If you haven’t played this series and you are a Devil May Cry fan, now is the time! Granted, you may wish Capcom picked this series back up too. Worked on by the same developer as Devil May Cry, Viewtiful Joe is a 2D side-scroller that relies on a lot of jumping and slowing down time to deal with foes. Seems easy, right? You could not be more wrong!
In order to upgrade, you need to gain points, which can mostly only be gained by hitting foes while in the slowdown feature, and it’s also necessary to deal with certain enemies. And it’s very easy to screw things up, as Joe moves slowly in this mode too. If the meter depletes, Joe is powered back down temporarily. You can also speed up time to deal with certain obstacles, and many other abilities later on are gained either through progression or buying them with in-game points. Not only that, but the bosses and enemies are pretty challenging too, so it’s all the more important to finish foes with style!
As tempting as it is to play on the Adults setting, there is no shame in trying the Kids difficulty. Because on Adults...the difficulty spikes pretty damn hard. That’s not to say there aren’t benefits to beating the game on higher difficulties, as they can unlock characters, like Joe’s girlfriend Sylvia, Alastor (the same demon who is Dante’s sword in the first DMC), or Captain Blue. And on the PS2 version, you can even unlock Dante, who has his own story mode.
Full of bright and colorful visuals, great combat and music, and even a kinda interesting story and hero, Viewtiful Joe 1 is a hard but fun experience. I still have to play the other games, but I can say with confidence that this series is worth a try for DMC fans! My only real gripe is the game does not enable subtitles, which would be great since I want to understand the conversations in this game.
What games do you play when you start to miss Devil May Cry? Let me know down in the comments!