Devil May Cry 4 Review

August 10, 2009 at 9:34 pm | Posted in Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews | Leave a comment
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Battle Impossible Odds in the Devil Hunter’s newest adventure!

So, as the Xbox 360 manages to lure yet another PS3 exclusive over, we gladly embrace the return of Dante, the most badass video games character in the history of games, and all us 360 fans couldn’t wait to try out Dante in next gen form! But wait…what’s up with his arm?… Why’s he wearing blue and where’s his other gun gone? And why is he fighting with our beloved Dante? Something’s surely up here, its time to sharpen your swords and stock up on cool. Because Devil May Cry 4 is here and ready for you.

Welcome to Fortuna, a city of people who all worship the legendary Sparda. But is something more sinister going on within the Order of Sword, the group who idolise this famous legend? You begin the game as Nero, with the close abilities of Dante and his brother Vergil, but with less experience, scarred with his arm which posses demonic powers.

Whilst being the witness to the assassination of his orders leader, he is ordered as a Holy Guard to hunt down the ‘man in red’. Though his travels reveal dark secrets which may cause him to form alliances with whom he last expected.

If you’re a stranger to the unique style that is Devil May Cry, then you may find the game to start with, quite a daunting and challenging game. The series has been renowned for its lack of sympathy for newcomers and easy difficulties and you may need a few minutes to practice and work your way around with all the combos and effective moves to use on each enemy.

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The order didnt think much of Nero’s book report…

You’ll find yourself facing impossible odds against some of the most evil and grotesque creatures from the underworld, with combo attacks to chain, unlike most games like this, the main idea is to look the coolest you can whilst fighting. Upping your stylish ranking will get you more Red Orbs and work towards your overall mission ranking.

In DMC 1-3, Red orbs we’re your currency to getting your upgrades, items and extras to aid you in your adventures, however now, red orbs are only currency to health items, and cannot be used for upgrades. Instead, you gain ‘Proud Souls’ from your rankings at the end of each mission, and instead these act as your currency. These are considerably harder to come by as they rely more on your ability to play rather than hounding as many Orbs as you can find. Making affording those last few upgrades you really need a hell of a lot harder.

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Its raining lead. Hallelu-…

Progressing through the missions usually consists of a hail of enemies and a hell of a lot of awesomeness in the form of fighting, followed by possibly a puzzle which may need your full un divided attention if you want to get through. And waiting for you on the other side? Just a selection of boss’ waiting to shut that devilish mouth of yours…permanently. If you succeed in making it out alive, you’re often granted with a new ability or even a new weapon tp unleash.

For the hardcore fans of Dante fear not, despite a majority of the game being Nero based, you’ll also spend a short time playing as Dante, his controls are similar to how they played in DMC3 featuring all the styles and extra features.

As with the DMC series, the original score cast have returned, including Shawn Mcpherson, who has been again brought back to create yet more adrenaline pumping fight music to rip through your opponents to. The music he creates, accompanied with the rather deep lyrics

almost woven into the music as to not divert you from the main sound works well to create the effective fight song to add even more style to those combos.

With Devil May Cry 1, originally a Resident Evil write off, graphically, like the RE series, it boasts some of the finest Capcom has to offer us at the time. The depth into the game is a gives you a massive feel of the world your in. However, in certain points, details like the Shadows can be a little bit disappointing. Especially in a segment of the game where you need to be aware of the shadows of your surroundings, the blocky, jagged areas really put you off. Whilst this wont put you right off the game, the scenery does continue to look very nice, its just a shame, there’s not enough of it.

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Dancing with the devil isnt as good for you as you’d think…

When saying that, the levels themselves are a mass of life and energy, though the storyline causes you to do a lot of back tracking through what you already worked through and sometimes feels like this part could be in a beautiful new area with more things to explore, rather than going in reverse.

The main game, consisting of 20 missions features hours of games play each time round. The continuous increase of difficulty and number of game modes, character upgrades and extras will keep you going through this game for a long time. As well as this, the unlockable DMC2 favorite ‘Bloody Palace’ makes a humble return. Though considerably toned down, its still a hell of a lot of fun, and an easy way to get those extra orbs for the main story. Though being a Single Player game, your scores will be posted on Xbox Live in the leader boards so you can see amongst your friends who really is the true devil hunter out of you all.

A welcome game to the 360 catalogue, which continues to grow the franchise into even more of a compelling story which asks even more questions and for some, answers none. Despite the lack of content the game has compared to its predecessors. Its enough to not only keep the true DMC fans happy, but to bring many more into the family and enjoy the experience.

Rating: 9.1

Published by: Capcom
Developed by: Capcom Production Studio 1
Genre: Action
Number of Players: 1
Features: 1080p Support, Dolby Digital 5.1, Xbox Live

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