Excerpt: First off: Ghost Rider was not a bad movie. I was skeptical, too, especially after Nicholas Cage’s riveting performance in the Wicker Man (“KILLING ME WON’T BRING BACK YOUR GODDAMN HONEY!”) but it’s a fun flick that doesn’t take itself too seriously. No Batman Begins , but good. Second off: Even if Ghost Rider was as bad as everyone thought it would be, it wouldn’t have much bearing on the game’s worth. The plot takes place after the movie.
Excerpt: “Let’s Rock, Baby.” With these three words, the world was introduced to Dante, the half-man, half-demon hero of Devil May Cry. Hosting supernatural foes, a heavy metal soundtrack and a wisecracking protagonist, this attitude-infused adventure was a welcome adrenaline shot to the PS2. What’s more, it revitalized the basic roots of the beat ‘em up action game with its easy to play action, and set the groundwork for numerous sequels with a high standard of quality that few...
Excerpt: Everybody’s favorite demon slayer, Dante, is back in Devil May Cry 2 . With the huge success of the previous game, Devil May Cry 2 had some high expectations, but unfortunately it fails to deliver in many ways. It's a decent action game, but fans of the original are likely to be disappointed.
Excerpt: Sequels are always a dicey proposition. Developers have to create a product that captures what made the original so popular while including newer gameplay aspects and an all around bigger and more impressive package to keep from having the sequel from being considered a failure. In Devil May Cry 2 , players can take on the role of either Dante or newcomer Lucia as they fight their way through a demon-infested Dumary Island to stop the evil ambitions of Arius.
Pros: Two characters to play as, Large levels, Fast and furious action
Cons: Short and easier than the original, Camera isn't the best, Story is weak
Excerpt: Sequels have always been tricky to judge. In a gaming sense, they're expected to improve upon the first game of the series, and in a way, broaden the horizons of its predecessor. Now for the most part, Devil May Cry 2 utilizes the basis of the first Devil May Cry, yet adds to it a good amount of new material. On the other hand, DMC2 falls short on some of the key gameplay elements that enabled Devil May Cry to be such a masterpiece.
Conclusion: I had high hopes for Devil May Cry 2, I enjoyed the original more than I expected to and the sequel promised a lot but didn't deliver. The new character wasn't necessarily a bad idea, but she reminded me a lot of Raiden from MGS2, an invasion of the main man's space. A few new weapons and moves, some tall buildings and bigger bosses really don't do enough to make DMC2 a decent sequel, there were some stupid problems with the original that really needed to be sorted if...
Pros: Dante's still a badass., The control is sharp and responsive., The Devil Trigger mode is awesome., There are some truly scary bosses.
Cons: Not really much of an improvement over the original., Dodgy camera placement spoils a lot of the action., It's depressingly repetitive and the landscapes in the first half of the game are too bland.