After the Hype: A Month after Devil May Cry 5, and Two Weeks after The Division 2
Welcome to After the Hype, where we look at how game titles are currently doing in the eyes of the players and critics after the release hype has settled! In this review we’ll be looking at Devil May Cry 5 (released March 8, 2019), and The Division 2 (released March 15, 2019). At the time of writing, respectively it has been about a month since DMC 5‘s, and half a month since Division 2‘s initial hype. We’ll take a peek at how each of these AAA titles did when they first came out versus see what fans think of them now when the dust has finally settled!
Your Writer: BChan
Top 3 Favorite Games: NieR, NieR: Automata, Monster Hunter: World
Favorite Genre: Hack-n-slash multiplayer RPG
Recently Finished: Assassin’s Creed- The Fate of Atlantis, Katana Zero, Mordhau, Risk of Rain 2
Currently Playing: The Division 2, Final Fantasy XV, Dishonored, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Bio: Lifelong gamer since 1999 with experience across all platforms and genres from RPGs, to MMOs, to FPSs and a Steam library of 400+. Always seeking to appreciate the perfect integration of gaming visuals with BGM.
Devil May Cry 5 Initial Reviews:
Unfortunately no concrete numbers or stats – that’s an “our bad” on our part. We’ll work on this (lol). Otherwise, Devil May Cry 5 was generally very hyped especially by fans of the original series hoping to see true sequel to Devil May Cry 4 (apparently a lot wanted to just forget the monstrosity that was DMC: Devil May Cry). On top of the tease from the Xbox press conferences during E3 2018, the game was given further hype come The Video Game Awards 2018 when they had a live performance of “Devil Trigger“. Thus it should be safe to say that the game released with very positive reviews.
Devil May Cry 5 After the Hype:
Steam: Very Positive (92%)
Metacritic: 90/100 (PC), 87/100 (PS4), 87/100 (XONE)
A month after release, Devil May Cry 5 is staying strong remaining at very positive reception from critics and fans. The game seems to be aging well having already bypassed two million copies sold and maintaining a relative 9/10 score across the board. In fact, the community around Devil May Cry 5 seems to continue to grow around its characters due to the cosplaying and fanfiction art potential.
The Division 2 Initial Reviews:
Generally positive (again our bad). Similar to Devil May Cry 5, The Division 2 released to generally great hype being the sequel to Ubisoft’s The Division, clearly bringing along its original player base from the first game. Having been a game that was the product of an original game that underwent two years of fixing, The Division 2 was released with hype from older players familiar with the series whilst drawing in new players having heard good things from the former. Aside from the bugs reported on multiple occasions by various players, the game still retained a positive reception seeing many players cite the game for remaining a fun experience that satisfied their multiplayer-looter-shooter itch that was betrayed earlier in the year from titles such as Anthem and Fallout 76. On top of the fact that unlike the first The Division, the sequel game seemingly did not have any game-breaking bugs that ruined the playing experience.
The Division 2 After the Hype:
Google Users: 94% liked this game
Metacritic: 85/100 (PC), 82/100 (PS4), 80/100 (XONE)
Game Informer: 9/10
Two weeks since it came out, The Division 2 seems to be on a slightly upward trend from its initial release. Now with most of its bugs addressed if not fixed and players settling into a comfortable pace with its end game, The Division 2 is clearly doing well for itself. Seeing that the game is currently sitting around the 8.5/10 average score with players continually commenting on how the game is fun despite its bugs and yet incomplete delivery of content, the game is more likely bound for additional hype that should increase its reception to become even more positive within the coming weeks.