By Stan Rezaee
The commercial failure of DmC: Devil May Cry had to be one of the greatest tragedies to befall on an iconic franchise. A year after its release; the game has become available for PlayStation Plus users who should go back to give it a moment of redemption.
Gamers are introduced to a young Dante who is forced into a war of resistance against the demons that control our world from the shadows. Guided by Kat and Vergil; players must break the iron fist that Mundus has on the world by attacking his sources of manipulation.
The aim of the reboot was to make the game more aligned with Western culture (because drawing inspiration from The Divine Comedy wasn't Western enough). To achieve this; DmC: Devil May Cry takes the work of Dante Alighieri then adds musical elements from The Crow while drawing literary inspiration from The Matrix and John Carpenter's They Live.
The end result is that Ninja Theory has crafted a modern retelling of the Inferno while reflecting on the social ills of our society. Dante travels down through the Nine Circles of Hell while the imagery of our modern social ills are present in the backdrop of each setting.
Fans of the series will feel comfortable with the classic elements of hack & slash while only noticing a few minor tweaks to the gameplay setup. The level design gives a scenery that is awe inspiring but also very creepy.
Despite a game with layers of literary content; it is not without some major flaws the prevent it from being perfect.
Like most gamers, I don't like the new Dante. The classic Dante that so many of us remember from the PS2 era was a badass demon hunter who was seeking vengeance for the murder of his family. This new Dante is some Emo that has the personality of an obnoxious teenager who just realized he needs to be on a vengeance seeking warpath.
The biggest letdown is the poorly written dialogue that is drained of any meaningful substance while trying real hard to pass a deadpan Emo as a Charles Bronson style badass. For a game with such a rich story and layers of allegory, its embarrassing that such poor dialog was allowed to tell the story.
As a game; fans will fell that it is deprived of any kind of challenge regardless of the difficulty all in effort to appease casual gamers. This results in DmC: Devil May Cry missing out on what made it so addicting that gamers will loose track of time. Instead after an hour you might get bored and move on to something else.
DmC: Devil May Cry was a good game that was plagued with a lot of controversy that could have been avoided. After playing for the weekend I encourage gamers to give it a moment of redemption and hopefully the sequel will feature a more mature Dante.
Final Score: 4/5