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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 yearsFear 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. [Capcom] Expand
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  1. Positive: 53 out of 63
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  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. Nero brings an awesome dynamic to the franchise. Combine that with Dante's parallel mission and the game is absolutely over-the-top.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Even with its repetitiveness and awkward camera angles, Devil May Cry 4 provides a solid addition to the series and even towards the end, with its descent into a puddle of annoyance, the game features some exceptional gameplay and cinematics.
  6. There are bits in DMC4 that you'll absolutley love, and bits that you'll hate...Impossible to recommend to everyone, but the purest expression of the series' style yet. [Feb 2008, p.18]
  7. And then there's the issue of style. It feels like the creators of Devil May Cry 4 are trapped in the summer of 1999, when The Matrix was still the pinnacle of otaku-informed art.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 67
  2. Negative: 5 out of 67
  1. Nov 24, 2012
    10
    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;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. May 8, 2014
    10
    Great graphics.The ENGINE of the game is just fantastic to put it in few words and the most interesting of all is Nero which is new characterGreat graphics.The ENGINE of the game is just fantastic to put it in few words and the most interesting of all is Nero which is new character and also ,perhaps,the some of Mighty Vergil the Dark Slayer Expand
  3. TimP.
    Feb 16, 2008
    10
    Amazing PS3 AAA title. Awesome Story & Gameplay , graphics are so good you'll find yourself distracted at times. Amazing Cutscenes. PS3 FTW!!
  4. Dec 8, 2020
    8
    Unfinished game. Great potential wasted. But still very good game just because of gameplay.
  5. Jun 11, 2012
    8
    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 charactersDevil 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! Expand
  6. Dec 23, 2019
    7
    DMC4 is the one that was supposed to be a worthy sequel of the third part, but indeed, it is inferior to this one, it didn´t innovate inDMC4 is the one that was supposed to be a worthy sequel of the third part, but indeed, it is inferior to this one, it didn´t innovate in almost anything, and it feels unpolished when you play it, not a bad game, but could have been better.

    Of course it has good things:

    - Excellent Graphics, very neat and soft, more for a 2009 game, only a few had these graphics.
    -Good Level Design (at certain point), there´s a big variety of stages, (a jungle, ice valley, castle, etc.).
    -The Main Character, Nero, the main reason this game exists, it has a very unique fighting style, with it´s own personality and charisma, it doesn´t resemble Dante by one single bit.

    Now it´s flaws:

    -Excessive Backtracking, sorry, but playing 11 missions with Nero, to just then play with Dante the same exact missions with the same bosses, in an inverse direction, is just lame and lazy.

    -Game play is unpolished and unbalanced, Dante got nerfed, and it´s ridiculously tedious to kill the enemies, his weapons doesn´t even do a fair amount damage, you need at least 4 or 5 combos to kill even the initial enemies, and i´m not even exaggerating, at least with Nero the enemies react, but with Dante they didn´t even move a single bit, it´s just a copy paste of Devil May Cry 3 but with less moves and lack of patch.

    -Bosses and some enemies aren´t original, Sanctus is the worst villain i´ve ever met, he doesn´t have clear why he did what he did, he doesn´t have any kind of principles, and fighting him like 3 times with the same moves and tactics just felt lame, more with the savior boss, in which you literally have to beat the boss with just guns, the only good fights were with Credo, Dante and Berial.

    -Soundtrack is limited and lacks some more tracks, seriously Capcom, only 2 songs for the battles?, they recycled too the soundtrack, there isn´t any kind of variety, and the other tracks that they used to the bosses are just generic and that´s all, they should have bringed more songs just like they did in the 3 last titles.

    Don´t get me wrong, DMC4 is a good game, but it doesn´t innovate in anything and it was rushed and unpolished, they just made the half of it, originally this title was going to be playable only with Nero, as the main character he is, they just included Dante because of fan service.

    Devil May Cry 2 as a bad sequel even had better ideas and was more polished, Devil May Cry 4 is clearly the worst in the series, whatever fans say, and it´s overrated, this title is not an 8.5 / 10 whatever they say..

    Score: 7.2 / 10
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  7. Nov 8, 2011
    0
    I don't understand who this game appeals to i really don't. I really want to like devil may cry 4 but the developers make it very very hard.I don't understand who this game appeals to i really don't. I really want to like devil may cry 4 but the developers make it very very hard. The main characters are kick ass... the story seems cool... the environments are well done... and the gameplay and feel of the game is just awesome. but why oh why do they mess it up to the point where one begins to hate the game... with a story line which is sooooo fragmented and ludicrous and enemies which are just plain cheap both in the way they look and their fighting. there is no character development and the new characters in this game are have absolutely no personality... to an almost creepy level. the environments begin to have a somewhat haunting feel to them which is not necessary in a game of this genre and don't seem to even fit into the world of the game and seem to be designed and put there with no reasoning at all... they don't even fit into the story. To make matters worst is the fact that the player needs to redo all the stages as well as all the boss fights with Dante. This pat of the game was the most frustrating as its much much harder than it is with Nero... the game changes from being slightly entertaining to just pure and utter frustration. I hated this game. I really loathed it. Its not cool... its not fun its just pure and utter frustration in a world and story one could experience during a horrible nightmare. I HATE THIS GAME!!! Expand

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