Generally favorable reviews - based on 63 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 63
  2. Negative: 0 out of 63
  1. It also marks a great jumping on point for newcomers with a more balanced difficulty level and a decent checkpoint/continue system, but offers plenty of harder modes for the die-hard fans. Easily one of the best action games in recent years.
  2. In high definition, DMC4's graphics and animations are nothing short of stunning, following the series' signature fantastical, pseudo-Gothic style fully detached from any comprehensible real-world time period.
  3. DMC4 returns showcasing how action games should be made. Staring a new hero and a few faces from the past, Devil May Cry 4 has everything you would expect out of your demon slaying, button-mashing game.
  4. Taking the Devil May Cry formula and enhancing it with accessibility is a masterstroke from Capcom. Hopefully this slight tweak in the formula will lure many new fans to the series and more will sample one of the finest brawling series’ available. [Mar 2008, p.110]
  5. Devil May Cry 4 doesn't concern itself with much outside of fighting, and here the focus and dedication shines through with a solid and ridiculously in-depth battle system, rivalling even that of modern fighting games like Tekken and Soul Calibur.
  6. Devil May Cry 4 is a stunning triumph of an action game that easily competes with greats like "God of War II" and "Ninja Gaiden Sigma."
  7. All of the elements that have made the series great are here - the sense of humor, the slick sense of style and the ridiculously over-the-top action - and the game is at once instantly accessible and surprisingly deep, thanks to a more-elaborate-than-it-lets-on combo system.
  8. Sure, you've seen much of it before, but it's never looked so searchingly brilliant, or felt so surging. [Mar 2008, p.102]
  9. From one angle, you've seen much of it before, but it's never looked so searingly brilliant, or felt so surging. [Mar 2008, p.94]
  10. An amazing game that blew away every expectation I had set for it.
  11. Devil May Cry 4 is pure action and fun, presenting enough reasons to captivate whoever is interested in the genre.
  12. Exceptional. The exciting (and exhaustive!) gameplay outweighs the camera issues and other minor nuisances.
  13. I’ve been a fan of this series since the beginning, and this entry surprised me by giving me new features and options I didn’t even know I wanted. They form a tight, precise combat system that action aficionados will adore, but newcomers can still utilize. Devil May Cry 4 delivers polished, fiendish thrills that eclipse other games in the series, and almost all contemporaries in the genre.
  14. Devil May Cry 4 does exactly what the series has been trying to do since the first game: it recaptures the careful balance of light puzzles, tight, varied action, over-the-top cutscenes and clever little boss encounters, all starring a pair of smart-mouthed, swaggering dyed-in-the-wool action flick caricatures.
  15. Devil May Cry 4 plays exceptionally well. It may not be revolutionary, but it sure won't leave you bored. If anything, Devil May Cry 4 is perhaps even more addictive than the last, thanks to a rather enjoyable, well-done story.
  16. Devil May Cry 4 is, well, Devil May Cry. That's both good and bad, depending on how you see it. Mainly it's a very good thing. It's quite beautiful and shows of the muscle of PS3 quite nicely, though. One for the PS3 -shopping list. [Feb 2008]
  17. 90
    Take my advice don’t rent this one, just go out and buy it there is enough stuff to see and do after you finish the game to keep you playing for a long time afterwards.
  18. Devil May Cry 4 has set the bar for how a combat system should be made. I can't stress enough how fun it is to beat the hell out of every enemy encountered. Fans of the action hack and slash genre have a new champion.
  19. Devil May Cry enters the new generation in great style. Congratulations to Capcom are in order, for including two of the most charismatic heroes in one single adventure. Definitely one of the best action games of the year!
  20. 90
    It's polished and slick, it's got gargantuan-sized gods, near-musical interludes, and infernal, flaming bosses. It's nothing short of brilliant.
  21. The game is well balanced from the beginning to end. The story and beautiful cut scenes will be enough to convince anyone that this game is worth indulging in.
  22. It's also packed to the gills with lengthy, real-time cutscenes, which, true to the series' form, are filled with awesomely over-the-top action sequences. [Mar 2008, p.74]
  23. Nero brings an awesome dynamic to the franchise. Combine that with Dante's parallel mission and the game is absolutely over-the-top.
  24. 90
    Even with its minor faults, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better-feeling, better-looking, jack-of-all-trades action game on the market today. [Mar 2008, p.82]
  25. A far greater spectacle rather than gameplay overhaul but still a fabulous hack-'n'-slasher. [Mar 2008, p.64]
  26. 89
    You're going to get it, and you're going to love it because, basically, it packs more glowing fistfuls of sheer entertainment than any other game on the PS3. But be warned: it's an inexcusable pain in the arse when it wants to be. [Issue#163, p.70]
  27. Its intense action, brilliant visuals, tight controls and the very rewarding replay experience make this a must own for every action-adventure platform game fan.
  28. This filler-feeling content would be a real kill joy in a lesser game, but DMC4's combat is so fast, so visceral, that it's just a joy to play. And those who really want to tweak the experience will have endless fun tinkering with the upgrades and enhanced abilities. On the other hand, if you're a casual hack-'n-slasher, DMC4 has a great auto-upgrade system that'll do all the work for you.
  29. A wholly satisfying and worthy entry into the Devil May Cry franchise that adds several new dynamics to the formula without messing too much with what made the series what it is today.
  30. 88
    With a solid mix of new meets old, Devil May Cry 4 pushes the series forward. Featuring a good balance of challenge and amazing gameplay, Capcom has produced another great installment to the franchise.
  31. 88
    Devil May Cry 4 is still excellent stuff – thoroughly entertaining, mostly well paced, despite the on-off-on battles.
  32. 87
    Though the focus might be more on Nero than Dante, and could've been named something else with a Dante cameo, DMC4 still has everything that fans expect of the game – over the top fight sequences, tons of replayability and an experience with an excellent production value.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 250 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 48
  2. Negative: 3 out of 48
  1. Nov 24, 2012
    Most of players will get bored by the level design since there are only 10 but the plot is not the reason Capcom developed this game;
    Gameplay is Awesome and Deep, Get that S in the Bloody Palace Level if you can do it.
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  2. NehlaJ.
    Mar 1, 2008
    I never played a fun game like DMC4 for a long time. Best game of the series, fast paced action with huge boss battles that will take your breath away and leave you counting the days for another sequel. Full Review »
  3. Jun 11, 2012
    Devil May Cry 4 brings forth high fast action with a storyline that isnt perfect at best but pretty damn good along with a cast of characters amazing visuals and gothic style, decent music and sound effects and nostalgic moments. You will enjoy this game if you loved the original Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry 3. Action hero players and demonic genre lovers will love this game as well! Full Review »