Sunday, 25 March 2018 15:17

REVIEW: Devil May Cry - HD Collection (Xbox One)

Written by StacefaceMayhem
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Most of the earlier Devil May Cry games are what I consider from the classic era, meaning they have blocky graphics, pretentious storylines and atrocious camera angles. Many good classics from the late 90’s/ early 20’s had these flaws, think Banjo Kazooie, Resident Evil 2, Tomb Raider and even the timeless that is Mario 64, beautiful but definitely imperfect.

I knew from the beginning, I had to be open minded as I downloaded the “Devil May Cry HD Collection” a revamped ported edition for Xbox One and Xbox One X from the collection released all the way back in 2012. The burning question is though; Did Capcom give you bang for your buck, or is this a hapless cash grab?

For those of you that aren’t savvy with the ‘Devil May Cry’ series, the story follows Dante, our white haired, badass protagonist who runs his demon slaying business though his shop aptly called “Devil May Cry”. Being half demon and half human, means this dude has some serious problems and serious responsibilities. Across all three games, Dante with his many associates, slice and dice, gun down, hack and slash demon butt, hoping to rescue the world and the soul of his brother, Vergil. Now, while this collection includes: Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, Devil May Cry 3, to play the game with a plot in chronological order you actually have to play 3,1 then 2. Confusing I know.

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Each stage is a mission you must complete, and each stage you are given a rating. A “D” being the lowest for dismal, lack lustre combat and “S” being the top tier to aim for. We all want to be the elite of the elite, but this feels very rudimentary, and not giving me really an incentive to play the stage again. Stacy gets a “D”, literally shrugs shoulders and thinks “can’t be no worse than high school right, yet here I am”.

Now this HD Collection offers 60 FPS and runs at 1080p as opposed to the 720p when it was first released on PS3. Cutscenes are also in widescreen with none of those jarring black bars at the top and bottom, for better viewing. While these are welcome upgrades, the most disappointing part is the fact this collection is not a remake at all. Visually and gameplay wise, not much is different, while there is some very minor upgrades, if you watch some of the online comparisons, not much has changed. Graphics are still blocky and ugly, the camera was a constant back and forth struggle and combat moves are still only mildly impressive to watch. The cutscenes could have at least been noticeably reworked. Despite this, the music is still the original kick ass soundtracks, ranging from atmospheric, to rock, to grungy trance, this game is really effective at pumping you up for each mission and boss battle.

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Because the lack of cosmetic improvements, I found it really hard to get back into Devil May Cry 1, it was just so awkwardly jarring when you are so used to the smoothness of most next gen games. I did actually really enjoy the journey through two and three though, with them bringing back memories as a kid trying to get the elusive rating “S” at the end of each mission. I found it even more enjoyable playing on Xbox as the buttons were mapped well. Due to this I found combat really stream line, especially switching from pistol to melee.

It did take me a while to find Dante’s Devil form ult, and that is because the game has little or no direction. A tutorial is available in the later games, and a map, but the menu is quite cumbersome navigate. While the missions are quite linear, when they do travel off the beaten path, there is no instruction on what you need to do to overcome an objective. I was literally stuck in one room in the first game for 45 minutes, increasingly getting the shits as time progressed, till I quit, watched a walkthrough and moved onto the second game.

Overall, while this collection radiates all the style and class of the classic games, it feels like a straight port to next gen consoles. Capcom doesn’t really feel like they have brought you a bang for your buck title, especially if you own the original games or even the 2012 collection. If you've never played or owned the previous games, this is where id start though with my demon hacking and slashing. Hopefully Capcom have ambitions to total rework or remastered an edition in the near future.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: CAPCOM Co., Ltd.
  • Publisher: CAPCOM Co., Ltd.
  • Genre: Action