For every problem that's fixed or improved, a new problem appears--this seems to be the theme of Devil May Cry 2, a sequel that had an opportunity to improve upon an already excellent formula introduced in its predecessor but has unequivocally squandered it. Nearly every single improvement made in Devil May Cry 2 has some adverse effect. Dante has a few admittedly stylish and easy-to-control new moves, but they are almost completely worthless and serve no purpose other than to improve your stylish action rating, which is quite unnecessary in the grand scheme of things. Additionally, Capcom has given Dante a partner named Lucia, whose levels are mostly identical to those on Dante's disc except that they're either in reverse or chopped in half, making her quest even shorter than Dante's incredibly short journey.
Dante is still suffering from 'BAD CAMREA ANGLE-ITUS.' He compensates for this himself by aiming at things off screen, but that's hardly help since you don't know if the enemy is being affected by the attack.
The lack of personality in Devil May Cry 2 starts with the characters. What's most disheartening is that Dante, who also happens to be the son of a legendary warrior, is almost completely devoid of any charisma. This is the same character who mocked an enormous magma spider, who had been impaled on a sword only to purge himself of it and live, and who said "let's rock, baby" and sported a pair of guns named ebony and ivory. None of these personality traits are conveyed until very late in the game, and even then they're only small windows onto Dante's former self. Lucia doesn't really have time to develop a personality since her portion of the game is so short, and what you do learn of her past is such a hackneyed piece of video game lore that you probably won't care anyway. These characters do cross each other's paths at different points in the game, since both are trying to find a set of relics that are also sought by a man named Arius, who hopes to use them to gain control over the world.
Both Dante and Lucia have some pretty slick moves.
While their stories branch ever so slightly, Dante and Lucia are mechanically the same character, though one is slow but strong while the other is quick but weak. Both characters have somewhat identical aerial and long-range attacks, only Dante uses firearms while Lucia relies mainly on throwing daggers or other sharp objects.
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