Capcom brings the six-year-old Devil May Cry HD Collection to PS4 and Xbox One. That’s why the semi-demon Dante doesn’t look fresher. Capcom apparently rummaged through old video game drawers and discovered the Devil May Cry HD Collection for PS3 and Xbox 360, released in 2012. And because today’s Remaster era on PS4 and Xbox One doesn’t want to miss it. The current consoles have to bury it again.

TitleDevil May Cry HD Collection
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
PublisherCapcom
Developer(s)Capcom, Ninja Theory
GenreHack and slash
ReleaseMarch 13, 2018
ModeSingle Player
ESRB-rating-Mature-17+MATURE - Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

However, not much has happened. The thick layer of dust that Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2 and Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition have now applied cannot hide the resolution screwed from 720p to 1080p compared to the original collection.

4K wouldn’t have been able to handle the old games, so you’ll have to make do with Full HD on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X as well.

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Very slightly adapted

In addition to the higher resolution, you can look forward to 60 frames per second, Dante always sniffs through the cool-designed demon creatures exceptionally fluently.

Apart from that, the developers apparently haven’t made any adjustments – at least none that you as players would notice. Some of the cutscenes are even in 4:3 format and, like the subtitles of the first part, much too coarse-grained.

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Besides, the menus of the series debut with their flashy neon fonts and the poor adaptation to today’s screens cause headaches. Capcom should have done it again. Even the dark scenes seem barren and lifeless in all three games. The fixed camera perspectives created overview problems even then.

Playfully well aged?

Devil May Cry is now over 15 years old, which is also noticeable in a playful way. At that time the animations were not yet so smooth, the combos were rather dull. The controls weren’t the yellow of the egg either – you have to press and hold the aim button to shoot.

We don’t want to say anything about Devil May Cry 2. The 2003 sequel to the series is considered a black sheep with little spectacular outdoor areas. Too short playing time and monotonous button-mashing boss battles. Here you can also shoot without aiming at enemies – whereby Dante likes to attack creatures off-screen due to camera problems.

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No surprise: Devil May Cry 3 is the collection’s latest title. The best both visually and playfully. Thanks to new combat and evasion maneuvers, it is still fun today to disassemble the opponents and elegantly chain up blows and shots.

The only question is, who should play the HD Collection? Owners of the “old” collection for PS3 and Xbox 360 or even the original games get nothing new. If you are looking for a fast-paced action game, however, Devil May Cry 4 or DMC is the better choice. Thus only the museum aspect remains. Whoever has never played the old parts and now wants to make up for it, gets the best opportunity to do so here.