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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - Mike Wilcox

DMC: DEVIL MAY CRY

RRP: $ 79.95 ( re­viewed on PS3) UK game de­vel­oper Ninja The­ory has been un­der fire from Devil May Cry fans since it an­nounced plans to re­make the Ja­panese mas­ter­piece.

And while this fresh take might rub some diehard fol­low­ers up the wrong way, the game­play speaks for it­self, as this is eas­ily one of the best hack- and- slash ac­tion games this side of Bay­o­netta.

DmC re­tains the flashy com­bat- driven bat­tles, fran­tic en­emy en­coun­ters and a wise­crack­ing, self- as­sured pro­tag­o­nist.

The bat­tles feel slower paced this time, though Dante’s ar­se­nal has never been big­ger. Each weapon of­fers dozens of ground and air- based combo at­tacks, and only through mix­ing th­ese up can you ex­pect high scores.

The game’s new world, Limbo City, is pre­sented as a par­al­lel uni­verse to pre­vi­ous games and is in­hab­ited by de­mons. It of­fers one of the more ex­cit­ing and an­i­mated games en­vi­ron­ment I’ve ex­plored in a long while.

From the out­set, the game’s cast of dev­il­ish foes are a for­mi­da­ble bunch but the lack of va­ri­ety as the game pro­gresses is dis­ap­point­ing as you slice through wave af­ter wave of the sim­i­lar- look­ing de­mons.

Ex­pect to come up against sev­eral gi­ant boss characters through­out the game.

Like pre­vi­ous games, find­ing col­lecta­bles is high on the list of things to do. There are lost souls to find and de­stroy, in ad­di­tion to hid­den keys that un­lock new chal­lenge mis­sions.

I found the new- look Dante quite bear­able and the story never got too bogged down or con­fus­ing, though it did be­come pre­dictable.

Dis­ap­point­ingly, this re­boot of the se­ries was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for the UK de­vel­oper to take some in­ter­est­ing lib­er­ties with the source ma­te­rial.

DmC is bound to alien­ate some fran­chise fans, while those new to the se­ries are sure to be thrilled by the vi­brant world and sat­is­fy­ing combo- driven com­bat.

Email mike@hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames.com

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