"On the normal setting, DMC4 isn't anywhere near as difficult as the previous game, but it's still challenging enough to entertain long-time fans of the series. On the easy setting, enemies still put up some resistance, but the battles are quite forgiving. The game offers just the right amount of challenge on both settings, yet deftly avoids becoming frustrating, making this a game that's enjoyable regardless of how skilled you are."
Devil May Cry sequels have been nothing if not inconsistent. As brilliant as the original game was, the second DMC was universally reviled, and the third game was deemed too tricky by all but the most hardcore. Devil May Cry 4, however, finally strikes gold and proves to be an ultra-stylish action game that will thrill newcomers and hardcore fans alike.
DMC4 stars Nero, a new protagonist with looks nearly identical to those of series veteran, Dante. The game begins with a bang as Dante pays a visit to the religious group, The Order of the Sword, and puts a bullet in their leader’s head. Being a member of the group, Nero is none too pleased with this turn of events, and sets off in pursuit of Dante. The story is far from profound, but it is surprisingly strong for an action game. Events unfold through a series of spectacularly over-the-top cut-scenes, which showcase the series' trademark action and humor. In fact, it would be worth playing through DMC for the cut-scenes alone, as they are some of the most thoroughly enjoyable moments of footage ever to make it into a game.
Freelance review by C J (February 13, 2008)
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