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Devil May Cry HD Collection Review |

The Devil May Cry HD Collection is a bargain at $39.99, but the title may be misleading to many. The correct title should be, “Devil May Cry kind of HD Collection” The collection includes the original in all its glory, as well as part 2 and 3 special edition as well as a vault of songs and art work. Not bad, right?

Well the problem is Capcom was either extremely lazy or some technical issue prevented them from giving the HD treatment to the cut scenes and menus. Yes, even the menus are 4:3 SD in all their blurry glory for you to enjoy. How this happened is beyond me. The overall enjoyment is greatly reduced when fighting in HD, collecting your first orb, and are suddenly treated by a small screen explaining what the orb is used for. Extremely disappointing.

The game looks dated, but the HD treatment has the characters and enemies looking super polished. You’re getting 2 of the best games in the series, and if you price it at $19.99 for those 2 titles, it’s a bargain for sure, even with the 4:3 FMV’s and menus aside. Devil May Cry 1 will always be held with great regards for balancing out action and a leveling system with a challenging difficulty. Devil May Cry 2, on the other hand, has the difficulty of a sesame street game and should be avoided at all costs. The HD overhaul hasn’t changed anything for part 2. It is still boring and brainless with absolutely zero enjoyment. 3 is the best in regards to difficulty and over the top combo madness. It has aged well and still remains one of my favorite games for the ps2 era.

The sound is just like you remember, with over the top rock techno and the ever so familiar sound of going into menus and collecting items. The camera is debatable; some despise it with the ability to control it being zero until the third installment, and even then, you can only slightly move it in certain areas. If you lived under a rock and have never played the game, this will be your biggest gripe most likely. Like I said, I don’t mind it and always thought it was rather innovative for its time. This is something that could have been addressed, but seeing as the menus and story scenes are so ugly with no effort whatsoever put into them for this collection, I am once again not surprised.

3 Platinum trophies with part 2 being the easiest to obtain, trophy hunters will need a good chunk of time for a small price of admission. With my complaints aside, this is a collection that belongs in your PS3 library for nostalgic sake. Most definitely a buy.


Best Action/RPG around
Extremely satisfying combat
Gaming History on one Disc
unforgivable 4:3 Menus and cut scenes
  • Cheeto

    The first DMC was my favorite game on PS2. I skipped the second one and didn’t go through the third. 4:3 menus and cut scenes suck! sorry to hear so buddy. I could imagine how angry you were lol Great review Jason, looking forward to the 4th installment.

  • I’ve never played DMC, I think I’ll see if they have it for rental and give it a try.

  • Yeah was bad Cheeto. Nothing like getting to the end of part 1 and the movies have black borders all around them and are blurry lol

  • wolfkin

    if you price it at $19.99 for those 2 titles

    Problem is I don’t. I price ’em at $10 and so $40 it a bit pricey for me.

  • I still own DMC and DMC3 but seeing these games in HD with trophy support is a must buy when they hit 20 bucks that is. 😛

  • wolfkin

    agreed.. i got Orgins for what $14 each during hte spring fever sale?

    but I did get Ico Col, and Metal Gear col for $20 a bundle. I like last generation when games would drop to $20 on the normal.. having games drop to $30 on the normal doesn’t feel the same.

  • The Trophy Support does make the grinding away for red orbs enjoyable.

  • i never played any of the devil may cry games, so ill end up picking this up when the price drops. It makes me really wonder how bad dmc 2 really is.

  • just picked up MGS HD remake, I gotta get this one too sometime soon, or when im done with mgs

  • @mowmow Imagine an epic huge boss and simply holding shoot and not moving for 5 mins. Thats how the battles play out. Its so boring. Too many people complained that part 1 was too hard so for 2 they made it as easy as a kids title. You dont ever need to level up a weapon or gun too beat the game. You wont die once the entire game either.