DmC gets blasted in Metacritic user ratings

Users attack game for its narrative and simplistic combat.

Despite winning over the critics, Ninja Theory's reboot of the Devil May Cry series has taken a solid drubbing on its Metacritic user score page.

The Xbox 360 version of the game is currently sitting on an 86 Metascore at the time of writing, but the user score is a significantly lower 3.0 after 288 reviews.

Many of the complaints are aimed squarely at Ninja Theory's characters and narrative, with many criticising some of the late-game (and spoiler-filled) actions of Dante and his acquaintances.

Another common criticism is the level of difficulty, with many accusing it of being too simple for their tastes even on its more challenging modes.

Ninja Theory's take on the series has divided fans since its announcement, but most critics have embraced the game. The new combat approach alongside its attempts to engage with themes of capitalism and corporation in particular have been praised in reviews. "Sure, you may baulk at Dante's trendy new haircut, or maybe even miss a little of that B-movie Devil May Cry insanity," said GameSpot's Mark Walton in his 8.0 review of DmC, "but the heart of what makes the series so enticing and so much fun to play holds true here."

"DmC pulls off that unlikely reboot trick of feeling fresh and inviting while still holding onto what made the original series so appealing and so special. There's no point in looking back: Dante has got a brand-new future in front of him, and if DmC: Devil May Cry is anything to go by, it's going to be a great one."

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Goukakyuu91
Goukakyuu91

"Sure, you may baulk at Dante's trendy new haircut, or maybe even miss a little of that B-movie Devil May Cry insanity," said GameSpot's Mark Walton in his 8.0 review of DmC, "but the heart of what makes the series so enticing and so much fun to play holds true here."


Sorry I'm late to the party, but what Mark Walton said is a veiled insult, because the fans of classic DMC didn't care about Dante's hair color -- it certainly wasn't an important thing. Sure, there was a vocal minority of fans that criticized new Dante's appearance (not just his hair color!), but those were only the first complaints, and they came in response to the first trailer. That trailer didn't show any gameplay yet -- only what Dante and Limbo looked like (at that stage of development). A vocal minority was (understandably) still p*ssed off from the sudden change, and it wasn't the type of change they wanted. So what... those were just some of the fans' opinions, so why whine about that?


And it's not just that 'B-movie charm' DMC fans miss -- that's another veiled insult by Walton. What DMC fans miss is the over-the-top characters, the anime/horror style, the unpretentious and simple stories, and its unrestrictive and deep and rewarding combat system. Basically, they miss the quality and the series' original identity. DmC had none of the aforementioned; it had boring characters, a pretentious half-baked conspiracy theory plot, and restrictive gameplay of ''hit the blue enemy with the blue weapon''. Its boss fights revolved around circling the bosses and wailing on them with overpowered (and some severely underpowered) weapons. The game threw out SSSes like candy too.

Heck, do you even know that DmC only had HALF the amount of combos DMC4 did? And the combos it did have were pretty choppy compared to DMC3 and DMC4's combos. And the ending... urgh. Suddenly Dante the uncaring a-hole wants to defend the humans? Because...? Because of Kat, the annoying childish b-word that keeps running away and whining? Ergh... anyway, plenty of people know the ending's just stupid.


Aside from that, DmC just tried too hard, in too obvious ways. The game must've repeated the words 'f*** you' at least six times, when you count the three times Dante said it. Dante said things like ''my name, btw, is Dante!'' and ''You can call me Dante the demon killer!'' He's an arrogant jackass.

The game tried too hard to be 'edgy', and it was juvenile because of that. Sometimes the writing didn't make any sense.


So you see, it's not just resistance to a type of change people didn't want, it's resistance to a drop in quality. Honestly, I did find DmC mildly fun, but objectively speaking I could only give it a 6.5/10. DMC3, on the other hand, was worth a 9/10 to me.

And don't even start with that ''the fans caused DmC to fail'' bull. DmC was made to appeal to a huge audience, but it only attracted a small audience. That's the game's fault, not ours.

styresroy08
styresroy08

M enjoy lots.... Dante U are just aswm.. I think every one those are like ninja action, everybdy enjoyd this game.. my fvrt action pose E+F+Lft mus CLICK :-)

now waiting for DMC 6....

