I played the PC version of Devil May Cry 5 for about 10 hours in single player. I have not touched the co-op mode, and will not be reviewing it in this post. All opinions are exclusively based on the single player experience.
Overview and First Impressions
As expected from the Devil May Cry franchise, this game is really well put together. There is a lot of story, and the game was easy to learn. Each character (Nero, Dante and V) plays differently, and there are a lot of demons to kill.
Playable characters include:
Nero, wielding a fancy prosthetic arm used to damage enemies
Dante, armed with karate and his swords
V, using three shadow-animals to fight for him. V’s only direct role in the battle is to throw the final killing blow to the enemy.
Nero plays really well. His combinations are easy to learn and his in-game character is very laid back. As Nero involves during the game, he goes from “strong”, to devastatingly strong, in a really short period of time.
Dante has a bit more weaponry to choose from and he feels stronger in the beginning. He begins the game having already learned most of what he can do and a small number of additional abilities are automatically added during gameplay.
Then there is V. Controlling him is way different from Nero and Dante as V uses a bird, a tiger and a moving statue to perform the fights for him. This means you get to watch the fight from a distance. After the animals are done disabling the enemies, V only needs to do the final blow to kill of the demon.
Devil May Cry 5 has 20 missions. It took me about 9.5 hours to beat the single player. There are a variety of missions, but the game is being dragged forward by cut scenes, and an endless ‘what happens next’ question.
How Does It Play?
In the first missions with Nero and V, I held a steady 80 fps on Ultra video settings with 1440p. However, in the first two missions as Dante I experienced frame dropping. This is likely something the developers will solve with a future patch. The controls are easy to learn though, and play well as pressing a certain button creates a certain action and it happens on screen. This makes it very satisfying to try out new combos just to make the next move look cool.
With a giant variety in weapons and tools to defeat the enemies with, the combat system was really a lot of fun. Maybe even one of the best.
The graphics in Devil May Cry 5 are very on par with what we can expect from the franchise. The environment is dark, the enemies look like insects and demons did the fusion dance to great effect. The graphics are in my opinion, not outstanding, but they are not bad.
The sound effects are mostly the usual hack and slash sounds, but the music and voice acting is great! The game utilized very engaging music that didn’t feel like it became boring after a short amount of time.
Devil May Cry 5 is a solid game that is good for about 10 hours of fun, per playthrough. With satisfying gameplay, engaging music and brutal characters, the game is a great addition to any adult’s game library who can handle some dark humor.
Title: Devil May Cry 5
Developer: CAPCOM Co., Ltd.
Publisher: CAPCOM Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 8 Mar, 2019
Used PC Specifications:
Intel i9 9900K 5.0 GHz
MSI Geforce RTX 2080TI