Guess who’s back?
That’s right your favorite Devil Hunter Dante returns in Devil May Cry 5 (DMC 5) alongside Nero and a newly introduced character, V. Also back for the ride are beloved series heroines and partners, Trish and Lady. The full game will feature Dante, Nero, and V as three playable characters—each with their own radically different gameplay style.
But alas! The demo at NYCC did not feature Dante nor V as playable characters—just Nero. The demo was playable on Xbox One which is not my forte (I’m strictly PS4!) so I was determined to beat it since it was not on my usual system. There was a good deal of people lined up waiting for their turn and totally watching you play…No pressure!
As usual, DMC is once again full of flashy combos which will aid you in achieving that coveted ‘SSS’ rank at the end of the level. I’m sure once the full game comes out you’ll be mastering those combos in no time. However, they now have auto-combo enabling available which allows you to do all manners of impressive moves with minimal button pressing.
There is also a new system called “Devil Breaker”. In it, Nero can equip various Devil Breakers that are found scattered throughout a level. With these, he can perform different types of attacks. In the demo I found Overture, which releases electric bolts at enemies; Gerbera which sends out damage via shockwaves; Punch Wave which gives Nero jet propulsion power and is incredibly destructive and Buster Arm which grabs enemies, and “busts” them up with a damaging throw. I’m told there are eight various arms in the full version but in the demo, I only came across those 4. (Also there is a Mega Buster which is a nod to the weapon used by Mega Man. That arm is only available as an add-on in the Deluxe Edition.)
You can use each Devil Breaker as part of a combo, charge up for a stronger attack, or use as a detonator for a massive blast. Nero can have several Devil Breakers equipped, but he can’t freely swap between them—so you have to be careful of which ones to hold onto. Once you’ve maxed out the currently quipped Devil Breaker, it will cycle to the next one in your inventory.
After slashing, shooting, and blasting my way through hordes of enemies it was time to face off against a massive monster boss for the demo’s climax.
Was it difficult? Yes, a little.
Did I win? Yep, I did. Without dying once might I add.
It was looking a little dicey for me as that boss can deliver major damage to you. Luckily I was able to run to some green orbs, finish him off and conclude the demo (without that coveted Smokin’ Sexy Style! Ranking, however). I managed an ‘A’ for Apocalyptic which is not bad considering this was my first time playing the game.
Overall this new entry in the Devil May Cry series is shaping up to be pretty good. I can’t wait to play as Dante and see what kinds of crazy stylish combos I can come up with.
Devil May Cry V is rated M for Mature and releases March 8, 2019 on Playstation 4, and Xbox One.
Standard and Deluxe Editions are available on each platform.