Hideki Kamiya isn’t a name that comes to mind when discussing auteur status (Kind of a theme here this week, er, month?), which sucks since the guy directed Capcom greats like Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry. True, that could be because there’s no meaningful throughline in Kamiya’s work. If there’s any message from him it’s to kick ass in the most beautiful, hyper-stylized fashion possible — or rather, to kick evil’s ass so beautifully it flies 1,000,000,000 miles into space before colliding with a million star-fueled explosions. Video games don’t need to make you cry with flowers, pulhoons and braids and stuff, sometimes they just need to make you feel like an all-powerful warrior, someone tough and flamboyant like Claire Redfield, a flaming wolf goddess, Viewtiful Joe or Dante — y’know. Characters.