Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition

dmc Platforms: Xbox One, Playstation 4

Release Date: June 23, 2015

Rating: 4.5 (out of 5)

I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for HD remasters as long as there are legitimate improvements to the original game and enough time has passed where the release doesn’t feel redundant. Devil May Cry 4 was one of Capcom’s absolute best games of the previous console generation and it’s been a decade since I’ve last played it. With that in mind, I was definitely excited to relive this stylish action romp.

And I wasn’t disappointed. The positive aspects of DMC4 have aged gracefully. The game still has a beautiful art direction, the action is fluid and satisfying, and there are some neat new additions to the original game on top of that (such as new playable character and improved visuals). Of course, its flaws are still there as well – the second half of the game is spent entirely backtracking and defeating the same bosses over again definitely makes the campaign feel a bit draining towards the tail end. Even with that glaring design flaw, the combat is so satisfying and flat out fun that it doesn’t sour the overall experience.

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