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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 Dante's office, a place where he takes all the crazy cases.
Devil May Cry PlayStation 2 Dante using his famour dual guns, the only firearm you start with.
Devil May Cry PlayStation 2 Our hero, Dante, PI when it comes to supernatural.
Devil May Cry PlayStation 2 And so Trish hires Dante for demon-hunting job.

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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 (220761)
Almost perfect. PlayStation 2 DarkDove (68)
"What? Are you actually playing now?" PlayStation 2 Silverblade (1488)
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

PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Oct 16, 2001 10 out of 10 100
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Sep 04, 2001 9.8 out of 10 98 PlayStation 2 Sep 24, 2001 95 out of 100 95 PlayStation 2 Dec 20, 2001 92 out of 100 92
PlanetPS2 PlayStation 2 Oct 19, 2001 92 out of 100 92
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 2 2001 4.5 out of 5 90 PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2002 89 out of 100 89 PlayStation 2 Dec 14, 2001 17 out of 20 85
All Game Guide PlayStation 2 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Nov 02, 2001 4 out of 5 80


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How is this different from PS2 game entry? 3 Sciere (710341)
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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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