My first DMC game. The series never appealed to me and to be honest I had almost zero interest in this game until very close to the release day. I then randomly had an urge to play something different and after seeing excellent reviews decided to pick it up on release day.
I just finished it (played it on Easy) and it was pretty darn fun. It took me a while to get used to the controls and figure out what worked against certain enemies, so I am glad there was a more accessible mode for a noob like me. A few of the bosses near the end pushed me to use a revive orb mostly because I'm not that patient or committed to mastering their patterns. I could see myself replaying on the harder difficulties now that I am more familiar with how to play the game and putting more effort into precision.
Even as someone who knows nothing about DMC I thought the story was fairly interesting. I can appreciate how over the top and committed to its style and attitude are even if those particular sentiments don't entirely resonate with my taste. I thought Nico was a superb NPC and she filled so many contextual support roles while presenting an interesting and exuberant personality. The main cast was predictably edgy and melodramatic but she reminded me it was all just crazy fun.
One complaint that I have is that after a while I got kinda tired of running around a bloody scab tree thing or whatever it is. After a while the level design just seemed a bit irrelevant and felt like meaningless hallways in between monster arenas. It makes sense given the situations and timeline of events but it kinda lessened my desire to play for very long per session.