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February 20, 2008
Devil May Cry 4
PS3 Review Page 2
Release Distributor Publisher Developer Offline Players Online Players
7/2/2008ActivisionCapcomCapcom PS11None
Media HDD Space Resolution Sound Format Tilt Controls OFLC Rating

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Check out the enemy design.
So what are the problems? Well firstly there is certainly too much backtracking over areas already looked at - particularly when you get to play as Dante. Be it poor design, or a need to put Dante back into the game following outcries from fans it seems like a cheap way out. The games difficulty also needs to be questioned. The two initial difficulty levels, Human and Devil Hunter, are both far too easy for seasoned gamers, while four more difficulty levels remain locked until you've played through the title. It would have been nice to have one or two higher difficulty levels to start with. Another small issue I have with the game is that it is very stop-start. By blocking you into areas when enemies appear it forces you to confront and defeat them, but makes backtracking - with many enemies re-appearing - quite tedious. Finally I would have loved to see some 2-player action, either online or offline included in the title. Not to be though.

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Levels detail is quite superb.
One aspect of this release that has caused an uproar over the internet was the news that Devil May Cry 4 requires almost 5GB of Hard Drive space to install a bunch of files. Not only that but the install takes some 20 minutes to complete - a long time in anyone’s book. We wanted to clear a few things up. Yes the install is mandatory, there is no way around it. Yes there is a 20 minute installation period. What you may not know is that during this 20 minutes there is a rather impressive slideshow detailing the events that unfolded in the three previous games - invaluable for newcomers to the series, or even those that may have forgotten events of previous titles. More importantly though this install eliminates much of the loading between levels, cut-scenes and gameplay. When comparing the game to the XBox 360 version the PS3 did seem to have slightly quicker loading between gameplay and cut scenes, and even between the levels. Annoying, yes. Disastrous, no.

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Battling enemies from above
Graphically Devil May Cry 4 is a showcase for the Playstation 3. Running at 60fps at 720p this game has as much spit and polish as any other game on the system, and then some. Firstly we must comment on the cut-scenes in the game. These are presented in a slightly wider aspect ratio of 1.85:1 then gameplay (Which runs at the full widescreen 1.78:1) giving them a more theatrical look. There is little denying how gorgeous these numerous cut-scenes look with great cinematography, fantastic dialogue and stunning detail. In-game the game isn't any slouch either. The levels look fantastic, from inside massive castles, outside in the jungles or in the darkest caverns. Sure, at times, it can look a little repetitive in some areas but overall this game has some of the best locations we have ever seen. Character design is also stunning with some of the most unique looking characters ever seen in the series, not least of which are the massive bosses which fill the screen and make Nero look tiny.

The only negative in relation to the graphics are the camera angles which, at times, become obscured by other objects in the game world. Fortunately you do have control over the camera in most locations so you can rotate around. Only a small issue, but one that is there nonetheless.

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Cut-scenes are absolutely stunning.
The audio presentation in Devil May Cry 4 is extremely impressive. Presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 the effects are brutal and the dialogue, in both scripting and presentation, are among the best we've heard. Where the game really takes off though is the music which is pretty hard based electronic styled rock. If you've ever heard the music of German band Rammstein (think the opening sequence in the movie xXx) then you'll have a good idea of what to expect from this release. While the overall audio presentation in Devil May Cry 4 is solid there were a couple of occasions when we felt the speech was a little muffled and hard to understand, particularly with some of the boss characters.

Devil May Cry 4 is one of the first "big guns" of 2008, and the PS3 version is an absolute cracker. Admittedly it's not the be all and end all of gaming, but fans of previous titles will find much to enjoy here. The graphics and audio are solid, and the gameplay unrelenting which is exactly what we've come to expect from the series. Devil May Cry 4 is in stores now, we suggest you hunt it down.

Review By: Dave Warner

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GRAPHICSOne of the best next-gen releases we have seen to date.
SOUNDA thumping soundtrack and solid speech, although occasionally muffled.
GAMEPLAYThis is DMC for sure, but it can be a little repetitive, in both combat and level design.
VALUEPlenty of difficultly levels, unlockable content, online rankings. Pretty good value.
OVERALLDevil May Cry 4 is another very impressive title in the series. I would have liked to see the game push some more boundaries, but as the first release on the PS3 I'm not going to complain.

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