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Devil May Cry 5 – Most Anticipated Games of 2019

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The long-running action series and spectacle fighter breakout Devil May Cry is concluding the Sons of Sparda saga with its upcoming fifth instalment, but it is going out with a bang thanks to some novel new features.

What is Devil May Cry 5?

Devil May Cry 5 is the latest instalment in the franchise, following Ninja Theory’s ill-fated reboot, DmC: Devil may Cry, which changed Dante and his attitude.

This new entry brings the series back to the original creators at Capcom, with long-time director Hideaki Itsuno (who has been involved in every entry since the second) back at the helm. Itsuno has experience working as a designer on fighting games, including Rival School, Power Stone, Darkstalkers, Street Fighter Alpha, and Capcom Vs. SNK 1 and 2. His experience in fighting games should help bring in new ways to grow the combat to new heights thanks to his knowledge of combo systems and free-form combat.

The game’s initial reveal was at the Microsoft’s press conference at E3 2018. The trailer showed Nero, a demon hunter introduced in the  fourth game, using new weapons. Nero had an overpowering arm in Devil May Cry 4 that was used to dominate enemies. This time around, due to having his demon arm ripped off, he gains access to a multitude of different mechanical arms made by his sidekick, Nico, which gives him all kinds of new functionality.

Alongside Nero returns Dante, looking much older now. Dante brings back fan-favourite weapons such as Cerberus (the tri-ice-nunchucks from the third game), along with new ones, including a motorcycle that turns into two giant weapons. These weapons are crazy, but that is where Devil May Cry shines.

Adding to the team is the new character V, who plays unlike anyone else in the game. V uses a demon familiar to do battle from a distance and teleports in at opportune times to use his walking stick as a tool for bludgeoning demons.

In the story, Dante is approached by V, who asks for help to end a demon invasion at Red Grave City. The trailers so far show V trying to kill Dante with Sparda’s sword, leaving fans with much to discover about the character’s motives and relationships.

Why are we excited?

In the ten-year wait between Devil May Cry 4 and 5 was Ninja Theory’s reboot. Despite the solidity of that sidestep, it only made fans want a new entry in the original story of Dante and an explanation of how Nero would impact the future of the series.

Additionally, Vergil has been absent since Devil May Cry 3, which is, chronologically, the first game in the series.  Fan theories state that Vergil appeared in Devil May Cry as a silent demon called Nelo Angelo, whom Dante felt a familiarity towards.

In the fourth game, Nero received Vergil’s sword and was able to wield it, granting him  the ability to change into a demonic form. Although the fact was never revealed within the games, Capcom has confirmed that Nero is Vergil’s son.

Now, fans are clamouring to theories that Vergil has made a return, with two ideas being that he is the one who took Nero’s arm and that V is a reincarnated Vergil. This latter theory is based on V’s name and suggestive comments made by the character about being “but two days old.” V also shares many moves with Dante’s twin, such as summoning a ring of swords and teleporting around.

The characters have been redesigned and based on real people, while updated visuals add detail and a realistic look.

Featuring an updated combat system and new abilities, Devil May Cry 5 is shaping up to be one of the best action games in a long time, and the developer’s stated goal is to make it the best action game the studio has ever made.

One odd addition is that of Dark Souls-esque multiplayer via the Cameo System, bringing characters together and sometimes players. The multiplayer may expand the game even more through the possibility of team combos and juggles, as well as the chance to take a single-player style of game into new frontiers. Nevertheless, the game is still fully playable solo. As of yet, how the multiplayer will affect the additional challenge mode, Bloody Palace, where players fight onslaughts of enemies, remains to be seen.

Two further systems are also being added. A photo mode allows players to pause the game and relocate the camera to snap a ‘SSStylish’ picture of the demon-hunting action. Meanwhile,  a Void mode provides players a place to practice and hone the skills needed to take down the strongest of demons, akin to a fighting game practice mode.

Devil May Cry 5

When can we play it?

Devil May Cry 5 will be available March 8, 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in both a normal edition and deluxe editions.


Are you excited to see Devil May Cry return to its roots or do you wish that Ninja Theory had been able to further its vision with a sequel to its reboot? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to come back tomorrow for a spotlight on the latest entry in a seminal franchise.

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Most Anticipated of 2019

Honourable Mentions – OnlySP’s Most Anticipated Games of 2019

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2019

This coming year is set to be chock full with amazing games. Over the past 12 days, the OnlySP team has shone a light on those titles that we are most excited about, but some of our individual favourites were not represented in the consensus vote.

Zanki Zero: Last Beginning

Coming from some of the key team members behind the Danganronpa series, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning is an unusual survival game.

In the wake of an apocalypse, eight clones on a tropical island comprise all that remains of humanity. The clones have accelerated lifespans, meaning they survive for only 13 days; however, a machine called the Extend Device ensures their continual resurrection, with each death granting different buffs and gameplay bonuses.

