Devil May Cry 2

Review

posted 2/8/2003 by Matt Mirkovich
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One Page Platforms: PS2
From screenshots I must say that I thought this game looked awful. The main enemies, skeletons in cages I guess you could say, looked rough and unpolished. And the boss that comes out of the side of a building, horrendous. But after seeing them in action they do look quite good. As could be said for the rest of the game. It's not as dark as the previous game, but its got times where its repititive and drab. The town for example just seems to be shades of just one color. And while this game does look quite nice at times, its not going to win any awards. It doesn't have anything that sets it apart from the last game. Just a new locale. The characters themselves look great though, Dante's new design looks quite good, he also no longer looks like Gizmo from Gremlins in his demon form. Lucia is easy on the eyes as well. I especially like the design they have given her for her demon form.

Another plus I must give this game is the new way the devil mode has been done. Rahter than just have your devil mode be affected by which weapon you had equipped you now have an amulet that has three slots to it. There are jewels collected during the game that will fit in to specific slots. One slot has to do with elementel powers, another has to do with movement powers, given you flight or increased speed while in devil mode. And then there is the strength slot, which can boost attack power or give your character regeneration which can be quite useful at times when you happen to be out of potions. Not like you’re going to need those potions any way. If anything save the red orbs for powering up your swords and guns. Also make sure you purchase blue and purple orbs to boost your health and devil powers.

I say that you won’t need potions because this game is freaking easy. Which is another thing that just bugs the hell out of me. In the last game I had to continue a countless number of times, rely on Holy Waters, and spend all my orbs on Devil Stars. In this game I didn’t have to buy a single item while playing as Lucia, and managed to die only once with Dante, but I had a golden orb so I was immediately ressurected. Most of the bosses in the game you can simply run from and pump bullets into and not get hit. The Minotaur boss is a prime example, I spent the entire fight in the corner just firing at him, and he didn’t touch me. The fights with Arius aren’t much of a challange either, as he lazily sits on his desk, smoking, and randomly firing shots in your general direction while his minions swarm you. And the final bosses? Don’t get me started. Not only is this game easy, but it is painfully short. I played through with Dante the first time and cleared the game in under four hours. And with Lucia I managed to clear the game in an hour and a half and still get all B Devil Hunter ratings. And some of the unlocks to the game aren’t very special, just new clothing for Dante and Lucia, fashioned by Diesel. And while they look pretty cool, they are nothing more than eye candy. Although one of the unlocks had me pleasently surprised, and if you’ve played the first Devil May Cry then you’ll probably feel the same way when you get it.

After all is said and done, I’m mostly satiated when it comes to this game. It fed my need for a new Devil May Cry, but at the same time it didn’t do anything special thats going to make me miss it when it starts collecting dust on my game rack. If you’ve got a weekend and six bucks to burn then this game is a great thing. But if you went out and bought it expecting a whole new gaming experience then you’re more than likely going to feel burned. Which is quite sad considering how much hype and potential this game had going for it. So much of this game is similar to the first that if you went out and picked up the original which is now a Greatest Hits title you wouldn’t be missing much. It’s not to say that this is a bad game in any way. But I must say that if this game was released first, then it would have fared much better however it is simply relegated to living in the shadow of greatness cast by the original.


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C
Lackluster is the word of the day in this surprisingly dissappointing sequel.


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