Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition

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Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 42 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

54%

Critics Recommend

Based on 42 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 7, 2015

When playing DMC4: SE you can see how certain parts of the design had grown archaic.

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Scored Reviews

Destructoid
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2015

Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition reaffirms the series' status as the current king of the action genre. It may not fix some of the blemishes inherent to the game's campaign, but the new characters and styles are fantastic, and will have players creating combo videos for years to come. With respect to DmC and everything it accomplished, this is the Devil May Cry I want to see in the future, Capcom.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2015

Capcom has delivered yet another fantastic HD remake. While the company has said they have begun to focus more on these types of packages, it still makes me wish we would see more new entries in our beloved franchises. Before that happens though, can we get that Onimusha HD collection along with an updated Dragon's Dogma package for XB1 and PS4? You know, for science?

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2015

Combat is as cool as ever, though the basic structure feels outdated

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jun 23, 2015

With a few finishing touches, some additional characters and a new difficulty mode, Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition stands as game fans of the series and newcomers alike should immensely enjoy. While Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition may not compel you to go back and play the other games in the series, on its own DMC4 Special Edition offers plenty of value for the buck.

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Impulsegamer
4.1 / 5.0
Impulsegamer

Top Critic

4.1 / 5.0
Jun 24, 2015

Even though this game was available previously, PS3 and XBox 360, Capcom have given the game a next-gen face lift with new twists and tweaks that actually works well. Sure the gameplay is a little old fashioned but it works well and really expands the DMC franchise, especially with the choice of playable characters.

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Guardian
Jun 28, 2015

[P]layers able to look past the flaws will find one of the most pure, visceral action games available on current machines.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 23, 2015

Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition is a good game wrapped in a great remastered package. Capcom could have just slapped together something with a higher resolution and called it an HD remaster like many are doing, but they elected to actually build upon their seven year old game by adding meaningful content.

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Pure Xbox
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 22, 2015

Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition is the best way to experience an already great game. With new characters, additional difficulty options, and fan-service galore, there's no reason not to pick up this package if you're a fan of Devil May Cry. While the remaster may not fix all of the flaws of the original game, it does manage to breathe new life into one of Capcom's most beloved series.

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The Jimquisition
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2015

It was a true pleasure to return to Capcom's world of jacked up angels, plant dragons, and Dante hamming up every single delicious scene he's in. Truly, it's good to be back. It's better to be back than it ever was.

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Xbox Achievements
80%
80%
Jun 22, 2015

Completing an HD overhaul for the entirety of the Devil May Cry series, Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is a definitive package that represents decent value for money for returning players, and is pretty much essential for anyone yet to play it. Grab it with your Devil Bringer arm. It's brill.

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GearNuke
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 26, 2015

If you are looking for a good action game and have never played Devil May Cry 4, it is a worthy candidate for sure.

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PCMag
Jul 14, 2015

Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition revitalizes Capcom's stylish action series by adding new playable characters with unique gameplay mechanics.

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Game Revolution
Jun 22, 2015

Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition like last year's Bayonetta 2 is for hardcore action gamers. It rewards practice and patience. The level design can get repetitive, but the levels aren't really why anyone plays a Devil May Cry game.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 28, 2015

[T]his is still Devil May Cry 4 at its core, so the same questionable design decisions that were in effect back in 2008 still remain. That being said, the remaster's still a great buy for its budget price tag, and a must-own for any hack and slash fanatic.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 16, 2015

The newly-added characters with their unique playstyles make up for the fact that Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is still carrying the burden of the original rushed development. This is one of the few games where it can be mesmerising to watch a pro play because of how advanced some moves can be, and that are also fun to look at. It can also be a motivator to some who wish to become incredible at the game, and since the skill-ceiling is quite high, it is no surprise that people still post their combos on YouTube. It is impressive to watch and fun to play, with a challenge that will make the devil cry.

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Examiner
Jun 23, 2015

Not all remasters are worth getting, but Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is one that deserves a spot in your PS4 or Xbox One game library. If you played the original game back in 2008, the new content here makes for a fun, fresh, and exciting experience. If you are new to the DMC series and are curious about the title, this is a fine way to familiarize yourself with the franchise as its gameplay holds up remarkably well and it remains one of the best action games ever made.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 26, 2015

Ultimately, the special edition isn't quite the new Devil May Cry game folks might be hoping for from Capcom's Japanese team. It's certainly still solid but its age also shows a bit when compared to the more polished gameplay of the genre's new standout, Bayonetta 2. For folks who want to experience the classic Devil May Cry experience, however, it's a nice bridge to help tide folks over, at least until Capcom decides to unleash yet another devilish addition to the franchise. Don't forget to order some pizza while you're at it.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 23, 2015

Generously celebrating a beautiful fighting system

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GBAtemp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2015

Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is a great game for fans of the series that has a lot to offer, both to those who have already played the title and those who are yet to pick it up. If you enjoy hacking away at never-ending hordes of enemies, this game is exactly what you're looking for.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2015

If you liked the original Devil May Cry 4, then you'll enjoy this re-release. If you haven't tried the series before, then this is a good entry point. 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.

