Devil May Cry 4 User Review
First of all, let's talk about the graphics, as expected of a DMC series, frame rate runs at 60 fps the whole time without dropping ONE BIT. The game is so smooth that I wish every other game would run at 60 fps, then there's the visual which is pretty good for a game that came out in early 2008 and a multiplat as well.
The environment has been vastly improved, the level designs like in the jungle level everything felt green.
Next is the audio and the sounds are very well done, though don't expect amazing quality like you got in Saboteur or MGS4.
But the good part is that when you encounter enemies, the BGM starts rolling out metal music, it fits quite well when you're stylishly thrashing the demons and.........it's also the bad as you might get bored of the same music time after time. Yea the boss theme may be different but how often do you have a boss fight?
As most of you already know, in DMC4 we play as Nero but we'll eventually play as Dante so I'll get to Dante later. Nero controls EXACTLY the same as Dante, with the difference being that Nero only uses one pistol, he doesn't have any styles to go with the combo and ability.
You might go "Wait, doesn't that make him a crappy character to use?". Fear not my fellow demon hunters, Nero sucks, that's a fact, but one thing that made up for what he lacks for all that is the Devil Bringer, Nero's demonic right arm. He can grab enemies and SLAM DUNK them to the ground for huge chunk of damage. It also allows Nero to grab nearby enemies and pull them towards him ala Scorpion. The sword, pistol and Devil Bringer can be upgraded and the orbs used for it can be reset too so that you can do different upgrades, though the more upgrades you do, the more orbs required for other upgrades to boost.
Next we got Dante who replaces Nero in the middle of the game, he basically plays the same as he was in DMC3, one major difference is that you can just switch STYLES on the fly by pressing the D-pad. Though they play exactly the same, the moment you play as Dante you'll feel weird even though the difference are minimal, you'll miss the Devil Bringer and L2 to charge up the EX gauge.
FEAR NOT! Dante will gain more weapons as you progress through the game, but what they are, you'll have to find out for yourself but they're fun to play with.
Now it's time for the bad..........while the controls are good and responsive, one thing I find that it's lacking is the button to dodge or block. Holding R1 and pressing jump to dodge is ok but I find it funny if I'm cornered then I jump like I'm going for the Olympics. Still Devil May Cry is all about stylish and fast so if you're quick, these shouldn't be a problem AT ALL.
This is one of the few games if not the only from Capcom that excels both in gameplay and technicals. DMC4 lasted roughly 14 hours for me and last time I played DMC was in 2006, but if you complete the game on Devil Hunter mode, you'll be rewarded with Bloody Palace aka challenge mode.
Being late to play this game, and after playing Bayonetta and GOWIII, I'd say DMC4 is one of the best game of this generation and I'm no lover of Capcom.
Now let us pray that DmC will not be a disaster..........
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