Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
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  1. Mar 14, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 gracefully inherits the very best narrative aspects from Devil May Cry 3 and even surpasses it in some regards. It features some of the best music and characters in the whole series, along with a multitude of new weapons and abilities, and it sets a new bar of quality and content for upcoming entries, which, I hope, will act as a template for what we can expect from the series in the future.
  2. Mar 6, 2019
    This is the best Devil May Cry yet. Each character has enough depth to fill a game by themselves, the story does exactly what it needs to, the twists and turns keep you on edge and the combat sets a new benchmark for action games as a whole. Capcom has made a masterclass in stylish combat gaming here, and there’s enough content to keep players happy — even if it takes another 11 years for a sequel.
  3. Mar 6, 2019
    From its superb visual presentation to its wildly successful combat system, Devil May Cry 5 is the perfect action game. The developers put all their energy into providing a constant string of exciting, over-the-top battles that push players to the limit and test their abilities to pull off the most stylish combos possible, and the result is a game that keeps a breakneck pace and never slows down. There isn’t a single dull moment in Devil May Cry 5, and it’s arguably the best game in the series to date.
  4. Mar 6, 2019
    The wait between Devil May Cry 4 and Devil May Cry 5 might have been long, but the payoff is more than worth it. It doesn't deviate from the series' formula, but instead refines it to a polished sheen; one that's packed with an absurd amount of style and spirit. This is a must-play action game for fans of the series and the genre alike.
  5. Mar 6, 2019
    This is the sort of fine-tuned wacky action game the genre deserves.
  6. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is a stunning hack and slash game and never fails to amaze. Combat this good should be illegal.
  7. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 manages to bring back Dante and friends at the very top of the stylish action games genre with over-the top action, great variety, a compelling story and a great art directions coupled with spectacular graphics. This definitely is the masterwork every fan was hoping it to be, and the glorious come-back the series deserved.
  8. Mar 6, 2019
    DMC 5 is probably the best hack-and-slash game you’ll play all year, and definitely the most stylish.
  9. Mar 6, 2019
    The question of which Devil May Cry game is the best has gotten much easier with Devil May Cry 5. The combat is the strongest the series has seen to date, the story does a great job of balancing all three of its main characters and doling out rewarding bits of its mysterious story at an enticing pace, and the unlockable difficulties, sheer number of techniques to earn, and the upcoming free Bloody Palace DLC will provide a ton of incentive for replayability. It’s good to have you back, Dante and Nero.
  10. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 excels at bringing back that iconic feeling the franchise is known for and does so with killer style, strategic, fast-paced combat, and a pumping soundtrack. Every cutscene feels like it belongs in a movie, and every battle feels powerful and intense as each new ability is unlocked. The only fault the game has shown me is a drop in frame rate during a few cutscenes but is definitely nothing to be worried about. Devil May Cry is back with a vengeance.
  11. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry V rises above the rest of Hack And Slash and by its own merits becomes the current benchmark of the genre.
  12. Mar 11, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 brings us back everything we wanted: the purest of hack and slash, action and style. One of the most complete games in the franchise and one that is perfect for newcomers. Despite some issues that prevent Devil May Cry 5 from being a perfect game, Capcom has done an impeccable job with the franchise. Long live the sons of Sparda.
  13. 91
    A triumphant return for Capcom's coolest series, Devil May Cry 5 is a stupidly slick game that does almost everything right. It'll totally pull your Devil Trigger.
  14. Mar 6, 2019
    DMC5 makes even better what this franchise does best, improving on its formula in almost every way, but doesn't do anything new In the process. The game doesn't has any hiccups or problems, so if you are the kind of gamer that loves these frantic action games, you'll be more than happy with Capcom's latest creation.
  15. Mar 15, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 doesn't just carry the torch of the series after DMC4, it devil triggers and flies away with that torch.
  16. Mar 13, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is an excellent return to the basics and pure gameplay, but taken to a new level thanks to current technology. With a proposal full of action, fun and motivated, Capcom has succeeded in a new account and has been one of the best games of 2019.
  17. Mar 11, 2019
    Devil May Cry is back in all its glory, but it isn’t stuck in its own past. There are new features galore and everything works together like a well-oiled clockwork.
  18. 90
    Multiplayer and loading screens aside, Devil May Cry 5 is exactly what it was meant to be and more. With a great plot, beautiful visuals, and near perfect gameplay, Capcom delivers possibly the best Devil May Cry to date.
  19. Mar 7, 2019
    The devil you know is back, and it’s more diverse, more energetic, and more stylish than ever before. Devil May Cry 5 is quite simply enthralling across all aspects of its fast-paced and varied gameplay, and comes with a story that’s not only interesting, but well written and superbly voiced. Despite some minor issues with delayed rendering, the Sons of Sparda saga couldn’t have concluded in a better way.
