Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition
Developed by Access Games
Published by Capcom
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*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version*
Devil May Cry 4 follows the story of a new protagonist; Nero, a young man who is imbued with demonic powers which have mutated his arm and given him extraordinary powers. Nero works for a special order who worships Sparda (A demon who drove back the demons and saved the world), While attending a service at a church, the leader of Nero’s order is assassinated by a mysterious man in a red coat (Gee I wonder who that could be?), Nero must then hunt down the assassin while also discovering some deeper secrets about the order that he works for.
Like most DMC games, the story really isn’t anything to write home about but the switch from Dante to Nero is actually a very good one, Nero is every bit as funny and badass as Dante was, which was great, plus the characters are pretty well done in general.
Devil May Cry 4 is a hack and slash game, the usual objective is to do missions which are essentially levels where you have to get from point A to point B, while fighting various enemies and the occasional boss, since it’s a Capcom game, the odd puzzle or two does sneak in there as well. Combat in the game is fantastic, it’s very fast paced and diverse, it never becomes monotonous, throwing different enemies at you frequently which forces you to change your strategies. DMC4 brings about a big change in Gameplay, in the form of Nero, a new protagonist, fighting wise his style isn’t majorly different to Dante, he still uses a sword and a gun, but his main difference is that he get’s no new weapons and he has the devil bringer, which essentially is a grab attack different for every enemy, now while I do like Nero, his combat style while being easy to use, is a lot more slower than Dante, plus the fact that he get’s no different weapons doesn’t help his cause. Gameplay when it comes to Dante however gets a lot better, he’s not really that different from DMC3 which is a good thing, I always notice that when you switch to Dante, the games speed just seems to quicken when you play as Dante. Like older games in the series, from exploring the levels and by defeating enemies, you acquire red orbs, used to purchase items that upgrade your health or devil trigger bar, they can also purchase health recovery items as well. Different combos and skills can also be purchased but the way you acquire them has been changed to proud souls, you get these by playing through levels well, for example beating the level in a fast time, fighting enemies stylishly etc.
New to DMC4 Special edition are 3 new playable characters from the older games, Vergil, Trish and Lady, I’ll start with Vergil, he isn’t too different to his DMC3 incarnation, he works well, however I personally can’t use him as well as I did in DMC3, but that’s just me, he’s still a fun character. Trish however is a very good character to use, she fights pretty similar to Dante and she’s a great character to use, Lady on the other hand is a very different character to use, she only uses guns and is so different to get used to, however when you do, she becomes very enjoyable to use, making the game feel a lot more strategic. Overall the new characters are definitely worth a try, they don’t change the game too dramatically, so I wouldn’t say it’s worth purchasing the game again for just that but it’s a cool thing that they’ve added.
Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition has some brilliant variety in terms of music, Shall Never Surrender is one of the best songs in DMC altogether, plus there are a pretty great variety of Boss themes. Voice acting wise, the game is incredible, Johnny Yong Bosch is one of the finest voice actors around and his performance as Nero is a great one at that, Reuben Langdon also reprises his role as Dante and is excellent once again, Liam O Brien is also fantastic as Sanctus, and finally another fantastic performance is Agnus, voiced by TJ Storm, easily one of the stand out performances.
For a game that was originally released in 2008, Devil May Cry 4 is a game that really holds up well to today’s standards, everything from the models to the colours and design of the areas is fantastic. So with Devil May Cry being an already fine looking game, getting a resolution upgrade for next gen consoles would only make it look better right? Well not exactly, I honestly didn’t really notice any major detail changes at all, which can be a bit disappointing for people who have played the original DMC4, however for first time players this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Devil May Cry 4 overall is around 5-7 hours long for 1 full playthrough, however Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition adds in new characters to play as to expand your play time, thankfully they make the characters feel different enough to merit multiple playthroughs. As per the norm, there are plenty of Trophies and Achievements to collect for hardcore players.
Overall DMC4 Special Edition is a very fun game to own, it’s an enjoyable experience, while not being as good as the First Devil May Cry game or Devil May Cry 3, it’s still a good game, I’d say pick this up if you haven’t played Devil May Cry 4 or are a fan of Devil May Cry, and if you’re looking for a hack and slash game to play.
My Score = 8/10
- Very fast and enjoyable combat
- The Voice Acting is superb
- Newly added characters are fun to use
- Soundtrack is great
- Not too long of a game
- 2nd half of the game is pretty much a repeat of the 1st.
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is available now digitally for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Thanks go out to Capcom for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Review By Jonnie Dixon