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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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  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: 40 out of 58
  2. Negative: 5 out of 58
  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. Jul 14, 2017
    7
    Devil May Cry 4 has some of the best boss battles I have seen in any game but the story is ridiculousl and outside of boss battles gameplayDevil May Cry 4 has some of the best boss battles I have seen in any game but the story is ridiculousl and outside of boss battles gameplay is just ok. While there are some great moments I found that the overall experience was not nearly as satisfying as DMC3. Nero is basically an inferior version of Dante and while you do still get to play as Dante he is never quite as appealing as he was in DMC3 and the supporting cast is far less interesting than the ones in DMC3. Combat is excellent but there is a lot of repetition. Overall DMC4 is a lot of fun but its inferior to its predecessor in most ways.

    In terms of Gameplay, the action is fast paced and there are a ton of cool abilities. There are a lot of great new weapon styles as well as some good returning ones. The addition of the devil bringer arm, which allows you to pull yourself towards things, is a pretty cool mechanic although some of the time I felt it was used as too much of a gameplay gimmick. It would have been a lot better if there were more things in the environment for you to grab onto, Being able to play as Dante in the second half of the game is also pretty cool but unfortunately playing as Dante you are basically just backtracking through the same areas and fighting the same enemies. The platforming aspect of the game can also be frustrating and repetitive. Every area feels quite confined and traversing levels is dull outside of combat.

    The story in this game felt pretty random. Nero's role in the DMC lore is never really given much of an explanation. The story tries to include a romance as a driving force for Nero but since that relationship is never well established to begin with I never cared about it. The whole plot felt very one dimensional and yet it still managed to be convoluted. There were a few cool ideas with the demo research stuff but none of those ideas really seem to go anywhere. The story is below average.

    The characters themselves are pretty mediocre. Nero is basically a less cool, less entertaining version of Dante. While he does get a bit of development I never felt that he established his own identity as a great character, rather he was just a weak imitation of one. The villains are far less interesting than Jester and Virgil were in DMC3. Dante himself has some awesome scenes. His entrance at the beginning of the game is truly epic but he still never reaches the heights of awesome that he did in DMC3.

    Visually the game looks great, the animations are smooth and the combos are stylish. The boss and monster designs are also really excellent. Echidna in particular was a really interesting design and her animations in combat are also really well-done. There are some pretty cool environments although I did feel that their weren't as many iconic locations as some of the past game. It was nice to see a bit more variety in locations this time around though. While there are still lots of gothic buildings not everything is darkly lit and I found that variety to be better than past DMC games.

    Sound design is pretty good, the voice acting and sound effects are all well done. I think that the music this time was not nearly as well used as it was in DMC3. In that game every song choice seemed to fit the tone of the scenes almost perfectly. In DMC4 the music is similar but it just wasn't used to nearly the same effect.

    Overall I think DMC4 is a good game. The combat is fun and the boss battles are excellent. The game is pretty short though, less than 10 hours, and a good chunk of it is spent backtracking. The boss battles are excellent but traversing levels can be frustrating and boring. The story nothing special and adds very little lore to the DMC world. If you like DMC or action game in general this is certainly worth playing but it isn't nearly as good as DMC3.
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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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