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Devil May Cry has been touring the video game block before and this is a delightful return to the tale of two brothers, Dante and Vergil. As the name suggests this is going to be a hellish battle and one that conjures up souls of the dead in a supernatural orgy of violence. Dante returns to the series and much about him remains the same yet he has also developed in so many ways. He still has the same sword with which to bring a decisive and meaty end to those in his way and he still has much of the same character but he has grown up too and this is a new Dante that brings a level of immersion that perhaps previous entrants to this franchise have lacked.
This game is stunning. This is everything those with a previous love of the game will be delighted to see. The rich and warped world created by Dante has just enough of the human world to be believable and yet plenty of a demonic underworld that provides the graphic artists with a realm of possibilities.
The core of this game and the reason it presents such a great entry to the franchise is the gameplay. This time it is just about spot on. Switching fluidly between Dante's demonic and angelic form opens up different weapon options and different combination moves. The combination moves feel controllable so unlike other games in the same genre the player still feels like they are genuinely in control. This for me is a real benefit as I dislike feeling I have 'button-mashed' my way through a game and far prefer the sensation of being in control and using some skill to reach the final goal-posts.
Combination moves actually are worth performing as they take the player forward in the points system which in turn becomes a mission ranking. The more elaborate combinations you can chain together the higher the points and the higher your own ranking. If there is one thing gamers love it is being able to compare their performance with friends and develop a roster of bragging rights and Devil May Cry delivers this beautifully.
It is hard to complain too much about this game as really it surpasses expectations. However, if there is to be one complaint it would be that the game itself is fairly short. Within ten to twelve hours you will have completed your first play through. This in itself though is not terrible as the game offers five levels of difficulty and rewards those that fight on higher difficulty levels with additional trophies. This gives the game a degree of longevity beyond the first play through. The folks that like to complete a game and move on may find the subsequent games 'more of the same' but hang on in there and you will see that the challenge level is developing and your own skills are improving all the time. This then gives a huge satisfaction reward as combination moves that were unattainable in you first play through gradually come within reach.
This game takes our expectations of a game in this franchise and delivers all we expected and more. It provides the best Devil May Cry experience to date and somehow the demonic worlds that have been conjured are at their most believable in this game. Dante welcomes you to his inferno and I think you will be only too pleased to enter.