Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic 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. Devil May Cry 4 represents what kind of conversions the PC should always get – superior visuals and refined controls, all extremely polished.
  3. 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]
  4. Devil May Cry 4 is a great capstone to the trilogy, and the PC port takes exceptional advantage of the graphical potential of many gamers' PCs, while leaving the top-notch console gameplay untouched.
  5. It is when it tries to do something else other than combat that the game stumbles.
  6. A great title with plenty of action to keep you busy and enough eye candy to melt your corneas for a while.
  7. While slightly linear, obviously console-led, and a little repetitive, if you suspend your disbelief and let the game take you on a ride, you'll find your pulse pounding like a kettle drum. [Sept 2008, p.64]
  8. The gameplay is addictive, leaving plenty of room for experimenting with tons of cool moves and fighting styles.
  9. Devil May Cry 4 may not be a very subtle game, but it sure is a lot of fun. Ripping whole armies of demons to shreds at breathtaking speed or watching a mighty end boss giving kudos to you in "over the top" cut scenes - things like these create that special feeling of power. There are some weak spots like (levels are re-used, a few annoying mini games and riddles), but action fans should give it a go anyway.
  10. Capcom has done nothing to make it more appealing for those who have passed on the series in the past, has been very brave with its decision to replace Dante with Nero, and, in many areas, been extremely slack in terms of game design, but, on the whole, DMC4 will leave fans with a smirk the great demon hunter himself would be proud of.
  11. 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]
  12. The game plays brilliantly. [Issue#10, p.52]
  13. 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.
  14. Plug in your gamepad and brace yourself: Devil May Cry 4 on the PC is every bit the equal of the console versions.
  15. 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]
  16. Its story, while not being complicated or particularly mysterious, remains fun and interesting enough to see you through to the end, which is saying something because it isn't what many would consider to be a short game. What Capcom has produced isn't the pinnacle of console-to-PC quality, but it isn't anything to be laughed at either.
  17. This bout of monster mashing is still fun, yes, but Devil May Cry has now reached the point where it desperately needs to evolve into the 21st century as with "Resident Evil 4," or fade from the spotlight like "Dino Crisis."
  18. Twenty missions with two heroes and four different combat styles sound good but many missions take place in the same areas just other way round. Yet Devil May Cry 4 is an appealing addictive game for any player. Joypad required – keyboard+mouse controls for masochists only. [Aug 2008]
  19. Not too shabby, for a console port. [Oct 2008, p.64]
  20. Deal with all these niggles and there's an undeniably fun core of stupidly acrobatic, combo-heavy fighting. DMC4 doesn't move the series on, but when it's firing on all cylinders it's still enough to make you snigger with glee.
  21. 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.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 246 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. 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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  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. MichaelS
    Aug 30, 2009
    7
    While DMC4 offers solid combat, it also offers a lot of pointless walking or jumping around, occasionally in maze-like environments to add to the tedium. I don't mind repeating boss fights, since the bosses are very well done, and the original DMC had prepared me for repeating encounters. However, I don't recall DMC1 diluting its combat sections quite so heavily. I suppose I am disappointed that, 3 games on, the game hasn't actually improved overall. Good, but not great. Full Review »