DmC: Devil May Cry
Quality: ★★★½ (out of four)
Rating: M for blood and gore, drug reference, intense violence, nudity, sexual content, strong language
Platform: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
You're Dante. You have great power. And you're pretty good at slaying demons.
Those are the basics of “Devil May Cry,” a hack-and-slash melee fighting game that's pretty entertaining both in its story and in its combat.
Playing as Dante, you quickly learn that you have special powers after you're forced into Limbo, a sort of evil version of our own world. You're given mystical and powerful weapons including guns, a sword, an axe, a scythe and all kinds of special abilities.
It's a wild time. Between the blasting metal and dubstep music and the constant barrage of raging demonic forces, I had an absolute blast. It's a violent, frenetic game that doesn't really stop.
Searching around for hidden keys, doors and lost souls is also part of the fun. As a completist (I like to collect every little piece of everything), I found it especially maddening when I found an item that I couldn't reach, but that only made me want to play the game more.
Fair warning: It's over-the-top in every way. In case you missed the rating (M), this isn't a game for kids. There's sex and lots of explicit violence and gore — it's worse than any mob movie.
Much of that comes from the cutscenes, which fuel the excellent story. After the game starts, you start to find why Dante is so important to these demons. It unravels from there and creates a really fascinating storyline that keeps you engaged throughout the game — certainly more than I expected from a hack-and-slash gorefest.
I haven't been this entertained by a game since the first “Force Unleashed.”
— Kevin Coffey