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Legend has it that 2000 years ago in the depths of hell, a demon rebelled against the devil, waging a one-man war in support of the human world.

In the present, Dante, a private investigator of the supernatural, realises that the devil is rallying to rise again against mankind. Deep within Dante's blood lies the power of ancient demons and as his power builds he transforms into a demon state where he can use his power against evil he encounters.

Commencing his battle against the demonic legions with just a sword and his twin pistols, Ebony and Ivory, Dante will soon come across more powerful weapons, such as a shotgun to aid him in his mission. However, to defeat the devil Dante must also discover special weapons possessing various elemental powers. When channelled correctly these weapons will allow Dante to call upon demonic energy and launch powerful attacks against a range of enemies.


Devil May Cry PlayStation 2 One of the few outdoor scenes
Devil May Cry PlayStation 2 There is something very familiar about Trish and you will find out why Dante has a weak spot for her as you progress throughout the game.
Devil May Cry PlayStation 2 Main Menu
Devil May Cry PlayStation 2 The next job is on the horizon... but who's gonna pay for the front door?

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Alternate Titles

  • "鬼泣" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "DMC" -- Common abbreviation
  • "デビルメイクライ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "데빌 메이 크라이" -- Korean spelling (Hangul)

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User Reviews

Player May Cry PlayStation 2 MAT (210118)
Almost perfect. PlayStation 2 DarkDove (70)
"What? Are you actually playing now?" PlayStation 2 Silverblade (1489)
hacking away at evil bits and looking cool doing it PlayStation 2 MrBucket (20)
A frightening Action adventure game. PlayStation 2 David Bryan (25)
Finally, "survival horror" evolves in a significant way. PlayStation 2 Lucas Schippers (59)

Critic Reviews

PSM PlayStation 2 Nov, 2001 10 out of 10 100
Retroage PlayStation 2 Jun 02, 2013 9.7 out of 10 97
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Oct, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Oct 19, 2001 93 out of 100 93 PlayStation 2 Dec 20, 2001 92 out of 100 92
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Oct 17, 2001 9.1 out of 10 91
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 2 2001 4.5 out of 5 90 PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2002 89 out of 100 89
Gamezone (Germany) PlayStation 2 Oct 02, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 Oct 26, 2005 B+ 83


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How is this different from PS2 game entry? 3 Sciere (631278)
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1001 Video Games

Devil May Cry appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


There is an anime series Devil May Cry released in 2007 based off of this PS2 game.


DMC's main character is named after Dante Alighieri, a famous Italian poet in the 13th century who wrote the famous poem Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy), an epic about a journey through hell. The game also makes several references to someone called Virgil, Dante's lost brother. In real life, Virgil was a Roman poet who lived around 60b.c., and whose works had a profound effect upon Dante while writing Divina Commedia.


Devil May Cry originally started out as Resident Evil 4 but the series creator (and current producer), Shinji Mikami, decided to start a new franchise when the game started going in a completely different direction than originally intended. A glitch in the game script made the enemies fly up when you would shoot them. They decided to make a new game instead of trying to fix this glitch. it became Devil May Cry and the glitch was changed into the High Time attack.


According to publisher Capcom, Devil May Cry has sold 2.16 million copies worldwide since its initial release (as of June 30, 2016).


  • EGM
    • February 2006 (Issue #200) - #161 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time"
Information also contributed by Big John WV, David Roop, MAT and Tiago Jacques

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