Devil May Cry is back! Well, to be fair, it's been back for the good part of almost two years since the release of the acclaimed Devil May Cry 5 in March of last year. Since this is a Capcom-developed new entry in the series, a special edition was bound to appear, and like with all special editions, now includes Vergil as a playable character. While we're still a far cry from Vergil being a central character in a base Devil May Cry game, there's a good reason why shoveling the extra bucks to upgrade the experience here might be in your best interest. Not only is Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition the most complete package of the game yet, but arguably the best it's ever been in the franchise's history.
If you're familiar with the story of Devil May Cry 5, you won't feel out of place this time around. A new evil by the name of Urizen has appeared, and it's up to the young devil hunter Nero, a veteran Dante, and a new scene kid named V to put a stop to the tyranny. I won't go into spoilers beyond this, but as you're aware now, Vergil also plays an integral part in the story. This is the first time we've seen Dante's twin tear up a game as the central villain again since Devil May Cry 3, and it's awesome to have the second son of Sparda back in the thick of the action.
The core story of Devil May Cry 5 is nonsensical, bombastic and all over the place - and it's freaking brilliant. Capcom doubled down on the series' more stylistic and humorous nature that was first introduced (and arguably perfected) in Devil May Cry 3. Hell, Dante famously mimics a Michael Jackson dance routine in one scene. That should tell you everything about what to expect from the narrative and its vibrant cast of characters. It's still a bit disappointing that Lady and Trish took a backseat here (as they were shining stars in Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition), but the new characters - like the weirdly endearing weapons and tools expert, Nico - all shine in their own ways and give the fifth installment a much-needed boost in charm. Vergil is a bit deadpan, but that actually contrasts well with everything else going on, and I'm sure this was an intentional choice by Capcom as it makes the character more of a walking caricature of himself.
Talking about some of the new additions to the Special Edition, Vergil is now a playable character from the get-go. After simply booting up the main menu, you can choose to tackle the original game's story with Nero/Dante/V, or take a different route as Vergil. For the most part, the route is actually the same. You still plough through the same twenty story missions as Vergil - battling the same scenarios with the same puzzles and bosses - only without any cutscenes to give it much context until the end. Some may find this disappointing if you're opting to play as Vergil for your first time, but it's recommended that you complete the main story with the other characters first before taking Vergil out for a spin. The differences in their combat approaches are night and day as soon as you become aware of each of their playstyles.
Vergil is flexible, fast and capable of dishing out seamless combo strings with ease, making him the most entertaining character to play in Devil May Cry 5.
Vergil's theme song, "Bury the Light", is an infectious and imposing 9-minute track...
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1 December 2020
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