Excerpt: Let’s cut to the chase, Devil Kings was never likely to be a game that received a score from the higher end of the spectrum, instead being fated to attain nothing more than a goodish score from yours truly. It’s just a simple fact that games that stick so rigidly to the Dynasty Warriors template – which in case you’re wondering consists of beating up lots of people and obtaining ever stronger weapons and items- are never going to be amazing games.
Excerpt: They say that plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s the case, then KOEI’s Dynasty Warriors series is currently to be found deciding whether or not to invite Capcom’s Devil Kings in for coffee after their romantic evening out. Indeed, Devil Kings is one of the most blatant rip-offs I’ve ever had the opportunity to play.
Excerpt: Devil Kings is a stunning game. Visually the in-game graphics are fairly well done and go a long way to add to the overall confusion of battle. The various cut-scenes also come off well. Not only are there fully animated anime scenes to set up each battle, but major story points are punctuated with full fledged pre-rendered 3D movies. The use of all three cut-scene styles helps to keep the story fresh and adds a lot to the game’s overall feel.
Excerpt: Devil Kings is the latest game to offer more or less the same style of gameplay as the strangely popular Dynasty Warriors series. Dynasty Warriors has become rather infamous over how little the series changes from one game to the next, and while Capcom had a chance to do things a little differently, they haven't. What we have is a ridiculously simple action game that doesn't really belong on a modern video game system.
Excerpt: In a world drowning in turmoil a new breed of heroes walks the earth seeking to change the face of warfare. Some fight for the people, some for their lords, and others simply to fill their own aspirations of greatness. But they all fight for one thing: Total domination. From the makers of the "Devil May Cry" and "Resident Evil" series comes a new action game entitled "Devil Kings.
Summary: Although the game borrows liberally from its contemporaries, Devil Kings manages to have fun with the formula by removing any sense of pretension or seriousness, leaving a game that's a lot of fun to play.
Pros: 12 unique characters to play as, Simple but fun gameplay, Varied missions and fun boss fights, The wide variety of enemies keeps the fights interesting
Cons: Uncooperative camera, Annoying character voices
Conclusion: Devil Kings had the opportunity to do something different and revive the genre but has made an almost complete copy of Dynasty Warriors, complete with the same problems, none of which have been addressed. If you’ve never played a DW game then I think you’ll find this too shallow, and its frustratingly crap control system will drive you nuts. Dodgy camera angles and stupid opponents and allies that make Jade Goody look like an Oxbridge graduate.
Pros: Going crazy with six swords, The cut-scenes, One of the women wears a short skirt, No wailing guitar solos.
Conclusion: Beyond Campaign, there's not much more here, it's all button-bashing oriented anyway, but again, that seems to be the ultimate point for the game. It's probably worth an overnight hire if you're on your way home from work or school and don't want to think about anything else going on, otherwise it's probably best to avoid this one at most costs.
Pros: Nicely animated characters, Excellent FMV, Ok for a while if you want to switch your brain off
Cons: Surroundings are dull and uninspired, No real variance in fighting, Nature of the game becomes boring easily