Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Aug 17, 2015
    94
    The game is as fun and challenging as it was back in the day, and the updates and additions are sweet enough to make even stingy DMC fans shell out.
  2. Jun 27, 2015
    85
    A great hack & slash, recommended to those who didn't play the original. Even if you did, there's indeed some new features and content, so it's up to you to decide whether this is relevant for you.
  3. Jun 23, 2015
    85
    Stylish action games have evolved a lot in recent years, and this release skillfully straddles the line between new and old. The extra characters offer more variety and versatility that any fan of the genre should appreciate. They don’t completely mask the other problems, but the inventive twists on the content ultimately outweigh the legacy complaints.
  4. Aug 11, 2015
    80
    Although the ravages of time are evident on this version, additional adjustments of its gameplay get it on the top of the genre. The camera is irritating and the same we can say about the level design, we can hardly blame remaster for it. Moreover, it does not change anything on the fact; this is a must-have for all fans of the genre.
  5. Play UK
    Jul 29, 2015
    80
    An old game that's still beautiful underneath, despite its aging skin. [Issue#259, p.74]
  6. Jul 12, 2015
    80
    Still as crazy and over-the-top as only a Devil May Cry game can be and that's a good thing. This is the game's most complete version too, though the graphical upgrade isn't especially impressive.
  7. Jul 8, 2015
    80
    Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is a Special Edition and remaster in one. The game had been brushed up to 1080p and tweaked for smooth gameplay. Capcom missed some details, but nevertheless this is a must buy.
  8. Jul 6, 2015
    80
    Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition is a great remaster for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The options have improved with new characters and better graphics but the gameplay feels old, the level design is poor and the platform parts are completely uncontrollable. Everything you see has been done better on DmC, no matter Dante's new look.
  9. 80
    It still has the occasional poorly-placed camera, and the graphics have not aged too well, but overall it’s a high-octane mix of platforming and combat interspersed with the occasional puzzle. Pick it up if you want your action fix.
  10. Jun 29, 2015
    80
    Excellent port of one of the most strange and attractive JRPG released so far on PS3. Complex and compelling battles awaits.
  11. Jun 29, 2015
    80
    Players able to look past the flaws will find one of the most pure, visceral action games available on current machines.
  12. Jun 29, 2015
    80
    Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is a great enhancement to an already solid entry in the series.
  13. Jun 28, 2015
    80
    It's hard to bash Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition: despite the porting being nothing more than a well executed homework, there is some new content that will definitely please the most loyal fans of Dante & C., i.e. three new characters and a new, extremely challenging difficulty level.
  14. Jul 6, 2015
    78
    Capcom did a lot more than just spruce up the graphics and add in some concept art with the DMC4 Special Edition. The new playable content makes this a significantly different game than it was seven years ago, and one that any DMC fan should own.
  15. Oct 21, 2015
    75
    The combat system is still great, and the new characters are a good addition, but Capcom didn't work too much on the graphics, nor on the structural problems of this fourth chapter in the action stylish saga created by Kamiya. Still a must have for action fans who didn't play the original, of course.
  16. Jul 7, 2015
    75
    Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, despite its flaws, is definitely worth getting for both old fans and new.
  17. Jul 5, 2015
    75
    Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition gives beat'em up lovers what they want: a thousand ways to play the game, enjoying it once again to take their score to upper levels. They are the ones who will truly enjoy this return, and the target of this remaster.
  18. 75
    Despite its flaws, DMC4: Special Edition is still fantastic hack-’n-slash romp made all the more enjoyable thanks to a silky-smooth frame rate and three new playable characters.
  19. Jun 25, 2015
    74
    If you already love Devil May Cry 4, then this brand new special edition is everything you could hope for. It looks great, runs fast and is loaded with playable characters. On the other hand, new players may not be able to overlook some of the game's outdated designs, including fixed camera perspectives and tons of backtracking.
  20. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 5, 2015
    70
    While the game feels padded and the animation creaky, DMC4's crisp combat wins through. [Sept 2015, p.95]
  21. Aug 12, 2015
    70
    This remastered version of Devil May Cry 4 has the same problems of the original one. The heavy backtracking and few issues with the camera system are enough to get the player bored. But the combat system and the gameplay are pretty good, so if you'll manage to stand the backtracking, you'll still have a lot of fun.
  22. Jul 17, 2015
    70
    If you enjoyed the original Devil May Cry 4 despite its repetitive nature and you know you want to invest time into learning the new characters, then we recommend you pick up the game. But if you only have a passing interest and the sound of three playthroughs isn’t music to your ears, then we suggest you wait until the next iteration in the Devil May Cry series.
  23. Jul 6, 2015
    70
    Devil May Cry 4 in another game in a long list of remasters. Do you need it? Yes if you haven't played the original game, absolutely not if you have since the improvements are too few to matter.
  24. Jul 6, 2015
    70
    New characters, old backtracking: this Special Edition further enhances the stylish hack 'n' slash combat system of DMC4 without improving its cheap level design as well.
  25. Jul 1, 2015
    70
    It's not a remaster for everyone. It delves into the most deep aspects of gameplay mechanics, although carrying along every misstep of the original game.
  26. Jun 25, 2015
    63
    Had Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition addressed the real problems from the original game, while also keeping some of the high-profile additions, it could've really been something. Instead, it feels like a repackaging that doesn't quite have its heart in the right place.
  27. Jul 1, 2015
    60
    Despite its outdated campaign structure and many camera issues, Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition still does the job. Thanks to a stylish casting and an awesome combat system.
  28. Jun 23, 2015
    60
    The visual improvements and additional characters layered atop the Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition can't conceal its bloated structure. This is, without a doubt, the best this stylish action romp has looked and felt, but just because you can gussy up an old game, doesn't always mean that you should.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 321 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 321
  1. Jun 23, 2015
    10
    With 5 playable characters DMC4SE has the highest number of playable characters even surpassing Bayonetta2.
    Featuring technical combat that
    With 5 playable characters DMC4SE has the highest number of playable characters even surpassing Bayonetta2.
    Featuring technical combat that is only as deep and rewarding as your gaming might, and with extra features like turbo and Legendary Dark Knight mode that allows a horde of enemies for you to plough through while looking like the most stylish thing ever, DMC4 SE is the pinnacle of technical hack and slash sharing it's throne with Bayoneta2 or maybe even arguably better.
    And at a cheap price of $25 the deal is all win-win.
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  2. Jun 24, 2015
    10
    This game ist perfect in my opinion, i played all Devil May Cry Games even the last one, and this is by far the best Devil May Cry i loved itThis game ist perfect in my opinion, i played all Devil May Cry Games even the last one, and this is by far the best Devil May Cry i loved it on the Playstation 3 and love it even more on the Playstation 4 the Graphics and gameplay looks better and Vergil is just a badass, all hail the Demon King. Full Review »
  3. Jun 24, 2015
    10
    Превосходное переиздание культовой игры, 5 играбельных персонажей это очень сильно, ровно так как и новый вид игры, безусловно один из лучшихПревосходное переиздание культовой игры, 5 играбельных персонажей это очень сильно, ровно так как и новый вид игры, безусловно один из лучших слэшеров за всю историю, новые режимы игры так же не могут оставить игрока без положительных эмоций, Devil May Cry 4 special edition отличная игра, которую стоит попробовать всем. Full Review »