Kt-o-unico
Kt-o-unico

How about old Dante coming and impaling this emo shit through the ass?

Most of the gamers Devil May Cry's fans want old Dante back, CAPCOM fakes that is not hearing, but it is. Capcom can't ignore us for much time... RE Revelations was the prove that the producers gave ear to the old fans, besides that shit of RE 6...

gamerx100
gamerx100

DMC  is really bad. hated the tedious boss fights, they are all the same with different skins. everyone require you to run around in a circle like a chicken with it's head cut off while the giant head/monster/or whatever sits in the center spitting shit at you. what a snore. it bored me to death at halfway. and the story, what the heck is that, twin brothers, just like all those other japanese stories. not one bit of creativity in this game. i gave it a 2/10.

maxwell97
maxwell97

Metacritic user scores are so fake it's not even funny. You can find videos on YouTube where people show how they post hundreds of "zero" reviews to drive scores down for particular games they dislike.

Loshead
Loshead

I loved DMC 1 and 3 (two was trash). DMC 4 was entertaining. But I really love the reboot. The weak point in the original DMC's was the story. I really like the story in the new DMC. I like how they tied Dante and Virgil together. You can pull off some serious combos in this game, The action is fun and intense. I don't see why everyone is bashing this new DMC is amazing. Remember people were upset when they announced the reboot of the Batman movies, look how awesome they turned out. With this new story there are so many avenues capcom can go, I think Ninja Theory did an awesome job.

isaacyassar
isaacyassar

As a fan since the DMC3, what I personally want is for this new DmC game is to be an integrative addition to the series instead of a total reboot. I’d prefer the emo Dante be set as (e.g.) a grandson of original Dante who lives in different era. Thus, no conflict there. The previous playable characters remain intact in the DMC universe, available for future sequels. So there would be 4 playable characters, each with its own concept of combat: original Dante (have many styles & weapons), Nero (badass overpowered devil hand and chargeable sword/gun), Vergil (ass kicking katana swordmanship), and emo Dante (half demon half angel). Then I want Capcom to make a specialized game for each/some of them regularly, improving on previous concepts. And then I want Capcom to regularly host a grand poll asking fans what they want for the next DMC game. Basically a miracle.

quantumtheo
quantumtheo

Yeah b/c reviews are never bought...  ME3 has the same thing on metacritic.... 4.6 from users...

Incubus420
Incubus420

So you get two score here.  Scores from the educated few that get paid to critic and rate videogames of all kinds.  And we have the mindless thousands that probably haven't played the game but feel the need to bash it, because that's whats cool right now.  

gazisultima
gazisultima

So these reviews have a validity and credibility equal to a spoiled toddler throwing its toys out of the pram. I knew people could get pathetic, but not THIS pathetic. Anyone with an ounce of common sense will believe the critic's score.

Fastphase1
Fastphase1

"This is England

This knife of Sheffield steel

This is England

This is how we feel"

The Clash-This is England, from their last album "Cut the Crap"

I'm not sure why that song plays in my mind every time when I think about this new Devil May Cry.

ZemnisX
ZemnisX

Holy crap I can tell who hasn't played this game at all. No lifers haha wasting time making stuff up! I don't care what you say! I know in your hearts (the people bashing the game) that when you sat down and played it you thought it was f*cking awesome, but didn't want to admit how terribly wrong you were. Its not Devil May Cry we aren't in the 2000s anymore get modern. No one wants to be running around ONE castle with no plot

Bradjune80
Bradjune80

The combat itself is pretty average. What pulls it down is the fact that there's no way to aim your attacks, and that's a pretty big deal considering there's a lot of focus on pulling weak enemies to you and pulling yourself towards stronger enemies. Then there are color coded enemies that can only be hurt by certain weapons, limiting your combo options. Oh, and there's a shitton of bugs too(enemies that freeze in place, enemies that won't spawn, bosses become unkillable and the infamous flying glitch).

Bradjune80
Bradjune80

How to make a bad game look fine. A guide in three steps by Ninja Theory and Bioware:
1.Make a bad game
2.Make a feature even worse, and stir controversie around it
3.Blame any valid criticism in people angry about point 2

Bradjune80
Bradjune80

Not only is dantes new look and character horrible, that would be one thing. But the game itself is bad. The gameplay is shallow as it gets. Though everything looks flashy there is no depth to the combat and the style system is pointless and broken due to it being almost purely damage based. The fans are upset about a lot more then just his hair. And have been trying to tell the reviewers and others all their legitimate problems for months only to be Denigrated and talked down too.

