Devil May Cry was a big part of my childhood I was ten years old when the original came out in 2001. I can't remember the exact age I was when I first played it as I used to watch my dad play the game.
I remember when I sold the game and I regretted it so much. I would get a real urge to play it even today but now they have finally released the HD collection, I instantly brought it hoping they hadn't changed any of the game play and voice actors like they did with the Silent Hill HD collection.
I eagerly started playing the first mission, I am happy to say they haven't changed much except for the difficulty. When you first start the game you have no choice of what difficulty to play besides normal which I like a challenge anyway but beginners of the game may have a struggle. Anyway on to the difficulty changes, I have noticed that most of the enemies do not drop many health orbs (green orbs) now and bosses have more health/defence. This doesn't make it extremely difficult but I'm dreading the harder modes.
The only other difference is the fact we can now get achievements for the game, showing the difficulties we can complete it on so your mates can see that you are just awesome.
The main protagonist in the game is Dante, a freelance mercenary who exterminates demons, however he possess demon powers himself, as his dad is the legendary dark knight Sparda ,who is a demon. His dad's blood pulses through his veins, giving him superhuman abilities along with his brother, who is known to be dead.
He first started to hunt down demons after his mother and brother were killed by demons. He hunts with his signature sword and twin guns ebony and ivory. At the beginning of the game you see Dante sitting in his shop when an unknown woman, later on known as Trish, bursts in on a motorcycle and begs him to go to a castle where she knows demons are, whilst knowing about his secrets. When you get your first weapon, Alastor, you then get a devil trigger which transforms you into a demon form for a short period of time.
As you progress through the game, the more Dante reveals about his past and the more his power grows. Demons start to catch on who he is and start to fear him just a little bit more.
The style of the game is a hack and slash beat 'em up with a modern dark fantasy and gothic setting. It was originally intended to be a sequel in Capcom's Resident Evil series, however because of the entirely different style of game play and style of game, Capcom decided to make it a completely different game.
The good things about this game are that there are hidden missions for you to do if you want to take a break from the storyline or want to build up your character more, you can do these missions to help you out with that. You also get a grade system from D-S (D,C,B,A,S) S being the best and D the lowest. There are two qualities you will be graded on, whenever you do combos on enemies without getting hurt and having gaps between each enemy you're hitting, you also have a grade at the end of the mission to tell you your overall score. What's the point in this you say? Well, with the combos, the more stylish grade you get, the more red orbs you receive , which act as a currency in the game to purchase items. The grades for the end of a mission are to reward you with bonus red orbs depending on what grade you acquired. Also if you get all S ranks on a certain difficulty, you can unlock new modes and characters.
Disadvantages of the game are that it's not a complete free roam game - you can to an extent but you are limited to where to go because of puzzles and missions later on in the game. Some of the control schemes aren't very good as they are very complex with the dodging system, depending on where you're facing and the camera angle. The camera angles in the game aren't too clever either, as you cannot control it in some places around the castle which don't allow you to see an enemy in the distance.
I recommend this game to anyone who loves to run around and fight with some puzzles and complete action.