Devil May Cry 5 is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed and published by Capcom. It is the sixth installment in the franchise and the fifth installment of the mainline Devil May Cry series. It was later ported to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S as Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition on November 12, 2020 and November 10, 2020 respectively.
After the mixed reception of the DmC: Devil May Cry reboot, the fifth installment brought back everything that the original games had.
Absolutely gorgeous and extremely well-done graphics with significant amounts of attention to detail, extraordinarily impressive visuals, awesome lighting effects, very good character models and stellar environment designs, which are all thanks to once again the capabilities of Capcom's proprietary RE Engine.
The combat system is the best in the entire series since Devil May Cry 4.
The game introduced a new character named V, and his new combat style allows him to use his underlings to attack enemies.
The story is a perfect mix of the serious high stakes nature of DMC and retaining the series cheesy humor. Its even considered to be one of the best in the entire series. The stories also connect well each other between the three characters.
The humor itself in the game is one of the best in the series as well especially the Michael Jackson dance Dante does.
Dante, Nero, Vergil and many other characters return and even Morrison from the anime makes his debut in the game.
On the subject of Vergil, he now has a new ability of splitting himself into V.
Great fanservice to past DMC titles.
Incredible and passable voice acting.
You can use a motorcycle as a weapon along with many other creative weapons.
The level designs are all unique and incredible.
Many new and returning enemies make a comeback in this game.
Many plotholes from the series is now resolved including in Devil May Cry 2 as most of it is retconned and now comes after Devil May Cry and before Devil May Cry 4. This is established when Dante explains that he went through a state of depression after realizing he killed his brother Vergil and Nero helped him out of it.
This also would explain his behavior in the anime.
Challenging boss fights.
The music in the game gets more intense the better you play.
Nero gets access to both Devil Breakers and Devil Trigger which adds variety to his combat system.
The Void and Blood Palace, two modes that allow players to test their new moves or practice into doing combos.
No extra costumes for the characters other than skins for the default outfits.
The twist where both V and Urizen are the two halves of Vergil was kind of obvious.
The new art style of having photorealistic textures for the characters rather than the ones in the prior games to DmC: Devil May Cry doesn't even fit in a game like one, and is better suited for a game made by a western developer.
The dodging in the game isn't all that good.
There are microtransactions in the game, and they affect the gameplay. Fortunately, they aren't grindy and since they're actually Red Orbs, you can still get them just by playing the game as is.
Dante's battle theme, Subhuman is horrible to listen to (especially the original version), because it's a Death Metal song with nothing but the lead singer singing and screaming like a maniac, something that would fit more into DmC: Devil May Cry. And what makes matters worse is that Eddie Hermida, who was the lead singer, was accused of sexual misconduct. Thankfully, his vocals were removed and replaced with Michael Barr in the final version of the game, which makes the song sound a bit better in comparison with the original.
The Special Edition on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will be digital-only at launch and will be available physically at a later date for unknown reasons. Plus, those who already own the vanilla version on the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One won't be able to upgrade to this version for free.
If you defeat Urizen in the first level, you will get a secret ending and finish the game in just a few minutes, although it's considered as Non-Canon.