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4.0 out of 5 stars BANG for your buck!, April 5, 2012
This review is from: Devil May Cry HD Collection - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
Before Capcom's soul purpose in the video game industry is to annoy and piss off its fanbase (case in point, the cancellation of MEGAMAN Legends 3, re-releasing games at a content basis, shoving DLC that is on the disc you bought but can't access until you fork more dead presidents, and rebooting a franchise to a developer whose track record is iffy at best), they used to release their damn good (with the exception for one game in this compilation) games. Oh and may I add that they were complete games because game consoles then didn't shove DLC all over our faces.

Such reminder of these games from years ago are Capcom's latest HD upscale romp with Devil May Cry HD Collection. A compilation of the first three DMC games with newly added trophies and wide-screen 16:9 gameplay. One video game generation ago, these games (well, I have to emphasize, two of them) were at the center of the golden age of visceral action games. DMC along with Ninja Gaiden and Shinobi, were challenging action games that forced the player to move with lightning fast precision to perform stylish attacks and evasion maneuvers. These games often forced the player to learn enemy patterns or to master the game's assortment of special moves in order to get high marks or to barely pass them unscaved.

To say that this genre has died off this generation would be a complete farce. The Devil May Cry games (again, 1 & 3) are a legend in their own right and their HD reappearance only serves reason to why this genre flourished in the first place.

As far as this game is concerned, all three titles all preserve their features (including DMC2's outfits by Diesel). Though keep in mind that part 3 is the Special Edition version which brought down the difficulty to Japanese version standard. They look pretty good in 720p but a strange decision was made with regards to the way menus were handled. They left them in their native 4:3 perspective when I'm sure it wouldn't take more time to upscale them like what they did to the gameplay. The cinematics, because they were rendered in SD 480i, look grainy and ugly which seems to be a plague running amok in these HD upgrades. However, the added trophy support ensures old players with a fresh new experience to once again, sharp up their demon slaying skills.

You'll probably get the most mileage playing parts 1 & 3. Part 2 does suck, even without Devil May Cry in its name, its still a boring, worthless action game. In the tier of HD updates, the DMC HD collection sits somewhere in the 80% percentile in the way these games were treated. A bang for your buck at a relatively low price. The Devil May Cry HD is well worth your time and effort. Even if it has part 2.
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Initial post: Aug 15, 2012 8:46:59 PM PDT
Origo says:
The menus retained the 4:3 aspect ratio because they're comprised of image rasters (bitmaps). You can convert them to 16:9 by distorting their aspect ratios, but that's not really desirable and the only real way to upscale them is to redraw everything. The gameplay itself is easy to convert because all that needs to be adjusted is field of view and camera parameters...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2012 2:17:00 PM PDT
Interesting, thanks for the insight.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 6:49:48 AM PDT
Whats the franchise rebooted by a new developer?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 12:01:37 PM PST
Facelord says:
He meant DmC, apparently he's one of the complainers. The new DmC title is the best thing to happen to the series since DmC3, but of course the "fanbase" complains because Dante's hair isn't white until the end and it's really different from the older titles. Of all the things he listed about Crapcom being bad, that's the one that's actually very good. It took real balls to do what they did, and it paid off.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2013 5:23:09 AM PST
Rest assure I am not one of the idiots who bombarded meta critic and gave the game a one out of spite. I did get the balls and try the new game and I still did not like it enough to be a keeper. The combo system has been dumbed down significantly its so easy to get SSS without much effort. You needed a PC to make it run at 60 frames. The color saturation was all over the place it did not look good to me. The new free running segments feel good but didn't really belong on a Devil May Cry game and I like the expanded use of grappling hooks. One thing I did not miss in DmC is the camera angles, that is a huge positive.
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