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  • Summary: Fear resonates in the underworld as a new protagonist crosses paths with a familiar hero who seemingly inexplicably slaughters countless people. Long ago the Dark Knight Sparda awoke to justice and rebelled against the dark emperor, to wage a one-man war to save humanity. Thousands of years later, a religious organization worships this renowned savior and has taken it upon themselves to rid the world of all demons. Residing in Fortuna, a castle city on the coast, this "Order of the Sword" has an elite group of "Holy Knights" dedicated to carrying out this very creed. Rising among the ranks, a young cynical warrior named Nero witnesses Sparda's legendary son Dante slaughter countless "knights". Has the renowned devil hunter turned his back on mankind? What does this encounter mean for these two individuals and why has destiny brought them together? In Devil May Cry 4, players control the formidable Nero who comes to grips with his newly found power as his beliefs and allegiance are tested. Continuing the legacy of fast paced action synonymous with the series, Devil May Cry 4 pushes the envelope of excellence even further with the inclusion of a new combat system that incorporates Nero's "Devil Bringer". This new feature has players delivering overwhelming damage to enemies with non-stop combos, while gaining new power for Nero's right arm. Good things come to those who wait as PC owners will benefit from having more modes and more visual customization options to help enhance their demon-slaying action. Turbo mode turns-up the action to insane speeds, while Legendary Dark Knight Mode harnesses advanced PC processing power and fill the screen with an unbelievable number of enemies for extra difficulty. Moreover, familiar enemies from the console versions will show-up in new locations in the PC version. [Capcom] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    The graphics and sound are both stellar on a variety of levels, but the biggest reason the game is entertaining is the combat itself. Even its status as a port does little to harm things, and overall Devil May Cry 4 is a shining example of what the series has to offer.
  2. Thanks to the Devil Bringer, the amount of fun you’ll have with the gameplay skyrockets and the new turbo-mode brings even more twists to the already sublime action. DMC4 may well commit the sin of backtracking through levels, but its barely noteworthy a sacrilege this time around, due to the fact that the gamer then controls a different character. [Issue#15]
  3. It is when it tries to do something else other than combat that the game stumbles.
  4. 80
    The action gameplay is accessible and possesses quite a bit of depth if you're willing to put in the time. The higher-resolution graphics on the PC shine and flow smoothly, and the fact that a gamepad is the best way to go shouldn't turn you off.
  5. Excellent and demanding slasher with beautiful visuals and wondrous heroes. Capcom did finally get its act together and the PC version no longer is just a pale specter of its console original. There is so many fighting moves that most gamers will probably never discover all of them. [Aug 2008]
  6. A fun hack-em-up, but like inferior designers who use mirrors to make a room look bigger, this is half the game it pretends to be. [Sept 2008, p.106]
  7. 58
    A port that doesn't have anything new or interesting for PC gamers. Sure, it's Devil May Cry 4, and by golly, its enhanced high-res visuals sure look swell. But if you're going to port a game to the PC, you should take advantage of the most versatile platform out there. DMC4 fails to do so.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. Jul 9, 2011
    This review is made strictly to answer one question: Is this a good PC port? In short, YES.

    Contrary to what popular game sites (such as
    1UP) says, Devil May Cry 4 was actually ORIGINALLY developed on the PC platform and ported to the PS3 and X360. More importantly, unlike DMC3: SE, all the porting was done in-house, and it shows. Because of its native build on the PC, you'll see options that are reminiscent of PC-only games - ability to play the game in a window, high definition resolution support, antialiasing, aniscoptic filtering, and fine tuning over graphical options such as texture quality and shadow detail.

    Mind you, the control scheme almost REQUIRES a controller. This is not because it's a "dumbed down" game, but it is because the DMC series is ALWAYS controller-intensive. It's simply the nature of having an action game where you can do so many things at once. The game UI can be navigated with a keyboard and mouse, but gameplay will be VERY clunky on a keyboard, mainly because of keyboard ghosting issues due to the way the game plays. Just get yourself a controller. Any controller will do, not just an X360 controller.

