One of the most exciting and frantic series of action games returned last year: Devil May Cry 5, to the platforms of the old generation.
Now, with the launch of the new super consoles, the game returns in a specially prepared edition, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition.
We’ve already tried Devil May Cry V: special Edition on the New Generation.
Devil May Cry is a series of action-adventure hack and slash developed and published by Capcom, which had its debut in the distant year of 2001, at the time for Playstation 2.
Over the years, the series has followed the story of Dante, Vergil and friends in their fight against demons, while saving the world from destruction and looking for answers to everything that happened to them. Devil May Cry 5 is the fifth main title in the series, having been released in 2019.
A ameaça Urizen
The story of Devil May Cry 5 puts our heroes again in the fight against the destruction of Humanity at the hands of Urizen, a demon who represents the demonic half of Vergil's soul.
It all starts when a strange demon tree is born in the heart of Red Grave City: the Qliphoth. It is a tree that feeds on the blood of humans and offers shelter to countless demons. Until today, it never manifested itself, since the world of humans was separated from the world of demons by Sparda. So far…
There are two main directions for the story, depending on the initial choice that the player makes but what should be emphasized is that throughout the game we will be able to play with Nero, Dante, V, or Vergil (finally).
- Nero alternates between the Red Queen sword, the Blue Rose revolver and his mechanical arms, Devil Breakers.
- Dante, the best known hero of Devil May Cry, wields the Dante Devil Sword sword and two twin pistols: Ebony and Ivory
- V, compensates for his lesser physical aptitude for combat, by invoking beings and demons that fight in his place.
- Vergil, for his part, appears in Devil May Cry 5 as a playable character and uses his katana Yamato, and the Beowulf. In addition it has a set of new skills that make it a very interesting alternative to play
The game is divided into a succession of diversified missions, with their respective challenges, rewards, enemies and bosses. In each mission we will control one of the heroes, having in some of them the opportunity to freely choose which one.
As you can easily anticipate, the gameplay varies depending on our choice. Each of the characters has specific attacks and weapons, being quite different in their way of fighting. And each will have their own Devil Triggers or the like.
Vergil has the ability, while moving slowly or remaining quiet, to increase a concentration bar that allows him to trigger special attacks.
On the other hand, Nero presents his Devil Breakers (mechanical prostheses on his right arm) that allow him a range of special attacks. V, a character I really liked to follow, has the support of his pets in turn.
Although the use of swords and pistols continues to be important (part of the DNA in the series), both Nero's mechanical arms, the Devil Brakers, and the demons summoned by V, become a kind of whipped cream over the game and that add great diversity in its gameplay.
Regarding the Devil Breakers, there are several and with different attacks. The Punch Line unleashes itself to hit enemies in the distance, Helter Skelter penetrates enemies and destroys their defenses and there is even a Mega Buster, in honor of Mega Man’s Mega Buster. Since we can take several for missions (and we can find some too), great diversity is gained in the fight with Nero.
For his part, V summons his allied demons, Griffon (a griffin that attacks from a distance) and Shadow (the black panther that makes proximity attacks) to fight for you. Each one has its own energy bar that regenerates (if they are close to us, it regenerates more quickly). Throughout the game, we will be able to teach them with new skills.
You can also invoke other spirits like the Nightmare thug, who can even “ride” during his short stay in combat.
The control of V in combat is based on two distinct, but simultaneous dynamics. First we have to control the attacks of our animals (triangle for Griffon and square for Shadow), but at the same time, we have to avoid being attacked by enemies and as such we have to be in constant movement or escape from attacks. It is an exciting dynamic that surprised me positively.
I really enjoyed V's gameplay, but there is still something about the AI of the two animals that still needs tweaking. This, because occasionally they decide to forget the fight.
Finally, V still uses his cane, but almost exclusively to give the final blow to the enemies that his demons leave behind.
The combat in Devil May Cry V takes place in the 3rd person as characteristic in the series and remains frantic as always, insisting on preventing the player from taking a deep breath many times.
The exception, are the interim animations or when we go to the van of the handy Nico, to buy improvements or new equipment.
There are dozens of combos and movements at our disposal, so with so much diversity, combat requires all of our attention and, above all, dexterity with your fingers.
Despite being relegated to the background, the game still has some exploration sections where the player should explore each corner of the scene and find some important relics.
The combat is simply spectacular. Not only for the amount and variety of attacks available to each character (many of them unlocked) but for the way the scenes take place on the screen and the way the enemies appear and behave.
Everything is very fluid and visually attractive. For that (and a lot) the Playstation 5's graphics and processing capabilities count. It's all about speed, reflexes and timing and when the player dominates the attacks of each character, then the game enters a completely different dimension.
4K or not?
- Visually, Devil May Cry V features a Resolution mode that allows 4K with Ray Tracing, but that limits to 30fps, or without Ray Tracing, but at 60fps.
- There is also a Performance mode that limits Ray Tracing to 1080p at 60 fps.
- On the other hand, we also have the High Frame Rate Mode that unlocks frames per second up to 120fps.
I don't think I've ever seen a Devil May Cry that looks so good and has such good effects. The effects of light, physics and movements, particles, demons, the city, textures ... everything bordering on perfection.
A final word for loading times, which… practically do not exist.
Playstation 5 can really bring out the best in games and Devil May Cry V takes advantage of that. Being a more intense action game and dependent on input, it is with great satisfaction that I found practically no lag between command and character feedback. The commands coming from DualSense are extremely responsive.
In addition, there is a feeling that DualSense could have had more developments to take full advantage of its capabilities.
The haptic feedback returns to the player the vibrations of the combat that, in the midst of the frenzy of colors and attacks, ends up bringing something more physical to the combat.
On the other hand, the variable pressure triggers, despite being used for different purposes, do not claim the use of this variable pressure. It is a pity, as there could be good situations to implement them, such as, for example, in attacking bosses ...
Another novelty of this Special Editon is the inclusion of Legendary Dark Knight Mode. I think I can safely say that fans of the series will prefer this extremely demanding mode.
A watchword for the new mode: Turbo Mode. I must say that this mode will definitely satisfy anyone who likes fast and frantic speed, requiring even more attention and dexterity.
However, you risk becoming too much button smashing. A note for the fact that you cannot have Ray Tracing and Turbo Mode at the same time.
Devil May Cry V: Special Edition is, without a doubt, a game that all fans of the series must have. The arrival at Playstation 5 is amazing in all aspects. Graphically sweeping and sonorously overwhelming, the game pushes us into long hours of frantic and exciting fighting.
Anyone who likes Devil May Cry must have this game for Playstation 5.
Devil May Cry V: Special Edition
- Vergil, Dante, Nero and V
- Amazing graphics
- Different games
- Insane sound band
- Boss fights
- You can skim the buttoning smash