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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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  • Developer: Capcom
  • Genre(s): Action, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Beat-'Em-Up, General, Fantasy, Linear
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: M
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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. 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: 40 out of 59
  2. Negative: 5 out of 59
  1. JacobS.
    Jan 14, 2008
    10
    This game blows everything else out of the water! This is the only series that has given me 100 percent satisfaction in gameplay AND This game blows everything else out of the water! This is the only series that has given me 100 percent satisfaction in gameplay AND storyline. It's just perfect! Expand
  2. JeremyM.
    Feb 18, 2008
    10
    This game really got me somewhere. The story is once again full of mysterious characters, sacrifices, love, and tons of twists and turns to This game really got me somewhere. The story is once again full of mysterious characters, sacrifices, love, and tons of twists and turns to keep you guessing. The over-the-top action cut-scenes are presented with such a masterful graphics engine and level of choreography there will be times where you're completely distracted in action. But that's not even the best part about this game. Nero brings over a table of moves that we've never seen before, pushing the style of action in a Devil May Cry game forward to places we never though possible, and the way he alters strange items in these worlds to either get by a puzzle or use it to his advantage in a critical battle will definitely set a new high for action gaming. You definitely haven't seen AND won't see anything like this before. Expand
  3. 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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  4. Mar 7, 2019
    9
    Devil may cry 4 while being the unfinished game that it sadly is, is still undoubtedly one of the best action games out there, rarely do gamesDevil may cry 4 while being the unfinished game that it sadly is, is still undoubtedly one of the best action games out there, rarely do games manage to have me go a second time agter fininshing them but this one despite having me not interested in its level design unlike previous entries, notably dmc 3 and 1, still hooked me on for 3 consecutive playthroughs! The story in itself may not be its forte but whenever there is an action scene it's enjoyable as hell, one way to look at it is a filler or prologue to dmc5, but games are called games for their gameplay (amirite emotional and immersive rollercoasters?), and that is something dmc 4 definitely nails, if the levels were as good as the gameplay this would have been an instant 10/10, also don't get me started on the bosses and how awesome they are! Expand
  5. Nicolaas
    Jan 28, 2008
    8
    This game is like you burn your fingers, fighting demons and other kind of creatures. Grafisch looks very good at the intro's and lesser This game is like you burn your fingers, fighting demons and other kind of creatures. Grafisch looks very good at the intro's and lesser in the gameplay, but i must say it looks very good and also the light effect in some area's. The gameplay you can expect from a game like this. This is the kind of game Japanese people get weird. It is like you playing a manga story on your televison under your control. Slashing ,hitting and updgrading your powers, skills and go on. Levels are from area to area and goes on. Never played Devil May series but it feels like an 3D 2D castelvania game. The game is not mine kind of game but I love it in some ways. This game is a must have for people who loves this genre. 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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