Devil May Cry (デビル メイ クライ Debiru Mei Kurai?) is a series of hack and slash video games set in the modern day, developed and published by Capcom and created by Hideki Kamiya. Originally intended to be the fourth installment in Capcom's Resident Evil series, Devil May Cry has been cited as the beginning of a sub-genre of action games by the name of "Character Action".
As of 2018, there are six games in the series, though DmC: Devil May Cry is a reboot rather than a continuation. A compilation of the first three games, Devil May Cry HD Collection, was also released on March 28, 2012. A direct sequel to Devil May Cry 4, titled Devil May Cry 5, was announced on June 10th, 2018 during the Microsoft press conference at E3.
The series has been a marketing success, selling over 13 million copies as of September 30, 2013 and all five entries being awarded the "Platinum Title" award by Capcom.  The success of the video game series has led to the creation of comic books, manga series, three novelizations, an anime series, guides, collectibles, publications, and a variety of action figures.
In 1998, after the completion of Resident Evil 3, preliminary work on a PlayStation 2 installment of the Resident Evil series began under the direction of Hideki Kamiya, under the name "Team Little Devil". Early research and development work included a trip to Spain to examine various castles as a basis for the game's environments. However, in prototype status, it proved to be a radical departure from the established Resident Evil formula and the survival horror genre in general. Rather than abandon the project entirely, the premise was changed and it eventually became the first Devil May Cry.
Although the series is substantially different from its original inspiration, its lineage is still apparent, from the recurring boss characters and tendency towards grotesque adversaries, the need to solve elaborate puzzles to proceed, to the "This Game Contains Scenes Of Violence And Gore" warning at the opening sequence and "You Are Dead" game over screens. The violent finishing moves some monsters can perform are also reminiscent of its lineage.
Common gameplay elementsEdit
The gameplay of the series focuses primarily on fast and "stylish" combat; gaining a high style ranking requires long attack and evasion strings while avoiding damage. In later games, the system was slightly modified so players had to actively vary the attacks used, so as to maintain the style rank. The style rank is tracked during combat with letter grades, from worst to best: D, C, B, A, S. They are also represented by words that start with the first letter of the class, "Dull" for D for example. The third game introduced "SS" and "SSS" ranks, which continued in the fourth. Each level, or "mission", is also ranked using these letters. The player's overall grade is computed as a result of his or her total Style along with time and amount of items collected and used.
The game also features some puzzle-solving and exploration elements retained from its survival horror beginnings, but these are downplayed; Devil May Cry games put emphasis on action.
The Devil Trigger ability enables the player's character to transform into a devil-like form with additional powers based on their current weapon, while the character's strength and speed increase and health is slowly restored.
Dante is generally the lead character in the games, though Devil May Cry 2 featured two other characters, Lucia and Trish, who have their own missions to play through; the Special Edition of Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening allowed the player to use Vergil; and Devil May Cry 4 features a new protagonist named Nero, however Dante is playable through a sizable chunk of the storyline. In the Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, Trish and Vergil returned as playable characters, and Lady made her debut as a playable character in the series.
Each game in the series has added new elements to the gameplay.
Devil May Cry 2 introduced the ability to perform combination attacks in mid-air and an evasion button. It also introduced a weapon-change button, so the player could cycle through ranged weapons without switching to the inventory screen.
Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening added a selection of gameplay styles, allowing the player to focus on their favorite techniques or weapons, whether it be swords, guns, evasion, or defense. Each of the four basic styles gain experience points, which unlock more techniques and abilities without costing Red Orbs, the common currency of the series. A second weapon-change button was added, allowing the player to cycle through the character's melee weaponry as well as firearms.
Devil May Cry 4 added a major innovation in the form of Nero's Devil Bringer, which gives players the ability to pull distant enemies in to be attacked, push them away, or smash them into the ground. Players are also allowed to switch styles in mid-combat with Dante. The addition of Proud Souls to buy abilities allowed for a more flexible gameplay as they can be fully refunded and used again, if the player decides he or she would rather have a different ability. Red Orbs are still present, although they are used solely to buy items.
The series centers on Dante's goal of avenging his mother's murder by exterminating demons. In the process, he encounters and is challenged by his twin brother, Vergil, who Dante thought was dead. As the series progresses it is revealed that the demon emperor Mundus is responsible for the loss of Dante's mother and the corruption of his brother.
The chronological order of the Devil May Cry series does not follow the release order of the games and related media. Devil May Cry 3 manga takes place earliest in the timeline, serving as a prequel to Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, which itself is a prequel to Devil May Cry, followed by the anime series, Devil May Cry Volume 2 leads into Devil May Cry 2, then Devil May Cry 4. and Devil May Cry 5 is final chronological installment of the series. Vergil's cutscenes in Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition are set before Devil May Cry 3, however it is not clear whether or not they are before or after the Manga.
Devil May Cry Volume 1 was originally the prequel to Devil May Cry, but was replaced by Devil May Cry 3. However, Devil May Cry 3 invalidates accounts of Dante as an adult in the novel, leaving information on his childhood unchanged and some of it is referenced in both the manga and anime.
Devil May Cry 3 mangaEdit
Devil May Cry 3: Dante's AwakeningEdit
Dante crosses over to the demon world and catches up with Arkham, and he and Vergil work together to bring down Arkham. Dante and Vergil fight yet again, and Dante is victorious. Returning to the human world, Dante meets Lady outside the tower where she coins the phrase "devil may cry" while trying to comfort Dante over the loss of his brother. They form a friendship and the beginnings of a partnership in demon-slaying, and he names his shop "Devil May Cry".
