Devil May Cry 5’s self-awareness is a big part of what makes it such a great game. It doesn’t care that it’s still a linear game; it doesn’t care that it’s a hack ‘n slash in 2019; it doesn’t care that its story is mostly fan service. It embraces everything that it is – despite those elements typically being labeled as dated – and we love it more because it’s doing that.
Despite its few shortcomings, it's a much more well-rounded game than its predecessor. It isn't as much of a change to the naked eye, but it's many subtle, smaller changes are enough to satisfy both old fans of the franchise and bring in new players.