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  • Platform: PlayStation 2
  • ESRB: Mature
  • Genre: Action
  • Players: 1
  • Online: No
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Suggested Retail: $49.99
  • Graphics: B
  • Sound: B
  • Gameplay: C
  • Replay: D
  • Fun Factor: C
  • Reviewer's Wild Card: B-


The Devil really is crying after this disappointment

By James Stevenson     February 12, 2003

After playing the original DEVIL MAY CRY tears of joy streamed down my face. In what has become one of the most anticipated sequels of the new year, DEVIL MAY CRY 2 has finally been released. While it builds upon the last game, it comes off as decidedly mediocre, and doesn't do much to expand upon the original formula. DEVIL MAY CRY 2 may make fans of the original cry, not for joy, but rather due to disappointment.

In the DMC series, gamers play as Dante, a half-human half-demon demon hunter. Because of this unusual heritage, Dante is able to morph into a demon for brief periods of time with extreme powers. The Demon Hunter carries a sword, as well as two pistols to fight evil. In addition, there is a second disc that allows you to play as a new female character in a different adventure. Not a bad way to add to the value of the title.

The gameplay itself is pretty simple. This is for the most part an action game. Dante can run on walls, flip off of them, double jump, hover in the air with pistols and perform all sorts of cool moves. When Dante pulls his pistols out in the air he hovers as he rains bullets down on them. The fighting is stylish and very cool.

The problem is that the game was taken from its original close quarters setting and brought to a more open setting. Something about it just doesn't feel right. The levels or something the game seems much more repetitive and tedious than before. It's fun to an extent but there's nothing really new or as impressive as the first time around. The basic concept of the first is here but the novelty has worn off some and nothing is around to keep it shining.

And that's the real dilemma. I want to love this game I really do, but it just doesn't have that jump out quality like the first one did. It's not going to grab you like before. You may not even care to try the second quest that is available. The game has a lot to try out, and plenty of secrets to find, but are you going to be driven to find them? That's a big question, and I really doubt a lot of gamers will be able to get into this game as much as the previous one.

From the graphics side, the new outdoor environments are very cool and detailed. But there's something about losing the dark moody castle. I thought the new environments were cool, but they didn't compare as well to the old ones thematically in my mind. The camera angles can pose some major problems at times when you are airborne and trying to fight enemies below you. The animation remains top-notch and the lighting and particle effects look really sharp.

Sound wise the voice acting is pretty awful a trademark of Capcom. The sound effects are very well done and the music is good, but not very memorable.


I found DEVIL MAY CRY 2 to be lacking the soul of the first. The game never really goes anywhere and it just feels like a half-assed continuation of the first. Rent this before you buy.


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