Is the addition of Vergil enough to convince fans to purchase the Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition? Well, yes.
With a slew of new games out for the PlayStation 5, you probably wouldn’t consider a remaster as a must-have title to show off your next-gen console. However, you might be in for a surprise with Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition for the PS5.
This Capcom release doesn’t just settle for being a higher-resolution port of the Japanese-styled action game released a year and a half ago on the PlayStation 4. Instead, this expanded re-release of the already exceptional Devil May Cry 5 adds additional content and manages to improve on the overall experience too.
Running the risk of rehashing another review for the same title, I’m not going to go through the story and gameplay mechanics again. You can find a more detailed review of the original version of the game here instead. And as Daniel points out, this is as refined as Devil May Cry has ever been. The combat, the characters, the graphics and the music are all exceptional.
With Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition improves on that winning formula.
Firstly, as expected, the visuals and loading times have improved. Everything has been enhanced to showcase the power of next-gen. That means better lighting, physics, and textures. Of course, it also means near-instantaneous loading too. Those gameplay tip screens are gone in seconds.
You also have the option to play at dynamic 4K resolution with ray tracing at 30fps or 1080p for 60fps. Forgo ray tracing and you’ll be able to play at a whopping 120fps. Whichever way you decide to play, all the options look great.
There’s also a newly introduced Turbo Mode, which allows you to play through the game 20% faster. This is great for those who’ve already played Devil May Cry 5 but would love to re-experience the game in a more challenging way.
If Turbo Mode isn’t challenging enough, the Legendary Dark Knight Mode will be. In this mode, the campaign throws hordes and hordes of enemies your way. But it’s not for the faint of heart. We highly suggest completing the game before giving it a go.
The biggest highlight of Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition, however, has to be the addition of Vergil, Dante’s older brother. The character is now playable and comes equipped with three weapons – Yamato sword, the Beowulf gauntlets and the Mirage Edge.
Ultimately, the addition of Vergil, a more methodical and stylish avatar, leads to a very different playing experience as the character has his own moveset and unique way of combatting creatures. This is especially true for his Devil Trigger state, which sees him summon a figure of that mimics his movements – allowing players to double up on attacks, of course. All this leads to a really fun experience.
At the end of the day, the inclusion of Vergil in Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition is enough for fans of the original to return. This is a title worthy of the “special” moniker in the title. It is the ultimate version of the game.
PlayStation provided a review code to Fortress of Solitude for the purpose of this review.
Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition is the definitive version of the game.
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