a cane khổng lồ get around, is smothered in generic tattoos, và bears a striking resemblance to lớn not only the previously mentioned Las Vegas magician, but also Adam Driver of Star Wars fame. To đứng đầu it all off, he’s also a hammy poet. Devil May Cry 5 gives you every reason to loathe V, just khổng lồ set you up to have the rug pulled out from under you as he develops into a crucial part of the story and one of the freshest additions lớn the game.

Attacking with shadow animals and a piercing cane, V’s combat can evolve from mashing relentlessly to strategically timed dodges and meter burns at the drop of a sparkling red hat. Requiring the weakened poet lớn weave between attacks lớn finish enemies off adds a layer of risk and reward to even the smallest of combat encounters, and I have no doubt that higher difficulties will require series veterans lớn forget everything they know, xuất hiện their mind, & soak up all the strategic power nguồn the newcomer V wields.

Eleven years ago, Nero was the relatively disliked newcomer to the series. He was more naïve than Dante, had an extra edge to him that made him seem whiny, và even started the trò chơi wearing a cast. Once you got behind the controller though, he mixed up Devil May Cry’s formula in a major way. His Devil Bringer arm và Red Queen sword brought grabs and charged melee to the table và led khổng lồ Nero being arguably more versatile than even our beloved Dante could be.

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Devil May Cry 5 looks at that versatility & laughs as it gives Nero the all-new Devil Breaker, an arm with over a dozen attachments that unlock new attacks, abilities, and even some good humored nerfs, all taken in stride as our second favorite white-haired protagonist takes center stage once more. This gives Capcom a chance lớn conclude Devil May Cry 4 (finally) & build on the backstory of this relative stranger with a few twisty revelations, and a climax where he finally outshines our baby Dante.

Dante didn’t need fixing. Aside from the amazing new animation work, Dante spends the majority of your first few hours being the carbon copy of Devil May Cry 3, much like he was in his 4th outing. Combos are second nature, Styles like Trickster & Royal Guard return, & even classic weapons lượt thích Balrog rear their head khổng lồ ease you in. Then the fun begins. Rebellion (Dante’s iconic sword) is destroyed, tearing away all familiarity and loading you up with a new khung of Devil Trigger known as Sin Devil Trigger, where Dante becomes a four-winged beast & metaphysical blades do his bidding. Like I said, Dante didn’t need fixing, but the beautiful bastards at Capcom fixed him anyway, & he’s all the better for it.

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Level designs are generally more open than they’ve ever been in the series (barring a handful of large areas in the first và 4th game), welcoming in-depth exploration with tons of hidden orbs everywhere, a new Secret Missions system where you have to line up pentagrams hidden in the world, & even some light puzzle solving, a feature the series was once known for. (quoting Dante: “It’s been a while since I’ve used my brain this much”)

So the characters are great, the new game play tweaks are welcome additions, level design stays true to lớn the series, and the plot surprisingly kicks ass. What’s the catch? The time it takes lớn get lớn it all is a pretty catchy catch. Devil May Cry 5 is fraught with loading screens. Simply going from the Start Menu lớn the Main menu presents a hefty load screen, then selecting a mission requires a load, customizing equipment requires a load, và then when you finally start a mission, it needs to lớn go và load before and after the initial cutscene. Even if the loading times were brisk, the constant stopping and starting makes getting lớn the kích hoạt tedious. Thankfully, once a mission is started, it’s fully loaded for good.

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Another problem that I can’t reach a decision on is the weaponsmith & general loudmouth, Nico. One minute she can be a charming và relatable side character, the next she sounds like a Saturday morning cartoon version of Mrs. Texas, sniffing demon horns & insulting our protagonists for the fun of it (primarily Nero & Lady). I’ll leave it up to you, but any scene she’s in may as well be a crap shoot.

Devil May Cry 5’s soundtrack absolutely kills it. Nero’s theme, Devil Trigger, has been a fan favorite since its reveal, & even songs I didn’t have much faith in like Dante’s battle theme ended up drawing me into every combat sequence. What really caught me off-guard, though, were the quái thú themes. A lot of them are quality to their fight and are 100% rad, leaning hard into devilish riffs and heavy drums and spiritually giving me life, especially tougher fights lượt thích the final boss, who is difficulty spike upon difficulty spike, which was made all the more manageable with a glorious score cheering me on.

The weakest part of the trò chơi by far is the multiplayer, which isn’t even bad. It just leaves you questioning why it’s there. A notification will pop up on-screen telling you that you’re playing with “xDanteMustDiddle92x,” but unless you’re in a very specific (and very boring) arena-based mission, the chances of you interacting with another player are slim. You’re usually on opposite sides of the level getting a distant glimpse at their battle or separated by something as simple as a chain link fence. I’ve never had the trò chơi lag or this feature cause any problems in my game, but it’s used in such a throwaway way that you could have put pre-canned AI in place of the players and it wouldn’t have made a lick of difference. At least you get Gold Orbs if they’re nice enough khổng lồ give you a Stylish ranking after they finish their mission.