|Hack'n'Slash Action; PS4, XboxONE, PC (Digital Only); Capcom; 2015|
|Silver hair, Blue coat, Katana, voiced by Daniel Southworth. Yep, this is Vergil.|
The story to DMC4 remains largely unchanged in this new version. It's still overly dramatic, paper thin, and just serves as a way for our heroes to have reason to venture forth and slay a ton of demons. And to that end the story serves it's purpose, although there is a lot that remains unclear by the end of the game. The new story sequences only appear as the opening and ending of the two new character modes: Vergil mode, which takes place many years before DMC4 (presumably before the events of DMC3), and Lady/Trish mode, where our two Devil Hunting ladies that on the roles of Nero and Dante respectively. Unfortunately, these modes don't add that much more story, and while Vergil mode does make a clearer picture for Nero, it STILL leaves a lot unsaid. It's a shame that DMC4 SE doesn't do anything to help flesh out the world more.
|Where does she keep all those grenades?|
Now, it might sound weird that a game with such a HUGE flaw still gets a Highly Recommended from me, but I feel that this game deserves this verdict for several reasons. One, the original Devil May Cry 4 was NOT a bad game. It had the unfortunate position of being the follow-up of one of the greatest Hack'n'Slash games of all time, Devil May Cry 3, and suffered from being incomplete and having to reuse Bosses and Levels probably to make up for a Deadline that was rapidly approaching. Two, this version has a LOT of new content that makes it more than worth purchasing again for those of you who have played the original DMC4. I mean, for several people just playing as Vergil was enough for a purchase. Three, this is actually a REALLY good deal since it is only $25 no matter where you are getting it from. Four, despite being a 7 year old game and one of the early titles for the PS3 and 360, DMC4 STILL looks amazing even compared to the $60 Next Gen PS4 and Xbox ONE games its competing against. And finally Five, This is a chance to make Devil May Cry 5 happen. After DmC: Devil May Cry left a lot of classic DMC fans (like myself) felt cold, Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition serves as an easy conduit for gamers to express the type of DMC game we would like to see in the future. I want to return to the world of over-the-top action with one of the most iconic video game heroes of this genre. And while I don't agree with buying a game just as a form of "voting," I'm sure we all know that if we want to see these games return, we need to speak in some way. And so for all the reasons listed above Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition gets a Highly Recommended.
Oh and Reason Six, We finally can play as Vergil and fight Dante.
Until Next Time.