DmC: Definitive Edition
A high octane actioner like Devil May Cry is a perfect fit for the new breed of consoles, and this 1080p 60fps update of 2013’ s DmC takes full advantage of the additional power of both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to deliver a silk smooth serving of hack and slash madness that’ll delight action starved next gen players.
When the original launched it faced criticism from series aficionados unimpressed with the changes made to the franchise’s established aesthetics, but beneath Dante’s new look, it remained a premium genre experience, and now PS4 and Xbox One gamers can enjoy it too. At its core, DmC: Definitive Edition is much the same game as its PS3/ X360 forebear, but it manages to go a little further than you might expect from a standard generational upgrade. The visuals have received the obligatory coat of paint, and the game has never looked better, with increased texture detail, a rock solid frame rate and more detail in the characters and their surroundings, but that new sheen only plays a small part in this package. On top of the standard game players can look forward to two new gameplay modes, Hardcode Mode and Turbo Mode. Both are pretty self explanatory, with Hardcore Mode upping the difficulty and re- balancing the game’s style system a little, while Turbo Mode ups the speed of the game by a fifth, adding its own challenges and calling for some lightening fast reflexes. Those new modes are supplemented by some new difficulties… with some pretty major twists. In Must Style Mode players cannot inflict damage on their enemies without using pretty hardcore combos, making it a mode for experts only. Similarly, in Gods Must Die difficulty all enemies are spawned with their Devil Trigger active, really cranking the difficulty curve up to the maximum. There’s more on top of that, too, with tricky battle arena modes Dante’s Bloody Palace and Vergil’s Bloody Palace ( unlocked by completing the main game) offering players a horde mode of sorts, where they’ll be able to tackle waves of increasingly difficult enemies, and the original’s Virgil’s Downfall DLC tacked on for good measure. There’s something here for everyone with DmC: Definitive Edition, and even those who wrung every last bit of enjoyment from the first release in 2013 will find enough here to keep them entertained for quite a while thanks to some generous new gameplay modes and challenging new difficulty levels.