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Games Of January 2013: DmC: Devil May Cry

Our game and beverage choices are totally synergizing right now, you guys.

By John Teti • February 14, 2013

It has been a week full of firsts on The Digest, and here’s another: Today, for the first time, we sample a digestible from the very game we’re reviewing. Capcom sent us a DmC: Devil May Cry promo package with a can of the energy drink Vitality, which plays a central role in the demon-fueled conspiracies of Dante’s world. Watch the video to see what we thought of the beverage, and they stay tuned to drink in our discussion of the new Devil May Cry’s badass style and smart character growth. Thanks for watching The Digest this week—it will return next month, of course.

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  • http://twitter.com/HttpLovecraft Http Lovecraft

    I wish this game was called ‘Dante’s World’.

    • Aurora Boreanaz

      No.  That makes me think of it in relation to the theme song of a recently resigned children’s TV star.

      “Lalala lalala Dante’s World…”

      • http://twitter.com/HttpLovecraft Http Lovecraft

        I prefer to think of it as a Dave Barry/Dave’s World styled sitcom about a middle-aged dad just tryin’ to keep his wits about him.

      • The Guilty Party

        The pope had a theme song?

        • His_Space_Holiness

          All popes have a theme song. Mine has a swamp-rock kind of feel, which I politely pretend isn’t racist. They worked hard on it!

    • DrFlimFlam

      Starring the voice talents of Howie Mandel.

  • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

    Vitality tastes like melted down Smarties, whereas we ALL know Red Bull tastes like melted down Nerds.

    • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

      ALSO: Can every video open with (and every text review be topped with) the image of Johnny Boy awkwardly pressing the reviewed game against his cheek?

    • http://twitter.com/Evad_Dalrymp Unexpected Dave

      I always thought that Red Bull tasted like “Rockets” candy.

      • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

        Smarties are what Americans call Rockets. The US doesn’t have legit Smarties.

    • Pandas_please

       I always thought Red Bull, and all other energy drinks, tastes like some kind of medicine, and oddly enough I kind of like the taste.

    • http://twitter.com/droopymcjackass Andy Fernandez

      Shock Tarts.

      • Effigy_Power

        I misread that in a hilarious and disgusting way I can’t share here.

  • PaganPoet

    “So, that exists.”

    HA!

  • Craig J. Clark

    I’m drinking something in, but it’s not a beverage.

  • SisterMaryFrancis

    OMG THEY HAVE THE SAME GENERIC DRINKING GLASSES AS ME!

    Be still my beating heart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Johnson/501651 Kevin Johnson

    Looks like no one’s familiar with The Drunken Moogle.

    http://www.thedrunkenmoogle.com/

    Alcoholic drinks based on video games. It’s as awesome as it sounds.

    Me a few friends made a couple of them, which were good, but the secret is that most of them are really drinks that already exist, with an added ingredient or two.

    • PaganPoet

      Those Materia drinks at the bottom of the first page look pretty cool. When I see stuff like this or fancy jello shots it makes me wish I was more of a homemaker. What an adorable way to get wasted!

    • Anonymous25324

      To be fair, most cocktails in general are cocktails with an extra ingredient or two. Change one thing and it’s a whole new drink. Example: Manhattan – whiskey + gin = Martinez. 

    • The_Misanthrope

       It all seems very enticing, but I’m very convinced that most of them look much better than they actually taste.  Still, any excuse to get your friends to vomit in new and exciting colors is a good one!

  • HobbesMkii

    Ugggh…we have to wait another month?

    • Effigy_Power

      I agree. Bi-weekly Digest or we walk.

      • HobbesMkii

         I mean, we did just finish waiting for this month.

        • Effigy_Power

          Another good point. You’re on a roll, Hoobie.

  • dantebk

    My name is Dante, and it’s very weird playing a game with my name in it. My name is not terribly common (good luck finding it on a novelty license plate or shot glass) and I am far from accustomed to hearing it when someone is not talking to me directly.

    But anyway, I’m about 2/3rds through this game and I absolutely love it so far. It might be Ninja Theory’s best work.

