Microsoft Xbox 360 (PS3)
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 3.0 stars
It only took a few minutes of playing the original "Devil May Cry" for the phrase "wow, that was cool" to become my own personal mantra. Since then, the DMC series has undergone several changes -- some good and some bad. Now the DMC reboot has received an overhaul, and my new mantra has become "wow, that was easy!"
Future Earth is covertly controlled by the Demon King Mundus, who poses as a wealthy businessman. Only "The Order" knows the truth, and this secret organization has the lofty goal of freeing humanity from enslavement. Dante is recruited by The Order to help slay demons, and his selfish attitude is only eclipsed by the unnecessarily offensive and childish storyline. After witnessing the ridiculous events in this game, indeed the devil may cry ... with laughter!
Just like past installments in the series, combat is fast and furious! Players build up high-scoring combos and earn style ratings based on their skills. However, there isn't much challenge to fighting, especially because it's too easy to render enemies nearly harmless by endlessly "juggling" them in the air. I also wish that the style ratings weren't changed from being based on variety to being based solely on damage!
New to the series is the ability to have a variety of Angel and Demon weapons in addition to Dante's trademark pistols and Rebellion sword. Sadly, there's hardly much use for the pistols during combat. However, I do like how changing weapons during combos can actually increase the amount of damage inflicted. It's also cool that certain platforming areas add much-needed variety to game play.
"Devil May Cry" may disappoint core fans of the series, but newcomers will surely find something alluring about slaying demons.