|Action; PS3, Xbox 360; Capcom/Ninja Theory; 2013|
|"And who are you suppose to be again?"|
Like nearly everything about DmC: DMC, you can criticize the story in two different ways, as it's own entity or as in comparison to the original series. Compared to the original series, nearly every single icon of the Devil May Cry franchise has been changed and morphed to a point where it is barely recognizable. Dante, Vergil, Mundus, Sparda, and even Dante and Vergil's mother Eva are all completely different, with different personalities, moralities, and motivations. The only thing that remains that is the same between the original characters and their new reboots is their name and broadly their roles in the story. As it's own entity, I found the story to be rather dull. Characters are for the most part uninteresting, the story tries too hard to be serious, the social commentary does nothing for the story, and there are some serious questions raised about the plot that are not really resolved. Chief among them is Dante's motivation: Why does he care for humanity? Even if I buy Dante caring about Kat, that is just ONE human, why does Dante, being half demon half angel, care about the state humanity is as a whole? There is something wrong with your protagonist when the Villain can come up with a compelling, albeit twisted, argument for his actions, but there is no explanation for the hero's. It also doesn't help that the ending leaves me feeling unsatisfied and raises the question of the morality of the Dante's actions when so much wide spread destruction and lost of life occurred because of it. But that's just the story, and even in classic DMC the story was never a focal point. All that matters is the gameplay.
|It looks the same but it doesn't FEEL the same.|
|I thought people wanted LESS platforming in a Devil May Cry game?|
Ultimately, Dante must Cry: Devil May Cry is a frustratingly okay game. It is average in almost every regard. Nothing about it stands out from peers outside of perhaps it's very low difficulty, and even then it's not necessarily a positive quality. Is it a Devil May Cry game? No, in no way is this game anywhere close to being a Devil May Cry game, not in it's story, not in it's aesthetics, and not in it's gameplay. It's not a bad game, but it's also not a great one. It just kind of meanders in the grey zone of being okay, which makes it hard to recommend when there are better games in the Hack'n'Slash genre. DmC: Devil May Cry gets at most a limited recommendation from me.
Until Next time.