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Devil May Cry 5

Devil May Cry 5

Devil May Cry makes a stylish return and looks to prove the notion that three is indeed the magic number.

  • Text: Connor Makar

When Director Hideaki Itsuno said Devil May Cry 5 would exceed our expectations, he set the bar rather high. The Devil May Cry series is a series of incredibly good action games. To say that this latest entry in the franchise will exceed the already lofty expectations fans have for it is practically asking for people to over-hype it, but against all odds, Itsuno and his team have done it. Not only have they created a great game, but the latest entry in the series may also be the best Devil May Cry game yet.

Devil May Cry 5 is a third-person action game with a focus on stylish combos and stringing together a range of moves that you unlock over the course the game. You play as Nero, V, and Dante as they attempt to stop a powerful demon from causing further havoc in Redgrave City, and we discover more about all three of the protagonists along the way.

When it comes to the Devil May Cry series the gameplay is the most important thing, and in 5 needless to say it's amazing. The depth of the combat system and the freedom to play whichever way you want makes the whole experience fun from start to finish. The high-octane gameplay is made better by the dynamic music that plays during combat, and the way it amps up the better you're doing in fights is an addition that helps make you feel pretty badass while you're playing.

You progress through the game playing one of the three aforementioned protagonists, each with their own style when fighting demons. Nero - the returning character from Devil May Cry 4 - makes use of his sword, gun, and multiple Devil Breakers (robotic arms, each with different abilities) to cut his way through enemies. Dante remains the weapon-swapping character that fans know and love, and we're happy to say that every addition to Dante's arsenal in this game is fantastic. We especially love Dr. Faust, which has one of the best weapon introductions in any Devil May Cry game. Playing as Dante, you're given four styles: Trickster, Swordmaster, Gunslinger, and Royalguard. Each of these can be swapped on the fly, so quickly switching between them will separate the good players from the great ones.

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Then there's V, the new character being introduced, who has a more defensive playstyle than DMC fans are used to. You hang back and command your companions to fight for you, only coming close to finish off weakened enemies. V's playstyle isn't going to be for everyone, but it was a refreshing deviation from the series' norm and a willingness to try something new is something we like to see in a sequel. All of these characters are played differently yet provide that same kind of responsive gameplay that fans have come to love from the Devil May Cry series. The love and attention poured into all three of them make playing through this game a wonderful experience, a feeling that isn't lost on repeat playthroughs.

As for the story, it's really good, harkening back to plot points in previous Devil May Cry games in order to wrap up loose ends. All the playable characters have their own motivations and story arcs that come to a fulfilling conclusion by the final mission, while also leaving room for sequels in the future. For those who are jumping into Devil May Cry 5 as their first entry in the series, the game has a 'History of DMC' video to catch you up on the things you wouldn't know if you're playing DMC for the first time.

All in all, there are 20 missions in total, and beating the game on normal (Son of Sparda) took us around 13 hours. There are six difficulties in total, with Dante Must Die, Heaven or Hell, and Hell and Hell difficulties returning from previous titles, so if you've got a desire to test your skills, there's plenty of stuff to do. Without spoiling anything, there are certain moves and attacks you can only use during a second playthrough, so going back through the game is something you should definitely do at least once, especially since the whole thing is crammed full of secrets that reward players who venture off the beaten path.

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