Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition | Review
The Good
  • + Frantic and fast-paced combat
  • + Play as Vergil, Trish and Lady
The Bad
  • - Camera problems
70%"Good Fun"

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*DMC 4 Special Edition was provided to Start Replay on PS4 by Capcom, whilst our Xbox One copy was given to us by Microsoft

As far a reviews go, rehashes of older titles don’t deserve a huge piece, so for this special edition of Devil May Cry 4 I’m going to keep it short and sweet.

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Whilst this re-release has hit PS4 and Xbox One, its reappearance offers more of a tune up than a complete reimagining. Instead of totally overhauling the graphics, each environment and character has been ‘cleaned up’ a bit, fitting around its new 1080p and 60FPS features. Additionally, controls have seen small improvements, a Legendary Dark Knight difficulty mode has been introduced, and the inclusion of three more playable characters buffs out the roster furthermore.

Once again the gameplay remains the biggest highlight, bringing with it fast-paced action and epic battles. It’s quite fun unleashing the countless moves at your disposal, nevertheless gaining the ability to utilise three more characters and their individual attacks.

Even with the gameplay maintaining its quality, there were still a few niggles persistently nudging me in the back: namely the camera. Having fixed camera angles through most of the game quickly became infuriating. Despite launching 7 years ago, it appears rebuilding the game’s camera position was too much to implement here.

During fights it was mostly fine, but when it came to platforming and navigating around my surroundings, I constantly found myself bumping into scenery. This quickly became a jarring experience, as it went against a world that’s supposed to be moving fast and without a hitch.

With all that in mind, jumping into the fast-paced combat was a fun reminder of the series’ past times. Having said that, compared to 2013’s simply title Devil May Cry, I had more of an eagerness to return to that world than stay stuck in this 2008 refresh.

Graphical Comparison | PS4 vs Xbox One

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Conclusion

This special edition’s extra features may be the icing on the cake to people who have never played it before (who doesn’t want to eat cake without more sweet stuff), but to those who have already had a slice, it might be a stretch to come back.

About The Author

Joshua Ball
Editor-in-Chief

Meet Josh. As the head of Start Replay his overall objective is to keep things moving. Alongside ensuring that content is made on a regular basis, Josh loves attending and organising the many press events and expos that crop up. His favourite video games consist of the Arkham series and Metal Gear Solid, but there’s always room for a bit of horror. Follow Josh’s sparse tweets on Twitter or, alternatively, be sure to catch him in the crowd of the next big gaming event.

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