    • http://twitter.com/kelrubin Kel Rubin

      That’s hardly high praise since every other Ninja Theory game has featured simplistic combat and goofy superhero stories. But yes the mediocre Devil may Cry: Devil May Cry is indeed better than their previous dreck.

    • HobbesMkii

      Now you know how I feel. My name is Bowser.

      • Jackbert322

        Neither of you have it as bad as me.

        -Spacemarine

        • Bad Horse

          Pronounced spuh-CHEH-marine.

        • Effigy_Power

          I thought it was Che-payz-marine.

    • http://twitter.com/HttpLovecraft Http Lovecraft

      You can read about a similar situation in my forthcoming autobiography, Growing Up Ganon: A Life.

    • ChicaneryTheYounger

      A pain I know all too well.

      • PaganPoet

        So this is what it sounds like when doves cry….

        • ChicaneryTheYounger

          That is genuinely my phone’s background.

          DISCLAIMER: I’m not called Dante, but I am called Donal so that’s rare too.

        • Chris Hansen

          I bet Donal gets a lot of “Donald?”

          The plight of Donal Logue.

    • Mike Mariano

      If you can, track down a 90s movie called “Virtual Combat” in which the villain, voiced by Michael Dorn, continually says: “I am Dante!  I never lose!”

      It isn’t a license plate, but it’s the best I’ve got.

      • dantebk

         Sweet! Maybe I can turn it into a ringtone.

    • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

      Be thankful you weren’t the only Luke in your school for  the duration of the 80s and 90s. Not only could I never get a novelty license plate, but every single smartass kid in school thought they were totally super-clever and the first person ever to heavy-breathe behind me and intone “Luuuuke…I am your father!”

      Amazingly, I didn’t hate Star Wars. (Well, not until the ones that didn’t have Luke in them, anyway…)

      • Jackbert322

        Just be glad your name isn’t an euphemism for stealing or masturbating.

        • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

          Just be glad people can spell your name.

        • dantebk

          How about this: Every single time I meet a new person they say “Dante’s Inferno!” and I have to say “Yup.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579674289 Morgan Filbert

    If they’re going to call it DMC they could have atleast had Darryl McDaniels cameo in it.

  • Effigy_Power

    The last 3 seconds remind me to never click a video away before it’s done.

    • Fluka

      WHAT.  *will never click away ever again.*

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579674289 Morgan Filbert

       That’s our John “studfiend” Teti, alright.

    • HobbesMkii

      I did this, and I thank you for drawing my attention back to it.

    • DrunkPhilatelist

      As it turns out, you can get through a lot of things ‘just doing that’.

      Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

      • Effigy_Power

        Topical.

  • ChicaneryTheYounger

    Honestly? Just was waiting for the naked Dante bit.

    • PaganPoet

      I love that John Teti is completely comfortable in admitting his bro-crush on Dante.

      • ChicaneryTheYounger

         Like anyone couldn’t have a crush on Dante. Look at those abs! And that face! And, well, everything!

        • Pandas_please

           For me it was the hair, such an awesome hair cut.

        • PaganPoet

          @Pandas_please:disqus Dare me to take a picture of Dante to the stylist next time I go in for a cut?

        • Pandas_please

           @PaganPoet:disqus I double dare you. I seriously think it would actually look good in real life.

        • Jackbert322

          I double DOG dare you. And why’d you’d change your avatar, I miss Pinky Weave :(

        • PaganPoet

          @Jackbert322:disqus Mad doll was getting old, and I linked my Disqus to my facebook because apparently I don’t know any better.

        • Jackbert322

          @PaganPoet:disqus : Oh GOD, you’re an actual PERSON, how HORRIFYING! :p

          I still miss Pinky Weave though.

        • ChicaneryTheYounger

           We’re all mad people here, @Jackbert322:disqus.

        • Pandas_please

           You should know that I imagine you all as your avatars, so this is jarring.

        • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

          @Pandas_please:disqus: You should know that I imagine you as a dude sitting at his computer, sipping a can of Mountain Dew and wearing a highly realistic panda suit.

        • Effigy_Power

          …fellating Hillary Clinton.
          Look it up.

      • ChicaneryTheYounger

        Bring ALL the photos, Carlos!

