TGS 06: Devil May Cry 4 Hands-On

We get our hands on Capcom's stylish PS3 action game for the first time in Tokyo.

TOKYO--Yep, it's Devil May Cry. Thanks to a bout of sprinting, we were one of the first few people to play Devil May Cry 4 here at TGS after the show floor opened this morning. While it's not an earth-shattering revolution in gaming, fans of Devil May Cry 3 will be pleased to know that the series's trademark stylish action is returning in an almost identical form, at least based on the impressions that the demo left us.

Graphically speaking, DMC4 is obviously a pretty game, albeit not overwhelmingly so. The demo we played was somewhat low on the wow factor for the most part, which was mostly due to the environment that we were playing in. The action started off in a garden initially and then shifted into some grungy warehouses before moving outdoors into a dock area. It's done well, but not jaw-droppingly so--at least, not at this point in development. There are still frame-rate issues that will likely be cleaned up in the future, though.

Nero himself will be instantly familiar to anyone who played as Dante in Devil May Cry 3 since he looks and is controlled in almost the exact same fashion. The square button shoots his gun (a large revolver in his case), triangle slashes his large sword, X jumps, and circle causes him to punch with his demon fist, which is attached to his arm at the elbow and glows red. The combination of his demon fist and sword makes him control somewhat as if you were using both the sword and Beowulf from DMC3 at the same time. No evidence of weapon-switching was apparent in the demo we played, although we're betting that any new weapons you get will only replace the triangle attack; the demon fist seems to be important enough to always be equipped.

With that said, we didn't see any evidence of styles or the devil trigger. The normal style button, circle, was bound to the demon-fist attack command, so that seems to be irreplaceable. The normal devil-trigger button doesn't cause any kind of transformation but instead causes Nero to gain a short burst of speed. We're betting that our demo was from fairly early in the game, based on all of these factors.

This isn't to say that combat was uninteresting. It is, instead, overwhelmingly familiar, enough so that all of our (admittedly meager) skills were instantly applicable when we started playing, since most of the move sets are apparently identical to DMC3. The normal sword attacks can be combo'd together to form some rapid slashes, while the familiar forward-plus-triangle dash is back and capable of hitting multiple opponents. Back plus triangle will, likewise, kick enemies in front of you up into the air, letting you jump up after them and start slashing them while in midflight.

Fans of outdated street slang will be pleased to know that your ability to quickly land a variety of blows without getting hit will again get you a rank, anywhere from D all the way up to (presumably) SSS. The higher you go, the more red orbs you get when you kill your foes. We managed to scope out a few of the titles you can earn, spotting "Come On," "Big Ups," "All That," and, after a furious bout of button mashing, "Slammin' Beat."

The demon fist acts quite like Beowulf attacks from DMC3, with the default combo hitting enemies up into the air a bit and then smashing them back down into the ground, causing the floor to fracture and staggering nearby opponents. In addition to that, you can perform what's known as a "snatch" on distant enemies, where the fist will quickly detach from your arm, grab opponents by the head, then teleport them back to your location, letting you beat on them at close range.

Speaking of enemies, the trademark bizarre opponents of Devil May Cry games of yore appear to be influencing the design of the enemies here. We only saw a couple of varieties of foes in our demo, both of which were patchwork-doll-like creations, seemingly made of many body parts stitched together with a number of blades attached to them. The difficulty of the fighting here wasn't overwhelming, despite the inability to switch styles or weapons, so perhaps the difficulty adjustments made to the Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition have been incorporated into the initial run of Devil May Cry 4.

Overall, the experience of playing the Devil May Cry 4 demo here at TGS is very similar to playing Devil May Cry 3, save for the graphical upgrades. We weren't particularly surprised by anything we encountered, although the game did show off a huge, flaming Balrog-like enemy that stepped out of a fiery portal before the demo timed out. Only time will tell what Capcom has up its sleeve for the full version of the game; we're sure that it hasn't revealed everything about the title here at TGS. For instance, one of the postcards that representatives from the company were handing out as you exited the game booth features Nero standing on a set of steps with someone who's wearing Dante's red-colored trench coat walking up the stairs beyond him. What role Dante himself has in Devil May Cry 4 is yet to be determined, so stay tuned to GameSpot for more details on the title as they become available.

