WARNING: These trailers are stupidly offensive, so only watch with a stomach of steel and ears battered by years of obscenities.
Devil’s Third continues to mystify the gaming world with what exactly it is. A terrible shooter/action game hybrid? A revival of an iconic Japanese game developer? A multiplayer extravaganza or an adrenaline rush of a campaign? So bad it’s good?
Heck, the game has even been rumored to not be coming to North America, even though Nintendo is still hiding it behind the veil. I’m not sure what to make of this game, but I am far more fascinated by it than the rest of the predictable AAA holiday line-up. These new gameplay footage and cutscene trailers explain why.
Devil’s Third is just irreverent. Irreverent in its writing and character design of course, but also irreverent in every other aspect of its creation. Irreverent in its bloodbath combat, irreverent in its voice acting, and even irreverent in its quality. It spits in the face of the standards that have flat-lined originality over the years, and rather than looking terrible by being generic and forgettable, it looks terrible because it cares too much about not caring enough.
You gotta respect that in this gaming world where nobody else is willing to take risks anymore. Devil’s Third might be the worst game of 2015, but at least it tried to set itself apart. It could be the Duke Nukem of our age, or just as easily be the Matt Hazard of this new generation. I’m hoping its more of the former, but something tells me this won’t catch on in the way Tomonobu Itagaki’s other games have.
Underneath all of these rough complaints though, Devil’s Third still looks like a competently developed action game. I have zero doubt that the team behind it is banking on the shock value of it all. It won’t start a revolution, but it will open the eyes and stir the memories of a lot of old timers who remember when games were not so focus grouped.
Devil’s Third will be released for the Wii U in August in Europe, Australia, and Japan. Nintendo of America says its coming, but has provided nothing else.