Say what you want about Dante’s new design, but Ninja Theory’s Devil May Cry reboot offers a more comprehensive adventure than all previous entries combined. Sure, the storytelling is just as laughable and the writing remains cringe worthy, but it’s the gun and swordplay that ultimately define DmC, and in that regard, the remake outshines its predecessors in almost every way. The new Dante may be a juvenile cocky hipster, but is he really that different from the old Dante? Not really. Do people actually remember how atrocious the original dialogue was? Probably not. The point is, DmC may be a new start for the series, but the overall tone is relatively unchanged. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to debate, but the important thing is that the overhauled combat provides an infinitely better experience.
When DmC released in 2013 it was a gorgeous looking game. Ninja Theory’s more vibrant art direction was a welcoming change from the muted Victorian setting of past entries. So how does the adventure fare now that it runs in full 1080p at a rock solid 60fps? Like the superb The Last of Us and Metro Redux HD upgrades, DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition is a true testament of the next-gen hardware. Ninja Theory has done an excellent job of not only refining the graphics, but tweaking all aspects of combat to deliver smoother, more responsive action.
"DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition is a true testament of the next-gen hardware."
DmC’s narrative has been covered more than enough when the game released two years ago, so I’ll only focus on the remastered elements of this release. DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition includes the base game, as well as all previously released downloadable content, including the fantastic Vergil’s Downfall campaign. Ninja Theory also added a few extra modes and additional gameplay features to make this the definitive DmC version. If the improvements aren’t enough, then how does the $39.99 price sound? Is this Capcom’s way of making up for their past mistakes? If so, then I applaud them.
The upgraded visuals make an immediate impact. The increased resolution gives colors more vibrancy, and despite a few low-res textures, the remastered DmC looks better than the majority of new-gen titles. Playing DmC in 60fps makes it hard to go back and play through the original with half the frame rate. The technical enhancements have a tremendous impact on overall action, especially when playing on higher difficulty settings. With responsiveness playing such a huge part, the frame rate boost is imperative when facing the game’s toughest foes. Ninja Theory has listened to their fans, and they’ve completely rebalanced and improved enemy AI, resulting in more cohesive, and more enjoyable, combat.
"DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition is a must have, and it’s so far one of the best action games of 2015."
Players can now play as Vergil in DmC’s Bloody Palace Mode, a tournament elimination mode that pits gamers against waves of enemies and bosses until they reach the end of the lowest floor. New difficulty modes have been added as well: Gods Must Die, Must Style Mode and Hardcore Mode, for those who crave the extreme difficulty of the classic Devil May Cry games. Modifiers can now be turned on at different stages, and a newly added Turbo Mode lets players adjust play speed for even faster gameplay. Lastly, some social and leaderboard futures have been added to both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions, which let’s players share and compare stats with friends and other gamers around the world.
DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition is a flawless technical upgrade to an already excellent game. It plays like a dream, and it puts a lot of new-gen titles to shame with its impeccable performance. Even if you’ve played the original two years ago, the Definite Edition is absolutely worth picking up, especially considering the low asking price. Capcom has done a lot of shady things in the past, but hopefully this remaster is a sign of change. DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition is a must have, and it’s so far one of the best action games of 2015.
Review by: Tin Salamunic | Reviewed on: Playstation 4