First off, this DLC picks up immediately after the events of the main DmC campaign. As such...
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Most importantly in the DLC to a glorious spectacle fighter, the combat! Naturally DmC's fantastic system of racking up points for higher ranks remains untouched. However, the DLC differs in a very critical way: Vergil does not play like Dante. This is not a reskin of our favorite asshole, perhaps with a hammer instead of an axe. This is a brand new character, despite some similarities. The Yamato, Vergil's katana, is a bit faster than Rebellion, but doesn't have quite the oomph. Vergil shoots little swords of light rather than rapid firing pistols. This is actually a great gameplay element, because these swords are important to grappling and such since Vergil lacks the Angel/Demon pulls. As the DLC progresses you unlock Angel and Demon modes but rather than giving you a new weapon they just adapt the moveset of the Yamato. In Angel mode you specialize in large sweeping attacks, and with Demon you have slow powerful strikes. This is just like the main game's use of these modes, just with different attacks. I find Vergil to be more mobile, since rather than pulling or rolling he uses teleports, and his Angel mode attacks generate a lot more movement than Dante's. In fact my favorite little combo in the game, main and DLC both, is the charged Demon smash to launch enemies, Angel attacks to damage a bit, then Demon smash down to the ground. It's impossible to capture just through text, but with those skills fully upgraded it is a blast.
|The new Wisp enemy in action! Notice the sword embedded to keep it tangible.|
|Not crazy about the art on the cutscenes, but it's different.|
The story is good, with lots of cool concepts. It's a little out there, even compared to DmC but it manages to sell itself and get at least this fan hyped for the sequel that I desperately hope happens. There is one really fun bossfight, which isn't quite as good as the Dante v Vergil bout of the main story but competes and is similar in that the environmental effects get cooler as the fight progresses. The DLC is fun, no vast improvements or changes from the main game but different enough to be fun. If you liked DmC itself you will like this nearly as much, and I highly recommend it. 8.75/10