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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: 34 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. Mar 12, 2011
    10
    This game is great. Good characters and good story. Very good game-play. demanding boss and the subordinate characters are well prepared. a lot of game-play modes and a long game. Expand
  2. Dec 20, 2012
    10
    I'm writing this because I've had it with all the "Professional Critic Reviews" ,they're all a bunch of bribed **** ,especially IGN ! This game is simply a master piece .It has one of the most EPIC and beautiful stories told in games I've seen ,the best character writings and designs and astonishing gameplay ,It overwhelms in content and it isn't the longest game ever created but is definitely one of the games worth every second of your time ,why should somethings like Mass Effect or Assassin's Creed have so much glory and this should be so underrated ,sure it has a few repetitive levels but I think it was purposely done that way, so the Story could be told the way it was intended to be .This is simply a mind blower.The Port for PC is simply one of the best Ports I've ever played and it even has more content (Legendary Dark Knight Difficulty and Turbo Mode) .I give this game a 11 out of 10 because it was done with the purpose of being good and not just for making money .I urge you BUY THIS GAME ,it's sold on Steam ,Amazon ,GameStop ,If you want to go all digital like me I recommend Steam otherwise it's basically sold everywhere ,and YES the PC Version is the BEST ! It has some of the BEST 10 out of 10 gameplay ,10 out of 10 story and especially the soundtrack is a 10 out of 10 !!!! Expand
  3. Jul 9, 2011
    10
    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!
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  4. Jul 26, 2012
    9
    The level design is still terrible, but the combat has been seriously ramped up. The skill cap for playing as dante has been blasted clear into space with the ability to swap between all four stances and all of your weapons on the fly. I frequently find myself watching amazing dante players doing incredible things, and wondering how many fingers they have that they can do all these things.
    If dante is too much to handle, nero is the perfect second choice. It's much easier to bring nero to his full potential and still feel awesome about it. There's not as much memorable music in this game (virgil battle 2, how I miss you) and dante only spends half the time being crazy, surrendering part of the spotlight so you can see nero being a whiny **** for the other half. But overall, if you're a fan of incredibly complex combat, over the top action, and cheesy satire that's so good it's almost self-aware, I strongly recommend this game
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  5. Feb 26, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is awesome, one of the few I have played through to the end. The PC port is awesome although, I wouldn't know if it is better on any other system. As far as game play, I prefer this over DMC3, simply because this one allows you to play as both Nero and Dante, and that when you get to Dante you can switch styles at will. The biggest minus for me was the backtracking. Dante did offer fresh new funny awesomeness, but its still backtracking just the same, the bosses don't change so you can beat them all first go with Dante. Expand
  6. Oct 25, 2011
    8
    This is actually a very good game,though it lacks some weapons and stylish moves like in devil may cry 3.The graphics of this game is very astounding.So it's a must have/played game. Expand
  7. Dec 6, 2011
    0
    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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