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Devil May Cry 4



A hack-'n-slash gothic game for mature players.
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Violence is the only way to solve problems in the game, but then again, your adversaries are demon spawn from Hell.


As with past Devil May Cry games, this fourth title is violent and bloody as Nero and Dante hack and slash with swords and use guns to shoot baddies. The enemies, however, are creatures big and small, therefore some parents might have less of an issue compared to shooting people, but the core game-play component is combat. The over-the-top fighting includes jumping in the air and shooting a few dozen bullets into a hellish creature or swinging a sword until the beast drops to the ground and disappears.


There are two cutscenes in particular that feature a scantily-clad woman.


Instances of words such as "goddamn," "s--t" and "bastard."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that both protagonists use weapons, such as swords and shotguns, to destroy enemies, which are primarily netherworld creatures. This is a game about killing demons, so players will see plenty of blood, especially on end-level boss fights. Visually speaking, the combat is over-the-top in its graphic presentation as you fight to save the world from demons. You can shoot dozens of bullets into a hellish creature or swing a sword until the beast drops to the ground and disappears. In order to advance the story, you must kill creatures, but you won't see any gory dismemberment, as has been seen in titles like Manhunt 2.

What's it about?

Played from a cinematic third-person perspective, DEVIL MAY CRY 4 is a hack-and-slash action thriller which introduces you to Nero, a mysterious new demon-killing machine. Nero not only has a number of weapons of mass destruction at his disposal -- including guns and enormous swords -- but he also sports a glowing "Devil Bringer" arm to knock creatures into next week.

With this powerful right arm, Nero can yank a nearby creature toward him, hurl it into the air with superhuman strength and then plug two dozen bullets into its body before it falls to the ground. A variety of attacks and combo moves can be mastered throughout this 20-chapter game while playing as Nero as well as his nemesis, Dante, the white-haired, half-human half-demon who starred in past Devil May Cry games.

Is it any good?


If Devil May Cry 4 was rated on first impressions alone, it would not fare well, as the Sony PlayStation 3 game took more than 22 minutes to load before playing for the first time. Fortunately for fans of this Gothic action series, it just keeps getting better after this disappointing start, and this problem isn't found in the Microsoft Xbox 360 and PC versions. If PS3 owners can get past the excruciatingly long load time when first playing Devil May Cry 4, you'll find a deep, immersive, and stylized action thriller worth playing to its climactic conclusion. Capcom deserves kudos for this entertaining sequel with high production values, but it's too bad we must wait so long before playing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether waiting more than 20 minutes for a game to load (for the PS3 version) can ruin the experience before it even starts. Or are players forgiving of this wait as the game will load faster in between levels? Do you like the ability to play as two different characters?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Available online?Not available online
Release date:February 5, 2008
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Language, Sexual Themes, Violence

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Teen, 17 years old Written byjeffreoy123 October 12, 2015

Great monster graphics and cool weapons

a lot of fun you never get board of the cool sick fights and graphics.there no online.its a RPG game.
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Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byMiha_Endoh February 7, 2009

One of the best games ever!!!

Like the person below me said. Not much blood in it. The most blood I remember was in the begining scene. I love how capcom did this game it is a wonderful adventure and is the best of the devil may cry series! My rating would have to be 15+
Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008
not bad at all my six year old sister could play it.PLUS IT IS THE WORST-EXEPT THE FIGHTS!!!!!!!