Posted on February 12, 2008,

Editorial: Devil May Throw Your Controller

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The hype of Devil May Cry 4 finally got to me and I have been playing the game for the past few days. As a newcomer to the series, I had no past hands on experience with the Devil May Cry games. When it comes to gaming, I love challenges, even when they get a little frustrating. It’s been a very long time since I threw a controller out of frustration. DMC 4 caused me to throw my game controller for the first time since Battletoads on the NES.

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For the most part, I play all of my games on hard modes when possible and always skip the tutorials. I really just like to figure out games on my own. After getting crushed at the end the second level of this game, I tossed my controller across the room and then went back and played with the tutorial to see where I went wrong. I was pleasantly surprised to catch on to the fact that this game was actually difficult and button mashing wasn’t going to cut it. For whatever reason, I wasn’t attracted to the series in the past, but I am now considering swinging by the nearest used game store and picking up the old PS2 games.

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Devil May Cry 4 is certainly not a perfect game, but it offers enough challenge to keep gamers like myself happy. I have always felt that games have gotten too easy in this modern age. It was certainly a pleasant surprise and it almost gave me a feeling of nostalgia for the video games of old. Although the game is incredibly fun and challenging to play, the camera angles are an undesirable frustration. Sometimes the camera will change angles mid jump and other times it will switch to where you can’t even see the enemy attacking you. Navigating around the levels takes some time to get used to as well, considering the camera angle will flip on you and sometimes you end up running back the direction you just came from without realizing it.

Unfortunately, I think the camera angle problems will be a permanent mark on this otherwise awesome game. While I certainly hate the frustration the angles bring me, I love the frustration I get from all-out tough gameplay.

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6 Comments on Editorial: Devil May Throw Your Controller

Daniel

On February 12, 2008 at 12:22 pm

I don’t know how you can play it on the 360. I tried the demo out for both systems and I personally think the PS3 controls feel a lot better than the 360 controller.

Shawn Sines

On February 12, 2008 at 1:05 pm

DMC games are notoriously hard, like Ninja Gaiden hard.. but DMC4 is actually far easier than the last two.

Joelteon7

On February 12, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Cameras = suck.
Game = awesome.
Controller throwing – literally just did that now. I was trying to do a secret mission which involves you guessing where you need to move in a cylindrical-vertical room without any idea of what is ahead and getting to the top. After 10 minutes, I gave up and turned the game off.

The game is immensely fun and finally removed Mass Effect from the disc tray, but damn, it isn’t easy. Then again, DMC1 wasn’t easy and I was toasted by the first boss on it. I can’t wait to unlock Dante, though, one of the things that made Dante so fun has just become apparent to me through Nero, so the pleasure won’t be full for Dante.

@ Shawn – aren’t there about 7 different difficulty modes in DMC4? I can’t wait to get to them. Though, I’m struggling nicely enough on Devil Hunter.

Shawn Sines

On February 12, 2008 at 2:55 pm

@Joelton – Yeah there are a number of difficulty levels, as well as some secret missions and mini games that provide some interesting challenges. The Human level though is challenging but manageable, Devil Hunter is even more challenging.

ManOfTeal

On February 12, 2008 at 3:30 pm

I had absolutely no problem performing any of the combos or moves on the Xbox 360 version. You know what else I had on the 360 version?…….no freaking 20 minute installation……oh and before you PS3 retards get all fanboy on me know that the load times on the 360 version are negligable at best.

Chris

On February 12, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Oh relax, yes the 360 load times are negligable, I’ve played it, but the installation definitely does help.
Fanboys… :mad: