Capcom's Devil May Cry series is 20 years old today (the 23rd August), with the original Devil May Cry launching for PlayStation 2 all the way back in 2001. In that time, the property has spawned five main entries (six if you count the divisive DmC: Devil May Cry) and protagonist Dante has become one of the most iconic characters in gaming. Happy birthday, demon hunter!
Both critically and commercially, Devil May Cry has had its ups and downs. The first game is largely regarded as a (slightly jank) classic, while its sequel is considered by most to be the worst instalment — by some distance. Fortunately, Devil May Cry 3 was able to elevate the series to a whole new level in 2005, and is still seen by many as one of the greatest action games ever made.
Meanwhile, Devil May Cry 4 didn't receive quite the same degree of praise on PS3, but it's still a rock solid romp. And, of course, Devil May Cry 5 revived the franchise just a couple of years ago — a drop-dead gorgeous action title boasting some of the series' absolute best moments. Needless to say, we're looking forward to see what Capcom does with the property next.
Are you a big Devil May Cry fan? Don't you dare drop a combo in the comments section below.
Thinking back, this series has provided some of my favourite gaming moments. I still remember skipping college for about a week to do nothing but play Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition. I was obsessed!
God I love this series although I personally wasn't that big on DMC V didn't care for the story or art direction and didn't like how they handled Nero's personality felt a bit DmCish but that's just me
I loved Ninja Theory's DmC. It's a different game but not an inferior one IMO.
I only played this series a couple years ago but really enjoyed the incredible trilogy of DMC1, 3 and V.
By far my favorite action series and I actually liked 2 although I know I'm in a very small group. I do kinda wish that for 6 we can go to the timeline right after 3, I want more of that young cocky Dante.
@Voltan I was a big fan of DmC as well, the music for the game was pretty awesome, as well as some really memorable boss fights and cool levels.
Love this series. DMC4 is by far my favourite as you might tell from my profile picture. @Voltan I totally agree, DmC is a great game (and a completely legitimate part of the series). Hideaki Itsunu was the director of every single game excluding the first, so it's absolutely a proper entry.
2001 was a weird great year for me.i had a lot of fun.but September 11 2001 in new york was a tragedy.playstation was and still is a god send.devil may cry.metal gear 2.grand theft auto 3.onimusha warlords.jak and daxter.final fantasy x.silent hill 2.max payne etc.word up son
@ShogunRok The pizza opening alone was worth the price of the game.
The first one was also awsome with the bike.
@Flaming_Kaiser The pizza opening is iconic! Still brings a smile to my face.
@Voltan I just hated the characters Dante and Vergil where terrible the girl what was her was meh. The gameplay was solid though but disrespect towards the original killed the game for me.
DMC is such a special series. I still remember being blown away by the blurry screen effect that game had when Dante unloaded Ebony and Ivory in mid-air in DMC1. Then DMC3 knocked it out of the park in pretty much every single way. DMC4 had potential that was exploited perfectly on DMC5.
I also still believe DmC: Devil may Cry was vastly over-hated. Personally it's my 3rd favorite of the series only behind DMC3 and DMC5. It was a surprisingly great fresh take on the series that I really appreciated.
DMC2...well Dante looked cool in terms of design at least!😅
Anyway I like God of War, Ninja Gaiden, and Bayonetta a lot. But at the end of the day Devil May Cry is the OG, and still my all time favorite action series.
So will there be a mega franchise sale to celebrate?
Unpopular opinion: DMC2 was a great game (if you knew what to upgrade)
I liked the first game..never played 2,3 or 4 but i really liked ninja theorys game..
Don’t think I’ve played a DMC since PS2.
Might have tried 5 if Sony had allowed the uncensored version in the EU. Yes I know it’s no big deal for the game, but it’s the principle.
https://youtu.be/YFL1S-W2ZBE and this one at 2:20. 😁
@Juanalf I really wish 2 got a remake, hell even a reimagining to fix the terrible bosses and level design. Why can't we have remakes to fix bad games :/
@Korgon Is it over hated? Maybe(Although Ninja Theory responding like asses to the backlash wasn't going to help them at all) but I still think it is easily the second worst title behind DMC2. The problem mostly lies in its story and characters where it is so edgy and cringey as hell. I wouldn't have minded the gameplay if it wasn't a downgrade from 4.
@thefourfoldroot Pity you let a great game like that pass your loss. 🤣
@Nepp67 I think if they had called DmC something else we would probably be playing a part 3 by now, even if they had made it officially a spin off or an alternate dimension that would have made a big difference gameplay aside.
