Devil May Cry: HD Collection

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Violent action collection destroys demons on new systems.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Games are centered around over-the-top violence, full of shooting, slashing, even if you're defeating demons.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Each hack-and-slash action game stars Dante, an antihero of sorts, whose mother was human, his father a dark lord named Sparda. He fights against evil, seems to do it for noble causes -- to save humanity -- but he's a one-man killing machine. Second game in this collection also stars a deadly female character.

Ease of Play

Third-person games take some getting used to, but controls are taught during tutorials early on in each game; plus players can pause action to review moves. Split-second timing, reactions required to get high scores in combat sequences.

Violence

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

Sex

Throughout games, players will see a couple of cutscenes with women who wear low-cut tops that show off large breasts, sometimes with suggestive remarks. Some background posters show topless women, some creatures topless with hair that barely covers breasts.

Language

"S--t" appears in dialogue.

Consumerism

Latest re-release of collection of three games in action/adventure series. Could get players interested in checking out other games in franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Devil May Cry: HD Collection bundles three Devil May Cry games from the well-received action/adventure franchise. 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, as well as fighting some beasts whose hair barely covers their exposed breasts. "S--t" appears in dialogue.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult 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 en... Continue reading
Adult Written byKirsten K. February 9, 2018

Intriguing Game / Fairly tame / Not for Religious

(Im 24, not 15!) Looking back it isn’t that disturbing or scarring compared to horror games now. It’s got a very Gothic, metal-punk theme, has creepy enemy des... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTheKSG42 January 3, 2014
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... Continue reading

What's it about?

Whether or not you recall playing these celebrated gothic adventures on the PlayStation 2 -- released between 2001 and 2005 -- DEVIL MAY CRY: HD COLLECTION features all three award-winning titles with remastered graphics and other extras. This set 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 stars Dante, an antihero of sorts, whose mother was human and whose father was 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?

While this is the second time this collection of games has been released, it still highlights how good these action games were when they first appeared. Devil May Cry: HD Collection offers 1080p visuals running at a higher frame rate to take advantage of the better hardware that powers the Xbox One, PS4, and modern PCs. 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. The PC version also had some visual stuttering issues here and there that many players will find to be jarring. Still, the action is fast, intense, and memorable. The bundle also adds some new content, including 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. For under $30, these three repackaged award-winning games are a delight for longtime fans and newcomers alike (especially those that may have missed the collection the first time around) -- but this demon hunter's adventures should clearly be kept for only mature players who can handle the gothic occult adventure and constantly bloody combat found in all three games.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in games. Is the violence in games like Devil May Cry: HD Collection acceptable because you're fighting nonrealistic enemies like demons, or is it a problem because of the large amount of blood that's constantly spilled and the frequent combat?

  • What drew you to this bundle of games that were published several years ago? Do they feel dated to you?

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