Devil May Cry: HD Collection
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Devil May Cry: HD Collection bundles three Devil May Cry games. These games are action-packed and bloody. You're not killing innocent humans, mind you -- rather, they're hell-spawned demons -- but there are copious amounts of violence and blood to be seen in these games. Also, there are a few suggestive scenes with scantily clad women and some occult-like themes.
What's it about?
Whether or not you recall playing these celebrated gothic adventures on the PlayStation 2 -- released between 2001 and 2005 -- this new bundle features all three award-winning titles with remastered graphics and other extras. Quite simply, DEVIL MAY CRY: HD COLLECTION brings together the first three cinematic and single-player Capcom games from the series: Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2 and Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening (Special Edition). Each of these hack-and-slash action games star Dante, an anti-hero of sorts, whose mother was human and father a dark lord named Sparda. With his extraordinary skills as an acrobatic and weapon-savvy warrior, the half-man, half-demon wages a war against evil to save humanity from damnation. The first game introduces Dante as he takes on multiple enemies throughout unique missions (levels), collects red orbs, performs some "platforming" tasks, and solves the occasional puzzle to unlock the next part of the environment. Released in 2003, Devil May Cry 2 introduces a secondary playable character -- a redheaded femme fatale named Lucia -- who possesses the skill to slash demons with her scalpel-sharp scimitars. Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening serves as a prequel to the original 2001 title and introduces Dante's sinister twin brother, Vergil. While the story is a bit hard to follow, the action is nonstop.
Is it any good?
Yes, Devil May Cry: HD Collection is good for the most part. As the title suggests, this new HD collection offers upgraded (and now widescreen) visuals to take advantage of the better hardware that powers the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. While the textures have been updated, the lighting still looks flat and many of the dull gray walls and rust-colored floors look only so-so after the makeover. Still, the action is fast, intense, and memorable. The bundle also adds some new content including the ability to earn Trophies (PlayStation 3) and Achievements (Xbox 360), exclusive artwork and videos, and other assorted goodies available from the main menu. The third game in particular is a real thrill; Dante can kick a creature into the air and, with the help of twin handguns, kill it eight times over before it hits the ground. The special edition of this game offers a number of enhancements, such as the opportunity to play as Vergil, with his own set of skills, as well as the addition of bonus gameplay modes, such as Turbo and Bloody Palace. For under $40, these three repackaged award-winning games are a delight for longtime fans and newcomers alike -- but be aware of its "Mature" rating for violence, blood, and suggestive themes.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the impact of the violence in game bundles like Devil May Cry: HD Collection.
What drew you to this bundle of games that were published several years ago? Do they feel dated to you?
|Platforms:||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3|
|Available online?||Not available online|
|Release date:||April 17, 2012|
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires|
|ESRB rating:||M for Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) |