DMC: Devil May Cry comes out this week, and after getting my hands on the demo I can tell you that I am more on board than ever. Swapping weapons on the fly feels great. I’d love to pour some time into discovering the ins and outs of DMC‘s fighting system, learning the different techniques and combos. The enemies in the demo were fun to fight. There are flying demons that required you to yank yourself up with a grapple attack, then bash away at their shields before you can finish them off. Others, like the levitating clusters of broken glass, require your trusty pistols Ebony & Ivory to dispose of them.
In the game you switch from the “real” world into the demon world, known as “Limbo”, which, strangely enough, is much more vibrant and colorful than the latter. Considering it’s where the creatures of the underworld call home, Limbo is actually pretty damn beautiful. I have been a huge fan of developer Ninja Theory’s use of complimentary colors and high saturation, and they certainly don’t disappoint with DMC.
Combining extended jumps and grappling moves to get around quickly feels great, but I think Dante’s run cycle is a tad bit too slow for my taste. I’m wondering what upgrades will be available in the full game. I know I’ve seen throwing discs and some sort of gauntlets that let you get up close and personal with your enemies. Could be cool!
Before you run off to the store on my recommendation, I must warn you: the dialogue is just awful. I’ve always had a problem with Dante’s new voice actor because of how he seems to slur his words every time he opens his mouth, but that’s not even the issue here. I’ve been a fan of games that are intentionally crass or vulgar before, but DMC gives me the feeling that it’s not doing it in a tongue-in-cheek, Suda 51 kind of way. Instead, I feel like the game is trying REALLY hard to be cool and edgy, but unfortunately it just comes off as childish.
That being said, I haven’t been a fan of hack-n’-slash, me-against-the-world, action games because they have exceptional (or even competent) writing. For me, DMC seems to deliver where it counts, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the full release.
Did you try the demo? What did you think?