Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition

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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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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2015

Combat is as cool as ever, though the basic structure feels outdated

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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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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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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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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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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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Unscored
Jul 7, 2015

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

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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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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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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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Ken McKown

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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