Hack-and-slash classic gets a hellishly good makeover
Some say the devil is dead, more say he rose again. Well, in the case of Devil May Cry, he has well and truly risen.
The hack-and-slash action title has been given a makeover for the current generation of consoles by developers Ninja Theory for publishers Capcom.
In all, Definitive Edition features improvements such as 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate; refined gameplay physics; the downloadable content available to the previous versions; a new Bloody Palace mode for Vergil; a Turbo Mode which results in a 20 per cent increase to game speed; Hardcore mode, which is designed for players who are looking for the classic challenge; Gods Must Die difficulty level wherein enemies have Devil Trigger and deal 2.5 times the normal damage; Must Style mode wherein enemies can only be damaged when the style rank is S and above; new costumes unavailable to the previous versions; updated trophies and achievements; and new leaderboards for Hardcore mode.
For those new to the series, gamers assume the role of Dante – a seriously mean hombre – as he uses special powers and lethal weapons to battle foes and make his way through Limbo. He can perform deadly combos with his sword, Rebellion, and shooting with his twin pistols, Ebony and Ivory.
Devil May Cry’s previous action and combat controls were near enough to perfect but this version has somehow managed to raise the bar. It is now easier to lock on to a specific target during combat. The pace can also be quickened by around 20 per cent with the previously mentioned Turbo, which makes for some serious carnage by Dante.
All this makes the game more enjoyable but certainly not easier, and the highest difficultly level should challenge even the most hardened of gamers.
There are some new additions to the already-fantastic campaign. Players can also customise Dante with different skins.
The aesthetics and performance are markedly improved on the new consoles. The hardware also allowed developers Ninja Theory to refine the lighting and shading, to wonderful effect.
Action on screen is stunning, running in 1080p at 60fps. It makes for an excellent experience.
With the improvements in the action physics and visuals, allied to the stunning aesthetics, there’s plenty here to have you coming back for more
It’s a must-have for any action fan’s library.