If I had to write a top ten list of the coolest characters in gaming, the amount of alcohol that is currently circulating through my blood would most likely give me the number ten to two spots in a terrible attempt to get back at my high school enemies and prove to them that I was awesome after all. The top spot however, would most likely go to Devil May Cry’s Dante. The thing is, I’ve considered his twin brother Vergil to be even cooler than him, ever since I played the special edition of Devil May Cry 3. And in DmC: Devil May Cry, that cool factor is about to get bloody.
Or a Bloody Palace mode to be more specific. A mode that was originally exclusive to Dante in the original game, the remaster will see Vergil enter the arena. Click through in Chrome to see it in high-deaf tone at 1080 peas:
“Vergil is a huge favourite amongst Devil May Cry fans. It will come as no surprise to you that when DmC was originally released, one of the most requested features for the game was a Bloody Palace mode just for Vergil,” Ninja Theory’s Dominic Matthews wrote on the PlayStation Blog.
When we knew we were getting the chance to create a new definitive edition of DmC, one of the first things on our list was to give the fans the mode that they seemed to want more than any other. Vergil’s Bloody Palace is a 60-floor combat arena. Unlike Dante’s Bloody Palace, where the difficulty progresses through the 5 main difficulty levels, Vergil’s Bloody palace starts on Nephilim difficulty for the first 20 waves, moves onto Son of Sparda difficulty, and ends with 20 waves of very challenging Vergil Must Die difficulty combat. Bloody Palace is traditionally a very difficult challenge to complete and Vergil’s own take on the mode is no different.
The best way to play Vergil is to stack up as many kinds of damage as possible. He has lots of attacks which skilled players can layer with his melee moves. For example, Summoned Swords can be fired, and can pull enemies or lift enemies, without interrupting melee attacks. Spiral Swords passively damages enemies once activated, until it wears off. Doppelganger Vergil can be used to attack at the same time as you, or with a delay.
Vergil will require layers of attacks to be truly successful in his Bloody Palace mode, as stacking lethal variety will help deliver stylish combos and maximum damage. Sounds kinda rad, and I always did favour the Yamato sword over Dante’s Rebellion. Expect to shout “I need more power!” ad other vague Vergil quotes that only DMC fans will get, when the game arrives on March 10.
Edit note: At the time of writing, I was unable to find a GIF of a white wig landing on top of Vergil’s head that looked reminiscent of his previous appearances in Devil May Cry, which would have quickly been met with a derisive comment from the character. The search continues.
Last Updated: February 10, 2015