  20. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is 99 percent about doing things that are totally sweet and looking totally sweet while doing them. There’s no thematic depth waiting beneath its bombastic, blood-drenched glamour and its vulcanizing, improvisational violence choreography. But when Hideaki Itsuno’s unlikely sequel drew me into a meditative flow of stabbing angry skeletons with a sword the height and width of a Bob’s Big Boy statue, I still found myself carried back to electric moments and powerful memories.
  21. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is one of the most stylish, varied and solid hack and slash games in recent times. Dante returns greater than ever, and Nero asserts his rights as cool and convincing demon hunter. Also, this could be the best performance of the RE Engine so far.
  22. Mar 6, 2019
    Whether thanks to a special blow bought with a big reinforcement of red demonites, a weapon obtained on a boss or simply the discovery of a new possibility of combo, one never tires of experimenting and unleashing the hell on its enemies.
  23. Mar 6, 2019
    A fun game — one that is utterly spectacular — but Capcom could've done more to evolve the franchise's format.
  24. Mar 6, 2019
    While DMC5 has upped the series’ style and flashiness to heights never seen before, it also packs in a surprising level of warmth and humanity that doesn’t completely let its focus on style overwhelm substance. After having waited over a decade, I realize that Dante might be a little older and grayer now, but I’m sure as hell glad to have him and the rest of the gang back again.
  25. Mar 6, 2019
    DMC5 is not perfect and has faults that keep it from being a memorable title as it has constant loading screens, problems with its camera and a modest variety of content in terms of replay. But outside of these, we have no doubt that it is a great action title that has everything to be among the best of the year.
  26. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is a must-play title for action fans. The action is fast and fluid, and its accommodations for both skilled and new players make it easier for everyone to enjoy the gameplay. The title is packed with a healthy amount of levels and several different hooks to keep you playing after you finish the campaign. The presentation is stunning, and while the game does contain microtransactions, they can easily be ignored. Capcom has another winner on its hands, and DMC5 is an early contender for game of the year.
  27. Mar 6, 2019
    Much like Resident Evil 7 before it, Devil May Cry 5 paves an impeccably exciting future for itself with new locations and characters that don’t just pull Capcom’s hack ‘n’ slasher into the modern generation, it kicks it through the door and throws away the key. Devil May Cry 5 isn’t perfect, but Hideaki Itsuno’s latest effort builds on what came before it while staying true to everything I love about Dante and friends. Consider my Devil Trigger thoroughly pulled.
  28. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is so successful because it is impeccably designed from top to bottom with one goal in mind: be awesome. It knocks that goal out of the park in nearly every element of the game. Nero and Dante each bring something unique to the combat while still maintaining the trademark feel of the series, with plenty of depth to ensure they feel awesome to play. The enemies follow suit, ensuring every battle has plenty of challenge, and the boss battles are almost all excellent. The story is backed up by flashy set pieces that are fun to watch, though I’ll admit the story itself is not particularly good in any way. The only major negatives are that the new character V seems unbalanced and doesn’t control well and that the Bloody Palace mode has been left off the feature list. Devil May Cry 5 is excellent and you won’t be disappointed.
  29. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 revels in its own gleeful stupidity, presenting a world in which the most valuable commodity is style.
  30. 90
    Aside from my story gripes with Lady and Trish and my couple of issues with the Devil Breaker, Devil May Cry 5 practically exceeded my expectations. As a fan of the series all the way back to day one, and especially a fan of Devil May Cry 4 and my man dude Nero, Devil May Cry 5 is not only an excellent character action game. It’s also a mostly satisfying end to the story. I’m sure there’s more Devil May Cry to be had from here, but the story that started all the way back 2001 finally feels like a complete work, and that’s a rare treat.
  31. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 has a lot going on in almost every possible way. Some ideas such as gold orbs and linked missions feel undercooked, yet it's hard to describe the fighting as anything other than spectacular. The number of options within any single battle is nothing short of ridiculous. If most games are defined by having a bunch of ideas and then trimming them down to the best ones, it's almost as if DMC5 couldn't say no when it came to weapons or abilities while also taking the time to give each a strong purpose. Beyond the mechanics, what lingers even longer is that some of the encounters, especially toward the end, are exciting because you'll care about the events that led to them. Devil May Cry 5 has been a long time coming, but it feels like hitting the jackpot.
  32. Mar 6, 2019
    Capcom fills fans' dark souls with light! Devil May Cry 5 is an excellent return to form for the franchise, setting it up for a bright future. Nero's here, Dante's back in pitch-perfect form, and V provides a brand-new style of play. All Capcom really needed to do with Devil May Cry 5 was repackage the classic DMC gameplay with a modern coat of paint, but DMC 5 is an excellent, thoughtful update.
