Devil May Cry 4 Demo Impressions


Being a hardened Devil May Cry fan, I downloaded the demo from the Japanese Store as soon as I got home from work yesterday afternoon and I wasn’t disappointed!! :D

You have the choice of two missions: Exterminator which is a level set in Fortuna, where you face the usual type of DMC demon scum within a 10 minute time limit, and Executioner, where you battle the Frosts and face off against the awesome looking Berial!

It’s not really two missions though. If you’re fast enough/good enough to beat the Exterminator mission before the time runs out, you will go straight on to the Executioner mission.

You play as Nero, who looks like a very youthful Dante. Nero obviously doesn’t have the same move set as Dante but he kicks arse in a similar spectacular fashion. The main difference is his Devil Bringer techniques which are pretty awesome.

You can grab enemies by pressing circle and slamming them into the ground, which is a very powerful move known as the Buster. You can also grab enemies that are outside the range of your sword and bring them to you using the Devil Bringer technique Snatch. Just lock on to them and press Circle.

The cool thing about that is you can do some great looking combos by switching to your swords or guns, to kick the crap out of them. You can even pull enemies up to you while you’re in mid air to deal out some mile high arse kicking! :twisted:

You can also use Nero’s Devil Bringer technique, Hell Bound, to make big leaps across gaps you would not be able to get across. It looks cool and is a nice addition to the gameplay.

Nero’s sword techniques are similar to Dante’s. Holding R1 to lock on to an enemy and pressing Triangle will launch Nero into a Streak attack, which will flatten any enemies caught by it. Hold R1 and pressing triangle, while pushing the left stick away from an enemy will launch them into the air (High Roller), where you can continue your combo.

You can avoid attacks by holding L1 and pressing X. You will roll in whatever direction you press the left stick. Handy for when you face the Frosts.

DMC4 plays like a DMC game should. If you’re a fan of either DMC or DMC3/SE then you will feel right at home with DMC4. The combat is awesome fun, everything looks great, the visuals are excellent with a lovely smooth framerate. Some people had problems with Berial’s entrance but it was fine for me.

The sound and music is classic DMC fare, so if you didn’t like it in the previous games you won’t like it now.

My biggest gripe is that it was too easy. I didn’t get hit until I faced the Frosts and that was only because I used the sword rather than grabbing them, which is the better technique to dispose of the Frosts.

The reviews all seem to point to DMC4 being easier than DMC3 which is strange because DMC3 wasn’t hard. It looks as though they are catering for a new audience so have lowered the difficulty by a couple of notches. I hope Must Die Mode is more challenging though.

It looks as though DMC4 will live up to my expectations (lowered difficulty aside) and it’s got the makings of being just as fantastic as Devil May Cry and I can’t wait to get my hands on the full game on Feb 8th (hopefully the 7th 8) )!


Written by: Gary - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Gary on January 25th, 2008 [ 1780 Points ]

    Take that Segitz!! :wink:

  2. #2 by Segitz on January 25th, 2008 [ 1470 Points ]

    Hehe, I didn’t go into specifics, as I played it only once^^

    I didn’t mean to steal anyones thunder btw. It was just my first impression, and it was rather well.

    The lowered difficulty is a “bonus” on my side. I am playing DMC3 on easy, because normal is too frustrating for me (I am playing GoW on normal usually). If the “Dante must Die” etc. modes are as hard as always, we have nothing to complain about in the end!

  3. #3 by fleakitten on January 25th, 2008 [ 26489 Points ]

    I guess I’ll just start off on hard mode if normal is too much of a cake walk.

  4. #4 by Gary on January 25th, 2008 [ 1780 Points ]

    Nah you didn’t steal my thunder.

    The problem is I never felt the DMC games were too difficult until you got to Must Die Mode. Reviews so far say Must Die Mode has also been watered down a bit.

    I really hope that isn’t true.

  5. #5 by Gary on January 25th, 2008 [ 1780 Points ]

    I’m definitely starting in Hard Mode if you’re able to choose it from the off.

