Good old Uncle Dante and his Nephews…
Devil May Cry 5 is an upcoming action-adventure hack and slash video game developed and published by Capcom. It is the fifth instalment of the mainline Devil May Cry series, and is scheduled to be released on 8 March 2019.
DMC is coming back baby! With more demon blowing carnage, cooler hair styles and the power of modern gaming technology. With a series that boasts over 16 million sales worldwide over 17 years it’s no surprise the game is ready to enter the modern world of gaming. This game being the first of the popular series to make its debut in the current generation – bringing back all the things us gamers love like awesome looking mayhem against them Devil hunters with scourging demon blood in their veins.
I remember playing Devil May Cry 1 back in 2002 on my uncle’s PS2, I was ten at the time, with my aunt telling me this game will fry your mind. I fell in love with that statement, and wanted my brain to turn into that McDonalds nugget if it meant me playing more of this dark and entertaining game. Nonetheless, it wasn’t until Devil May Cry 4 that I actually started understanding the story further-ish. My brain is still fried, in a good way.
It’s taken a long time for Capcom to bring back the Devil May Cry series, but finally it’s happening. After many rumours and speculation, DMC5 made its debut during the E3 2018 press conference with a staggering trailer as seen above. The game is set for a worldwide release on March 8th, 2019 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. This next major entry has a few different aspects to game, like multiple playable characters and new, upgraded weaponry. This is the game we’ve all been waiting for.
Since it’s been quite some time since the other Devil May Cry games many fans don’t really know what’s going on with this new game, with some fans losing touch with the series and forgetting some major aspects. Well fret not woe demon hunters, we’re here to keep you updated. Here we go.
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What is Devil May Cry 5?
Devil May Cry 5 is an upcoming action-adventure game. Developed by Capcom, the long-running DMC series has always been about fast, stylish action while using a variety of unique weapons. Over the last 17 years, the series has gone on to inspire a particular brand of action gameplay, where fast-paced action and challenging battles go hand-in-hand. With every game, the stakes and scope of the series has grown, and DMC5 looks to be the most detailed and elaborate entry yet – obviously.
As most of you know, in DMC4 you played as Dante & Nero, this time there’s someone new you’ll be playing with alongside your white haired demon hunters, the newcomer V. Running on the state of the art RE Engine, the same framework power games like Resident Evil 7 and the Resident Evil 2 remake, the game will surely blow our mind with outstanding graphics and exceptional detail.
Cool stuff, but if I never played the previous games how am I going to catch up?
Damn right there are multiple ways to catch up and play them previous games you so dearly miss. You can check out the DMC HD Collection with the first 3 games in one. DMC4 Special Edition is also available on all modern platforms. Also, as an added extra, if you want to play Ninja Theory’s DMC which, although is not part of the Capcom series, is an awesome entry into the mix you can do so on PS4 and Xbox One, sadly no PC release.
Can I start the series with this game?
Now generally I always advise to play all the other games of the series, and for this one, I’m not changing my mind sadly. Now there is chatter that this game just references storylines and characters of the series within its 16 year history some are saying that it is totally possible to jump straight into Devil May Cry 5. I’m sure the game will get you up to speed of what’s happened and who’s who since this game will work as a ‘standalone’ but nonetheless I do not advise it. Knowing the whole story presume will make your experience playing this game ten times better especially if you’re a demonic diehard fan of the series.
DMC5 will act as a standalone sequel to the events of DMC4 where Nero and Danta fought against the likes of Sanctus and the Order of Sparda. Ironically, next to the other games which barely referenced their predecessors, DMC5 will explain quite a bit on the DMC series, for example like explaining who crafted Dante’s iconic weapons with some DMC2 in this mix as well. Just for you to know this is the proper chronoligcal order for the series of games:
- Devil May Cry 3
- Devil May Cry 1
- Devil May Cry 4
- Devil May Cry 2
- Devil May Cry 5
So what will I be expecting from DMC5?
Wouldn’t you like to know? Most details at the moment are *hush hush* but from what we know the game will focus on some awesome and thrilling action sequences. In addition to the new weapons and characters as listed above, this game will also include an online co-op mode. Apart from this, DMC5 will boast a training room called – VOID MODE where the player can learn all the different moves and weapons available for the three playable characters.
