Hey folks, Valkor here and welcome to my first GameView review. I know this section has been lacking in updates, but don’t worry I’ll be rounding it out with a review or two in the days ahead, hopefully on the regular. But for now let’s delve into the world of Devil May Cry. I’ve never had the pleasure of playing the first three games and I think I’m gonna have to backtrack because Devil May Cry 4 kicks a lot of ass.
The story revolves around Nero as he ventures to find his girlfriend Kyrie, who was kidnapped by this high priestess dude. He plans to use her to awaken this god and open up the gates of Hell. Oh and Dante, from the previous games is here too. His goal at first is unclear because he initially kills the priest (Who was later resurrected), but everything becomes clear about midway when you take the reigns of his character. As Nero you’ll venture into the city, solving puzzles and battling monsters until you get to the big boss at the end of each stage. Once the boss is defeated you’ll acquire a new weapon that can be used in the next level. As Dante you’ll play the same stages, but in reverse, but not exactly the same way as you did with Nero. And as with Nero you’ll acquire new weapons after every boss battle. The final boss battle you’ll play as both characters, but not at the same time. If you play the game straight through, you can beat it in a day, but to if you want to find all the little secrets and what not then that will take a bit more time. But the great thing is you can replay every mission over, with everything you accumulated. The thing about replaying the missions is for you to try and improve your overall score. At the end of each mission you’ll get a grade score for how many orbs you collected, how fast you finish the level, and style. Style is based on your combos you pull off in succession which starts from D (Deadly) to SS (Super Smokin). You’re overall score factors into how many souls you get at the end of the game. These souls can be spent to upgrade your skills and weapons. Finally there are red orbs you can collect that can be used to purchase items such as health, magic, holy water (Which decimates everything, and works wonders against the big bosses) and even continues so that if you die mid game, you’ll jump right back into battle.
The gameplay is off the chain, controls are smooth and very
responsive. It’s definite arcade style as you don’t have many buttons to use.
But even with the limit of button action, you can pull off some mean combos on
the fly, once you get used to it. The level of difficulty is only moderate,
even the most difficult puzzles can be easily figured out. The only snag I ran
into was the “Lost Woods” but once you figure out how to get past it, it’s cake
(hint: just follow the shadows). The graphics are just wow!! It’s my first Blu
Ray game and it fucking shines!! The resolution is extremely clear, animation
is very fluid, especially the CGI, and the special effects are great. I freakin
love flare effects, especially when Nero’s arm flares up. It fucking shines!!
(Yea I repeated myself, do something!). Sound effects are crisp and clear. Pump
up the volume loud enough and gun effects will shake your house, you’ll feel
every slice, hear the crunch of every monster as you lay into them, the earth
will move… when the earth moves in the game. You know what I mean. Big plus
goes out to the voice acting. Every voice fits every character to a tee. And I’m
not dick ridin or nothin but Johnny Young Bosch does a fantastic voice job of
Nero. From Power Rangers, to
The CGI cut scenes are a bit lengthy, the actual gaming is a tad easy, and the overall gaming experience is short lived. Even with the secret missions, Capcom could have tossed in an extra level or two.
Nothing ugly here, though some of the bosses look rather rank.
Devil May Cry 4 is my first PS3 Blu Ray outing and it was definitely worth the price of admission. You can also find DMC 4 for the Xbox 360 as well; Great gameplay, animation, and some excellent voice acting rounds out a fantastic game. Out of TOV 5 stars, I’m gonna give DMC 4 4.5 stars. If you’re a fan of the series definitely pick it up and even if you aren’t and you own either system, then this should be on your list of must own.