EDGE- The news that Ninja Theory was handling the development of DMC: Devil May Cry was met with fan responses ranging from consternation to outrage. Hideki Kamiya’s finger-twisting series defined the modern Japanese action game, even if Bayonetta did steal its crown. The idea that a British studio can maintain, let alone better, its quality has been called into question, especially by those who claim Ninja Theory’s games prize presentation over combo-juggling substance.
So it’s a relief to find the DMC DNA intact. Anti-hero Dante may have a fresher, more scowling face than in his previous outings, but he is all weighty maturity in the hands. We’d advise cautious optimism, then, for a series that has been uneven since its creator left Capcom. Ninja Theory appears to have brought technical class and a focused artistic direction to a world that has often lacked coherence and consistency. But the question about whether it upholds its mechanical sophistication in the long term remains.