Most levels take place in Limbo, a strange and distorted version of the world as we know it. Demons operate freely here, and the city itself attempts to kill Dante every chance it gets. While this is an interesting concept (particularly during a level in which we discover that the reflection of a tower seen in the city’s canal is an actual structure in Limbo), most environments and levels begin to look exactly the same. The graphics and visuals are quite beautiful for the most part, which only makes it more sad that so many are reused.
Lesser battles throughout the campaign seem to end too quickly, and despite a totally killer arsenal of moves and weaponry, it can be tricky to remember what combos to attempt. It’s almost like there’s just too many options to choose from and it isn’t long before you’ll kind of settle into a comfortable attack rut. Sure, these moves are totally awesome and everything, but since your style points meter is slowed by utilizing the same attack multiple times within a few seconds, getting those high scores becomes more a game of memorization that an exercise in acrobatic demon slaying.
New character Kat isn’t particularly interesting. She’s a witch, her foster father was a demon, she has a girl boner for Vergil, the end. This was especially disappointing after watching the bond between Tripp and Monkey in Enslaved, which is to say Ninja Theory has nailed the natural progression of relationships in the past, and it’s sad that the new girl is little more than a way for Dante to get to and from Limbo.
The Verdict: [rating:4]
By injecting a new feel and a fresher hero—not to mention the title’s willingness to poke fun at itself—DMC should lay to rest any concerns fans may have. The core experience and stylishly visceral combat has never felt better, and Dante’s newer, more human persona is a much appreciated derivation from the meathead demon slayer of yesteryear. No game can be perfect, but Ninja Theory has expertly handled a beloved franchise thus proving once and for all that sometimes a fresh set of eyes is all a once proud series needs to reinvent itself. Pick this game up immediately and show Mundus that you just plain shouldn’t mess with a half demon/half angel’s family.
Source: Alex de Vore | SpiffyCats