When you say I have a problem with X, Y, Z. And the response from IGN, GAMESPOT, EUROGAMER boiles down to "YOU JUST DONT LIKE HIS HAIR". Why would the fans not be even more pissed off. The complainers havent been talking about the hair for a long time and reviewers and NinjaTheory FanBois have ignored us. Its a replay of the people that brought up valid points about what was going wrong with Diablo3 before its launch. Blizzard, just like NT did here, attacked the people with legitimate complaints rather then treat them like human beings.

The marketing straregy of attacking the core fans is what is wrong here. And GameSpot is guilty of taking part in it. So this game failing and the reviewers being exposed as nothing more then marketers is a good thing.

penalsnows
penalsnows

ive played all the dmc games and liked them all 2 was not all that great. 3 was the best out of the original series with the styles combat cutscenes and difficulty but in that story there were loose ends that left me hanging. DmC was a great game to stayed to the core gameplay the combat was fluent and left the players with plenty of control over their combat and let them make their own combos to their playstyle to me it was not a letdown it was amazing. the difficulties may have been easy as in the first dmc but as the series progressed they got harder. this one has a storyline and dantes new attitude and look fit in with it all to well. people complain about dante and virgil and how they are different and stray from the original but to me thats just opening up the series to come. if u look outside of the box this game could be a potential prequel to the original. as the original went 3 1 2. 3 left some plot holes as of why does virgil want to rule over the demons and humans. donte and virgil fight numerous times in 3 but we never got why they fought. this game gives us a look at donte as a teenager (his new look) and virgil (his new look). and also in 3 during the first fight dante asks virgil how long has it been a year which means they met before the time of 3. if u have finished the new one then u no that the ending deals with dante and virgil. so as the new series progresses we will see dante and virgil  change into the original characters we know and love. mundus was in the first one and wanted to kill dante so i take it for revenge and for spardas power which DmC has showed us. all in all i give this game an 8 for combat characters and storyline because it has so much potential to give us the backstory and events that leads up to the original

91210user
91210user

Did the game deserve to be let down because of it's story thou? Isn't that a bit unfair? There always a first time for everything.

koospetoors
koospetoors

Guess that white wig easter egg really got to the fans, ohoho.

MegaDooOooM
MegaDooOooM

The game isn't that bad I really enjoyed the game except when dante was screaming like a girl when mundes charged at him or when he was trying to save vergil anyway the background music is great I liked it and as they said the game rebooted so don't expect the game to be like the old ones (for me i love the old series more than the new one) But i hoped  that the new series is going to be like we'd expected (OLD SERIES) ,BUT since this is a new series i guess that they will make it better in the next game of the series


sahandx360
sahandx360

DMC is one of the best in this franchise, you must play it to understand how perfect and fun this game is.

TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

Well, this isn't a surpise. After all, with all the damn failings/scams by the gaming companys now adays, it's no wonder fans aren't happy with all this crap we are getting. ME 3 ending, day 1 dlc, Bayonette wii u exlusive anyone, attacking the used game company (worst one) and Dante's new look which is just horrible (not to mention his attitude which is much worse than even Devil may cry 2-_-). I've been around the Devil May Cry franchise for a long time but seriously, if this is how the new games is going... then let the series die with respect.

The funny thing is that I couldn't even stand to rent the game for 1 whole day as it was a piece of $*(#. -_- 

Ex_Celius
Ex_Celius

Haven't got the chance to experience DmC yet since I'm waiting for the PC version so I can't express my opinion of it. But from what I've seen from the videos I've watched of DmC, it's definitely not worth 0's, 1's or 2's in the ratings. I mean... seriously?

6_Shooter_25
6_Shooter_25

DmC is honestly up there with 1 and 4 for me, as far as what tier of quality it belongs on. The game is easier than previous entries in the series, yes, but it's not so easy as to make it feel as if the game is playing itself or anything, like Enslaved kind of felt. 

By the way, for those who haven't played it yet: The combat feels fluid and fantastic. Not as hard to master as DMC 3 or 4, but the ability to swap five weapons out on the fly and in mid-combo allows you to create your own string of attacks easily. That's a plus in my book.

