Release Date: March 12, 2018
Series: Devil May Cry
Producer: Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Developers: Capcom, Capcom Production Studio 4
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
I remember playing the original Devil May Cry as a kid (maybe an oversight by my Mom), and absolutely loving it. The sword and gun combos are fantastic and fun, and Dante is definitely one BAMF. I never got around to playing the 2nd and 3rd games so the this HD remastered collection give me (and everyone else) a chance to do so. As the below reviewers mention, don’t expect a miracle from the graphics, and expect some bad camera work, but that doesn’t stop the Devil May Cry games from being spectacularly fun!
“The popular stylish action games Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, and Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition return in one collection! As Dante, the ultimate devil hunter, you’ll join forces with appealing characters such as Trish, Lady, and Lucia and enjoy incredible action for the first time in blistering 60fps.
Devil May Cry: The first appearance of Dante, the ultimate devil hunter! With the blood of a legendary demon warrior flowing through his veins, Dante takes on the king of the underworld, Mundus.
Devil May Cry 2: Dance with the devil. Set decades after the first game, this sequel adds moves like the wall run and Rain Storm, bringing Dante’s action to the next level of stylishness. The bonus mode Bloody Palace also makes its debut.
Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition: This prequel to the first Devil May Cry introduces Vergil, Dante’s twin brother. Customize your game style by selecting from various styles to level up and gain new moves and abilities.” — Steam
Metacritic Rating: 60/100
IGN – By: Peter Eykemans – Rating: 7.5
“The Devil May Cry series set a bold precedent for action games in the early 2000s. Each of the first three games created challenging, stylish, and intense experiences, forcing players to learn combat, special moves, and evasion to survive. Now, Capcom and Pipeworks have brought the three original games together and packaged them into an HD collection. After battling through roughly half of each game in the set, certain elements gained clarity. The collection delivers all the great content of the originals, but it feels aged by the frustrating camera and lack of consistency in their HD upgrades.
The Devil May Cry HD Collection includes Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, and Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening for the reasonable price of $40. The content remains true to the originals, making the graphical updates a key addition. Also, this is the first time these titles are available to Xbox gamers. The games follow Dante, the demon slaying son of an infamous demon named Sparda. Through the three games, Dante meets a cast of eclectic characters and winds deeper and deeper into the split world between hell and earth. Thousands of demons want to kill him and will do whatever it takes to make this happen (he gets horribly mauled during countless cut-scenes — but heals up just fine).
The story isn’t what makes this series good. There are so many odd dialogue choices and character twists that it’s difficult to keep up. But the extent to which all three Devil May Cry games dance into the ridiculous is also what makes them special. The dialogue, violence, and events border the ridiculous; riding a missile around, firing bullets into pool balls to accelerate them, and getting stabbed through the chest with an electric sword all make the experience special. The Devil May Cry series presents its own universe of weird, and it’s exciting for all involved.”
Trusted Review – By: Stuart Andrews – Rating: 3/5
“We get the same fan-service content as last time, including concept art, soundtracks and fan art, while Devil May Cry’s controls have been rejigged slightly to feel more like the second and third games. Generally speaking, though, it’s hard to imagine a more half-arsed remaster.
That’s a shame, because there’s a lot here that could use some work. Proper HD textures and revamped character models would have been a good start – it isn’t as if there are that many textures and character models to deal with across the three titles. What’s more, all three games suffer from the kind of fixed camera angles Capcom used for technical reasons at this point of time. The camera is locked in one place as Dante runs, leaps and battles through the scene, panning slightly and switching to a different angle when he reaches the edge of the frame.
This is spectacularly annoying, and you’ll regularly find you have to slash and blast away at enemies you can’t even see. In boss battles, where spotting incoming attacks and timing your own blows is everything, this is the real stuff of nightmares, killing some sections of the first two games. Things aren’t so bad with Devil May Cry 3. Firstly, because you can rotate your view in specific situations; and, secondly, because Capcom seemed to have worked out what wasn’t working by the time it was released, fine-tuning the action to compensate.
And beneath the rough visuals and glitchy camera angles there are still two amazing games – and one, well, sort of alright one. I spent my first ten minutes with Devil May Cry thinking: ‘Seriously? We thought this was great? It’s awful.’ Forty minutes later, I was absolutely hooked.
The secret is the pacing and the combat, with short bursts of incredibly intense, high-octane hack-and-slash action. It’s linked by quiet passages of exploration that build the tension, ready for release. The combat itself isn’t that sophisticated, but the mix of swordplay, gunplay and demonic powers makes for some interesting tactical choices and awesome special moves. There’s a reason that gamers talk about Devil May Cry in the same breath as God of War or Bayonetta; it belongs in the holy trinity of fast-paced brawler action games.”
App Trigger – By: Just Lunning – Rating: 7.5/10
“Something I find great about this collection is the ability to see just how much the series grew from one game to the next. Devil May Cry 2 was famously panned upon release, and when you play this trilogy, it’s clear to see why. It’s just a retooling of many of the things from Devil May Cry, which is what makes this collection so fascinating.
The series spent the entire trilogy finding its voice; once it did, boy did the franchise glimmer as can be seen in the third title. The series spent the entire trilogy finding its voice… The Devil May Cry trilogy is undoubtedly an older collection of games that can feel dated at times, but without considering the graphics, it often feels just as modern as a game that came out last Tuesday.
The Devil May Cry HD collection is still just as fun as when it first came out on PS2 years ago. There are even additions such as a gallery to view concept art. However, some changes such as the framerate can hinder the experience as bosses weren’t properly adapted to handle 60 FPS. Some of the visual upgrades also just highlight the dated graphics. But it’s still quite fun to fly around and cut up foes.”