My first impressions of the game knocked my socks off but about halfway through it starts getting old.
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The game starts you off playing as Nero who has a demon arm. I actually enjoyed playing as him and the demon arm works very well. Without ruining the story, you have 3 main boss fights. After Chapter 11 you than assume control of Dante who definitely controls differently than Nero and takes some adjusting.
Here's the problems with the game. While playing as Nero, there will be instances where you have no clue where you should be going. You'll eventually figure it out but not before adding on 5-10 minutes to your level clear time, resulting in a lower grade at the end of the level. This isn't as bad as my next point.
Once you assume control of Dante, you basically play the game a second time through as you play the same levels you did as Nero except in backwards order. There are a few different enemies and you play as Dante instead but it gets old very quickly. Even the boss fights are the same. This is where the game fails in my opinion.
The sound is great in the game. However, my other complaint is that every time you encounter enemies the SAME techno music is played every time. No variation whatsoever. This started to wear on me a bit.
The graphics, levels, and characters for the most part look incredible. There is virtually no slowdown in the game, even with tons of enemies. The animations are very fluid and sound. The combo systems work well and there is an automatic combo feature to help those unfamiliar with the scheme. I really enjoy the end of level rankings where you are ranked on clear time, fighting style, and orbs found. You are penalized for things like continuing and using gold orbs, and rewarded for things like completing secret missions (which many are rough).
Overall, DMC4 is a really solid game. My biggest problem is that I feel the developers took a shortcut and rather than expand the story mode, you simply replay it as Dante. I would have liked to have seen two different character paths instead, rather than a retread. If not for this shortcoming, this game would have been a solid 9/10 but unfortunately it is not. It's still worth playing and a good game, I'm just disappointed in the end result.