*Authors Note* Vergil’s Downfall is the first downloadable expansion for January’s action hit title DmC: Devil May Cry. The DLC has just been released for PS3, Xbox360 and PC, and is free for anybody who preordered DmC. For those who did not preorder the game it costs approximately $9.00. Major spoilers relating to DmC and Vergil’s Downfall are contained in this review
For those of you who preordered DmC, this is just an added bonus. Announced before the release of DmC, Vergil’s Downfall follows Dante’s brother Vergil through events that immediately follow the conclusion of DmC, with Vergil on the brink of death as he was skewered by his brother Dante after he betrayed both Dante and Kat. Vergil dies and his soul falls into hell itself, and through a bit of egging on by a phantom version of himself, you hack and slash your way through hell to destroy any remaining parts of compassion in your heart. Vergil is so driven by power that it pushes him to the brink of madness, bringing down a phantom version of both Dante and his own mother along the way, all with the goal of achieving ultimate power and rebirth.
Toss aside everything you had gotten familiar with as Dante in DmC, because Vergil is a very different beast. Where you dodged and rolled as Dante, Vergil teleports… and this makes the combat far quicker, and on the downside, a little harder to control. Once you get the hang of Vergil’s Summoned Swords, and the grappling associated with those however, your movement becomes more controlled, it may just be a bit chaotic at first. Vergil doesn’t have the same level of variety that his brother does, but what he does have is a great deal more grace and fluidity. Where Dante was very rough and bash & crash, Vergil is very slick and smooth and they contrast nicely. Not a great deal has been added in terms of enemy types and you won’t be participating in any mega scale boss battles but over the two hour playthrough you will find yourself regularly challenged.
Locations have been mostly recycled from the original campaign but they still look great, all characters look good and are once again well voiced… cheesy dialogue included. The thrashing soundtrack that accompanied the main game is noticeably absent throughout the six sequential missions, and the game features some very artsy cutscenes reminiscent of something Green Day might produce for a music video but all in all the presentation is still quite good.
Vergil’s Downfall may not possess the longest game time, but the various difficulty levels and multitude of collectables will likely see you replaying this two hour long expansion multiple times. Fans of the main game will appreciate the extra slice of story along with the diversified game play controls of Vergil, and this makes it well worth the small investment.