  • Effigy_Power

    I am so envious of all of you, seeing this:

    http://i.imgbox.com/acveIFNf.png

    Originally I was going to make something about the GS-crew becoming absurdly obese from the inevitable flood of junk-food sent in by readers, but this seemed funnier. Enjoy and yay me.

    • HobbesMkii

      Canal+ makes good film.

      • Citric

        Their studio logo animation is all kinds of obnoxious though.

        Why are there several explosions and then numbers for no reason? Why?

    • PaganPoet

      Deployez les ailes, mon coeur, et volez~

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579674289 Morgan Filbert

      Love the image Effigy! My French is rusty though, “Angels with their something flowers?”

      • PaganPoet

        Angels with blurry wings

        • HobbesMkii

          I think it’s supposed to be fuzzy, no?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579674289 Morgan Filbert

          Ahh, I misread “floues” as “fleur,” which just set me on the wrong train of thought to try and figure out ailes. Cheers PaganPoet.

        • PaganPoet

          I stand corrected. HobbesMkii is right, it’s fuzzy wings, not blurry wings (damn French homonyms)

          I thought she was going for some kind of “Angels with dirty faces” style reference there

        • Effigy_Power

          It is indeed “fuzzy wings”, and only because Google Translate tells me so.

    • Drew Toal

      I pictured a Viking funeral, but this will do nicely.

      • Effigy_Power

        Sorry about the lack of Enya shirt I promised. It’ll be done next time.

  • Pandas_please

    Am I the only one who always say “Devil May Cry” to the tune of “Live and Let Die”? Oh I am… well you should try it, it’s fun.

    • Citric

      When you were young and your heart was an open book.
      You used to say, Devil May Grin.
      You know you did, you know you did, you know you did.
      But if this ever-changing world in which we live in
      Makes you give in and sigh
      Say Devil May Cry

      BLAM BLAM!

  • snazzlenuts

    “Pizza Dick” would be a great hardcore punk band name.

    • Effigy_Power

      Google doesn’t come up with anything meaningful. I say go for it.

      • PaganPoet

        You are so much braver than I for having googled that. I’m thinking, like, skin diseases here…

  • Penis Van Lesbian

    This is broken for me (in Chrome and IE). No video – just a blank space.

    • http://gameological.com/author/johnteti/ John Teti

      We’re working on it—something haywire on the AVC end.

  • wwjw.com

    This figure is nice!

  • ComradePig

    Gameological’s reasoned arguments for why this is a good game continue to undermine my vision of it as a hilariously forced, Poochie level attempt at edginess.

    Stop challenging my preconceived notions GS!

  • Eco1970

    Thy love the word ‘invested’ on the Digest, don’t they? I play a Digest drinking game, where i drink a beer and 2 shots of vodka ever time one of them says they are/aren’t invested in a game. I’m more than half cut right now.

    • Chum Joely

      OK, well, for me, they’d only have to say it once and I’d already be at least 65% “cut”. by which I assume you mean “quite comfortably dr-AWNK”.

  • Benny Tormoes

    Praising a terrible game?
    And dissing several better games?
    For shame. I swear to god, whatever my opinion is on a game, these lame contrarians do the exact opposite.

    • http://twitter.com/mcbroiler Ben

      If you think the new Devil May Cry is terrible, maybe it’s time to get some better opinions.

      • Benny Tormoes

        Story wise it’s abominable. Terrible dialogue and reprehensible and/or boring characters. Gameplay wise, it’s better than expected, but doesn’t offer anything that other games don’t do better. So yes it sucks.

        Deal with it.

        • http://twitter.com/mcbroiler Ben

          Oh, I guess you’re right! I’ll have to deal with that.

          The new DMC has some of the most original environments I’ve ever seen in a game. The fighting is tight, combos are easy to pull off, and you can really clear a room elegantly by switching weapons and zipping from enemy to enemy. The characters have an arc to them, and Dante actually develops over the course of the game. The animation and expressions are fantastic. The story and dialog are leaps and bounds above the previous DMC games.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002409556775 Doc Mabuse

    I guess I’m the lone boardgamer here as I picked out a copy of Twilight Struggle at the 00:17 mark.