Today we have a special preview for you all. Yes, many of you fans have been waiting for this preview. The latest iteration in the great Devil May Cry franchise will be upon us soon and while at E3, we got a chance to check out the title and see for ourselves whether all of the opposition from fans was well deserved.
When Devil May Cry was originally released back for the PS2. Fans loved it for its great combat system, badass main character, and over the top action sequences. You followed the adventure of a demon hunter named Dante. Dante is the son of the legendary demon hunter Sparta and the mother of human woman. You followed his quests to rid the world of the evils that are trying to devour it. All of the four previous titles received high acclaim except the second, which is considered by most fans as being the redheaded stepchild in the franchise. This is mainly in part due to a drastic changes in the gameplay and lackluster story that it provided.
However, now we are treated to a new game being developed by a new developer in Ninja theory. Ninja Theory has been known for creating some really fun and unique action games such as Enslaved and the PS3 exclusive Heavenly Sword. Both are titles that were good and reminiscent in some regard to DMC. One would think that putting this title in Ninja Theory’s capable hands would have been a no brainer, right? I am not so sure about that. What I saw and played at E3 2012 was not the DMC of the PS2 era. Heck it did not even feel like it was a successor to Devil May Cry 4. It felt and looked like something completely and exponentially different. Although the presentation we were shown of the game was enjoyable, there were a couple of things that left a sour taste in my mouth. First, let us start with the good in this title.
The presentation and overall appeal that Ninja Theory is setting out with is very well done. The initial scene we are shown has Dante entering into a club and being stopped at the door by a guard with a list and apparently our hero’s name is not on the list. Therefore, he punches out the guard and writes his name on the list appropriately titled with the words FU (spelled out of course) on the sheet. As you enter into the nightclub, you notice a lot of cool things and people all around you. You soon see the demon Lilith who knows that you have entered into the club and soon the environment shifts to show its true colors in an attempt to kill you.
The colors are very florescent to say the least. It is almost a bit fruity in the way they made the club have a real British punk rock theme. It doesn’t look bad when your following the set path, but its gets a little comical at times with disco balls flying around and bright neon colored lights in the rooms around you. This is probably the best my time with the game was ever going to be, because after that it gradually went downhill. The best way to describe the level that I witnessed is like this. It was the purest form of a psychedelic hipster level that I have ever seen in a game. If you think that’s a compliment, God save your soul.