Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition is finally here, just in time to showcase the true power of Next-Gen gaming! Whether you’re a SSSeasoned DMC player or jumping into it for the first time with DMC5SE, here’s a handy SPOILER-FREE recap guide of everything you get to play right from the start:
If you’ve been following our news and updates since the Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition announcement, you should know Vergil is a pretty big deal for this version of the game. You’ll be able to start playing as him right away!
SIDE NOTE: a quick word of warning to newcomers. If you’re looking to experience the full story of DMC5SE, I recommend starting with the Nero / V / Dante campaign. The Vergil campaign assumes you have already played the original story, and offers fewer story moments. And if you want to get a refresher on the story of previous games, look for the brief overview “History of DMC” on the main menu.
Vergil comes fully equipped with his signature weapons and various forms of power. Of course, you’ll be able to power-up those weapons and abilities even more with Red Orbs, but here’s a quick breakdown of his demonic arsenal:
- Yamato – his classic katana-style sword, given to him by his father, Sparda. Its attacks are swift and capable of slicing demons with deadly precision.
- Beowulf – a set of gauntlets and boots with immense destructive power. Take the time to charge its attacks and watch demons break apart.
- Mirage Edge – a conjured sword resembling the Force Edge, capable of devastating combos and crowd control.
- Mirage Blades – summoned swords that Vergil uses as long-range projectiles. These can also be summoned in various formations at the cost of Devil Trigger gauge.
- Doppelganger – Vergil’s Devil Trigger manifested in a ghostly twin that shadows his moves. You can even tinker with some of Doppelganger’s behaviors by issuing commands with the d-pad (default controls).
- Sin Devil Trigger – Vergil’s true power is unleashed, opening paths to brutal combos and obliterating damage potential.
- World of V – this powerful new technique cleaves out Vergil’s human form, V, and his Familiars to shred and vaporize as many demons as possible.
Nero / V / Dante
Moving on from Vergil for now… DMC5SE also includes the entire contents of the 2019 release Devil May Cry 5. That means Nero, V and Dante are fully playable in their own Missions, the Void and Bloody Palace (after clearing the story once)!
WARNING: before braving Legendary Dark Knight mode (info below), I definitely recommend playing through the main Nero / V / Dante story once to unlock all their story-related abilities. There’s some serious character growth tied to gameplay that you won’t want to miss!
Anyways, let’s take a hot second to recap their playstyles and places in the story:
- Nero kicks off the story of DMC5 by losing his Devil Bringer demon arm, but thanks to the mechanical genius of his friend Nico, he quickly acquires new replacements known as Devil Breakers. These powerful (but fragile) new arms join his trusty turbo-charged sword Red Queen and Blue Rose hand cannon, and open his playstyle up to even more SSStylish combos than ever.
- V made his debut as the mysterious third protagonist in DMC5, bringing with him a completely new playstyle unlike anything else in the Devil May Cry series. Instead of fighting demons head on, V commands three Familiars: Griffon, Shadow and Nightmare. But that doesn’t mean V is always safe! His primary Familiars (Griffon and Shadow) have their own health gauges and can temporarily fall in battle. And one more thing: V has to be the one to land the finishing blow on his targets. Definitely a unique way to stylishly slay demons!
- Dante returns with plenty of new tricks! Aside from his four signature styles (Trickster, Gunslinger, Swordmaster and Royal Guard) and his reliable Rebellion sword and Ebony & Ivory pistols, he gets access to a wild arsenal of weapons. Highlights include the Faust Hat (yes, a hat as a weapon) and the Caveliere motorcycle (yes, a motorcycle as a weapon). I’m not joking.
Special Edition Content
As part of the Special Edition package, you’ll be getting a handful of other nifty features and content. I’ve already got two lists in this blog, so why stop now?
- Turbo Mode – dial up the speed of gameplay by 20%! And we mean all gameplay: running speed, enemy movement, enemy attacks, jumps, jump cancels, Judgement Cut windows, Red Queen Exceed, Max Act windows, everything! Don’t worry though… the awesome music plays at regular speed.
- Legendary Dark Knight Mode – this one is categorized as a difficulty option (similar to Human, Devil Hunter, etc.) but it’s a little more than that. Did I say “a little?” I meant “A LOT.” As in… the game will throw A LOT more enemies at you at once! It actually feels like a completely different way to play DMC5SE. Friendly reminder to power-up in the standard story mode before trying this out… unless you’re really up for the challenge.
- Deluxe Edition SSStuff – along with the original DMC5 release in 2019, we launched a Deluxe Edition featuring an assortment of cool items. Highlights include four unique Devil Breakers for Nero, the variant “Cavaliere R” weapon for Dante, battle music tracks from previous games and one of the best features in gaming history: pre-viz live action cutscenes!
Ready for one more list? Of course you are. Next-Gen features; let’s go:
- Reduced Load Times – things load so fast we had to add an optional feature that asks you to confirm mission start, so you’re not caught off guard. Also, so you can read the loading screen tips 🙂
- Increased Frame Rates – up to 120fps, baby!
- Ray Tracing – SSShiny new tech that allows us to trace rays of light and track as they bounce off surfaces, generating shadows and reflections in real time! NOTE: this feature is not available for DMC5SE on Xbox Series S.
- 3D Audio – this one is a bit subtler, but if you have headphones on, you can actually pinpoint demons’ positions as they approach you based on audio cues alone!
Alright… I think that’s a pretty thorough roundup of all the key info on Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition; I just left some info out here and there to preserve any potential spoilers.
Before I go… here’s another list! You thought I was done? Foolishness!
- Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition (Digital) – Available NOW on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
- Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition (Physical) – Coming December 1st to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
- Vergil DLC for Devil May Cry 5 – Coming December 15th to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Now I’m done with lists.
Keep it SSStylish!