Review Quickies, Vol. 12: Devil May Cry Edition

Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening – Special Edition
(PS2, 2006)

+ excellent graphics
+ good music
+ combat is about as deep as it has ever been in the series
+ boss encounters are frequent, varied, and well done
+ voice acting is a good deal better than the previous DMC games

While I have played DMC3 before, I decided to play it again along with the rest of the series. Oh what’s that? You want to know what are some of the minuses in this game? HA! Foolish mortal! Devil May Cry 3 has no weaknesses! It’s on the throne as the king of action games right next to the queen, Bayonetta. The only thing you can’t do is switch styles on the fly which is made possible in DMC4. It really is quite amazing that this is what proceeded the massively disappointing DMC2! Speaking of which…

RATING: 6 out of 6 / 9.5 out of 10

Devil May Cry 2
(PS2, 2003)

+ character models look a good deal better than in DMC1
+ three characters you can play as (Dante, Lucia, Trish)
– environments are needlessly large, empty, and bland looking
– Dante was stripped of almost all personality and barely speaks
– combat is dumbed down and very easy
– villain is a lame corporate businessman that kinda resembles Heihachi from Tekken
– guns are so overpowered you’ll defeat most enemy encounters and bosses by mashing one button
– so boring you’ll swear it took you longer than the 5 hours it took

DMC2 has to be one of the absolute top disappointments in video games, period. Far more than Halo 2 (which I didn’t find disappointing), Street Fighter x Tekken, or anything else I can think of. It feels really dated, unlike DMC1. Devil May Cry 2 isn’t incompetently made, but rather inexplicably stripped of just about everything that made the first game so damn good! The only reason for this I can even think of is to try to make the series more appealing to the droning masses. If that’s your reason for doing anything: YOU FAIL!

RATING: 4 out of 6 / 6.0 out of 10

Devil May Cry
(PS2, 2001)

+ graphics are very good
+ amazing combat that set a new standard for action in 3D
+ great boss fights
+/- decent voice acting that can sometimes be so bad it’s good
– only a few different bosses
– some spots can be tough roadblocks the first time
– some camera angles can make seeing what you’re doing tough

I was expecting the first DMC to feel old, but it only does in a few really minor ways. It was very surprising to me that this game holds up so well and that Kamiya and Mikami got it so right the first time out! And this is from what technically started out to be Resident Evil 4, but through some interesting developments, turned into an action game that set the standard for said genre ever since! The combat isn’t as robust as in DMC3/4, but for what they started with, it’s incredible! If you love action games and haven’t experienced the seminal original Devil May Cry, by all means, do so!

RATING: 6 out of 6 / 9.0 out of 10