DmC Devil May Cry

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Rebirth of aging franchise, still filled with gore and sex.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 11 reviews

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Educational Value

DmC Devil May Cry wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

This video game is very violent and bloody -- not to mention has nudity, strong profanity, and illicit drug references -- so it does not contain a positive message. It's a stretch, but the only somewhat positive message is the lead character fights against demons to protect the world.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dante is a demon slayer, which is a good thing, perhaps, but he engages in over-the-top violence in order to rid the world of them. While avenging the death of his family, Dante uses an assortment of weapons -- mostly melee in nature, such as swords and scythes -- as well as firearms, to defeat the demon hordes. It's messy, though, with ample blood and gore.

Ease of Play

DmC Devil May Cry is very easy to control, plus it's similar to past Devil May Cry games, where the analog sticks are responsible for Dante's movements and actions. It shouldn't take long for gamers to pick up on the controls. They're quite tight and responsive.


This action game is very violent. The lead character Dante uses a variety of weapons to shoot, slice, and chop enemies -- often grotesque demons -- which results in plenty of blood, dismemberment, impaling, and decapitation. The combat is fast and frenetic and glorified by slow-motion effects and dramatic camera angles. Cut-scene sequences are also violent, including Dante holding up a demon's severed head and a monster chopped up by rotating fan blades.


The game has some very sexually suggestive scenes, including strippers who dance provocatively, a woman slowly moving her head towards Dante's lap to imply fellatio and a woman bent over while a man is standing behind her. Some behind-the-scenes concept sketches of the game can be accessed from the main menu, and nude women can be seen (bare breasts and buttocks).


The game does contain strong profanity in the dialogue sequences, including words like "f--k," "s--t," and "c--t." One character is referred to as a "crack whore," as well.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There is a drug reference in the game, where one character is called a "crack whore."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DmC Devil May Cry deserves its "Mature" rating because of strong violence, blood, and gore; sexual themes and nudity; and very strong profanity. The lead character Dante can slice, dice, and shoot demonic enemies until they're in pieces. Slow-motion effects dramatize the action, too. Cut-scene sequences can also be violent.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bynuenjins January 9, 2018

Shameful content undermines otherwise great gameplay.

It pains me to inform parents that one of the greatest action games of all time is one of the most "adult" and perverted of this generation. I think t... Continue reading
Adult Written byAleah75 March 16, 2019

Would have been better without the graphic sexual content.

My husband and I have played these games and enjoyed them. They never go too far, until this game. The sexual content is underplayed in the review by common s... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byged 10010 August 25, 2013

Brilliant game

fun game took me around 11 hours to complete has plenty of violence and a bit of sexual content but it does not show much suitable for people over 13 years old... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byJamiefoster August 20, 2020

What's it about?

DMC DEVIL MAY CRY marks the return of Capcom's iconic game character, Dante, a half-human, half-demon hero. But instead of the mystical worlds seen in previous games, this latest game -- considered a reboot of the 12 year-old franchise -- takes place in contemporary times, as Dante vows to avenge his family's destruction. Dante knows that he's not fully human, but has a deep hatred for demons that are not only responsible for the death of his family but continuously haunting Dante. With the help of his twin brother, Vergil -- the leader of the anti-establishment group dubbed The Order -- Dante aims to destroy every last demon plaguing the earth.

Is it any good?

Yes. While very mature in nature -- including plenty of violence and gore, sexual content, and strong profanity -- DmC Devil May Cry is a blast to play, especially for fans of the series. Despite the new setting and refreshed graphical look of the game, this latest installment retains the stylized action, fluid and acrobatic combat, and humor found in the best-selling series. Plus, the game offers more weapons and imaginative enemy types than previous games, excellent set design, and impressive voice acting that doesn't break the all-important immersion factor (as too many games do). DmC Devil May Cry is highly recommended for mature action fans in search of a gripping, visceral single-player adventure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relevance of the mature themes in this game. Would DmC Devil May Cry be just as fun without so much gore, sexual content, and strong swear words?  What is the impact of media violence?

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