Devil May Cry, a tale of two demonic brothers in an eternal feud with with eachother.
A founding franchise for PlayStation back in the days of PS2 – the third chapter even had a complete re-do for the current gen and now Devil May Cry 3 (DMC3) which originally released in 2005 has ported over to Nintendo’s Switch.
The battle between the half demon brothers continues from the first two games; Virgil and Dante, the sons of Sparda.
DMC3 focuses mostly on Dante and the demon slaying and hack n slashing takes place on earth, where Dante and his father had been protecting mankind from their own, only Dante’s twin, Virgil was true to his lineage and fought against the human race with his dark minions.
The demonic battle begins as the two siblings rivalry explodes before you.
Not long after setting up his ‘Devil May Cry’ investigative business when a stranger walks in with an invitation to Dante from Virgil. There is no time to accept or decline before demons besiege his place of business.
Add to this hell-fueled action is a new character called Lady, a demon hunter, who is determined to wipe out all demonic entities, including Dante. There is also another mysterious character called Arkham that Dante encounters, whose intentions may not be what they seem.
Taking a more third person action taste rather than the innovative system from the first two games, players take on Dante through destroyed cities, decrepit buildings, dark depths in the ground where evil guardians lay and above the ground in towering structures and more.
The camera work that featured in the previous original titles is there slightly, but this time players have more options with weaponry, allowing Dante to equip himself with up to four different types of weapons that can be selected easily throughout combat. Weapons include mighty blades, shotguns, pistols, plus. Combos can be performed aswell as special moves, likened to the original game, where Dante can mount himself in the air briefly and shoot away. Attacks can also be powered up for more impact.
While the average demon that players face is relatively the same throughout, the larger foes such as Guardians and major demonic creatures are a mix of awe and mayhem. Some have the ability to change, use powerful weapons of their own, disappear into smoke or fly.
Gameplay is fantastic and extremely immersive. It’s fair to say that the graphics of the FMV moments has dated but in-game flawless, even when the Switch is docked to a large screen.
The Switch version is the ‘Special Version’ – character art is viewable from the get go and you do have the ability to change your skill-set from gun wielding trickster through to a stabby swordmaster and more on the fly.
DMC3 also has an element of RPG. Collect Orbs and spend up on new items and abilities.
The entire Devil May Cry trilogy (DMC, DMC2 and DMC3) previously released on Switch. If you want to go directly to the more traditional action title in the saga you can as DMC3 is now a standalone and just as good as it was back in the day.
Released: February 2020
Platforms: Nintendo Switch