Parents' Guide to

Devil May Cry 5

By Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Mature, bloody hack-and-slash action is series' best yet.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

this game is pretty good

this is generally a really great game and i can see why my son enjoys it he always talks about how great it is to his little brother. to be franc this game does not have many scenes that are too violent and the blood is not so bad in terms of swearing there is a little bit of swearing but your kid probably gets exposed to that at school anyways there is 0 sexual content and 0 drugs or drinking i really cant seem to see why its 18 and up.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
age 12+

Commonsense has no commonsense

Fellow parents please read my review. I have heard of the devil may cry series before and decided to play the hd collection of the older games. THose games, I admit were pretty bloddy and had a lot of language. HOWEVER though, not this one. After my 13 yr old son Jeremy saw me play the hd collection of the older games he asked me if he could play them and I told him no, definetly not because of all of the gore and language. However, I told him I would be devil may cry 5 and see if it was any better content wise. IN FACT IT WAS! In this game there is some language, but it is infrequent use. There is violence of course, but the blood is minimal, and there is no gore. There is no sex like in the last games, there is no alcohol. and there is no drugs. I would rate this game for violence, blood, and infrequent use of strong language. This game honestly should have a teen rating and not a mature rating. It is equivalent to a pg-13 movie, and by giving it a mature rating it is like saying that this game is a r rated movie, and it is nowhere even close to that. If your pretten or teen is interested, PLEASE BUY THEM THIS GAME!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (14):

This mature action/adventure game hacks and slashes its way into becoming the best game of the franchise thanks to its deep and varied gameplay. Devil May Cry 5 builds on the series standard of fast-paced action, grading the kinds of attacks you launch at monsters while avoiding incoming strikes. While you could button-mash your way through some battles (and the game even features a combo assist for newcomers), the only way to elevate your score from a D for Dismal to a SSS (for Smokin' Sexy Style) is to learn, practice, and master your attacks and abilities. But instead of focusing on one character, Devil May Cry 5 breaks the series mold by including three hunters, each with unique combat and play. Nero is clearly the star of the game, with a more direct attack style that's bolstered by his new interchangeable prosthetic arms known as the Devil Breaker. Not only do the arms have their own abilities, but they can be fired as weapons themselves to cause larger amounts of damage. V, by contrast, is more of a distance fighter, conjuring his personal bird, panther, and rock demons into battle to weaken enemies for him before he steps in to perform a final killing blow. Finally, Dante is a much more technical warrior, switching between four separate combat styles at will to perform vicious combos.

Inevitably, players will start to pick their favorite character based on their own play style or preference, but it's incredible just how fresh these characters make combat feel. Even when you're fighting against monsters you've fought before, the mix of abilities and ranks drives you to get better, which helps prepare you for the challenging boss fights scattered through the game. For the most part, the gameplay is extremely well balanced and designed to keep you playing (and replaying) missions. One slight issue is that Dante doesn't have nearly as big a part to play in the game as Nero or V, so as you're getting used to his moves, the game's practically over. Another weak spot is that while there's a lot of story development, the ending, particularly the big story twists, feels a bit rushed, even as it sets up an interesting cliffhanger for a future game. These minor hiccups aside, if you're an action fan, this is a great title that will test your skills. Devil May Cry 5 has style, snark, and plenty of action to keep you coming back for more.

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