Devil May Cry 5

Devil May Cry 5 is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed and published by Capcom. It is the fifth installment of the mainline Devil May Cry series, and was released on 8 March 2019. Devil May Cry 5 received a positive reception from critics. The gameplay features the return of Dante and Nero as playable characters, along with a new character, named "V". The gameplay is similar to the other titles in the Devil May Cry series, focusing on fast-paced "stylish action". The player fights off hordes of demons with a variety of attacks and weapons and receives a style-rating in combat based on a number of factors, such as move variety, the length of a combo and dodging attacks. The music in the game will change based on the player's performance in combat.

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Devil May Cry 5
Developer(s)Capcom
Publisher(s)Capcom
Director(s)Hideaki Itsuno
Producer(s)Michiteru Okabe
Designer(s)Yoichiro Ikeda
Programmer(s)Yoshiharu Nakao
Artist(s)Koki Kinoshita
Writer(s)Bingo Morihashi
Composer(s)Kota Suzuki
SeriesDevil May Cry
Platform(s)
Release8 March 2019
Genre(s)Action-adventure, hack and slash
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Devil May Cry 5[lower-alpha 1] is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed and published by Capcom. It is the fifth installment of the mainline Devil May Cry series, and was released on 8 March 2019.[1] Devil May Cry 5 received a positive reception from critics.

Gameplay

Nero battling demons using his Red Queen sword

The gameplay features the return of Dante and Nero as playable characters, along with a new character,[2] named "V".[3] The gameplay is similar to the other titles in the Devil May Cry series, focusing on fast-paced "stylish action". The player fights off hordes of demons with a variety of attacks and weapons and receives a style-rating in combat based on a number of factors, such as move variety, the length of a combo and dodging attacks. The music in the game will change based on the player's performance in combat.[4]

Nero is equipped with his Red Queen sword, his Blue Rose double-barreled revolver, and an assortment of new robotic arms called Devil Breakers, with a variety of functions such as grabbing enemies from a distance or stopping time to freeze an enemy in place.[5] Along with his signature blade Rebellion and the demonic sword Sparda, Dante was shown using two new Devil Arms, a pair of buzzsaw-like weapons that combine into a motorcycle called Cavaliere, and a set of fiery gauntlets and boots called Balrog. In addition, Dante also wields a stronger version of the Cerberus nunchaku introduced in Devil May Cry 3.[6] The third playable character, V, uses three demons based on enemies from the first game to fight which includes Griffon, an eagle that uses ranged lightning based attacks, Shadow, a panther that forms blades, spikes and portals out of its body, and Nightmare, a large golem which V enters a Devil Trigger-like state, which turns his hair white, to summon, which uses a combination of melee attacks and laser beams.

Plot

Devil May Cry series chronology

The story takes place several years after the events of Devil May Cry 4, Nero having set up his own demon hunting agency based out of a van adorned with a neon "Devil May Cry" sign Dante gave him with support from Kyrie and his engineer, Nico. But on April 30, Nero encounters a dying demon who rips off his Devil Bringer arm and uses the Devil Arm Yamato to open a portal to escape in. A few days later, a man known as "V" comes to the Devil May Cry office to hire Dante, Lady, and Trish to kill a certain returning demon.[7] The group arrive in Red Grave City on May 16, crossing paths with Nero as they share the same target: A demon named Urizen who has planted a demonic tree called Qliphoth in the city, which is killing people for their blood. The assembled group attempt to attack Urizen together, but the demon overpowers them all with Dante having V take Nero to safety. With his sword Rebellion broken by Urizen, Dante is forced to use the Devil Sword Sparda but is ultimately defeated and ejected from the Qliphoth. Urizen then captures Lady and Trish, turning them into cores for the demons Artemis and Cavaliere Angelo.

A month later on June 15, Nero returns to Red Grave after being outfitted with the "Devil Breaker" prosthetic arm Nico made for him.[8][9] Nero meets up with V after besting the demon Goliath, who is seeking Qliphoth for it's fruit - born of condensed human blood - which makes whomever consumes it the king of the Underworld. As the pair destroy the Qlipoth's roots while searching for Dante, Nero defeats Artemis to rescue Lady while V slays the demon-parasite Nidhogg, accidentally releasing the root construct Gilgamesh which then goes after Nero. The two rejoin while traveling to the bottom of Qliphoth, where they discover another demon named Malphas seeking the Sparda out of fear of its power. V splits off to find the Sparda first and discovers it along with a hibernating Dante, whose presence was being hidden by the sword.

