Way Back When
Capcom’s Resident Evil franchise has been capturing the hearts of gamers worldwide for decades with its survival horror gameplay and campy storytelling. But after multiple entries focusing on that slow burn tension, the Resident Evil team began conceiving the fourth title as a stylish action experience with a side of humor. After first hinting at the game way back in 1999, though, they finally came to the realization that such blistering hack-and-slash gameplay was ill-suited to what fans had come to expect and decided to rework the game into something entirely fresh.
A few years later, players were finally able to enjoy that brand new game under its equally brand new name: Devil May Cry. Far removed from the trepidation felt exploring haunted mansions in Resident Evil, Devil May Cry was considerably more thrilling and fast-paced when it launched on the PlayStation 2 in 2001. It retained a dark and dreary atmosphere and some light horror themes, but rather than creeping through puzzle-laden rooms, its wise-cracking and often funny protagonist Dante used his sword and guns to slash enemies while jumping and flipping about in a chaotic flurry of combo-driven combat.
Players made their way through missions aiming to hit high scores by varying their attack patterns and learning to weave together combos. After beating the hell out of demons for a bit, they could even turn Dante into a demonic force by using the “Devil Trigger”, which would power him up and let him become a force to be reckoned with. Yet as exciting as it all was, it still managed to break things up with some puzzle-solving that could be considered Resident Evil-lite in nature, but it never slowed things down too long before the demon slaying resumed.
Devil May Cry went on to sell pretty well, especially for a new franchise, and it received nearly universally praise from critics. Additionally, Dante’s charming but cocky “bad boy” personality rapidly earned him a spot as one of gaming’s most beloved characters. The series has since spawned four mainline sequels, a one-off reboot, and a mobile spin-off, and Dante has crossed over as a guest character in various other fighting and action games over the years. It’d be hard to find a more popular silver-haired hero, and it’d be equally hard to find another series quite as beautifully off-the-wall and visceral as Devil May Cry.
Where You Can Play It Now
The best way to play Devil May Cry is in the full trilogy remaster collection release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Those versions are also playable on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, making it pretty easy to get your hands on these classics nowadays.
Here’s the modern platforms on which you can access Devil May Cry:
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X
- Nintendo Switch
When you wrap up this first entry in the Devil May Cry franchise, don’t forget to check out its two older sequels, which are also available as part of the remastered trilogy on the aforementioned consoles. The later games in the series are also easily accessible on the majority of those consoles, too, making it quite easy to play them all.