Just imagine well after Uncharted 4 Sony announced a new Uncharted entry that is being developed by say Platinum games, in this new entry Drake is goth and some of the other characters are switch out and changed around but the gameplay is still very tight and fun..what would be the reaction?
The whole thing was handled very poorly by all parties, I still think it's a pretty good game on it's own and should be judged as a spin off from the main series.
@Juanalf You're right on the game being entirely different if it was called something else. It probably wouldn't even have been as edgy cause of how Capcom was forcing them to change stuff around for it to be more western.
So there's finally hope for a discount on DMC4 Special Edition xD
I do agree Ninja Theory had some bad interviews in the lead up to launch but a good portion of the fanbase was also pretty badly toxic to say the least too. After all remember Ninja Theory wanted to base the game closer to the original series early in development. Capcom wanted them to go as different as they ended up going.
Plus DMC has always had a cringy nature to it. Let's never forget the infamous "Dark Soul with Light!" scene frome DMC1. But for me the cheese and cringe is part of the charm.
Gameplay that just kinda comes down to personal preference but I actually thought it played a bit better than 4. Then you take the level design and music and whatnot I just think for as great a game as it is people were super harsh on it.
Nice. Loved DMC5. Lets hope for another 2o years!
@Korgon The fanbase was toxic but that doesn't mean you should go and insult beloved character. All youre doing is adding fuel to the fire for no reason and being unprofessional. DmC wouldn't have been bad with its cringe if its humor with Dante wasnt terrible and the dialogue wasn't super edgy. He's either saying "f*ck you" "fat ass" or talking about how big his d*ck is. That isn't Dante and especially Vergil for that matter. And I still never understood the cringe from that Light scene. I always weirdly thought that crack in his voice added to the scene tbh.
Oh yeah I agree Tameem said some dumb things but he has shown he regrets a lot of the stuff he said back then. And I also agree there were parts of DmC that were cringy but like I said I embrace the cringe. Same with the "Dark Soul with Light!" it was cringy as heck but I still loved that scene!🤣
I find it hard to believe you didn't cringe at least a little bit on that scene but oh well. It is what it is. Guess it hits everyone differently.
Anyway congrats Capcom and here's to 20 more years!
Hi there fellow gamers.
Happy birthday to Dante and the DMC franchise.
As a fan of the series (If my alias doesn´t give it away) I played trough all of them and....... Yeah, there are some discrepancies.
My favourites in order are:
And Devil Trigger. And Bury the light. Yep, that´s it.
Cheers, stay safe everyone and happy gaming to us all
"Let's Rock Baby!!!"
@Korgon Absolutely! Congrats to 20 years of DMC!
I've been there since the beginning. Fingers crossed we get DMC 6 at some point.
DMC is the only one I liked
Yeah, having principles and demanding the same from producers is a bitch sometimes. Miss out on games, music, my favourite ice cream, etc. Still, would aggravate me more to contribute to the bottom line of producers I can’t support morally.
They should celebrate the anniversary by giving PS5 upgrades to DMC Trilogy, DMC 4, and DMC 5.
Also DmC just for the hell of it.
@thefourfoldroot Yeah what a moral cant see a ass well please dont act like you did something special.
You can talk big if you skip something with a thing thats important. 🤪
You’re kind of rude aren’t you?
To me censorship is important, you obviously don’t care and that’s fine (we’ll, you’d care if it was something you liked, but apparently don’t care as a point of principle).
I was 18 when the first game came out, whoah! Now I feel old lol
@Voltan oh boy....
@Bush DMC 2 just became a tedious chore with how exaggerated & long the game was stretched out for, I haven't played it for years, skipped DMC 2 on both hd collections that i have, I think paint drying on the walls is far more entertaining 😏😏
@thefourfoldroot what did they remove? Blood? I'm assuming that this must be the German version or something?
No, it was even more pointless, they decided the sight of a woman’s buttocks was too depraved an image to allow lol. Sony has no problem with blood and gore. It’s the EU version.
For sure I'd love the HD trilogy in particular to get an update so we could play DMC3 with style switching. Still a little sad that feature is only on the Switch version of DMC3.
@thefourfoldroot ah ok I remember this, this was patched out and removed I wasn't bothered by this so much as I'm not a man but I'm sure a lot of folks were upset by it
It's the double standard nature of the issue surrounding it that I think you have a issue with.
@huyi A light before her but.
No it was never patched in the EU. Plus the PS5 version has reverted back to the previous unpatched state elsewhere.
@Voltan Wasn't much a fan at first but the remaster won me over. It's underrated.
@Korgon Who knows, maybe we'll still get an update before the 20th year ends.
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