I want to say that I love Devil May Cry. I own the original on PS2 and even now the graphics are still good. When I saw this port, I thought that it would be the best of both worlds: DMC on PS3! No more taking out my PS2 to play it. When it arrived today, i was excited and then reality struck.
It's called HD Classics, Right? Well, I have not noticed any amazingly changed graphics. The only thing I noticed was the lighting was a little brighter than the first, but that's it.
This is what gets the most criticism. First, in all the games, the Buttons are switched. In the original DMC, You would make Dante jump using the Triangle button, and all the other buttons are either melee attack or examine. In this version, you use the X Button to jump, Triangle and Squares buttons to examine, and the triangle to attack. I'm guessing it was done to simplify control, and the Triangle to X switch is to appeal to American audiences, but They didn't need to do this! Veterans will find the game more difficult because of this switch. Also, they added new material into the game! In the original DMC, after you get the Pride of the Lion, you go and use it, and you're done with that part. In this version, they add a new boss! He isn't really that hard, but this just makes me mad!
Overall, the games are masterpieces, but this port is majorly disappointing. Newcomers to the series can start with this no problem, but veteran DMC Fans will find difficulty in the controls and added materials. I would recommend Renting the original versions on PS2 due to the unneeded switches and added material.
My review score isn't entirely based on the quality of the games themselves (I give the games a 10) but rather the quality of the porting, Gameplay is in HD, but the menus and cutscenes are in standard definition. Subtitles don't appear onscreen for every character. I'm not deaf, but I have a cousin who is, and if he wanted to play this he'd be out of luck in that department. I turn on subtitles in games and movies so I can pick up on everything that's being said. The games themselves are a blast, though. Just be aware of minor flaws when going into them.
The combat in this game is fun and feels satisfying. I was having a great time playing this game until I turned my PS3 off. The next time I turned it on and started playing again, the sounds felt weird. I noticed that the gun sound effects were quieter than they were the last time I played, and that the dialogue in the cutscene with the demon boss spider (which worked perfect the first time I saw it) was completely gone. Vanished. There was absolutely no words coming out of the character's mouths when they were talking. I tried restarting my PS3, looked it up online, but I couldn't find a fix to the problem. I was really excited to play these games, but glitches like that made it unplayable.