Devil May Cry 2 brings us back to Dante's world, and this time his fellow demon-fighter friend, Lucia, has her own disc. OK, she sounds a bit like Celine Dion, and her plot's a little silly, but she has her own disc with a reasonable 13 missions. She's refreshingly clothed for a female character, and like Dante, she can transform using "devil trigger"–the equivalent of rampage mode in other games. Dante's disc holds 18 missions, with a few redundant maps between the two characters.
Visually stunning, Devil May Cry 2 offers minute details that envelop the player. For example, when walking on the roof in a little Italian villa, you can hear the distinct sound of tiles under your feet.
As with the original Devil May Cry, this is not a game for children. It comes with a gore warning, but in this game some of the gothic elements–like the Demonochorus (possessed cherubs) or Infestants (energy-sucking insectlike things)–might disturb even an adult's sleeping pattern.
This is one game where it really pays to pick up the strategy guide, and here's why: Players need to complete the mission in as little time as possible. Since lots of great power-ups are found in secret rooms, you would waste a lot of time endlessly inspecting doors without it, and never reach the coveted S status that comes with a fast run through a level. The overall grade is a combination of your rankings in style, collected number of orbs, the number of items you used (the fewer the better), damage, and your overall clear time. This isn't just an attempt to get you to buy more, we promise: you'll get far more orbs, find many more secret chambers, and enjoy the nuances of the game better with the guide.
Characters can jump off the walls Matrix-style, shooting from midair. The game allows for limitless ammo and energy. These and many other facets recommend Devil May Cry 2, even if some fans find it less engaging than the original. In our opinion, it's as addictive as other sequels from successful franchises–Final Fantasy comes to mind–and we're hoping for more reincarnations. –Jennifer Buckendorff
Great, creepy enemies: Blood goats, Noctpteran (with larva), Sargasso
Cool powers available through amulet stones
Stellar maps, including inspired underwater fighting
Not a good game for inventory freaks
Goofy "Don't worry" and "Showtime!" announcements detract from atmosphere
Ultracheesy Diesel product tie-in when you finish
Dante, the world's coolest demon slayer, is back to shake down the legions of the underworld. Armed with rock star good looks and more trash-talking attitude, Dante launches into a demonic new adventure with more moves, expansive environments and twice the sizzle of the original! This time Dante has a new partner in mayhem with the devilishly agile, Lucia. Together, they join forces against the hoards of evil in this stylish action thriller that's cooler than hell!
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