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“Devil May Cry 4” Demo Impressions

Hey, Frayed Wire readers! This is a review Josh made on his old site, but is now being moved here!

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I have never played any Devil May Cry games, so my first predictions of Devil May Cry 4 on the Xbox 360 were that it was going to be a hack-and-slash demon killing type of game. Those impressions were right, but I still never imagined it would be so arcadey and full of tongue-in-cheek humor. And I never said that was a bad thing.

I don’t really know a whole lot about the story, or if there is one. All I know is that from the second I heard the echoey, futuristic female voice proclaim “Devil May Cry” I knew that this was going to feel like an arcade game. The short, sharp rumble from the controller I felt after pressing Start added to this feeling.

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Once again, I was right. Devil May Cry 4 is certainly an arcade-style hack-and-slash. It’s also quite apparent that this is a Japanese game, with the main characters sporting red coats and silver hair, a title that makes no sense whatsoever, English voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch (Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach and Kaneda in Akira, among other rolls), and an obsession with giant swords and guns that never run out of ammo. Even the cutscenes feel like they were taken straight out of an action anime.

Arcade style games can be fun for the limited time you have to spend with them, but once you’ve played them for a while the lack of depth becomes apparent. I was afraid Devil May Cry 4 would fall into this trap. Did it? Well, this was just a demo so I can’t really make any real statements about the game. The fighting is really all about enemy attack patterns and timing, not the variety of attacks. Nero, the playable character in the demo (series regular Dante wasn’t in the demo, although he is in the real game) has three different weapons – his gun, sword, and the Devil Bringer, his deformed, glowing arm. It’s used in the demo for throws and grappling onto things/pulling enemies closer.

Now that may sound like a good variety for the kind of game this is, but the gun is practically useless against enemies, leaving the Devil Bringer and sword to do all the work. Supposedly the Devil Bringer is upgraded upon defeating bosses in the real game (which are often gigantic and purposefully over the top) , so I’m sure there’s a more satisfying variety on that.

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Devil May Cry has long been a Playstation exclusive. So why has it made the jump to the Xbox 360? Maybe Capcom is worried that it won’t sell well on a system that hasn’t sold well. Even so, the Xbox 360 controller is essentially a Playstation controller with the left analog stick and D-pad switched around, so the game’s controls fit naturally. All attacks are assigned to the four colored buttons, leaving the shoulder buttons to charge up Nero’s sword and lock on to enemies.

The graphics haven’t changed much in the system leap either. Devil May Cry 4 features some beautiful environments (although in terms of level design they can be quite linear at times) and flashy effects. The 360 version of the game looks just as good as it does on its original system, the PS3.

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Overall, I had fun with the demo of Devil May Cry 4, but I don’t think I’ll be spending 60 dollars on the real version of the game. It feels like a great hack-and-slash, but one that belongs in the arcade. Yes, I know it’s far too large of a game for that, but the gameplay really fails to prove itself on a console. However, it’s still worth a look for those interested in Japanese and old-school action.

By Josh60502

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  1. May 24, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    [UPDATE]:
    You know, to tell you the truth, now this is one of my favorite demos to play. It definitely got better the more I played it. Strange, huh?

  2. September 23, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    nice game keep it real

  3. September 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    this is goOoOoOOOOOooooOOoooOOoOOoOOoOOOoOOd

  4. November 5, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    ok no this is one of the best games u suck yea not worthit for 60 bucks yea it is the demo grew more fun as i played no its not button mashing for nero the character with the devil bringer can do som intene combos and u can do soming called instant rev that requires practice it basically a quick charge b4 the strike of the sword its really hard to do my bro can almost do it on any move he says tht he cant play without doing the move lol its turned to a habit now its not a very good lasting game it will be fun to play through but its boring the 2nd time u play mostly because its hard and the difficulty makes u feel like not playing DMC3 is the longest lasting game for me but this is definetly mor fun wen its the first time playing wen u are playin through it buy its its so worthit yes i am a very picky gamer but i will rate this game a 9.3 out of 10 why u ask is because the difficulty other then that a perect 10 get it its worth all the money oyull ever spend if ur not a DMC fan u will still hav time plalying ps DMC the original fun adventure game is way better then the new but stillok game god of war

  5. satan
    November 7, 2008 at 10:48 am

    AWE SSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. February 5, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Awesome!!! I love DMC series!

  7. Hiroshi-Kendushima
    August 20, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Look.. DMC demo may not seem all that cool an all.. but the real games got ups! you said you dont play much DMC thats beyond the fact. Dude im not against you or anything but live alittle. Play 1-3 and you’ll understand it alittle better y’know? all i can say is i LOVE ME SOME DMC NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAY! lol

  8. Tyler
    September 16, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    bitch play the game D:

  9. sacrosact
    January 6, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    DMC never die

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