What’s there to say about Devil May Cry 4 that people don’t already know by now? Not much especially when you take into account the fact that this is the 4th instalment of a series that has continually kept making the same jokes and references in every game. Dante is incredibly overpowered against even the hardest of bosses and yet doesn’t annihilate them in an instant because he finds it funny? Imagine that joke being told to you over the course of an entire game.
In the Special Edition, however, you can play as 3 different characters other than Dante/Nero: Vergil, from Devil May Cry 3, Trish and Lady who is only ever playable in this version of the game. In fact, this is the only time in the Devil May Cry series that she’s ever been a playable character. During the course of the game, you also get to play as Dante as well as Nero so you’re able to see Dante’s side of the story and just how laid back he is.
He must either be so powerful everyone is beneath him or the dude is robbing Snoop’s stash and getting well lit every day! Whatever the cause is, Dante gives zero fucks about anything and just murders what needs murdering! Not only that but he makes everyone around him seem like plebians who still wet the bed at night.
The gameplay is incredibly similar to all the previous titles as the game employs platforming, puzzles, action-adventure elements as well as hack and slash gameplay. You will jump on things, murder demons, solve puzzles all the while trying to get that coveted SSS(Smokin’ Sick Style) Rank during every single level. This is incredibly easy for me but for some of you, it may take a bit of doing.*
When you play as Nero/Dante in the Special Edition of Devil May Cry 4 you get to see all the game’s actual cinematic as well the story of the game. However, if you play as Vergil, Trish or Lady you don’t get any of the game’s cutscenes that have to do with the story. When a boss appears he does so during a cinematic as well as any new types of demons that need killing.
While this may seem like a bit of a cop out, in general, I’m okay with this. I would prefer to see the story play out differently depending on which character you choose but even for a special edition that may be too much of an ask. The extra characters are there to add some variety to your gameplay when you’re hunting for those delicious SSS Ranks.
I haven’t played the original so I can’t compare the performance of this one to the original but looking at gameplay videos on YouTube of the original as well as the Special Edition you can see that the textures are a lot better in this version than the last.
The main gist of the story is that The Order, a group of people who worship Sparda (a demon who fell in love with a human and then dicked her good) as a God, are trying to “save” Fortuna City by using Nero, the sword Yamato and the sword of Sparda. How do they plan on saving Fortuna? By summoning demons from artificial Hell Gates, letting them run around killing people and then they’ll jump in and save them thereby strengthening everyone’s faith in Sparda. Fucking genius!
The game seems to be written by a 40-year-old emo, listening to all of his favourite Nirvana songs while having his morning wank. That’s how he got the ideas for Lady and Trish’s outfits.
If you think I’m going a little over the top look at some of the names of the characters in the game; Dante, Nero, Vergil, Credo, Sanctum, Sparda and the name of the first boss you fight is “Berial” pronounced “burial”. In the words of infamous misogynist Andy Gray “take a bow son”!
All of the writing aside, the gratuitous T and/or A – which I don’t mind, to be honest – the game is an incredible spectacle to play through. The lines are well cheesy, the characters are massive douchebags, the enemies look the same but it all adds to the game’s charm. Its charm isn’t on the same level as The Rock or Will Smith but it’s up there!
As you play through the game you collect orbs of various colours to spend on items and you gather souls to upgrade your skills and weapons. Each level is replayable as many times as you want so if you haven’t got enough orbs/souls to get that one skill/item then you can play through a level again to get what you need. The game is a combination of old school arcade shooters like House of the Dead and sprinkling of AAA gameplay. The artwork will remind you of some of those old arcade games that just devoured your money but fortunately, the only thing this game devours is your time. Or unfortunately, as the case is with some people.
The main objective of the game is to play through the story, obviously but the gameplay is designed in such a way that you will probably have to play through some of the older levels because in each level you come across secret missions. In previous titles, you were able to replay the levels, do the secret missions and unlock all of Dante’s ultimate weapons but in this, all of the characters abilities are given to you at the start and you get them using the orbs and souls.
All parts of the game are ridiculous and over the top but it’s done in such a good way that they make Devil May Cry all the more enjoyable. I don’t care that some of the dialogue is stupid and cringe-worthy because I’m about to murder a whole load of puppet demons in such glorious ways that I’ll have a boner for the better part of the day.
You genuinely have to play this game to understand why it’s so wonderful. Each hit with your sword/fist is so satisfying that you’ll be trying to emulate that feeling in real life. Please ignore this urge! The lines are so cheesy that the first thing that’ll pop into your head is the Governator and some of his fantastic lines over the years. It’s a wonderfully fun game to play even if the dialogue and writing leave you cringing in a corner. Devil May Cry 4 has epitomised its identity in this game which is hard to do for a lot of studios these days. The greatest compliment I can give it is that it’s the original Bayonetta not because Bayonetta is better but since chances are that more people know about Bayonetta than they do Devil May Cry. The only difference between the main characters in their respective titles is their genitalia. The Todd appreciates hotness, regardless of gender.
Great Game. Enjoyable for most people except for the ones that hate fun!
*straight up lie, for real doe!