  33. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is a return to the series in its truest form. Capcom has been a massive hot streak lately and I cannot wait to see what they do next. I loved DmC and thought it was a solid reboot, but I feel like continuing the original series was the right move. The combat feels great, the game looks outstanding, and the nostalgia is strong with this one. Capcom already has two game of the year contenders on its hands and it is only March.
  34. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 reintroduces players to the core values of peak action-adventure gaming, being equally as fun as it is charismatic. Despite a fairly short story that fails to engage at times, diverse gameplay, stunning visuals, and a gorgeous art style make up the difference to make this one of the best gaming experiences early on in 2019.
  35. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is a brilliant and exhausting game that continuously reaches new levels of greatness. This is Capcom at its finest.
  36. Mar 6, 2019
    DMC5 proves the series can still be brilliant and imaginative without compromising its longest-held traditions.
  37. 90
    Devil May Cry 5 rights all the wrongs of its predecessors with style and gusto, whilst being incredibly welcoming to series newcomers. The three playable characters bring great combat variety against the games huge slew of enemies and bosses. There are a few little niggles that stop the game from being the best it could be, but Devil May Cry 5 is undoubtedly one of the best in the series.
  38. Mar 6, 2019
    Hideaki Itsuno, my hat goes off to you and your crew. It's only March, and yet Devil May Cry 5 is another clear Game of the Year contender. The silly arguments on whether the original DMC or DmC is better can stop now, because DMC5 is here and it’s bloody brilliant. This is a proper return to form for the series, something that fans of both can get behind.
  39. Mar 12, 2019
    Exalted, rocking, technical, pleasantly excessive, the action of the game conquers and wins from the beginning to the end, almost always without reserve: apart from a slight imbalance of the old protagonist, Capcom has assembled a combat system that sits effortlessly at the top of the action game, in terms of diversity and depth.
  40. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is a solid, addictive and visually satisfying entry in the DMC series. With a little bit more content, it would have been an even better game.
  41. Mar 6, 2019
    For all of its pacing issues, Devil May Cry 5 is still a lot of fun to play. Combat is a blast, and the cutscenes are delightfully absurd; fans of Devil May Cry 3 and 4 should feel right at home here. Capcom goes back to the baseline action I’ve always enjoyed, and executes that with the series’ signature over-the-top style. However, this entry’s changes and additions to that core experience don’t enhance what the series does well; they feel more like roadblocks than steps forward.
  42. Mar 12, 2019
    Kudos to Capcom for injecting their stylish action with new life, thus making it a fierce competition for Platinums beautiful witch Bayonetta - in theory. But the “Insert Coin” mentality in the polarizing area of microtransactions needs to be adressed.
  43. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 features incredible action-intense gameplay as well as gorgeous visuals, engaging cutscenes, and phenomenal audio. If it included a little more variety then it would easily be the best in the series.
  44. Mar 11, 2019
    It speaks volumes that despite Devil May Cry 5‘s obvious issues, it still impresses so much. It’s a game that looks better than anything else available at the moment, and yet somehow runs at a solid 60 frames per second. And its combat is undoubtedly the deepest of any action game, making its linear structure actually not that much of an issue. Devil May Cry 5 isn’t perfect, but it’s a damn good Devil May Cry game. Honestly, I think Ninja Theory’s DmC was better, but in 2019 I’ll accept Devil May Cry 5 with open arms.
  45. 80
    Devil May Cry 5 is exactly what we’ve come to expect of the series. In fact, if anything it feels like the developers were that terrified of repeating the response to Ninja Theory’s DMC, that they’ve gone overboard on being traditional. But then, with such a slick, enjoyable combat system, and all the witty banter that you could ever want in a game, DMC 5 is a fine way to bring the series roaring back after a decade in limbo.
  46. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is a solid game, and one I'd heartily recommend for anyone who once loved or has interest in the series. For those looking for something more than a beautiful brawler to sink a dozen hours into, you may want to wait for a sale.
  47. Mar 6, 2019
    In a generation that playing a good Hack 'n' Slash is like a dream, Devil May Cry 5 offers you a great, fun experience. DMC5 attracts you from the start and keeps the fun all way to the end thanks to its solid gameplay formula, and although some minor issues prevent it from reaching the series former glory, DMC5 is still the best choice for fans of HnS at the moment.
  48. 80
    Despite the questionable monetization, Devil May Cry V is an impressive game on the presentation front and a deep hack and slash with a ton of moves, combos, and weapons to master across three unique characters.
