A legendary series with classic problems.
The Devil May Cry series set a bold precedent for action games in the early 2000s. Each of the first three games created challenging, stylish, and intense experiences, forcing players to learn combat, special moves, and evasion to survive. Now, Capcom and Pipeworks have brought the three original games together and packaged them into an HD collection. After battling through roughly half of each game in the set, certain elements gained clarity. The collection delivers all the great content of the originals, but it feels aged by the frustrating camera and lack of consistency in their HD upgrades.
The Devil May Cry HD Collection includes Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, and Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening for the reasonable price of $40. The content remains true to the originals, making the graphical updates a key addition. Also, this is the first time these titles are available to Xbox gamers. The games follow Dante, the demon slaying son of an infamous demon named Sparda.Through the three games, Dante meets a cast of eclectic characters and winds deeper and deeper into the split world between hell and earth. Thousands of demons want to kill him and will do whatever it takes to make this happen (he gets horribly mauled during countless cut-scenes — but heals up just fine).
The story isn’t what makes this series good. There are so many odd dialogue choices and character twists that it’s difficult to keep up. But the extent to which all three Devil May Cry games dance into the ridiculous is also what makes them special. The dialogue, violence, and events border the ridiculous; riding a missile around, firing bullets into pool balls to accelerate them, and getting stabbed through the chest with an electric sword all make the experience special. The Devil May Cry series presents its own universe of weird, and it’s exciting for all involved.
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