Also, the new Dante isn't nearly as awful as I thought he would be. The whole game is far more understated as far as the way characters behave but it's more easy to relate to, and the story as a whole is definitely of a different, and better, quality than that of previous games.

I don't know. Even as a long time fan of the DMC series and a naysayer of this iteration up until recently, I have to say that Ninja Theory surprised me in a good way with their effort and I can't wait to see what they can do with a second game.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

This ISN'T news. Metacritic has always been known for un-accurate, completely fake reviews from trolls. It's rare when you see user scores above 6.0 for the overall average.

hurricanea7x
hurricanea7x

I've never played any DMC games, and i'll start with this one, because it just looks fun, and I have no intention of playing any of the series' previous games. I hope i'll make a big number of fanboys just ragechoke to death with this comment: ALL FANBOYS MUST DISAPPEAR 

(note fanboys≠ decent people who are fans of the series, but that category of people who build shrines to their favorite series/characters and bring gehenna unto anyone who proposes a change)

reyan1455
reyan1455

I'm a huge fan of DMC series....but this game sucks on storyline,boss battles. Whatever is left, make this game not worth buying.

Faramir535
Faramir535

I'm a huge fan of dmc games and honestly I was skeptical about new DmC, 'till I played the demo on x360. The game is amazing, I'm getting it asap.

FolkIore
FolkIore

I played the game and beat it,  I enjoyed every second.

dmblum1799
dmblum1799

The problem with trusting these type of reviews is you don't know if they've actually played the game or just the demo.

Frankly, you don't know if they've played the game at all. At least the pro reviewers have to play the game to the end.

Adapttttttt
Adapttttttt

I'm currently playing the game on SOS and it's wayyyyyyyyyyyy harder than it was on the demo, it actually surprised me.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

I just finished the game myself, and in my opinion, the "fan outrage" the game is getting hit by is damn silly.

First off, Devil May Cry, and any of it's characters or mechanics have never personally struck me as something so amazingly awesome that
whatever structure the series' following deemed "THE WAY IT MUST BE" should only be deviated to great peril. I enjoyed the first and third games
because they were good action games, but neither blew my mind. The second and fourth games were the epitome of pedestrian. Again, this is my opinion.

Second, with all the outsourcing going on with established series these days, most to less than favorable results by developers that we don't even know why
they were given the name to work with in the first place, be thankful that DMC was given to a dev that knows how to make decent action games, because regardless of
how big of a blasphemy you think this game is, I can guarantee you, it could have been a hell of a lot worse.

Finally, in regards to the "extreme deviation" in part of the story, characters, and narrative of the game, perhaps I'm missing something, but besides Dante being a stereotypical badass and him being the one who should have "filled Trish's soul with light", I can't recall there being much of any kind of story or motive in any of the prior four games, and I played through them all. The aesthetic collectively is a plausible action game troupe. Ninja Theory, again solely in my opinion, has stirred in more personality and character in their reboot than I can ever recall seeing in any of the other games.

Ok, my 2 cents.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Played all the DMC games and this new one is just plain amazing. Through the roof production values, insane graphics and super fluid gameplay. I'm not far yet enough in the game to judge the story, but so far it seems fine, and its good enough to capture your attention. Basically, this user review fiasco should be ignored completely as we have already seen this type of behavior many times before for many different games. I'm glad I trusted the real critics on this one. 

Richard841
Richard841

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 also got blasted on metacritic user scores but no one hears about that.

ultimatetadpole
ultimatetadpole

This game is absolutely terrible, a 4 at best. The story and writing are the product of a 12 year old kid who's read too much V For Vendetta. The graphics are terrible, which creepy looking character models that put everything firmly in the Uncanny Valley. The music is an insult to every talented musician to ever make music: a clusterbomb of drop-D guitars thrashing at background wubs made by a kid on FruityLoops. The gameplay is just an insult. It's pathetically easy and I breezed through the demo on Son of Sparda difficulty without being hit once. It took everything to even complete the game on SoS in 4 and you would die dozens of times! The axe one hits everything and gives you an SSS rating without even trying. There is no reason, and no means, to do any of the stylish combat DMC is known for. Chaining combos together takes barely and skill and practise, and why use them when the axe destroys everything? This game is an insult to the previous DMCs and should be reviewed comparing them to the older games. It's the same genre and series, what possible explanation is there for just pretending they don't exist when it comes to DmC? This game is awful and it's fans are awful. I played through the demo and have every right to express my outrage at the direction this series I loved so much is going in. Also note: I didn't once mention Dante's hair, that's just a crutch supporters fall back on when they realise they don't have any legitimate counter-arguments to why the game is bad.

