Devil May Cry: HD Collection

 
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Three old hack 'n' slash games have tons of blood.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

These games are centered around over-the-top violence, and are full of shooting and slashing.

Positive role models

Each of these hack-and-slash action games star Dante, an anti-hero of sorts, whose mother was human and father a dark lord named Sparda. He fights against evil, and seems to do it for noble causes -- to save humanity -- but he's a one-man killing machine, therefore not the best role model. The second game in this collection also stars a deadly female character.
 

Ease of play

These third-person Devil May Cry games take some getting used to but the controls are taught during tutorials early on in the game; plus players can pause the action to review the moves, too.

Violence

Dante uses all kinds of weapons to take down enemies, primarily with dual handguns and a deadly sword. His acrobatic kills are also over-the-top, jumping and flipping around enemies as he shoots or cuts them. He can also turn into a demon, of sorts, for special attacks. The female protagonist in Devil May Cry 2 also uses sharp scimitars to slice and dice enemies. Blood is ample.

Sex

Throughout these three games, players will see a couple of cutscenes with women who wear low-cut tops that show off large breasts, and sometimes with suggestive remarks.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Devil May Cry: HD Collection bundles three Devil May Cry games. These games are action-packed and bloody. You're not killing innocent humans, mind you -- rather, they're hell-spawned demons -- but there are copious amounts of violence and blood to be seen in these games. Also, there are a few suggestive scenes with scantily clad women and some occult-like themes.

What's it about?

Whether or not you recall playing these celebrated gothic adventures on the PlayStation 2 -- released between 2001 and 2005 -- this new bundle features all three award-winning titles with remastered graphics and other extras. Quite simply, DEVIL MAY CRY: HD COLLECTION brings together the first three cinematic and single-player Capcom games from the series: Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2 and Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening (Special Edition). Each of these hack-and-slash action games star Dante, an anti-hero of sorts, whose mother was human and father a dark lord named Sparda. With his extraordinary skills as an acrobatic and weapon-savvy warrior, the half-man, half-demon wages a war against evil to save humanity from damnation. The first game introduces Dante as he takes on multiple enemies throughout unique missions (levels), collects red orbs, performs some "platforming" tasks, and solves the occasional puzzle to unlock the next part of the environment. Released in 2003, Devil May Cry 2 introduces a secondary playable character -- a redheaded femme fatale named Lucia -- who possesses the skill to slash demons with her scalpel-sharp scimitars. Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening serves as a prequel to the original 2001 title and introduces Dante's sinister twin brother, Vergil. While the story is a bit hard to follow, the action is nonstop.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Yes, Devil May Cry: HD Collection is good for the most part. As the title suggests, this new HD collection offers upgraded (and now widescreen) visuals to take advantage of the better hardware that powers the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. While the textures have been updated, the lighting still looks flat and many of the dull gray walls and rust-colored floors look only so-so after the makeover. Still, the action is fast, intense, and memorable. The bundle also adds some new content including the ability to earn Trophies (PlayStation 3) and Achievements (Xbox 360), exclusive artwork and videos, and other assorted goodies available from the main menu. The third game in particular is a real thrill; Dante can kick a creature into the air and, with the help of twin handguns, kill it eight times over before it hits the ground. The special edition of this game offers a number of enhancements, such as the opportunity to play as Vergil, with his own set of skills, as well as the addition of bonus gameplay modes, such as Turbo and Bloody Palace. For under $40, these three repackaged award-winning games are a delight for longtime fans and newcomers alike -- but be aware of its "Mature" rating for violence, blood, and suggestive themes.

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Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Capcom
Release date:April 17, 2012
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Educator and Parent Written byJames75 December 5, 2013
 

A bloody romp with a shocking likable hero

The main review has likely already informed you as the the blood in this game. While there is a notable amount of blood, no gore is present. Also none of the enemies killed are human, they are abstract demons. However, it should be noted that Dante is a surprisingly good person. He has moral values and actually refuses to give in to temptations like greed and lust. He also genuinely cares about the people he encounters, his relationship with his brother, in fact, is a fascinating one that should be given much more credit. The blood may be heavy, but I've honestly seen worse in Uncharted, which has similar amounts of blood and the enmities are actually human, and that game received a T rating. I'd say 14 is the right age for this game.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byMu51c4l1f3 January 20, 2013
 

I'm only talking about 1 and 2.

The violence in this game is mild-moderate. There are some fear themes in this game. It's mostly content you will se in a PG-13 Movie. There is no limbs flying in them, no decapitations, no intestines spilling, but plenty of blood. In the first one, Dante gets stabbed by an electric sword. He gets up on his feet slowly with blood pouring out of him. He survives completely unharmed whatsoever. Same with most cutscenes.
Teen, 15 years old Written byTheKSG42 January 3, 2014
 

Let you teen play this game

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