Who are the playable characters like now?
Nero AKA Justin Bieber
Our lovely demon duelling Nero from DMC4 is back, and one of the main playable leads in DMC5. However, some things have changed, for started his hair, but let’s not get into that. Start from his moves – still utilising is Blue Rose Revolver and Red Queen charged up sword, it’s pretty much the same from that end. However, his cloudy weird demonic ‘Devil Bringer’ hand is gone so instead he’ll be utilising this new ‘Devil Breaker System’ as seen in trailers.
Within the game you’ll be able to purchase upgrades and new enhanced ‘Devil Breakers’ from newcomer Nico’s shop at the game’s mobile headquarters. Essentially, these will be disposable arms that will offer Nero different skills and modifiers to his move-set – for example the Gerbera arm will shoot lazers, the Tomboy will help Nero’s sword become more awesome and the Buster arm will act like the previous game’s Devil Bringer. However, these arms have an element of wear and tear, especially since you’ll be using them to battle huge and enormously powerful enemies. So at one point or another these Devil Breakers will break. Nonetheless, from what is being heard at the moment there will be plenty of arms scattered around the game so finding a new arm along the way will be easy.
Dante AKA Rocker Jeff Bridges
Our old looking devil hunter friend is back, while he doesn’t look the same like in previous games Dante is ever the demon killer we know and love. With a huge variety of weapons, Dante is the superpower when it comes to killing demons. Utilising an array of swords, firearms and gauntlets he’ll quickly makes ends-meet of his fiendish foes. From what we’re understanding Dante will still have the power of ‘Devil Trigger’ significantly amplifying his strengths and abilities. From what is stated, throughout the game Dante will continue acquiring new weapons as he defeats demon bosses and gaining different combat styles ultimately complimenting his status as the strongest demon slayer.
One of the newer innovations for Dante is the option to customize specific loadouts for his melee and firearms. In the pre-mission menu, you can choose which weapons you want to bring with you in mission. If you want to come in fully armed – with up to four melee and firearms each – then you can do so. But if you’re feeling more traditional and want to stick with one melee and firearm, you can do that too. Dante will also be able to use his different combat styles – Swordmaster, Gunslinger, Trickster and Royal Guard – which can open up new moves to use for his weapons.
V AKA Emo Ezra Miller
So, who is this V everyone’s talking about? Well, it wasn’t until the ‘The Game Awards 2018’ trailer that we finally saw what DMC5’s new playable character V can do. Unlike Nero and Dante’s white ‘Sephiroth’ looking hair, V’s look is particularly different, it seems like when he switches to demon killing mode his hair turns white. I guess in the DMC world it’s like going Super Saiyan. Dissimilar to the other two demon slayers, V’s combat will focus primarily on summoning demonic familiars to do his fighting, familiars like in DMC1. Within the trailer we see V summoning demonic monsters like Nightmares, Shadows and Griffons with Emo Ezra Miller chilling at a distance, probably tweeting about his new Fantastic Beasts movie.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, from what is seen in the trailer V can still put up a fight on his own. With his cane he is seen finishing off weakened demons and mounting some large beasts as well. We still don’t know much about him but it will be pretty interesting seeing a character which will probably differ in fighting style from the usual hack and slash type fighting we know from the DMC series.
So how will Co-Op work with DMC5?
DMC5 will feature a new mechanic called the CAMEO System, this will allow players to team up online. This is the second time co-op has appeared in the series, the first being in DMC3 for a particular boss battle. Throughout the campaign and at certain stages within the game, when online, this system will allow other players to choose from the 3 characters to join you on your quest with each of the MAX 3 players each picking different characters, allowing you to complete the level together. Once you’ve completed the level you can even rate their performance. If you decide to play offline, the game’s AI will then control the other characters instead.
How can I try this game before its release? Is there a demo?
Oh yes, there is a demo, but only for Xbox One right now, however in the coming months a second demo will be made available for fans and prospects on multiple platforms. This demo, as seen in Gamescom 2018 and PAX West 2018, will consist of a short mission with Nero fighting his way through the streets, culminating in a boss fight against Goliath.