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ironman7412
ironman7412

Therse a new DMC in 2009 and this time its Dante and good Vergil

Pitfiend23
Pitfiend23

Just hope there's a separates storyline for Dante. Without Dante, I wouldn't care much about the game, I mean this Nero guy doesn't look as cool as Dante...

SPARTAN013
SPARTAN013

what a beautiful xbox 360 game ! !

icarus212001
icarus212001

as long as there's wii may cry, i'll be happy! lol

frank20910
frank20910

w00t w00t im getting this for my 360!

NND1
NND1

DaNtE is commiinnngg to 360 YEEAAAHHHH!!!

M_A_D
M_A_D

CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON IT !!!

woutman
woutman

I found it. Dante is e playable an Virgil wil also get a role in the game but i don't know of it is playable but Dante is i found this info on wikipedia. The game will be so great i just have to have it. DMC for ever!!!!!!!!!

RobinNordholm67
RobinNordholm67

Where the hell is DANTE!? I don't say tat this game is bad its just that Dante is coolest guy ever!

woutman
woutman

i hope Dante is a playable and Virgil must return but i love DMC so i will buy the game for sure DMC for ever!!!!!!!!!!!

fahad2mail
fahad2mail

I am a big fan of DMC. Hope that DMC4 will be great.

amerdante
amerdante

Devil may cry ...... is the best............ but ........ where is Vergil ?..... no one like Vergil..

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Looks and sounds like a half assed approach to developing a next gen game. Just stick another number on the end of the case, put it on Blu ray instead of DVD, up the graphics and get it onto shelves. Reminds me of GTHD.

Crystal_meej
Crystal_meej

aaah I want that game! it's so awesome!!! but why does it have to take so long -_-

decimator17
decimator17

it looks really cool a good reason to get a PS3

RahKayne
RahKayne

OMG I'm all for PS3, Wii, PC, but I don't respect 360 haters. It's just ridiculus really. Everyone needs a little balance, 360 will not be owned by PS3, and vice versa. 360 is a great system. Just my .02, GO DMC

Haruhi_love
Haruhi_love

hope they make the game super cool so tht PS3 will own 360 and sony wont be going into urgent crisis talks :S:S and have to restructure:S:S:SS:S: SONY i will support you!!!!!!!

gashi2000
gashi2000

the right analog stick was allways used for the camera hold R1 and move the left analog stick and you might be able to roll you thickose next time send some one that knowes how to play the game cus you lot are shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

NND1
NND1

This iz going 2 Rock!

Solidesnake2004
Solidesnake2004

My Response: I believe this game has great potential....i mean nothing beats a Storyline....even if it takes about 4 games to do it. To many of you people who say...."looks like #3" ...well say what you will.... take the editors word for it.....because all they are doing is stating their opinion just like everyone else on this forum....and fortunaly for them....they get paid to express their opinion. if there is a new combat system..sweet....ill be wating...if Dante has his own story to playthrough that crosses paths with Nero...sweet i wouldn't mind that (unlike 3 with virgil having like 3 cutscenses) ...... so i like to say on the behalf of other DMC fans out there....if you don't like the game ...don't get it....if you are interested but skeptical....just rent it or barrow it. thats all it takes.

guitarfreak2005
guitarfreak2005

hmm.. why is everyone saying that dmc4 is going to disappoint? it's not like dmc:1 or dmc:3 disappointed... haha...let's not talk about dmc:2

Dragonball4life
Dragonball4life

i hope this game is better,now dmc may be going too far,but how would i know some companies just want alot of money,i might buy this game when i get a ps3 and some cash.

williamwu1985
williamwu1985

wth, temoc7 is a microdog, these kind of people dont even have right to play game.

