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User Review : Devil May Cry 4

  • Wonderful combat system{Decent story{Awesome graphics, runs smooth
  • Repetetive boss battles and puzzles sometimes{Hard controls on PC

Its over the top, and its lot of fun

Sometimes, over the top creations become art. Sometimes, they become strangely appealing and intriguing. That’s the reason Kill bill worked, that’s the reason anime is famous and that’s the same reason that Devil may cry series is famous. Devil May cry 4 follows the same tradition. What would you call a game where your gun has infinite bullets, your character can remain in air while slashing demons, bullets hit each other mid-air and we carry swords so big that even picking them up would be hard, let alone slash someone? Over the top, obviously. But just like things I mentioned above, it works wonderfully. It’s amazing fun and apart from a few frustrating boss battles, wont bore you in all its play through.
Dante returns for fourth time in this latest installment, but he is not the main playable character. It’s Nero, a guy who totally looks like Dante’s brother and has one demon arm, which is probably the most powerful weapon in the game.
It starts with a beautiful cinematic, showing a ceremony of some kind in a grand hall. Kyrie (Nero’s love interest in the game, even on the first glance you will know she is the one) looks towards an empty seat, obviously waiting for Nero. She starts singing a song (which is really really good. This song is called ‘out of darkness’), and then we are shown Nero who is running fast, obviously to attend the ceremony. But some scarecrow demons stop his way. The song goes on and Nero keeps running towards his destination, killing demons in between. He reaches exactly when the song ends.
Everyone then starts praying, but Nero is bored of it. He has bought a gift, a necklace, for Kyrie. Everything seems fine and everyone is happy, but then suddenly someone enters and kills Sanctus (the leader of the clan which held the ceremony). Who is he? It’s Dante!!

Nero feels Kyrie is in danger, so he faces off Dante then. Rest of the story is yours to see.

Your first mission will be, obviously, facing Dante. The first thing you would notice is controls. You will loathe them at first, for there is no mouse support. Yes, you read it right. You can’t control the camera most of the times. And even when you do, it will be by arrow keys and not by mouse. It will suck greatly initially. Controls will feel strange, awkward and hard. But hang in there, I assure you that you will get used to them. In no way I am saying that it is the correct decision to not add Mouse support, but what I am indeed saying is that they aren’t as bad as they seem initially.
Once you get used to the controls, the game slowly draws you in. The combat is what takes the cake. Though there are many many combos to make in it, I just used three or four generic styles and got through the whole game. But for what it’s worth, whenever a combo happens, its deeply satisfying. For a third person game, puzzles are integral part, and DMC4 is no exception. Most of the puzzles are actually easy to solve, but they soon get boring. They only appear to be delaying us to reach much more satisfying combat sequences. Some puzzles are literally worthy of loathe, like a fountain-dice puzzle which comes just before the final battle and a forest mist puzzle.

Game is really easy, especially at easy settings. There will be no challenge until you reach a boss. Even most of the bosses are easy to defeat, even more so when you are controlling Nero, cause his devil-bringer arm makes everything a smooth ride. Other than puzzles, my other gripe with the gameplay is repetitive level designs. Initially you feel that they are varied, but later in the game, you will backtrack all the same levels again, just as a different character. The enemies are repetitive too. Especially the scarecrows. They are real easy foes to defeat, with no practical importance other than to extend the gameplay.


Visually, DMC4 deserves all the praise it can get. It looks so good that I wouldn’t have minded if it was running at 40-45 FPS on my system. But I was pleasantly surprised that it ran at an average 90FPS, with never coming below 60FPS. It was real smooth. MT Framework (on which DMC4 runs) engine is one hell of an engine. Right on par with Source engine as best optimized engine in my opinion. Whats more praiseworthy was the fact that unlike most of the engines, it gave same FPS in interiors as in outdoors.
The art design too, is superb. Every single wall is intricately designed and Nero and Dante will be travelling from such vistas which will make your eyes pop out. Now, if only there was mouse support.


Story, Presentation-

Story is not really the strongest point, but the wonderfully acted and choreographed sequences make it worth. Yes they are over the top, but that’s what makes them interesting. Like a sequence in which Dante talks to one of his strongest foes while doing opera. It might sound funny to read but is a sheer fun to watch. Oh yes, like most of the games, this game too uses females only as a pleasing addition to eyes. They are as sultry as you would imagine and Capcom has no qualms in showing cleavages and flesh.


