devil may cry 5
HE CAN BE YOUR NERO, BABY
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is one of last generation’s great unsung heroes. It was Souls-like before being Souls-like was cool. It was an expansion to an already unorthodox western-JRPG hybrid that still managed to surprise at every turn. And its director, Hideaki Itsuno, is helming Devil May Cry 5,a “true sequel” to number four—good news.
Ash-blond dye expert Nero returns from his turn in DMC4 as one of three playable characters, along with an older Dante, and one other to be confirmed. New character Nico is certainly at the forefront too, using her crafting know-how to help Nero in his newfound role as a demon hunter, so don’t discount her as a playable character at some point. Oh, and Nero’s got a weaponized mechanical hand now. Keep up.
Devil May Cry 5 promises a renewed focus on that peerless combo-driven combat alongside more sophisticated motion captured acting performances. We’re fairly confident in saying the story will still be absolute nonsense, but the exchanges between Nero and Nico that Capcom showed off in the trailer demonstrate that it’ll at least be convincing nonsense.
The basic premise is that Red Grave City has been overrun with demons. Capcom’s calling this an extension of the Sons of Sparda storyline which kicked off back in DMC3 when the Dark Knight Sparda fell in love with a human lady and sired two half-demon sons, the twins Vergil and Dante. Whatever demon-fighting strife and internal conflict their daddy’s indiscretion may have caused them, they can’t knock his genetics while rocking cheekbones and hairlines like that.
Nero’s Red Queen sword and Blue Rose revolver will be his first line of offence against the demon horde, alongside that handy mechanical hand, and the interplay between those three attack approaches will surely form the basis of all the comboing. What can his imagination do for a series famed for its slick and responsive scraps? Will Nero be clambering up giant griffins and dismembering them manually next spring? We can only cling to that bizarrely specific hope.
BOTTOM Nero, being careful not to get demon blood on that expensive jacket.