    What's even better about this game is that the requirements aren't that steep either. If you have a PC setup that's 1-5 years old, you'll be able to run this game just fine on a Core2Duo with an 8800GT at near-max settings. The game runs at a smooth 60 fps or better, and it does not suffer from the slow load times of the X360 and PS3 versions.

    Plus the PC-only features - Turbo Mode (which many expert DMC4 players use) plus Legendary Dark Knight mode (where dozens and dozens of enemies spawn) are just icing on the cake. This is a PC version of a console game done right. A superior port in a sense, even though this game was originally was developed on a PC platform (despite the fact the PS3 and X360 versions came first).

    Basically, if you're worried about the effects of consolitis that has been plaguing games like these, no need to fear. This game will take advantage of what your PC has and allow you to take on the demons with style! Capcom has proven with DMC4 and many of their PC releases after this title that they are more than capable of making PC versions of their console hits that take advantage of what the PC has to offer!
  2. Jul 1, 2011
    If you like action with a lot of flash, then DMC is the perfect series for you, and DMC4 is one of the prettiest and most fun in the series. This was a solid game with an entertaining story, and the art direction has some excellent detail ESPECIALLY in the character models. Console port or no, I'd still recommend a controller for your PC if you want to play this. I'd suggest this game for anyone who likes good ol' arcade action. Expand
  3. Aug 5, 2013
    One of the best ports ever. DMC 4 is loads of action packed fun with loads of replay value, if you are looking for a good hack-n-slash game on PC you have found it. Expand
  4. Jan 4, 2013
    Played the old Devil may cry games a long time ago, decided to revisit some good DMC times, i didn't think it would be that good but i was surprised by the awesome storyline/game-play/graphics they really did a good job on this game. i would rate it 9.5/10 but they don't have that option :/ and its too awesome to be 9/10. Expand
  5. Feb 7, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Game is overall well designed. Gameplay is fast, especially with Nero, and while basic enemies are not much of a threat even at higher difficulties, many enemies force the player to learn their strengths and weaknesses and adjust approach accordingly. This is especially important for boss battles, as each boss is different in terms of moveset, overall capabilities as well as feel of the battle. Nero has a Devil Bringer which gives a set of new options and compensates for his limited moveset compared to Dante. While it is possible to go through much of the game simply by button mashing it, this only works up to the Credo boss fight at lover difficulties, and at higher difficulties does not work at all. At Dante Must Die difficulty, enemies gain the Devil Trigger, which makes even game's standard mooks threatening (albeit only when in groups), and forces the player to often cancel out combos in order to evade attacks from the side. Nero also serves as a good introduction to gameplay for new fans, allowing them to adjust before switching to comparably more complex and harder to play Dante.

    There are some problems. Story is not very original, but it is adequate insomuch as it provides an excuse for the game itself, as well as for its primary downside - namely, huge amount of backtracking. When playing as Dante, player is forced to replay all of the levels previously done with the Nero, facing same enemies and same bosses. All bosses except for Sanctus are actually fought three times, which becomes jarring; this is only somewhat compensated for the fact that Dante has to use different tactics compared to Nero to take them down. None of these however are major enough to seriously impact the quality of the game, and Dante's playstyle is different enough that his part of the game does not feel simply as a reprise of Nero's.
  6. Oct 14, 2013
    Game Play[8] Controls[6] Contactable/Easter Eggs[5] Innovation[8] Graphics[10] Sounds[9] replay Value[6] Gaming Satisfaction[10]
    Technical Issues[10]
    Over All[6.0]
  7. Dec 6, 2011
    Relative to the 1st and 3rd dmc, dmc4 is a bad game. Uninteresting story, bad design, broken gameplay, annoying backtracking... all things the older games excelled at. Expand

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