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12/04 - Devil May Cry 5 (Dante Must Die)
Kind of conflicted on this run. I have to admit I did start using revives when it got near the end. This mode is still too much for me honestly. I don't really like beating it this way, but I don't feel too bad about it either. I still got further than I expected I would without relying on items, but it ended up getting to a point where it was frustrating and I just wanted to get it over with. That mission 18 boss I honestly do not like. I feel like there's some stuff about it that isn't really fair. But I'm pretty proud of being able to beat the mission 16 boss without revives, and even using Royal Guard a bit to do it. Usually I don't touch that style at all, so it was really fun to get to grips with that a little bit and deal some damage. I also feel like this run gave me a much better grip on Nero in general. Dante I'm a bit better at, but he's still pretty overwhelming and I'm nowhere close to unlocking all his potential.
Also, in terms of beating it with items, I don't feel so bad since the game scores you accordingly. Repeatedly playing and getting all S ranks, or at least A without penalties, is where the real bragging rights are, and what you're supposed to gradually work towards. I don't feel bad about admitting that I'm not there. Also Itsuno himself gave a really interesting talk at GDC this year
where he talks about a lot of the design philosophy behind the game in a lot of areas, including the revive system. The way he paints it, it's meant to be an aid for the player that allows you to ease stress and frustration to a level of your choosing. Items are there to be used, and it's all in service of keeping the experience fun and positive. To avoid getting worked up over dying repeatedly. Not some source of shame meant to punish players for not being good enough. I guess this fits in with the discussion on difficulty that's been going around with Sekiro lately. Honestly, I don't really enjoy that conversation very much, so I stay out of it. Yet here I am doing it anyway...
I think it's time to give this game a rest now and move on. Despite a bit of aggravation here at the end, I still adore the game. It's truly amazing and one of the best the genre has ever seen for sure. It's also the longest I've stuck with any DMC game before moving on to something else I think. Maybe the longest of any game in this subgenre too. Although I'm not totally done yet. I want to mess around with the super character costumes now I've finally unlocked them. Maybe I'll go back to previous modes and try to S rank them too. Should be much easier now. But in terms of this being one of the main games I'm focusing on, I think that's done. Let it sit on the back burner. I was considering giving DMC1-3 another shot again after this, but I think I might be all DMC'ed out for now. Also there are rumours going around there's a big update just around the corner that will maybe add something very big. I would want to try that out before diving in to any other game in the series.