  49. Mar 6, 2019
    Lavish pop-goth theatrics and profusely ridiculous violence compose the bible to which Devil May Cry 5 remains unabashedly faithful. Whether engaging with micro-intricacies buried deep inside its three protagonists or simply opting for maladroit participation, both approaches are furiously consumed with making the player look and feel extraordinary. Devil May Cry 5 is flexible, confident, and genuine Devil May Cry.
  50. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is a very good and engaging episode for the lovable franchise. All three playable characters feel great, and you really should try it if you're a fan of the beat-them-all genre.
  51. Mar 6, 2019
    Its reluctance to properly evolve keep it from being the king of its genre, but its commitment to its stylish and responsive mechanics still makes it one of the best hack and slash games, crown or not.
  52. Mar 6, 2019
    While the story feels rushed, and a couple missions could have been compressed into a singular one, Capcom has crafted a well-designed and finely-tuned structure that encourages exploration and experimentation.
  53. Mar 7, 2019
    The problem isn’t that it’s too linear, it’s just that the balance is off. The combat variety across the three main characters bleeds into the storytelling and the relationships depicted across the lengthy story and wonderfully insane cinematics. With skill progression and hidden challenge stages to discover there’s reason to go back and tackle higher difficulties or certain missions from a different perspective. But there are diminishing returns when trade-in surprising story-beats and character moments for lacklustre level design and not enough variety in the locations you do battle.
  54. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is past it's expiry date, but it is still very enjoyable. There's great variety in fights and the soundtrack leaves us wanting more.
  55. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is a fun new hack and slash entry in the series, but it doesn't deliver enough refreshment. This makes the action sometimes feel like you have been there before. But what a lovely place to be kicking demons' back to hell.
  56. Mar 11, 2019
    DMC 5 is beautifully rendered and the action is fun. However, the weak story and less-than-compelling character development and audio presentation remove the game's heart. Instead of being a masterful and complete action game, it's instead far more shallow than it could have been.
  57. Mar 8, 2019
    It’s not very nourishing but it may satisfy a special craving.
  58. Mar 6, 2019
    As much as I can gripe about its flaws, it’s hard not to grin when you’re shoving a running motorcycle wheel into a demon’s face. But this won’t become another action game classic.
  59. Mar 6, 2019
    People come to the franchise for combat and, despite its flaws, that's precisely what Devil May Cry 5 excels at. I personally still prefer Ninja Theory's take on proceedings and hope we'll see a continuation of that world next; I definitely appreciate new ideas and takes on this well established franchise.
  60. Mar 6, 2019
    For everything Devil May Cry 5 does right, it does something wrong. The good graphics, the fantastic music and the new gameplay ideas are watered down by the weak, uninteresting story and its repetitive experience that will leave the fans with a mediocre experience.
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  1. Mar 6, 2019
    Capcom returns to its trusted formula for something that plays like a outrageously pretty PS2 game - and that's a very good thing. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. Mar 6, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is a firework. If you’re the one with the lighter, then setting the explosion off is a simple as flicking your finger. If you’re watching someone else, it’s more than enough to enjoy the bright colors and noise. Players looking to get dazzled will find themselves spellbound, while those who dig deeper will find a rewarding and expressive combat system. It’s a little superficial, but that comes with the territory. And while Devil May Cry 5 doesn’t completely redefine the series, it hones the gameplay to a sharp edge that will please diehards and newbies alike.
  3. Mar 7, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 is truly, madly, deeply itself. I can’t think of any other game in which I can slice through flying demons while my panther familiar transforms into a spinning wheel of bladed death as metal guitar licks screech across rain-soaked streets. I’m not interested in perfection in that situation; I’m interested in fun. And Devil May Cry 5 is fun.
  4. Mar 6, 2019
    Capcom is a master of the genre it spawned.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 564 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 91 out of 564
  1. Mar 8, 2019
    Game Delivers everything that we expected + so much more, its everything that we and devs wanted but couldn't give us in previous games,Game Delivers everything that we expected + so much more, its everything that we and devs wanted but couldn't give us in previous games, difficulty is challenging and if You played earlier games there`s some surprises as well :D Full Review »
  2. Mar 8, 2019
    Devil May Cry 5 feels super good its story is pretty damn good the gameplay is one the absolute best you'll find in all of gaming and the sameDevil May Cry 5 feels super good its story is pretty damn good the gameplay is one the absolute best you'll find in all of gaming and the same could be said about the graphics! The only con that I have with the game is that it ended too early!!
    I wanna say THANK YOU VERY MUCH CAPCOM from bring DMC NACK!! Capcom has released 2 masterpieces this year! This game is a must buy for every gamer...escpecially hack and slash gamers qho play games like bayonetta or gow.
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  3. Mar 8, 2019
    This game is definitely game of the year material! The personalities and combat is of the best I've ever seen! Graphics are top notch too!