DmC Devil May Cry

Common Sense Media says

Rebirth of aging franchise, still filled with gore and sex.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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).

Language

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.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • set objectives
  • time management

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • set objectives
  • time management

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

  • What are the secrets to happy, healthy gaming? See our tips here.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Capcom
Release date:January 15, 2013
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Sports and martial arts, Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 15 years old Written bymattguy15 February 9, 2013
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

little exesesive dont you thing common sense media

SOME bad language SOME sexually content which you can skip and violence
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written byCuddly1984 January 22, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Too Much Language Lessens The Fun

This game has potential, and the gameplay is fun plus easy to learn. The issue I had with this game is the immense language, which can get very foul. As someone who is 28 the language even bothered me at some points of the game. Especially during the boss battles, when the bosses tell the lead character "Dante" that they will "Eat up his legs and pi** on his corpse, as well as language such as f**k, and bosses saying they will "s**t on his face". So for parents out there the language in this game is just too fierce. Also there is sexual content parents should be aware of. I would suggest that no kids under 17 should play this game.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byPrearistotle January 29, 2013
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

Rated M for Mature

DMC is already a popular franchise and it is known to be graphic. It's rated M for a reason. The violence is probably the most obvious. Bloody, gory, and over the top like a lot of other games. There is graphic nudity, mostly of women. The gameplay is easier than the previous games. Recommend only for mature, older teens and adults. Recommend playing when kids are asleep or out of the house.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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