Devil May Cry 5 is something of a homecoming for the series. After being reimagined by the British developer Ninja Theory in the excellent DmC: Devil May Cry, Capcom returns sword-swinging, monster juggling action games to the hands of his Japanese developer. Developed by an internal Capcom team, the fifth entry in the series feels that it strives to be as famous as it is healthy.
This purpose is run from the very beginning. Seconds in my hands with the GamesCom demo, I noticed that sound effects pulled straight out of the first game. If it did not immediately produce PS2 era nostalgia for the series, the new and improved Nero would definitely have. Even though he makes a return from Devil May Cry 4, he has relieved the fear and replaced it with a wisecracking attitude and a sure swagger. He may look like a newly dressed Nero, but he seems like the old school Dante. Given that Devil May Cry 3 director Hideaki Itsuno helmer project, it is not surprising to find striking similarities between new Nero and young Dante.
Capcom is very similar to his legacy in Devil May Cry 5, recognizes it and adds a small twist and this is most noticeable in combat mechanics. At first blush, it feels like little has changed: attacking a sword and weapons, using elusive rolls and jumps to escape awkward situations, and string a unique mechanic to create synergy between all of these individual components. However, the biggest gameplay shakeup in the unique mechanic: Devil Breaker. In Devil May Cry 4, Nero's arm ̵
Instead of being a strange demonic arm impregnated with supernatural power, Devil Breaker is a prosthetic arm and, for some reason, they can be found in the game's different environments, waiting for Nero to pick them from the ground and put them to the stump. Devil Breakers has unique features, which restore the grip capability of DMC4, others enable Nero to trigger an explosion of deadly deadly electricity. They also enter the strange and crazy territory, with some Devil Breakers capable of releasing a barrage of laser beams or launching a rocket punch in their buoyant states.
Mostly Devil Breakers are final and you do not always want one. They all have limited mileage, and when they're gone, Nero is back to battle with just one arm. Devil Breakers can also be exploded manually, which creates additional damage and combination potential. For fans of the series and veterans of the genre, the possibilities this system will undoubtedly be exciting. Capcom has not revealed all types of Devil Breakers who want to be in the game, which means that their unique features will remain a mystery. If my time with only two of them is any indication, this system will open the door for deep, rewarding, probably very complex match – even if it's a simplified control scheme for those who want to make cool things happen quickly.
My biggest takeaway from Devil Breaker, however, was that it added a new team of strategy for the experience. Traditionally, Devil May Cry Games has been about strengthening the player by giving them more weapons, swords and other ubiquitous weapons as they progress through; They were about creating alternatives, instead of removing them. By making Devil Breakers a limited, fragile resource, there is a greater sense of excitement in every meeting. The one, uncertain variable means that from one screen to the next, there are always important strategic considerations to be done. You can not just let your muscle memory take over, as you would in most character actions of this ilk.
Together with this new dynamic combat system, Capcom has improved how it presents the game. Devil May Cry 5 immediately feels like a more kinematic experience than predecessors, with the camera drawn near the action and a more realistic visual style for a slightly grounded look. And although this certainly seems to work, Devil May Cry 5 can not ignore the more outrageous, fierce moments of the series. In a scene, an ambulance falls on Nero, but he is perfectly positioned to step through one of his open doors. It tumbles over the ground and slams into a wall; A few seconds later, Nero opens a door and goes nonchalantly as if nothing happened. It's that kind of totally ridiculous, over-the-top cinematic moment that is just as critical to a true Devil May Cry experience that slimly fight it.
Early signs are promising for Devil May Cry 5. The little we played went well between bringing new ideas and catering to nostalgia. Although we only experience a piece of it, it is easy to see the building blocks of a very interesting and varied combat system. However, it would be interesting to see how the game tackles the story and characterization, which has traditionally been the most inconsistent elements of the franchise.
You can watch 20 minutes of Devil May 5 games in the video above. Capcom has confirmed Devil May Cry 5 release date as March 8, 2019 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Capcom has also released a trailer showing more of Dante, who can now convert a motorcycle to two-way weapons.