Skylarscar
Skylarscar

I think i should head over to the 360 section and pick a game that's still in development and talk all kinds of crap like the fact that my year old computer can still put out better visuals. Capcom takes care of their franchises, DMC4 won't dissapoint, especially in it's senior effort. Just the fact that Dante is in some screenshots guns blazing should be indication enough that you'll get to play as him, if only as an unlockable. I dunno about you guys but I'm gettin tired of fanboys of other consoles or even franchises coming in here for the sole purpose of smack talking. If you don't like the game, fine, but temoc7, looks like PS2? are you slightly retarded or just bitter?

temoc7
temoc7

This game looks like PS2.1 I don't Understand why people are so excited about it. one word: Disappointment.

Chris--beep--
Chris--beep--

Amen to that fooljeff, but knowing capcom nero wouldnt die by a stab... they should belt him with a f***** watever u bellt evil ddemon frieks that take over danters role wit... DMC4 still loooks good tho

Fooljeff
Fooljeff

Dante is my favourite video game character of all time. I hope he stabs Nero in the face.

MKRayden
MKRayden

wow superb www.mknexusonline.com

gue2
gue2

Well what i can say i just loved dmc since the first time i played it but i was so disappointed when i played the dmc2, but the things i liked were 1-you can shot tow enemis at the same time 2-the rain that he does 3- other little tihing but when i saw dmc3 it was really cool it has a lot of style i´m just waitting for the dmc4 i hope it doesn´t disappoint me like dmc2 althought it is good i like it but not i love dmc1 and 3

Doolum
Doolum

This game will definitely be a killer just like MGS4.Still in development so still has lots of rooms for improvement.Hell,am i getting impatient now...

huete360
huete360

I think that DMC 4 is an excelent game

axlblack
axlblack

I'm so excited... I can't talk anymore...... WOOOOOOOO!! DMC 4 + MGS 4 = me twitching on floor foaming with excitement

Murpheus007
Murpheus007

I enjoyed the first Devil May Cry moderately, but the game never WOW'd me. It is rather disappointing to hear the gameplay is " rather familiar". But just like the others I'll rent it and give it a try. Never know, maybe by release time they will really have done something spectacular.

HenduKnight
HenduKnight

Does anyone know what these ps3 games are going to cost?

rosscero
rosscero

The best of TGS! devil may cry rocks!

LiquidSnake24
LiquidSnake24

DMC4: The Second game im looking forward to on PS3. 1st been MGS4

kuwaitspot
kuwaitspot

one of the best game in PS . i like it .. i hope PS 3 in the market now to play this game ,, of course not only DMC theres another games like killsone , metel gear and cars racing ,,, about DMC it is fast , action , advanture ,new weapons .. And more -- its a fantastic game :-~)

Ineor
Ineor

sounds good, but alot of the gd stuff has been removed. capcom are asking for alot for this to go well. but itll still win big! go dmc!

LikwidX3
LikwidX3

i hope this game does well

bozibx
bozibx

we have to be sure that pc will have DMC4 but not soon,we have to wait at leat 6 month or a year like DMC3SE

freek33
freek33

trailer looks like great fun

Nron
Nron

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sasmflop
sasmflop

Tribalice:I think it wont, it's far too advance for a regular pc to run at it's best performance- graffic quality ;; This is a ridiculous statement. Everyone knows PCs are an evolving platform , not static like a console. PCs inevitably surpass the capabilities of consoles every time. It has happened with every generation of console. Even if at the time of release a console was more capable than current PCs it was only a matter of months before advances in cpu's and gpu's outpace ANY console that gets released ...including PS3. DX10 cards and advances such as Quad(or more) core cpus will put the PS3's capabilities to shame in 6months- a year. Its not a matter of if , its a matter of when.