The Devil May Cry franchise initially began as an early concept for a more action-orientated Resident Evil 4 until it was realized that the game’s cool themes strayed too far from the horror roots in a Resident Evil game. Instead, the developers rewrote the game entirely taking inspiration from the Italian poem Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, & the Japanese manga series Cobra & Devil May Cry was created spawning a hack-and-slash kích hoạt sub-genre of its own.

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Devil May Cry was reminiscent of action films from the late 90s and early 2000s lượt thích Blade andThe Matrix and gave players a sense of power just like characters from those films. It is not surprising that the series still holds up very well on Metacritic but let’s see if the fan hâm mộ favorites rank well according lớn their scoring system.

Updated May 20, 2022 by Michael Llewellyn: There are more upcoming action-adventure hack and slash titles phối for release. There is Soulstice from trả lời Games & Project Eve from South Korean Magna Carta developer Kim Hyung Tae. Many of these games owe something to the style & mechanics of the Devil May Cry series.

The games have always provided the player with multiple ways of fighting enemies with unique combos và finishers. The systems behind the DMC series are both challenging & rewarding and as close lớn taking part in an kích hoạt anime movie as it can get. This danh sách has been updated khổng lồ include the special edition versions of the popular series thanks khổng lồ the new features some of these remasters included.

9 Devil May Cry 2 – 68


Released: 2003 Developer: Capcom Platform: PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, & Xbox One Released in 2003 Devil May Cry 2 is universally regarded as the worst in the series by fans & critics alike. Despite being the second game in the series, chronologically it takes place before the events of Devil May Cry 4.

Gone was the cocky & brash character in the first game & a moody brooding Dante replaced him with the overall humor toned down. The game was more mở cửa than its predecessor but the trade-off was much softer textures and blurry backgrounds.

Furthermore, the combat system felt stiff and sluggish compared khổng lồ the first game và Dante's movements felt robotic. For all these reasons & more it has the lowest score of the series. For all its misgivings, however, Devil May Cry 2 is still a solid action-adventure trò chơi with a style of its own.

8 Devil May Cry HD Collection – 70


Released: 2012 and 2018 Developer: Capcom Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, và Xbox One The Devil May Cry HD Collection includes the first three games as a trilogy. They originally launched on the PS3 và Xbox 360 in 2012 và later ported to lớn the PS4 & Xbox One. One would think that a collection of all three games would have scored better with critics.

Unfortunately, as remasters go this collection is as barebones as it gets. The collection was acceptable when it was first released but fans và critics alike were hoping for some quality of life improvements lớn the thực đơn systems and upscaled cutscenes. All the issues that fans had with the original trò chơi remained 6 years later. Still, issues aside these are great games lớn pick up và enjoy even today.

7 Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition – 73


Released: năm ngoái Developer: Capcom Platform: PC, PS4 and Xbox One Despite scoring lower than the last-gen original on Metacritic, the special edition released on the PS4 & Xbox One is the best way to lớn experience this game. In addition to lớn looking much better than its PS3/360 predecessor, there are 3 more characters lớn play with.

There are now five characters khổng lồ choose from, Dante, Nero, Virgil, Trish, & Lady. Furthermore, the special edition includes Japanese voice acting, brand new cutscenes, and a new ending.

6 Devil May Cry 4 – 84


Released: 2008 Developer: Capcom Platform: Android. IOS. PC, PS3, Switch, & Xbox 360 Released in 2008, Devil May Cry 4 was the first in the series to lớn move into the next generation. This time players could control both Dante & the new protagonist Nero – a new character with demonic powers that are similar lớn Dante's.

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Despite their similar looks và powers, Nero controlled differently from Dante bringing a new dynamic to the series. Unfortunately, there was some repetition và backtracking by forcing the player khổng lồ retrace many of Nero’s steps with Dante in later stages. While a vast improvement over the second installment it didn't match the success of the third title.

5 DMC: Devil May Cry – 85


Released: 2013 Developer: nin-ja Theory Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One Released in 2013 DmC: Devil May Cry was developed by Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice developers ninja Theory. Capcom brought in the western developers lớn work on a rebooted series with a new look for Dante in an attempt to lớn appeal khổng lồ modern audiences.

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Mechanically, DmC: Devil May Cry was a solid action-adventure game with fluid combat mechanics & an interesting take on the story. However, the over-reliance on tedious platforming sections hurt the game’s pacing. Furthermore, this new version of Dante was less the lovable rogue và more an obnoxious teenage stereotype that thinks he's cooler than he is.

4 Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening – 87

Released: 2005 Developer: Capcom Platform: PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, & Xbox One Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening was released on the PlayStation 2 in 2005 and is widely regarded by fans as the best in the series và one of the best hack và slash action-adventure titles ever created, even if the critics didn't quite agree.

Chronologically the game’s story takes place before the events of the first game & introduces gamers to Dante’s twin brother & antagonist Vergil. The developers brought back the cocky and brash Dante from the original và refined many elements that made the first game so popular.

3 Devil May Cry 5 – 88

Released: 2019 Developer: Capcom Platform: PC, PS4, và Xbox One After the disappointing sales of the attempted reboot in DmC: Devil May Cry, developers Capcom decided to go back to lớn the series roots. Released in 2019, Devil May Cry 5 continues the original story arc after the events of Devil May Cry 4.

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DMC 5 brought back the Dante fans have loved since the first entry along with more battle-hardened Nero. Additionally, the game introduced a mysterious new magic-wielding character called V.This allows the player khổng lồ select three very different characters in battle. The trò chơi was not just a return to khung for the series it features some of the fastest and most complex combat in the genre.

2 Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition – 89

Released: 2020 Developer: Capcom Platform: PC, PS5, & Xbox Series X/S Another Devil May Cry and another special edition re-release. However, this updated version scores higher than the original game on Metacritic. Thanks khổng lồ the power of current-gen systems, DMC 5 is now faster và smoother than ever.

It also includes the Legendary Dark Knight difficulty, a Turbo mode, and it offers ray tracing support. More importantly, the game also includes Dante's twin brother Virgil as a playable character. It's the best way to dive into one of this generation's best and most stylish hack and slash games.

1 Devil May Cry – 94

Released: 2001 Developer: Capcom Platform: PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, và Xbox One The first Devil May Cry was released in 2001 và is still the highest-rated game in the series on Metacritic. It has been refined and improved upon in its more recent sequels but there’s no getting away from the fact that Devil May Cry is still one of the most influential games ever released.

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It not only spawned a sub-genre that featured games lượt thích God of War and Bayonetta but it remains the standard for all other action-adventure hack và slash games going forward. Eighteen years on Devil May Cry is still as incredibly deep, difficult, and as playable as its successors và its high Metacritic rating is a testament khổng lồ the first entry's impact on the genre.