Devil May CryEdit
Devil May Cry: The Animated SeriesEdit
Devil May Cry 2Edit
After Dante departs, Arius returns, though Lucia goes on to defeat him. Within the portal, Dante fights and defeats the partially summoned Argosax. Finding the portal closed, Dante instead drives further into the demon realm on a motorcycle. In the aftermath of the battle, Matier insists to Lucia that Sparda returned from a similar trip. Sometime later, in Dante's shop, Lucia muses about Dante. Outside, the sound of a motorcycle echoes, and Lucia leaves to investigate. The player is not shown whether or not it is Dante.
Devil May Cry 4Edit
Devil May Cry 5: Before the NightmareEdit
Devil May Cry 5Edit
Reception & SalesEdit
|Game||Global Sales in Millions|
|Devil May Cry||3.00|
|Devil May Cry 2||1.97|
|Devil May Cry 3||2.3 (4.3)|
A brief account of the development history of the Devil May Cry franchise aired in two segments on the Machinima YouTube network as part of their ongoing series "All Your History Are Belong To Us". The January 14, 2013 episode detailed the original Devil May Cry trilogy, while the January 21, 2013 segment focused on Devil May Cry 4 and DmC: Devil May Cry.
|Devil May Cry|
|Characters||Dante - The Dark Knight Sparda - Eva - Trish|
|Bosses||Griffon - Mundus - Nelo Angelo - Nightmare - Phantom|
|Lesser Demons||Beelzebub - Blade - Fetish - Frost - Kyklops - Marionette - Nobody - Plasma - Sargasso - Shadow - Sin Scissors & Scythe|
|Devil Arms||Alastor - Force Edge & Sparda - Ifrit - Yamato|
|Guns||Ebony & Ivory - Grenadegun - Luce & Ombra - Needlegun - Nightmare-β - Shotgun|
|Locations||Broken Bridge - Dante's Office - Mallet Island - Mirror World|
|Music||Seeds of Love|
|Devil May Cry 2|
|Characters||Playable||Dante - Lucia - Trish|
|Non-playable||Arius - Matier|
|Bosses||Argosax - Bolverk - Furiataurus - Infested Chopper - Infested Tank - Jokatgulm - Nefasturris - Noctpteran - Orangguerra - Phantom - Tartarussian & Plutonian - Tateobesu - Trismagia|
|Lesser Demons||Blade - Demonochorus - Erupt Gel - Finis Demon - Flambat - Infestant - Goat Clan - Mancer Demon - Msira - Puia - Sargasso - Savage Golem - Secretary - Spicere|
|Weapons||Dante||Merciless - Rebellion - Vendetta - Ebony & Ivory - Missile Launcher - Shotgun - Submachine Guns|
|Lucia||Cutlaseer - Klyamoor - Zambak - Bow Gun - Cranky Bomb - Darts - Throwing Daggers|
|Trish||Sparda - Luce & Ombra - Nightmare-γ|
|Locations||Dante's Office - Demon World - Dumary Island - Human World|
|Miscellaneous||Amulet - Arcana - Guidepost - Sin Devil Trigger|
|Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening|
|Characters||Playable||Dante - Vergil|
|Non-playable||Arkham - Lady - Mundus|
|Bosses||Agni & Rudra - Beowulf - Cerberus - Doppelganger - Geryon - Gigapede - Leviathan - Nevan|
|Lesser Demons||Abyss - Arachne - Blood-goyle - Damned Chessmen - Dullahan - Enigma - The Fallen - Hell Envy - Hell Pride - Hell Sloth - Hell Vanguard - Hell Wrath - Seven Hells of the Demon Army - Soul Eater|
|Weapons||Dante||Agni & Rudra - Beowulf - Cerberus - Nevan - Rebellion - Artemis - Ebony & Ivory - Kalina Ann - Shotgun - Spiral|
|Vergil||Beowulf - Force Edge - Yamato - Summoned Swords|
|Styles||Dante||Doppelganger - Gunslinger - Quicksilver - Royalguard - Swordmaster - Trickster|
|Locations||13th Avenue - 66 Slum Avenue - Bullseye Bar - Dante's Office - Demon World - Human World - Love Planet - Residential Area - Temen-ni-gru|
|Music||Devils Never Cry - Divine Hate - Suffer - Taste The Blood|
|Devil May Cry 4|
|Characters||Playable||Dante - Lady - Nero - Trish - Vergil|
|Non-playable||Agnus - Credo - Gloria - Kyrie - Sanctus|
|Bosses||Bael & Dagon - Berial - Containment Room - Echidna - The Savior|
|Lesser Demons||Alto Angelo - Assault - Basilisk - Bianco Angelo - Blitz - Chimera Seed & Chimera - Cutlass - Fault - Frost - Gladius - Mephisto & Faust - Scarecrow|
|Weapons||Nero||Devil Bringer - Red Queen - Yamato - Blue Rose - Summoned Swords|
|Dante||Gilgamesh - Lucifer - Rebellion - Yamato - Coyote-A - Ebony & Ivory - Pandora|
|Vergil||Beowulf - Force Edge - Yamato - Summoned Swords|
|Lady||Handguns - Kalina Ann - Shotgun|
|Trish||Bare Knuckle - Sword of Sparda - Luce & Ombra - Pandora|
|Techniques||Buster - Dark Slayer Style - Gunslinger Style - Royalguard Style - Swordmaster Style - Trickster Style|
|Locations||Dante's Office - Fortuna - Fortuna Castle - Mitis Forest|
|Music||Lock and Load - Out of Darkness - Shall Never Surrender - Sworn Through Swords|