On the flipside, dying in combat a 13th (ish) time helps neither you nor I get a better understanding of the game, and there comes a point when you just have to fucking well write it.
So, here we are. I'm embarrassingly far beyond the 15 hour mark of DmC: Devil May Cry and my shortcomings are horrifyingly clear. If/when (hopefully 'when') you get stuck into it yourself you'll realise that I really should be further along than giant demon disco baby by now.
this preview you can find right here. (You should read it, because it's basically the first part of this review). Firing up the review code, I thought I understood what I was getting into, but when I came back the wheels fell off. And it turns out that those wheels were bloody training wheels.
The back end of DmC feels, in many ways, like a different game. Progress gets slower, harder, or both. While the first half is hardly a button masher, you might make it through on the back of instinct and choppy reflexes. Not so once you hit the latter half of the game. You're at that point where enemies that previously filled a boss-shaped hole in the game are now in every other combat arena. They're coming at you in spicy different combinations, too. And sure, you've improved your move-set and upped the amount of health you can carry, but it's not enough.
To assist with the ever-steepening difficulty curve there are two new weapons – Aquila and the Kablooey. Aquila is another angelic weapon – fast and useful for large numbers of enemies. Kablooey is a shotgun that can be used in place of Ebony and Ivory.
Pleasingly, chaining combos depends on strategy and switching between weapons, picking the right attacks for the right enemies, rather than learning ridiculous strings of button-presses.
You should also keep in mind the fact there are four difficulty levels beyond the standard hard 'nephilin' level. By the time you hit the hardest level, 'Heaven and Hell' (by beating each earlier difficulty level) you're dealing with much tougher enemies coming at you in insane waves and Dante dies with one hit.
And just when you think you've had enough of beating up massive monsters in gothic limbo versions of government offices, you find yourself in entirely surroundings doing some platforming and doing your best to remain nimble.
The pleasure to be had in DmC is that it does just what you want a hack and slash brawler to do, and does it really well. Assuming you've seen some screen shots and a video or two there are few, if any, surprises here. But while it's not surprising, it does what it does with great efficacy.
The level design's top notch. It looks great. Dante's a cock, but likeable with it. It has that trademark Devil May Cry ball-breaking toughness without being unfair and without excluding less experienced players. And, most importantly of all, the combat feels great.
In a nutshell, this is a superb place for newcomers to stick their sword in.
+ Excellent design.
+ Stunning graphics.
+ Fast, kinetic, hacky slashy fun.
- Old school fans may be turned off by the new direction because it's not the old direction.
SPOnG Score: 9/10
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Closing date:30 Jun 2013