After Dante learns what occurred during his month-long nap, he fights his way to Urizen and frees Trish from Cavaliere Angelo along the way. V then reveals to Trish that Urizen is actually the demon-side of Dante's brother Vergil, who used Yamato's power to separate his demon and human halves - the latter of which manifested as V himself. Dante, having heard the full story when first meeting V, deduces Rebellion's power is the opposite. After saving Trish from the Cavaliere Angelo, Dante travels to his and Vergil's old home, where he stabs himself with the broken sword's hilt, absorbing the Sparda into himself and acquiring his Sin Devil Trigger form along with his own Devil Sword Dante. Nero attempts to confront Urizen again but is overpowered once more, with Dante arriving just in time to save him. Dante gains the upper hand with his new powers until Urizen takes his leave, as the Qliphoth begins to bear fruit. While Dante is conflicted on having Nero join them, an ailing V insists on it and the three split up to find their own way to Urizen. Dante arrives first and defeats King Cerberus before facing Urizen, having now eaten Qliphoth's fruit. Meanwhile, after saving V from the demoness Malphas, Nero learns of Dante's history with Vergil. He and V reach Dante just as he defeats Urizen, but a dying V intervenes and merges with Urizen before Dante can finish him, reviving Vergil once more.

Dante attacks the newly-revived Vergil, who overpowers him quickly before opening a portal to the top of the Qliphoth tree, telling Dante to recover to his full strength before they spar again. Nero insists on going after Vergil himself to seek answers for losing his arm, but Dante, having known that he was the young demon hunter's uncle since they first met on Fortuna, finally reveals to Nero that he is Vergil's son and sends him away to keep his hands clean from killing his own father. Nero, Nico, Lady, and Trish escape the slowly-expanding Qliphoth but, despite the group urging him not to confront his father, an angry and confused Nero goes back to chase after Vergil.

Dante fights his way through V's now-independent familiars before reaching Vergil and the sons of Sparda engage in yet another duel with each other, during which Dante tells Vergil that Nero is his son. Following a call with Kyrie, Nero expresses his conflicted emotions at having found his family and not having the strength to protect her brother Credo years ago in Fortuna. Kyrie convinces Nero to stick to his instincts, and the young demon hunter resolves to save both his father and uncle from killing each other. Nero arrives just in time to stop Dante and Vergil as their fight reaches its climax, awakening his Devil Trigger while regenerating his right arm. Vergil mocks his son's resolve of a peaceful solution as he decides to fight him instead, but finds himself pushed back until he begrudgingly concedes. Giving Nero V's book to remember him by, Vergil joins Dante in a one-way trip to the Underworld to cut the Qliphoth down and seal the portal before it rips the Earth apart.

As the Qliphoth falls, Nero leaves Red Grave City alongside Nico while taking out any straggling demons along the way. Weeks later, Trish and Lady are hired for a new job by Morrison, who Dante leaves in charge of his office. In the Underworld, Dante and Vergil continually duel with no end in sight, due to being equally matched and the constant interference from demons out to kill them - though their rivalry appears to be on more friendlier terms.

Development

The game is directed by Devil May Cry series veteran Hideaki Itsuno.[10] It runs on the RE Engine, first used in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.[11] Itsuno explained that the development team is aiming for a "photo-realistic" graphics style. The game will target 60 frames per second on all targeted release platforms.[12][9] The developers scanned various models to give a realistic look to the characters and even real clothes which were created in London and scanned in Serbia.[13] Capcom confirmed a release date of March 2019[14] and a demo was playable in August 2018 at Gamescom[15] which was later made available on PlayStation Store and Xbox Live

