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Release Date: June 23rd, 2015 Movie Release Year: 2015

Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition

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One half of Capcom's double-tap of 'Devil May Cry' re-releases, following March's 'DmC: Definitive Edition', 'Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition' brings the game into current gen with not only a 1080p/60fps graphical upgrade, but with three new characters, and a host of new tweaks and features.

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June 23rd, 2015

Video Review


Unlike the nifty little once over Capcom gave 'DmC' earlier this year, 'Devil May Cry 4' is the exact same game on PS4, just given a high resolution spitshine. Still, the game was already one of the prettier titles on 360/PS3, and while the character models maintain a very PS2 mannequin quality, environments and enemies benefit huge from the HD upgrade.

The main issue is one that has always plagued the game: An overbearing bloom that's meant to cast the day scenes in idyllic light, but mostly just ends up washing out fine detail, and no amount of lowering the brightness in-game brings any relief. Still, it's hard to make 1080p/60fps look bad in motion, even with lower textures.

Audio Review


It's 'Devil May Cry', so, of course, it's a bullet carnival, scored to crunchy guitars, and the howls of the undead. Naturally, it's a ridiculous amount of dynamic sound design going on, full of satisfying slashes and clangs and whooshing supernatural energy. The score does get repetitive, with pseudo-KMFDM's muttered lyrics underscoring one too many fights, but its otherwise a nice little workout for the speakers.

Final Thoughts

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.