For players who may have missed the original release of DMC4, Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition is a great way to catch up on the series. This version has erased the lengthy load times that held back the original, making it faster to jump into levels and fight your way through hordes of demons that attack you. The addition of Dante's half-brother Vergil and the popular series demon hunters Trish and Lady provides a different adjustment to gameplay as well, since each has unique abilities that radically changes the way levels are played. For instance, Lady doesn't have a double-jump for access to out-of-reach objects or flying enemies, while the other four characters do (thanks to their supernatural nature); she more than makes up for this by packing a rocket launcher that easily clears entire rooms of enemies. It also boosts graphical enhancements to fully take advantage of the PS4, Xbox One, and newest PCs, which makes the in-game action and cut scenes pop off the screen. Plus, players seeking a challenge will want to dive into Legendary Dark Knight mode, which turns a standard six against one battle into a mind-numbing 30-vs.-one assault.
But while these additions are a great touch for this generation of systems, DMC4SE feels more like a minor retread than the definitive edition of the game. If you choose to play as one of the three new characters, you get an intro and outro movie that's unique to these antiheroes. Unfortunately, Capcom decided to not include any other story cut scenes from their perspective. As a result, the new characters feel shallow fighting through each mission without a plot, which will cause players to quickly lose interest in the game. On top of that, some of the camera-angle problems that plagued the original remain, making it hard to see the action during some combat sequences. If you can overlook the camera issues, and you only play the three new characters after completing the initial story mode, you'll find an enjoyable action title. It's just not the perfect, definitive edition that it should be.