Curiously, the game is divided into chapters, and players control particular characters in each chapter, rather than having the chance to choose between them at will.

As a survival game, threats to life come from many different angles, including starvation, dehydration, and, of course, combat. However, felling enemies—mostly evolved animals—will drop resources that players can use to build amenities and prolong the characters’ health.

Survival games have exploded in recent years, but the narrative focus and unique clone-based premise separates Zanki Zero: Last Beginning from its genre contemporaries.

Zanki Zero: Last Beginning released in Japan last year, and will make its debut in the West for PC and PlayStation 4 on March 19.

Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord

Announced more than six years ago, Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord has not been officially confirmed for a 2019 release, but fans are hopeful.

Despite the title, Mount & Blade II is a prequel to its predecessor, set two centuries before the wars depicted in the earlier game. The title takes place during the glory days of the fictional Calradian Empire and recounts its fall, as it shatters into an array of disparate kingdoms. On the surface an action-RPG, Mount & Blade II promises a deep, diverse experience with layers of strategic elements.

Third-person melee combat will make a return and will be accompanied by in-depth siege- and diplomacy-based gameplay. Meanwhile, an organic economy system will aid in bringing the Calradian Empire to life.

OnlySP’s Dylan Warman went hands-on with the game back at E3 2017, finding it to be a satisfying experience with a few minor flaws remaining to be ironed out. However, a year and half has already passed and still no end is in sight for the lengthy development.

The widespread expectation is that Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will release on at least PC at an as-yet unspecified date in 2019.

Medieval (Remake)

Sir Daniel Fortesque will soon join the likes of Wander, Spyro the Dragon, and Crash the Bandicoot, as Sony is, once again, dusting off the Medievil name for a remake.

Originally announced with a brief teaser at the PlayStation Experience event in 2017, the project was surrounded by silence throughout almost the entirety of 2018. A common query among perplexed fans was the extent to which the game would represent a new experience, given the initial billing as a full remaster.

However, in October last year, Sony Interactive Entertainment chairman Shawn Layden dropped the bombshell everyone was waiting for: Medievil will be a full-blown remake. The core design and art will be retained, but the game will not simply be a reskin of what has already been.

The developer responsible for the project, Other Ocean Interactive, has previously made a name for itself with ports. With this legacy, the team seems to be following in the footsteps of Bluepoint Interactive, which crafted 2018’s excellent remake of Shadow of the Colossus.

Medievil is expected to be available exclusively on PlayStation 4 some time in 2019.

Phoenix Point

The father of XCOM, Julian Gollop, will return to the genre that made him a living legend when Phoenix Point launches later this year.

In 2047, the apocalypse is already well underway. Melting permafrost during the 2020s unleashed an alien infection—the Pandoravirus—upon the unsuspecting Earth, mutating humans and animals into all manner of monsters. Facing off against this existential threat, players assume command of the Phoenix Project, a global organisation dedicated to protecting humanity.

Fans of XCOM will almost surely be right at home with Phoenix Point, as the game follows the same model of pairing turn-based direct-control combat with a global strategy layer. The player begins as a small, isolated unit and must grow their reach and strength by acquiring resources through both diplomacy and conquest.

Despite the fundamental similarities, the development team at Snapshot Games is including a few unique wrinkles to the formula, including a range of adversarial human factions and enemies that mutate in response to player actions.

Originally set to launch last year, Phoenix Point is now expected to release in June 2019 on Mac, Windows, and Xbox One.

Total War: Three Kingdoms

For the latest mainline entry in the Total War saga, Creative Assembly is delving into a part of world history long desired by fans but never before visited: China’s Three Kingdoms era.

Total War: Three Kingdoms centres on the fall of the Han Dynasty, casting players as the leader of one of eleven factions vying for control over the vast nation.

While this latest game remains, at its core, Total War, the development team is engaging in some intriguing experiments. Foremost is the implementation of guanxi, an aspect of Chinese culture that describes the interconnectedness of human life. Throughout the campaign, the characters form relationships with others, and players will have to take those connections into consideration when planning their moves.

The other major new addition is a mode based on the classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which will put more of a focus on individual characters. In this mode, generals have supreme strength and can be controlled directly during battles and sieges.

Following its delay out of last year, Total War: Three Kingdoms is scheduled to launch on March 7, 2019 exclusively on PC.


Thank you for joining us on this jaunt through the games that have the OnlySP team most excited for the coming year. With hundreds of titles to choose from, innumerable others missed out, but rest assured that we are keeping our eyes out for everything in the realm of single-player gaming.

If your favourite/s failed to make our shortlist, please take the time to give them the attention they deserve in the comments below, and be sure to follow OnlySP on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube for all the latest from the world of single-player gaming.

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