AI, Controls, Stability-

I have already talked about controls. AI is run of the mill, and it actually isn’t a bad thing because it is no shooter that they need to take cover and all. They need to attack you upfront and that’s what they do.
Voice acting is on par with any game out there. Every character is well voiced, but Nero and Dante take the cake for being the coolest ones. Actually I should point out that, while Nero is cool too, Dante is far cooler a character than Nero. He is so arrogant that it makes bosses look like dancing puppies in front of him, even before the fight starts.
Soundtrack is a strange blend of metal and orchestral score. There are a few really good soundtracks, but then there are some metal songs which I personally don’t like much. But that is a personal taste and obviously is different for every other person.
Technically, the game is rock solid. I already pointed out that the engine is wonderfully optimized, but its really really stable too. The game never ever crashed even once! Now this is something which is becoming a rarity in modern games.


Bottom-line- Don’t let the bizarre control scheme scare you. It’s a wonderful game, both visually and gameplay wise. It is something you will realize only after playing, what you were missing out.


Background score is actually decent, but whose idea it was to put ridiculous metal song in whole game?
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Ranking the Devil May Cry Series

VGChartz's Mark Nielsen: "Upon finally finishing Devil May Cry 5 recently - after it spent several years on my “I’ll play that soon” list - I considered giving it a fittingly-named Late Look article. However, considering that this was indeed the final piece I was missing in the DMC puzzle, I decided to instead take this opportunity to take a look back at the entirety of this genre-defining series and rank the entries. What also made this a particularly tempting notion was that while most high-profile series have developed fairly evenly over time, with a few bumps on the road, the history of Devil May Cry has, at least in my eyes, been an absolute roller coaster, with everything from total disasters to action game gold."

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VersusDMC85d ago

First to last for me...3,4,5,1,2.

VersusDMC84d ago

Me leaving it out should be telling of my thoughts on it. Better than 2 as a DMC game.

Still a good game though.

Exvalos84d ago

What a weird name, it's essentially devil may cry, devil may cry lol

Cacabunga84d ago

Best to good for me: 3, reboot, 1, 5

2 and 4 are trash, didnt like any of them.
5 has very good gameplay variety but i hated the foes.. it is just insects the whole time. Reboot has the best foes for me

Friendlygamer85d ago

3,1,4,5 to me, never played 2. 5 gameplay is amazing but level design was really disappointing to me, just a bunch of plain arenas, the story felt like a worse written rehash of the 3rd and the charater models looked weird ( specially the ladies ). Another problem with 5 was that there was not enough content for 3 charaters so I could never really familiarize with any of them

monkey60285d ago (Edited 85d ago )


God DMC2 was an awful game.
And in case this isn't obvious it goes worst to best

Yui_Suzumiya84d ago

1 and DmC. The rest are unimportant.

DarXyde84d ago

Order changes depending on your focus. I tend to focus on gameplay/fun factor, so...

5, 3, 1, 4, 2.

I really didn't like 4 but commend Dante's weapon diversity. The retreading of old ground was pretty unacceptable to me.

But even then... Still more enjoyable than 2 for me

SeTTriP84d ago

This right here is my order as I thought DMC 5 was amazing and obviously 3 comes after 4 was great and 1 for the nastilgic value it holds 2 was so terrible that my local GameStop gave full refunds to people who returned it.

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Two Devil May Cry games delisted on Steam

Two Devil May Cry games have been delisted on Steam. As shared on X, formerly Twitter, by Wario64, Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition and Devil May Cry 4 are no longer available to purchase.

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Chocoburger162d ago

Bless the adorably all digital future! When it comes to PC games its not as big of an issue because there should always be another way to access single player games, but still, I hate to see anything get delisted.

Aaroncls7162d ago

Well, DMC4 special edition has a lot of issues to run from Steam.
I have to get a modded executable to even be able to run the game on Windows 10.
Not sure if it is because the game runs in DirectX10 or what, but it sucks they have not even tried to fix it.

Sephiroushin161d ago (Edited 161d ago )

DMC4 Special Edition is not delisted, it was just the standard version, it has nothing to do with issues of performance or anything alike. Its just that Capcom probably do not want to sell the standard version, neither the standalone DMC3 version.


Devil May Cry 4 - 15 Years of Nero

Devil May Cry 4 launched 15 years ago today, bringing with it new character Nero. Has it stood the test of time?

Knushwood Butt521d ago

Never liked it and I think I got it day 1.

Cheap Capcom design of half a game that you have to walk through twice.

5 isn't much different in that department. Encounter the same boss three times with three different characters? Endless warehouses or alien-like tunnels that all look the same.

chrisx521d ago

In DMC 5, it's 4 times you encounter the same bosses if you count the Vergil dlc lol

Knushwood Butt520d ago

Yeah, I'm only up to chapter 19 so the total count can only go up!