In 2013, Itsuno showed interest in continuing the original Devil May Cry series by developing a fifth installment.[16] It was originally thought that the series could go on hiatus or end for good if Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition was not a commercial success.[17] However, in an interview with GameSpot, Itsuno confirmed that the series future did not depend on Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition's sales. He also alleviated fears that DmC: Devil May Cry's sales ended the series, confirming that Capcom was ultimately satisfied with final sales figures of those games.[18] In January 2016, Itsuno stated on Twitter that he is working on a project well in development which could not be announced just yet[19] and later in March, Reuben Langdon and Johnny Yong Bosch, who had done voice acting and motion capture for Dante and Nero respectively in Devil May Cry 4, took pictures of themselves in motion capture gear, leading to speculation that a new Devil May Cry game is in development.[20] In response on Twitter regarding any truth about the speculation, Capcom Vancouver stated that "It's not a game that [they] announced that [they are] working on at [their] studio".[21] On 17 May 2018, the domain name "DevilMayCry5.com" was registered by an unknown entity under Capcom's Onamae domain register.[22] Devil May Cry 5 was confirmed at E3 2018 for a release the following year.[23]

The game was originally planned to be announced in 2017. However, ideas to announce it alongside the Resident Evil 2 remake led to its change. The game was being developed by Capcom Dev Studio 1 and consists of many staff members who worked on entries in the Dragon's Dogma and the Devil May Cry series. The team aimed to make it the best action game from the Heisei period. A secret message was left in the first trailer for fans of the series.[24] Dante and Nero's respective actors, Reuben Langdon and Johnny Yong Bosch, have expressed pleasure in regards to the game.[25][26] It will feature an online multiplayer for up to three players.[27]

Nico was created to be a contrasting heroine to Nero's girlfriend, Kyrie, as the former is more used to fighting. In developing Nero's Devil Breaker abilities, Itsuno pointed out that Punch Line which involves Nero shooting his mechanic arm was made in order to attract teenagers.[28]

Players who purchase the Deluxe Edition of the game will receive access to the several pieces of additional content, such as the Cavaliere R weapon for Dante, new cutscenes and announcer options, battle music from the first four Devil May Cry titles, and four Devil Breaker weapons for Nero, including a Mega Buster based on Mega Man 11.[29]

Music

The game's soundtrack is composed by Kota Suzuki, Casey Edwards, Cody Matthew Johnson, and Jeff Rona.[30]

On 11 June 2018, Nero's battle theme "Devil Trigger", performed by Ali Edwards, was released as a soundtrack single to promote the game.[30] In September 2018, Dante's battle theme "Subhuman" which was composed by Johnson and performed by Suicide Silence was released. The theme was originally sung by the band's lead vocalist Eddie Hermida before was replaced by former Volumes vocalist Michael Barr following sexual misconduct allegations.[31] In December 2018, new franchise character V's original battle theme "Crimson Cloud", composed by Rona was released. The final trailer presents the game's ending theme "Legacy", composed by Kota Suzuki and sung by Ali Edwards. The Japanese version of the game includes the song "Mad Qualia" by Hyde.

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(PC) 89/100[32]
(PS4) 86/100[33]
(XONE) 87/100[34]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid10/10[35]
Eurogamer9/10[36]
Famitsu37/40[37]
Game Informer8.5/10[38]
Game Revolution[39]
GameSpot9/10[40]
GamesRadar+[41]
IGN9.5/10[42]
Jeuxvideo.com18/20[43]
PC Gamer (UK)9/10[44]
PC Gamer (US)9/10[45]
USgamer[46]
VideoGamer.com9/10[47]
The Daily Telegraph[48]
The Guardian[49]
Metro9/10[50]

Following 2018's Tokyo Game Show, Devil May Cry 5 won the "Future Division" award from the Japan Game Awards.[51] There has been some disquiet in the gaming community regarding the decision to include optional in game purchases where the player can purchase red orbs which are used to upgrade their character. Capcom confirmed that this in no way alters the game's designed progression system, and it is similar to that of Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition which also allowed for similar in game purchases.[52][53][54]

Devil May Cry 5 received "generally favourable reviews" across all platforms, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[32][33][34] The game's narrative and concept was praised by IGN's Mitchell Saltzman, who said "its mysterious story keeps things interesting along the way."[42]

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