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Devil May Cry 2 (PlayStation 2)

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2.6
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Written by  :  DarkDove (64)
Written on  :  Jul 26, 2003

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Summary

Disappointing for fans of the original, but not a bad game.

The Good

Devil May Cry 2 is an action game. Unfortunately, action is all this game has to offer. But the good news is, the action really is great. Whether you play as Dante or Lucia, you will use, interchangeably, a long range and a short range weapon. Both the long range and short range weapons offer you an assortment of special moves and acrobatics. You can shoot in two directions at once, run on walls, and double jump your way to victory. Not to mention the Devil Trigger. They updated it for DMC2, and it really paid off. Not only does it look a whole lot cooler, but you can collect different "Devil Hearts", which allow you to do even more in DT mode, like elemental attacks and flying. And if you are interested, there are harder difficulty modes after you beat it on normal, and unlockables for beating each difficulty level. There is also a new feature called "Bloody Palace" where you just fight in a room level by level.

The Bad

Like I said, action is all this game has to offer. Fans of the original know that the first didn't exactly have an award winning story, and the second made no attempt at improving this. In fact, the story was a lot worse. The thing that really bothered me the most, though, was that they changed Dante completely. He looks different, talks different, and has a completely different personality. I felt like I was playing as Dante's wannabe twin brother, and it pained be on the inside every time I heard him talk. And then there's Lucia. I still don't even know what her purpose was in the game. I mean, it was fun to play as her for a change, but I don't know why she was there. Aside from the characters, boss battles are incredibly predictable and boring. I found myself doing the same exact thing in most of the boss battles. Most of the time it consisted of jumping ad shooting...continuously. Boss battles really lacked compared to the regular fighting.

The Bottom Line

I'd have to say that this is just a good mindless hack-n-slash for someone who needs a good dose of demon slaying. If you are a fan of the original, don't expect anything nearly as good, and for everyone else, pick it up if you like this kind of game and can find it on sale.