It’s been eleven years. Eleven long arduous years fans have endured for the next installment in the action game franchise that defined the PS2. Created by the legendary Hideki Kamiya, Devil May Cry wasn’t just an action game – it was a revolutionary title that placed an emphasis on mastering combos, juggling opponents, and quickly changing between weapons. It was an amalgamation of over the top gore, satire, and macabre. And the cherry on top? It was all under the umbrella of a Heavy Metal Opera.
Unfortunately with all things, time has a way of slipping. The sequels to the original while excellent, never did find the footing and revelatory brilliance of the forefather. Eventually the franchise drifted into a heavy slumber.
Lest I forget to mention, Capcom tried to revive the franchise with DmC in 2009. A soft reboot by Ninja Theory that missed the point of the original and found itself hurting the franchise more than any thing else. That is all the past though. In 2019, Capcom has decided to take the franchise back in house and this time with the RE Engine and Hideaki Itsuno as the Director. So let’s see what our old buddy Dante is up to shall we?
So- without further ado, this is our official review for Devil May Cry 5!
Devil May Cry 5’s Story takes place a few years after 4. Our protagonist Nero, is traveling with his friend Nico to seek revenge on the Demon King who took his arm. Alongside Nero, we have V -who’s intentions remain a mystery, but seems keen to make the journey.
While all 3 playable characters have their unique styles- its the skill tree system that makes them stand out. Upgrading weapons, moves sets and extra health all come from collecting red orbs – which are the main source to growing your abilities and pulling off some truly devastating attacks. V being physically weak tends to stay back and lets his panther and vulture chip away at an enemy’s health; only approaching close range when an enemy is ready to be finished.
Nero on the other hand is all style. His gameplay is based around interchangeable arms that can be modified to intelligently take down different foes. Players will find themselves never really bound by one set of moves- because its the mix-up that creates the most damaging attacks.
Our old buddy Dante has the most amount of moves at his disposal. However, he is also the hardest to get those SSS ranks with. With so many tools at your fingertips, you’ll often be at odds with yourself about what style or weapon to use. Dante has strengths in all areas from swordplay, stylish breakdancing juggles, a cut in half motorbike and plenty more that I won’t spoil for you here. Suffice to say- he’s better than ever.
Each enemy will be vulnerable to a certain weapon or style making player knowledge and urgency vital to effectively dispatching foes. Make no mistake though, if you are new to the franchise and want an easier time, there’s an Auto mode which allows players to fight with style without remembering weapon switches and combo’s. It’s an Accessible function that while not for me – goes a long way in broadening the appeal of the series to newcomers or casual fans.
Graphically, we have a smorgasbord of eye candy. Running at 4K on the Xbox One X, DMC5 is a showpiece. Character textures are intricately detailed, costumes glitter with minutia, and the world is just an incredible art piece to juxtapose the pathos.
One of the most inspiring locales in the game is where the story takes place – Red Grave City. Remote Play prides ourself on our UK Heritage – and it comes as a welcoming homage that Red Grave City is based on London. Talk about hitting close to home.
Overall, I enjoyed my sixteen hour playthrough on Demon Hunter. This was everything I wanted from a new Devil May Cry game. From the flashy combat to the stunning visuals, the game ticks all the right boxes and pushes you with the perfect amount of challenge. The action scenes were spectacular and the story had me at the edge of my seat. Capcom have really outdone themselves with this one- the ante has been upped. Devil May Cry 5 is a stylish, action packed, metal opera that is ready to rock your face off.
A review code was provided by Capcom UK
Developer: Capcom / Publisher Capcom
Release date: 08/03/2019
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC
Version Reviewed: Xbox One X
“Devil May Cry 5 is a stylish, action packed, metal opera that is ready to rock your face off”