September 29, 2001

Devil May Cry - Preview

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Letting loose with twin pistols.
Capcom are almost certain to have another winner on their hands with Devil May Cry. The game is being produced by Shinji Mikami and directed by Hideki Kamiya, two of the people behind the Resident Evil games. Indeed when this game started development it was going to be another Resident Evil game. With a lot of inspiration from movie directors such as John Woo (Mission Impossible 2, Face Off, Windtalkers) the game has a stylish action element to it and a creative flair rarely found in video games. One of the most interesting, or humours things depending on how you look at it, is that Capcom have seemingly created a new genre for the game by putting it into a "stylish hard action" category. It may sound little funny, but it pretty much sums up the game perfectly.

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Yep. Time to bail I think.
As the lead character in Devil May Cry, Dante is a dark figure shrouded in mystery. Legend has it that 2000 years ago, in the depths of hell, a demon swordsman, awoke to justice and rebelled against the devil, waging a one-man war in support of the human world. 2000 years later, Dante, a private investigator of the supernatural, realizes that the devil is rallying to rise again against mankind. How does Dante fit into this gothic puzzle? Deep within Dante's blood lies the power of ancient demons and as his power builds he transforms into a demon state where he can inflict unearthly powers on the retched souls he encounters. As Dante continues his adventure he will find powerful weaponry including his dual-pistols and shotguns. Dante will discover powerful swords, each possessing various elemental powers. This devil hunter will lead players into the fantastic dark world as Dante's destiny is played out in a gothic battle of good against evil. If Dante is successful, the Devil May Cry.

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Enemies are wonderfully detailed.
As you progress through the game Dante uncovers new weapons such as more powerful swords, double pistol and shotguns. The variety of enemies is vast with standard lower-class Demons who put up a standard fight, a grim-reaper who hovers in the air and can travel through walls and the Phantoms who are the castle rulers and have tremendous powers and magic.

Graphically this game looks even more accomplished then Capcom's recent Onimusha: Warlords which was a tremendous by itself. The magnificent artistic styles abound in Devil May Cry while the animation, as you would expect is top notch. Unlike older Resident Evil games, Devil May Cry renders all the backgrounds in real-time. While this usually results in a lack of detail by looking at the surrounding screenshots your mind can be put at ease. This is one of the most lavish and visually rich games to date. Once again Capcom looks set to have out-done all it's previous games, bu a long shot.

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Taking on a couple of reapers.
Devil May Cry is a spectacular looking action game with some spectacular sword and gunplay. Once again Capcom look to have come up with the goods. Time will tell how well this game will be received in the west, but fortunately for gamers Capcom will be bundling a demo of this game with Resident Evil Code: Veronica X to try out (which was released in late September). If you want to play the full version of Devil May Cry however you'll have to wait a little longer with an Australian release not expect until November 2001. This is one game which you will most likley want on your Christmas list.