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Devil May Cry – Switch Review

Months after the release of Devil May Cry 5, Capcom has brought us Devil May Cry on the Switch. The first time I played Devil May Cry was on Playstation 2. For those not familiar with the console, it was around a few generations ago.

It was probably not the most appropriate game for my age but nevertheless, I fell in love with it. From it’s a hack and slash mechanic to those awful and terrifying puppets and memorable bosses, it’s a game that is dear to my heart.

So, let’s get Stylish! and jump right in.

Controls

I’m not going to lie, getting used to the controls on the Switch took a while to figure out. It’s mostly due to the fact that the controller is all types of weird, but that is probably because I don’t use the Switch controller too often.

There’s also the fact that the move set could be found under the Normal weapon tab which let’s players see what moves they can perform with the starting gear and weapons acquired throughout the game . The only reason I found this strange was because the majority of those moves can be used with all weapons. Dodging remains the same regardless of what weapon is equipped at the time. It’s been that way since a long time but that doesn’t mean it makes sense.

Devil May Cry has aged really well. Older games can feel clunky at times but, as I played through the game, combat was fluent. With those not familiar with the series, the games feature a ranking system of sorts during combat, starting with Dull! to Stylish! So, if you want to fight with style don’t spam the same button. Since the game isn’t combo heavy, linking attacks is fairly easy.

There is one thing that I still don’t enjoy about the game. That dedicated camera angle has killed me more often than I’d care to admit. Bosses are obscured so you might get hit with an attack that you could have otherwise avoided. Of course, I won’t forget to mention how the camera angle tends to mess with your orientation especially when you’re on a time crunch.

Graphics and Sounds

For when the game was released, I have to say, the graphics still hold up. Sure, it’s not the crisp images we’re used to seeing but the game still looks good. The cut scenes don’t really hold up really well but that’s to be expected. The lighting can be a bit better but that’s easily fixable in the settings option. Plus, considering we’re running through a demon invested castle, all that darkness is appropriate for the setting. I can tell what’s going on and, I think, at the end of the day, it’s the only thing that matters.

Moving on to Sounds, we have the dialogue. It may just be me but I find some of the dialogue a bit cringey. It’s definitely dated. Of course this is me nitpicking however, I do have to say that those cringey lines do add some charm to the game. Plus, cringey lines and dialogue haven’t been enough to stop me from playing any game (that I can remember).

 Music. What is there to say? The soundtrack is amazing as ever. All those little cues of sound especially when the song gets louder as it leads up to an encounter bring everything together.

Conclusion

Overall, Devil May Cry is definitely a game that needs to be picked up. The graphics hold up really well and, although we can see that the cut scenes are a bit outdated, they still do their job. It didn’t bother me in the slightest. In my opinion, the Devil May Cry series has the best soundtrack out there (yes, I’m biased) and it’s worth listening to.

In general, I think it helped that I had played the game before. There’s a sense of accomplishment when I’m able to find a secret item or get through some boss fights because I know what to expect. It was also very nice that I could take the game with me on long road trips and play to my heart’s content.

The game introduces a wide variety of weapons to combat all different types of enemies. Plus, those bosses aren’t something you mess with. They hurt so any little mistake can cost you. It took me a couple of retries to nail that lava spewing spider and let’s not talk about those multiple rematches with a few bosses. There’s plenty of challenge presented by the game.

At the end of the day, whether you’re a new fan or a long-running fan, Devil May Cry is worth playing again.