Devil May Cry

Devil May Cry Review

Dante's Nintendo debut

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a Nintendo Switch on

Devil May Cry is also available for PS2

ESRB Mature rating

Devil May Cry has seen many ports over the years yet it's just now available for a Nintendo console so let's see how it holds up.

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Slashing up haunted puppets is still satisfying 18 years later

When Devil May Cry debuted back in 2001, no one quite played anything like it: an action-packed fully 3D adventure featuring tight combo-based combat with melee weapons and firearms. It was mind-blowing; so much so, in fact, that if it wasn't for Devil May Cry, modern action games wouldn't be what they are. God of War probably wouldn't exist either along with many other games that were clearly inspired by this iconic action game. Thankfully, it's still a ton of fun to play nowadays. Well, at least I think it is and keep in mind; I've played through it many times throughout the years. Playing it again on the Switch made the memories come flooding back from the epic boss fights to the cheesy cutscenes and the rewarding upgrades to the array of distinct weapons. Man, is it fun!

Even though modern gamers may be spoiled by contemporary takes on the 3D action genre, Devil May Cry is still worth playing. Not only is it cool seeing what many newer action games evolved from, Devil May Cry is a fantastic experience even by today's standards. For starters, the gothic world is super-stylish and filled with dastardly demonic foes that are so unique in their designs that they've aged impressively well. From the grim reapers with giant scissors to the classic possessed puppets, hacking and slashing your way through each memorable environment while rocking out to the metal music that plays whenever combat ensues simply feels awesome.

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This over-the-top scene always makes me laugh

Just like Capcom's Resident Evil series, Devil May Cry contains its fair share of puzzles that you must figure out in order to progress. That being said, they're usually quite simple as you mostly acquire key items then use them in obvious locations. These moments help balance out the otherwise intense combat-focused gameplay. However, some aspects definitely haven't aged well. For example, the text displays excruciatingly slowly, some key points of interest may be hard to spot, and there are a few moments that may force you to use a guide. The most substantial downside is the camera which shifts with no warning thus frequently making you run in the wrong direction and lose your bearings in the process. With that said, if you can forgive these archaic issues then you'll have an excellent time.

Finally, I'm happy to say that Devil May Cry works beautifully on the Switch. Whether you're playing portably or on the big screen, the visuals, sound, and gameplay are spot-on. In fact, playing portably actually makes the graphics more impressive since you can't see all of the flaws that show on a large television. Although the emulation is practically perfect, I can't help but wish that there were more Switch-exclusive features because as I said earlier, I've played through Devil May Cry countless times and I'm sure many Switch owners have, too. Therefore, having some sort of extra mode would have been highly appreciated. There are in-game achievements to unlock and a gallery that contains loads of images and music but it could have definitely used more content to make it a worthier purchase.

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Tip: open the door right away so you don't have to deal with Phantom chasing you

Devil May Cry is an action-packed masterpiece that mostly stands the test of time. Now that you can play it on-the-go, fans and newcomers alike should definitely check it out.

  • + Excellent combat set in a memorable world filled with dastardly foes
  • + Stylish visuals and kickass audio
  • + Works perfectly on the Switch
  • - Some aspects haven't aged well
  • - The camera is as annoying as ever
  • - No substantial additions
8.0 out of 10
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