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Capcom announces Devil May Cry HD Collection

Capcom has announced Devil May Cry HD Collection, due out on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 13th March 2018.

The collection includes HD remasters of the cult classic PlayStation 2 action games Devil May Cry 1, 2 and 3: Special Edition (Devil May Cry 4 and Ninja Theory's DmC are not included). Expect 60 frames per second gameplay, Capcom said. Here are some screenshots:

In the US, the collection is listed as $29.99 (around 22). There's no firm UK price as yet.

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Devil May Cry 3 retrospective

Dance with the devil.

There is a particular category of game - not a specific genre - that can be called endless. Tetris would be an obvious example, and at another pole there's something like Disgaea. Games where the core idea is so beautifully executed it can be escalated and repeated ad infinitum yet never loses its freshness. Things you could play forever. Devil May Cry 3 is one of the best, and despite its turbo-charged action is the ultimate slow-burner.

At first glance, it's easy to think of Devil May Cry 4 as a soulless cash-in. Between its uninspired level design, confounding camera, and new protagonist who looks almost identical to series' hero Dante, it would seem as if Capcom had drawn too often from the same well. As Eurogamer pointed out in its 2008 review, DMC4 "feels like a high-def re-skin of a 2001 game design". It's no wonder Enslaved developer Ninja Theory has been hired to breathe some new life to Capcom's flagship demon hunter.

Capcom has announced that the Devil May Cry series has shipped 10 million units worldwide since the release of the first game for PlayStation 2 in 2001.

DMC3 special edition details

DMC3 special edition details

But will it make it to Europe?

Capcom has unveiled a new special edition version of Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening - but the bad news is that it's only down for a US release so far.

DMC3 SE will feature loads of additional content, including an extra playable character - namely Dante's evil twin, Vergil, who has his own special "Dark Slayer" fighting style. There's also a new enemy in the shape of Jester. You might recognise him from cutscenes, but now he's a fully fledged in-game boss.

New game features will include the Turbo Option, which ramps up the game's speed by 20 per cent, and two continue options - you can either use yellow orbs to restart from the last checkpoint, or new gold orbs, which let you restart from the place where you died.

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Devil May Cry 3

...and Capcom is weeping salty tears as yet another leaked 'exclusive' hits the net.

Let's get one thing absolutely straight. Devil May Cry was one of the best action games ever made on the PS2. Its mentalist hackandslash action gothic rock style was the perfect answer to doubts over the PS2's graphical abilities, and it was as intense and as stylish a game as there has ever been from Capcom ever since.