Killing demons with flashy attacks, a good looking slayer in a red coat, and the women who plagued his life are how most of us remember Dante and the Devil May Cry series. The sarcastic, gun-toting man let players mercilessly beat monsters while making it looking excellent and easy. First released for Playstation 2, the sons of Sparda are getting a reboot from developer Ninja Theory and the new 'DmC: Devil May Cry' is set to release Tuesday.
A much younger and aesthetically different Dante finds himself the target of what appears to be a sentient city called Limbo. Some of Limbo's inhabitants are demons out to grind, pound, and hinder Dante in any way they can. And this is after he wakes up from the world's worst hangover. Limbo is a city that shifts and contorts, layering itself upon reality as the characters know it. The streets crack open and buildings fall over. Gravity does not hold normal sway. While battling a hunter demon, Dante meets a girl named Kat who serves in a group called The Order. It's a resistance movement led by Vergil who are trying to fight back against the demonic holding of the city. Dante must rise to the challenge and find out about himself...and why he's being hunted in the first place.
Though the conceptual design for Dante maybe different, everything in this new telling is right on par with the hack-and-slash series players love. Limbo is a city that paints a very dreary picture with its ruined parks and dripping messages appearing on the walls. Dante's attitude is a sharp as ever. The classic one liner shots at his enemies are still his way of expressing his disdain for them. Combat in the game is sleek and controlled. Dante can maneuver between tactics easily, while still applying weight on his strikes and looking awesome while doing so. Certain signature moves do make appearances but are executed with different weapons. One such move is the Prop Shredder, but instead of his using his old sword Oblivion Dante pinwheels an angelic scythe called Osiris. Dante can use both an angel and devil mode, which can dictate certain moves in and out of combat. And yes, he can still use Devil Trigger.
With initial grumblings about Dante's appearance aside, Ninja Theory seems to provide an interesting alternative universe to the Capcom series. Let's see where this handsome half demon takes players this time.