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DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Capcom
- Release date: March 10, 2015
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language
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