Devil May Cry 5: An Awe-Inspiring Action Game

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Devil May Cry 5: An Awe-Inspiring Action Game

Finally, Devil May Cry 5 is upon us. Growing up, Devil May Cry was at the forefront of the action genre. On that note, I can reminisce fondly upon the first entry in Capcom's celebrated franchise, and not just with rose-tinted glasses. In truth, Devil May Cry, as a series, isn't famed for the strength of its narrative, but rather, the smooth, transitional fluidity of its core systems. All of which act as the beating heart, and the driving force behind this heralded hack-and-slash series.

There are many great games with rock-solid combat. However, none share the brazen, bold-faced audacity inherent in the Devil May Cry formula. Battle then, by DMC's definition, is not ruthless, no-thrills conflict, but a place where beauty blooms on the battlefield. A blank canvas, where combat inspires creativity, and innovation meets artistry.

As you string together kill streaks and combine butt-kicking combos with def-defying acrobatics, a soothing sense of catharsis takes hold as the spectacular grandeur of your actions sinks in. True to form, Devil May Cry 5 retains the series staple of exhilarating combat but exceeds in others way too.

Most notably, the story is much more meaningful this time around. In the past, the series has riskily experimented with lead roles and plot development. Perhaps, to the detriment of the series. Devil May Cry 5, though, provides a plot that is much more gratifyingly wholesome overall. At least, compared with previous iterations.

Admittedly, hardcore fanatics may consider it a low-blow that Dante, the iconic protagonist, and pin-up of the series, is not free to play as until level 10 of the campaign. Though that may be true, both V and Nero act as worthwhile stand-ins, providing plenty of versatility in the field.

Unlike Dante and Nero, V engages the enemy by summoning one of three creatures. All of which do his dirty work. That said, you'll need to land the final blow with V's cane. But this element of micromanagement gives combat a new lease of life. On the other hand, Nero confronts the enemy directly. Mostly, relying on his trusty pistol, the Blue Rose, alongside the red queen, a sword which, inflicts bonus damage once charged.

Finally, we have Dante, who can interchange between styles on the fly. These range from defensively minded states, like the Royal Guard, to more aggressive forms like Sword Master and Gunslinger. Both of which lean towards close-quarters and long-distance styles. Thus, mixing up the dynamic, adding to the rich abundance and dense diversity of mechanics.

As you can see, there is an ocean of depth at play, with each play style inherently unique from the other. So, although the craving to play as Dante will grate, at least, to begin with, you'll quickly grow fond of V and Nero. Or at least, the subtle nuances and intricacies to each of their systems.

Devil May Cry 5 demonstrates that there is life in the old action-genre yet. Even more so, it redefines the sub-niche, with an intoxicating blend of relentless combat and superslick systems. The result is a masterful entry to the series and one that implies extreme justice to the name. Dante's back with a brilliant bang. If only we could play as him for longer.

What did you think of Devil May Cry 5? Overrated, or out of this world? Let us know in the comments. We want to hear your views.

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#1 Robbie23
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I just finished it. I would say the game is good, but definitely over rated.

In terms of characters I thought they were not likeable (especially Nico her dialogue was really bad)

I really enjoyed Dantes section. The second half of the game is a lot better than the first half. The game was way too easy. I beat the game without using a yellow orb. In terms of enemies I believe it lacked variety.

I did not mind the story, unfortunately a thumbnail and title of a YouTube vido which popped up in recommendations spoiled a major plot twist which made me really angry.

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#2 YammiReckorrdSan
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The game was AMAZING. I finished it about a week ago and loved every moment of it. The over the top scenes, the funny ones like when Dante dances, or the adorable ones like when Nero cares about Kyrie. The graphics are superb, and the battle system is amazing. Every character is fun to play, especially V with his unqiue gameplay. The game doesn't have a single flaw. I play the game on Human and Devil Hunter at the same time, and it was so much fun. I'll probably play Son of Sparda someday.

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I'm a long time fan of the series and I really enjoyed the demo, but I'm waiting on a price cut.

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#4 Star67
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@robbie23 said:

I just finished it. I would say the game is good, but definitely over rated.

In terms of characters I thought they were not likeable (especially Nico her dialogue was really bad)

I really enjoyed Dantes section. The second half of the game is a lot better than the first half. The game was way too easy. I beat the game without using a yellow orb. In terms of enemies I believe it lacked variety.

I did not mind the story, unfortunately a thumbnail and title of a YouTube vido which popped up in recommendations spoiled a major plot twist which made me really angry.

I agree, I'm having a hard time getting through the game right now, not because it is hard but because some of the dialogue is horrible and V is horrible to play as.

The core game play is great! But the level design and lack of puzzles is hurting the experience for me.

Not a bad game, but more in the 7-8 range rather than the 9+ I've seen all over gaming sights. Wish I would have waited for a price drop or picked up Sekiro instead.

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#5 GettingonwithGamingLife
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When you say "hack and slash" is it still challenging. I really like Bloodborne but it is certainly not a hack and slash. Are there difficulty levels if I wanna challenge myself more? I love killing myself over games.

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#6 minishcapper
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I can't get into these games with such weird ugly looking characters. Dante looks alright, I guess, but the rest of the cast looks horrible. I would prefer they went back to hand-making the faces if they're just going to hire these ugly nobodies.