Better than 2 but not as good as 3.
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The first point I noticed was the rather bizarre battle with what I though was the character I was playing, but rather fighting against. I did feel let down when I found out that Dante wasn't the main playable character this time round. Nero is a worthy character and does have some cool moves but he just felt lacking in certain moves and actions that Dante had from DMC3. The only worthwhile move Nero has is the Devil Bringer, but thats about it for me.
The visuals are beautifully designed with a lot more use of light and sunshine this time round, great water and shadow effects. Enemies and characters alike all move and talk fluently with good voice over acting and a funny script.
The fighting and action sequences are the best part of the game (which is a good job really!). The game did manage to get my adrenalin pumping during all the sword fighting etc. The bosses are a good adversary and I thought fighting them were some of the best fights in a video game. My favourite boss fight was against the saviour, a very inventive and excellent fight.
Right, the bad things in the game: the camera in this game is absolutely abyssmal and I felt myself fighting that aswell as the demons! It seems to spin out of view just when you need to see what you're fighting.
Not being able to play as Dante for enough missions is unforgivable, would it be necessary to play as another character instead of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider? I don't think so. And Nero is not fluent and tough enough to stand alongside Dante. The game was a breeze when playing as Dante.
Another letdown for me was the repitition of the levels and all of the bosses, what for? I found myself replaying levels back to back and re-fighting bosses. If you calculate the number of total missions in the game, then deduct the amount of environments that you replay and the bosses you have to keep battling, there's probably about 5 less missions in total. Which is a terrible shame because it could've been a lot more.
Towards the end of the game, as the boss battles become increasingly tougher and requiring a lot more brain power and concentration, this is a great thing but I felt sometimes the battles with the final bosses were almost impossible because I was given no clue as to what to do or where to go!
Overall the game is really enjoyable and is an excellent entry into the series apart from the awkward camera, complete Dante control and the lack of a bit of help, other than that I was deeply satisfied.