  6. #6 by Specter on January 25th, 2008

    I’ve read from several sources that the demo is set to play on easy. There are many people who will be playing the DMC series for the first time so Capcom wanted to ease the learning curve. Setting a demo on easy is a good way to start. I wouldn’t be suprised if the game defaults to easy either. Vets can simply adjust the difficulty to their taste. I was impressed with the demo and I’m looking forward to purchasing the game.

  7. #7 by Henning on January 25th, 2008 [ 0 Points ]

    Well I got stuck pretty quick on where to go next. Supposedly at some blue statue you’re supposed to hit Circle. Who knew?

  8. #8 by Pc on January 25th, 2008

    Did anybody besides me experience system freezing glitches while trying to play this demo ?? I was only able to play the “frost” part and when i got so far, i pushed o on a door and it froze on me. If i tried to play the other part, it wouldn’t even make it past the loading screen. I would actually have to get up and hold the power button on the PS3 and turn it off completely. I think i need to re-dl the demo because this didn’t happen to any of my friends.

  9. #9 by Henning on January 25th, 2008 [ 0 Points ]

    I haven’t had that problem. But I couldn’t install the Timesplitters multiplayer demo – it would error out on me. Others don’t have this problem.

    The latest gen of consoles has introduced too much variability.

  10. #10 by Darrin on January 25th, 2008 [ 17143 Points ]

    So would you agree that this is largely more of the same with better graphics? I know sequels usually keep the same general formula, but some series go through bigger evolutionary steps than others.

    From a quick play through, it looks good, but I was never a big DMC fan to begin with. God of War is the only hack/slash action-adventure game of this type that I really got into.

    And BTW, DMC3 *was* hard on normal mode. For reference, I beat God Of War 2 (and most other single player games) on hard without any problem.

  11. #11 by Carl;)G on January 25th, 2008

    I found it boring! Sorry! i.e go into a room and kill monsters then erm go into another room and kill more monsters and then go into another room…
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :-/
    +my demo didn’t crash at all, all was ok.
    Still waiting for a demo to make me say ‘I GOTTA GET THIS ON DAY 1!’ ;)
    +Is there a TimeSpitters multiplayer demo to install on the PS3???
    Moved my PS2 game saves ok to the PS3 the other day, all was ok i think. Seemed to work ok;)

  12. #12 by chrysostom on January 25th, 2008 [ 830 Points ]

    I have problem beating Berial… What’s the trick? =)

  13. #13 by Carl;)G on January 25th, 2008

    p.s i think you mean TimeShift Demo???
    Yeah that keeps freezing and cutting out on the online games :-/
    Shame that. Doesn’t do that with other online demos to me tho, just that demo.

  14. #14 by Gary on January 25th, 2008 [ 1780 Points ]

    I’ve experienced no crashes or freezing from the demo, Pc.

    Darrin, yeah it’s more of the same with better graphics but Nero’s Devil Bringer techniques adds a lot to the formula and the rest of the formula wasn’t broke.

    I can’t wait to play as Dante though.

    I’ve played God of War 1 & 2 both on Hard mode and that wasn’t THAT difficult but I just never understand why DMC gets labelled as a harder than normal game.

    It only gets difficult (for me) when you play on Must Die Mode. As I’ve said before I’m a huge DMC fan so I spend more time mastering the combat and moves than I would most other games so maybe that has something to do with it.

  15. #15 by Gary on January 25th, 2008 [ 1780 Points ]

    Oh and as for Berial, you need to damage it enough for it to lose some of it’s flames then when you do , grab it and slam it’s head into the floor then just repeatedly batter it with your sword until it recovers.

    Repeat and rinse.

    Use your guns to keep your distance but they don’t damage it much.

  16. #16 by free playstation 3 on January 25th, 2008

    heh, i’ve heard good stuff about DMC since the first one but never played any of them. this post reminds me i think my PSN download may have finished. i totally forgot about it…


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