Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition

Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition Review

Vergil's back

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS5 on

Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition is rated Mature by the ESRB

One of 2019's best action games is back and better than ever in a new next-gen Special Edition so let's slay some demons in style.

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Vergil has Smokin' Sexy Style for days

Same great game

Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition is an enhanced version of last year's long-awaited Devil May Cry sequel and right off the bat, let me just say that it looks and sounds great. That being said, I had to play with the options to get it to not look dim and washed out but after I did that, I was quite impressed with how incredible it looks on PS5. It also makes me wonder why games nowadays can't just look as good as possible right out of the gate. I honestly can't stand being forced to tweak all sorts of sliders and read pages of text full of acronyms and jargon simply to adjust the visual settings. I just want to play the darn game; you know, like you can on the good ol' Super NES.

Back on topic; Devil May Cry 5 is an excellent action game that's full of clever combat scenarios and epic boss fights but it has its flaws such as a lack of puzzles which previous games in the series offered, unmemorable environments, and some enemies being nothing more than unthreatening punching bags. Unfortunately, this Special Edition doesn't fix any of these issues but it does look great like I said. You also can't transfer your save file over from the vanilla version which is a bit disappointing, especially because I just did in the awesome Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered. On the plus side, it performs supremely well with no loading times or noticeable graphical issues.

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Nothing quite like rooftop fighting at sunrise

Vergil returns

One cool addition to Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition is that you can play through the entire campaign as Vergil. Although playing as him is very similar to how he played in Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition, I had an absolute blast charging through the familiar stages while swapping between weapons, summoning helpers, and tearing through the bosses in style. On the downside, I was hoping to see Vergil fleshed out more but there aren't many new cutscenes and you don't even get to hear his voice all that often. It feels like playing a beta version of Vergil before they gave him personality. Don't get me wrong; it's still a ton of fun and totally worth playing through again as him.

More rockin' good times

Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition also features some cool extras. For starters, Legendary Dark Knight mode is included which spawns many more enemy hordes and playing it often feels like you're enjoying a Dynasty Warriors game because most of the enemies just stand around as you hack and slash away. Next, there's Turbo mode that lets you play at a slightly higher speed which is an interesting novelty. With these things in mind, I wish more was included to warrant the "Special Edition" moniker such as the ability to play as the 3 original protagonists in each other's missions, co-op mode for Bloody Palace, and some extra costumes would have been nice, too.

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Time to master another challenge!

Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition makes a great action game even better. Although it doesn't quite contain as many additions as I was hoping it would, it's still an excellent game, especially for those who don't already own the vanilla version.

  • + Same top-notch action-packed game that performs better than ever
  • + Vergil is a blast to play as
  • + Looks great and features some cool extras
  • - Same issues as the original game
  • - Vergil isn't all that fleshed out
  • - Can't use your save from the original game
8.5 out of 10
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