With the passing of the old year and the dawning of the new comes renewed hopes and expectations for the year ahead. Lord Alfred Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate, once wrote: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.’ Ah, but who cares about all that, a new year means new games!
2018 was a little disappointing for Xbox fans, so we’re hoping that 2019 proves to be a lot better. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be highlighting a different game each day, giving you all the relevant details and salient talking points for big games of the year. With so many upcoming titles we’ve decided to do this in order of release date. Today, we’re talking about Devil May Cry 5, the latest installment in the long-running action franchise.
Title: Devil May Cry 5
Release Date: March 8th, 2019
What is it?
Devil May Cry 5 is the latest installment in the popular Capcom action franchise. Since 2001 the Devil May Cry series has featured “stylish” action, over-the-top combat, gothic horror, intriguing characters, and an engaging narrative. The new game puts players in the shoes of protagonist Dante, Nero from Devil May Cry 4, and V, a new character. Unlike Ninja Theory’s stellar DMC, Devil May Cry 5 follows the narrative Capcom introduced players to almost two decades ago.
What could go right?
The Devil May Cry franchise has been well-received since its inception. Every iteration received favorable reviews and featured stellar gameplay. Some of us at Xbox Enthusiast really like the chaotic situations that Dante finds himself in. Having three protagonists also brings variety to the gameplay. Since fans of the franchise know who Dante and Nero work, there is a sense of familiarity to the combat. The inclusion of V can throw seasoned players for a loop. The new Devil Breaker mechanic is sure to add more variety to the combat. This gives Nero and Dante new abilities to destroy the demonic opposition that will try and kill you in your tracks.
What could go wrong?
With the Devil May Cry franchise, fans know what to expect. It’s unlikely that Capcom is looking to lure newcomers into an existing franchise. The combat is already refined, the narrative is a continuation from Devil May Cry 4, and fan-favorite characters are returning. As long as the foundation set in 2001 comes back, the overall package should be excellent. The only concern the staff at Enthusiast Towers has is the use of microtransactions. Players can purchase items, skill boosts, and new moves before earning them through natural progression. This practice is controversial, and the inclusion can mar an otherwise fantastic experience. Hopefully, the final product is not too reliant on microtransactions.
That’s what we think about Devil May Cry 5. Are you a fan of the franchise? Who is your favorite character? What is your favorite game in the franchise? Be sure to leave a comment below and make sure to check out Devil May Cry 5 when it launches in March.
Andrew Gonzalez is the Co-Editor-In-Chief of Xbox Enthusiast. When not writing about Xbox, he’s usually reading comics, talking about Taylor Swift, and dreaming of the perfect Jet Force Gemini Reboot. You can follow him on Twitter. @AJGVulture89