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Press Start
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 28, 2015

Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is one of the most visceral and pure action games on the market, and besides other more landmark action games like Bayonetta, nothing like it has come since.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 1, 2015

Though not as expansive enough to call it a true special edition, Devil May Cry 4 features a lot of fan-favorite additions and an attractive price that makes it well worth double-dipping (or triple-dipping if you originally started on console and moved to PC). If nothing else, it proves that Capcom still has people that can deliver a high-octane action game that won so many people over with the first Devil May Cry, and will no doubt continue to have fans begging for a (true) fifth game.

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Digital Chumps
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2015

The Devil May Cry 4 core gameplay that made it fun in 2008 is still very much alive and breathing underneath the 'special edition' moniker, though some of the gameplay mechanics have been smoothed out. The added characters, improvement in visuals and price point might make this something to jump on, especially if you have never played the game.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2015

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.

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Gameplanet
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2015

Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, despite its flaws, is definitely worth getting for both old fans and new. The new characters, the updated combat, and Legendary Dark Knight Mode definitely add a new dimension for veteran players, while the game as a whole serves as a decent entry point for new fans, especially at its lowered price.

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Paste Magazine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2015

I have as much trouble evaluating Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition as I do categorizing it. I feel like the game should be so much more than it is, but what they did choose to add goes above and beyond what I expected. The new characters are such strong, fully-developed additions that I find it hard to be upset that the levels are still the same or that the textures haven't aged well.

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GameZone
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2015

Fast, stylish, but ultimately still a seven year old game. A few new characters help change up the pace of combat but you're still ultimately playing the same levels three times.

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Gaming Nexus
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2015

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.

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We Got This Covered
Jun 22, 2015

Although the excellent combat of Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition remains as enticing as ever, the various troubles that plagued the original release (sloppy camera, lazy backtracking), only feel more egregious this time around.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded
Pierre-Yves L.

Top Critic

Jun 23, 2015

While it seemed a bit weird that Capcom had not originally included Devil May Cry 4 into its HD Collection a few years back, the Special Edition is worth a look for fans of the series on the PlayStation 4 as a stand alone game, thanks to the visual upgrades and new character scenarios.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2015

A good special edition of a good game, it's hardly essential, but a definite treat for the fans.

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USgamer
Jun 23, 2015

If you pick up Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition, know that you're essentially getting a prettier version of a 2008 experience. That may sound extremely obvious, but, over the last seven years, character action games have changed greatly, making some of DMC4's choices feel absolutely dated. If you can get past these qualities, though, you'll find the same reliable action we've come to expect from Devil May Cry over the past 15 years.

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Arcade Sushi
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2015

If you've never played Devil May Cry 4, or miss the glory days of the series where Dante was fun, and combat was deep, this edition offers fun aplenty.

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TrustedReviews
Jul 9, 2015

Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is something of a guilty pleasure – it's an archetypal mix of the sublime and ridiculous. It's great fun and offers plenty for those who played the original. And if you've never played a Devil May Cry game before? You, too, will find its considerable charms difficult to resist.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 16, 2015

When it comes to deciding whether to purchase Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition or not, you need to reflect on how much you enjoyed the original game, because to get the maximum value out of the special edition, you'll need to play through the games three times. We're sure that die-hard fans and newcomers will find enjoyment in this new release, but people in the middle appear to be stuck. 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.

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GameCrate
6.3 / 10.0
6.3 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2015

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. Some fans may have fun with it, but others will have no problem moving on to something just a little bit fresher.

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DigitalCentralMedia
63%
63%
Sep 11, 2018

Devil May Cry 4 wasn't a great game then and isn't a great game now. The Special Edition added some neat features but didn't fix any of the core problems the original game had.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
CGMagazine
Jason D’Aprile

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2015

There are elements of greatness here—the bosses are exceptionally inspired and some of the level themes are great—but so much of DMC4 is antiquated.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 22, 2015

The Special Edition of Devil May Cry 4 brings notable improvements, but they're not enough to cover up its repetitive core.

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High-Def Digest
Jun 30, 2015

While remastering Ninja Theory's take on 'Devil May Cry' on current gen consoles felt like giving an underappreciated reinvention the platform it deserved, re-releasing 'Devil May Cry 4' on them is a sobering mirror, showing what the series should be leaving behind as we move forward. It's the kind of throwback that's more important for educational purposes than anything, a rough sketch homage where the series is capable of wild, vibrant ambition. There are those who still prefer the ain't-broke-don't-fix-it approach of the game, and more power to them. They will be pleased by the TLC, But the reboot showed the way forward. The fandom should follow suit.

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GamesRadar+
Jun 23, 2015

DMC4's savage swordsmanship still entertains, in spite of reheated levels and uninspired puzzles, and the addition of Lady introduces an explosive new style of combat to Devil May Cry's armoury.

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