With Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition just a month away, I figured it was a great time to workshop a ranking of each previous entry of the series. This list also does not include the reboot DmC: Devil May Cry as I have chosen not to play it, and cannot judge a game that I have not played. So let’s do this.
5. DMC 2
By far, this is the worst Devil May Cry game of all time. I don’t think I’ll get any complaints with this one as it’s generally perceived by most players to be a terrible sequel. The game is short (I, myself, beat it in one 8-hour session), it’s way too easy as you can essentially just shoot your way through the entire game with Ebony & Ivory (the iconic dual pistols wielded by Dante), there just really isn’t a need to do much else other than pull the trigger on every enemy you see. While there were a few additions to the game such as a couple of new weapons, the game’s still at the bottom for me.
4. DMC 5
Okay…okay..I know what you’re thinking. No, I don’t think Devil May Cry 5 is a bad game. I love the game…but there is only 5 games, so there has to be 1 or 2 that fall lower on the list. Devil May Cry 5, the most recent entry in the series, is a great game that introduced some new characters and brought back some classics from previous games. The biggest reason I’m putting it at the bottom is that it’s too short. The gameplay is phenomenal and the soundtrack is SSSmokin. There just isn’t enough of it due to the fact that it’s much easier than some of the others, so you’ll spend less time retrying each mission. I’m not a huge fan of the missions where you’re forced to play as “V” either. It’s a cool concept, but I don’t like being in control of 2-3 other entities that do the fighting for me, it’s just strange, though it does offer an opportunity to diverge from the classic mindless hacking and slashing. The story is also not the greatest of the games. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. Don’t get me wrong, I love the game. I just love the next 3 a bit more.
3. DMC 4
Devil May Cry 4 was the first DMC game in which the main character is not Dante. DMC4 puts players in the shoes of a new character known as Nero. While Dante does make several appearances, the player spends most of the game playing as Nero. They both play very similarly as they both have iconic weapons such as a sword and pistols, but there are some key differences, one of which being Nero’s devil arm that allows him to reach locations that would normally be inaccessible and grapple enemies. I loved this and a lot of other people did as well since they brought him back in DMC5. The soundtrack was also amazing and Nero’s battle theme is much different than Dante’s, as Nero is much younger this battle theme is much more aggressive and more fitting. The gameplay and graphics were also much smoother than previous games and it’s still a very enjoyable experience.
2. Devil May Cry
Released in 2001, Devil May Cry is the first entry into the DMC series and was very well received by players and critics all around with GameSpot giving it a 9.1/10. When I heard that Scalebound had been cancelled, a friend of mine had told me to play Devil May Cry, as it was fairly similar to what Scalebound would have been. I ignored him for years, until one day I decided to give it a go and thus began my journey down the rabbit hole of DMC (So thanks, Chris). I spent so much time with Devil May Cry, and it was such a satisfying feeling when I finally figured out where I needed to go or what I needed to do (though much of this difficulty was due to the camera system being the absolute worst in any video game ever and I will die on that hill). The boss fights were difficult, but once you start paying attention to certain mechanics it prepares you for the next fights and really does a great job of forcing the player to learn the mechanics rather than go in blind. The battle themes are also some of the best in the series.
1. Devil May Cry 3
Devil May Cry 3 was really where DMC found its footing. This was the game where we really started to see Dante’s character grow into what he is and the whole game became centered on style and pizzazz. I loved the back and forth between Dante and the other characters in the game (especially Jester). Devil May Cry 3 also introduced players to the idea of Styles (Trickster, Swordmaster, Gunslinger, Royalguard, Quicksilver, and Doppelganger) which gave players endless variety for gameplay and allowed players to really play how they wanted to play. The soundtrack in DMC3 is also, in my opinion, includes the most iconic battle theme in all of DMC, “Taste the Blood” (though on the OST it is “Battle-1”). Out of all of the games in the Devil May Cry series, I had the most fun playing DMC3.
So there it is. My personal ranking of the Devil May Cry titles. Do you agree? What does your list look like? Let us know down in the comments below! Meanwhile, I’m gonna wait for Devil May Cry 6.
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