Articuno76
Articuno76

It's all well and good that the critics have their opinion  but why is it that in pieces like this we are constantly seemingly forcefully being given their opinion again.  It's almost as if the media conspired together to portray the game in a particular light, or like they are getting paid to (which I don't honestly think they are).  These articles always have some kind of 'slant' to them that is a little unnerving.

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

I just noticed the Hipster Dbag that wrote this article..... I bet he LOVES this game LMAO Those giant glasses better be prescription Bub.

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

The game is terrible. its way too easy. the art style is ugly. the characters are annoying. dante in this game in not likeable at all. the game is glitchy. the music, oh god the music... its TERRIBLE!! I never liked ninja theory and this is strike 3 for me. I will never buy another one of their games again.

evagelios
evagelios

I prefer this DMC over all the others. 

New characters feel like they could exist in reality, give or take a few supernatural things. New Dante pulls off being a badass without having to make me feel like I'm  in an episode of some anime I am half-heartedly watching.

Combat and puzzles and platforming arent too terribly difficult, but its FUN. And the more I game the more I notice people complaining about whats NOT there more often than what you're given.

I get the whole, hating to see your old heroes in new forms thing. But being a megaman fan I have seen, and played my fair share of strange megaman iterations and again, loved them for what they offered, not for what their predecessors did.

slikjohnson
slikjohnson

Last boss epic fight. Cant wait for a sequel.

ipinto1441
ipinto1441

People evaluate DmC not for what it really is, but what the other DMC games are! I've seen this happen with dragon age 2 as well... DmC is a great game, with a great gameplay and good graphics! It's not DMC 3 or stuff, it's DmC! 

Aspire85
Aspire85

I bought this on it's release date (and have actually played it unlike most of those megacritic 'reviewers') and I happen to think it's one of the best in the series.

People that think for themselves should pick this up and give it a try.

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

So we all agree that the new DMC is totally garbage?... thought it would be, didnt even wanna finish the demo never mind the full game.

santinegrete
santinegrete

This is feedbackula material. Where is that hypster that passionately defended femminism in the last episodes? Lol, just grinding you gears mister, love your show.

threefingered
threefingered

Fans of the series are taking this all way too seriously. This game is a great addition to the Franchise, which needed a fresh take/reboot...

Boil it down and you have :

A great narrative

Excellent storytelling

Excellent gameplay

Great variety

Great graphics

Replay value

...What's not to like...?

finalfantasy94
finalfantasy94

Pretty sure most of the reviews are people who just saw vids and dont like dante look and thats about it.

alenth
alenth

I bet that a lot of these kids complaining about the difficulty never finished the old games in "dante must die" difficulty without using infinite devil trigger....

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

You know, I'm a die-hard DMC fan. I played through both DMC 1&3 on DMD with no items using only the base sword (except where required to shoot to progress the game for example). It's not DMC3 hard but it is still a DMC difficulty and certainly more complex than the original DMC's "Stinger, High Time, Helmbreaker, rinse repeat."

People act like it's DMC2 and it isn't. Not even close. The game is entirely aware of its heritage and embraces it where appropriate. Hell, if I had a complaint it is that the gameplay is TOO similar to previous DMC games. The weapons are almost identical to previous weapons. 

You can all bitch and complain but you're doing so purely for the sake of it. In fact, from what I've read, people seem to say "The game sucks because XYZ...(long post)... and that's why I never bought it." If you want to be sheep because it makes you feel better, go for it.

NTM23
NTM23

Any game that is liked by critics and gets low scores from users, I think those users are bias, and I feel like metacritic, just as any other site that lets users review and score games should be monitored. They should be disallowed to make reviews or put down scores if it's not just. On a somewhat different note, this seems to be a game that would go down in the 'best game no one played' award of the year.

dantesergei
dantesergei

I don't really care, im not going to play this.