DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Great but very violent action game has sex, strong language.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

Entertains by shock fantasy violence. Some allegorical commentary on real-world issues about corrupt financial organizations, the role of news networks spreading information, and commercialism. Encourages skepticism of large institutions.   

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dante's enjoyment of violence, tendency toward rebellion make him a poor behavioral guide for kids, but in the end he's a mostly noble soul interested in protecting the world, saving those he loves.

Ease of Play

Multiple skill options allow players to adjust difficulty throughout the game. But control scheme is complex, takes time to master. Combat never a walk in the park, even on the simplest setting.


Dante uses pistols, a shotgun, melee weapons including swords, an ax, a scythe to kill demonic creatures. Blood flows with every successful strike. Slow-motion camera work draws attention to visceral attacks showing enemies diced into bloody pieces, beheaded, seemingly exploding from inside by gunshots.


Several sexually charged scenarios involving provocatively dressed strippers, plus scenes where nudity, sex suggested but cleverly obscured by environmental objects. Unlockable concept art shows female characters with bare bosoms. 


Strong, frequent use of "c--t," "f--k," and "s--t."


Reboot of a long-running series action fans are familiar with.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Crack" is mentioned. A fictional drink depicted as an addictive, mind-controlling substance.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition is a remastered re-release of an action game originally launched in 2013. It's exceptionally violent, glamorizing protagonist Dante's bloody battles against demons with swords and guns by depicting gushes of blood and applying slow-motion effects for particularly gruesome attacks. It also contains adult sexual material, including scenes with strippers, topless women, and implied sex. Strong language, such as "f--k" and "c--t," is peppered through the dialogue. Plus, although there isn't overt drug usage, it does reference an energy drink that seems to have addictive, mind-controlling substances. This isn't a game meant for children.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBobbymanz September 9, 2020

For 15+

This is a very good game with a good plot. The definitive edition cuts out some unnecessary nudity compared to the original. moderate suggestive themes and mode... Continue reading
Parent Written bynuenjins November 1, 2017

Great game mechanics oversaturated with gross out sex and gore.

I hated the original DMC, but came around when Devil May Cry 2 came out, then 3, then 4 was HD but not quite as good and more repetative. OK. The controls are t... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byJamiefoster August 20, 2020
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 June 4, 2019

Remaster is much improving and better than original

This remaster is great as it adds skins from past Devil May Cry games. Violence is the same but slightly more high definition, and long combos can be intense an... Continue reading

What's it about?

DMC: DEVIL MAY CRY DEFINITIVE EDITION is a remastered version of Capcom's 2013 reboot of its gothic action franchise. Players take on the role of Dante, a disillusioned young man born of the union between an angel and a demon. He's understandably conflicted and rebellious, but with the help of a woman named Kat and a twin brother he never knew he had, he uses his otherworldly skill with guns and bladed weapons in a fight against the King of Demons, an evil business mogul intent on destroying the world by plunging it into debt, controlling what people think via a private news network, and spurring a population-wide addiction to a poisonous soft drink manufactured by one of his companies. The Definitive Edition offers enhanced graphics along with all the extra downloadable content made available for the original game. This includes new outfits, weapons, a survival mode, and a new campaign mode with a different playable character. It also packs a new manual targeting system and the ability to speed up the action by 20 percent -- both of which are optional and recommended only for skilled players.  

Is it any good?

The original DmC: Devil May Cry was an unexpected delight for grown-up gamers. It not only rebooted the franchise, it also matured it. It provided a more authentic and likable protagonist while offering a complex story with some thought-provoking ideas. But it also allowed players to tweak the franchise's classic guns-'n'-swords action to suit how they wanted to play, making the game as easy or challenging as they liked (other games in the franchise have been notoriously difficult).

All that good stuff remains in this enhanced edition for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Now it just looks better, runs faster (the jump to 60 frames per second will be especially appreciated by players who prefer harder skill settings that demand split-second timing), and includes every bit of extra content released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. Older teens who were too young to try the original when it launched but have since matured can take satisfaction that this current-generation version of DmC is, as its title suggests, the definitive edition of a great action game. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in games. Have you observed any difference in how you feel or behave after playing violent games? 

  • Families also can discuss how women are depicted in this game. Why are some depicted as strong and confident while others are not?

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