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Devil May Cry


Even as I write this, I know that there is not a prettier game than "Devil May Cry"; the visuals when the game was first released were even more stunning, as I had seen nothing like in all of my years of gaming.

And, like all good games, the lead character in "Devil May Cry" is a strong reason to pick it up and play it through a couple of times; Dante, with his very cool costume and twin pistols, is just a ton of fun to assume as a lead.  His task is something like save some woman, or reach some peak, or become some higher self, but it didn't really matter to me, because the body count is high (although, it IS one of those games where leaving an area and coming back means that enemies are somehow reborn, like "Metal Gear Solid") and the combination of puzzler and action game is so great.  Sometimes, though, I found myself looking for the next door to go through and was lost, and with a couple of the boss characters, I simply had no idea how to get past them without resorting to chat boards.

The camera in "Devil May Cry" is occasionally an issue, and its orb system--as a barter system to buy more abilities as the game progresses--left me without a number of necessary items unless I went back and forth between rooms to kill additional baddies, something that grows tiresome late in the game.  But, this game is part of the Greatest Hits collection now for PS2, so getting it for cheap should be a top priority.

Rating:  $40


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Bellview Rating System:

"Opening Weekend":  Buy this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why that's a good move.  A game experience that will almost guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end. 

"$40":  Usually after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly, or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new games.  Usually, that's about $40.  You'll feel good getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.

"eBay":  This game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from either or eBay.  You also might let a friend buy this game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make them feel better.  Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy Seconds."

"Rental":  Like my cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something worthwhile.  For games in this category, this is the maximum amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.  Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.

"Dogshit":  Games like this should have never been released.  If you play this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the experience.  Further, if you can get this game for free, don't do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience for you!

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