The most impressive game shown off by Capcom yesterday was a mobile version of the 2008 console title Devil May Cry 4. Similar to Resident Evil 4: Platinum on iOS, Devil May Cry 4 Refrain will feature the bulk of the console title experience reworked to be mobile and touch screen friendly. The game will use many of the art assets from the console version and follow the same storyline, broken up into 10 stages and 8 boss fights. You'll play as Nero from the console version, with his demonic arm weapon the Devil Bringer. Series mainstay Dante will be present in various ways throughout Nero's exploits, and Capcom is planning on adding an update in the future that will actually let you play as Dante and see the story from his perspective.

After trying out Devil May Cry 4 Refrain, I was really surprised with how well it works on touch screen. The DMC series is notoriously difficult on consoles, with complex combo systems that require accurate controls to pull off. Capcom has definitely tweaked this aspect for the iOS version. Controls consist of a virtual joystick and 3 action buttons - one for jumping, one for using either your sword or gun, and one that controls the Devil Bringer. This is the simplified control scheme, which automatically determines whether you use long or short ranged attacks based on your characters position. There will also be a normal control mode that splits the sword and gun actions into separate buttons and lets you make the call on when to use which.

During my hands-on time with the game performance was really smooth and it was easy to engage enemies and pull off some of the fancy combos the series is known for using the simplified controls. It felt a bit button-mashy, but was fun nonetheless. The graphics looked terrific, enhanced for Retina Display and closely resembling the console game. As you play through the 10 stages killing enemies and bosses, you'll earn red orbs that will unlock a ton of new skills that let you customize how Nero plays. There will be too many to unlock during one playthrough, but you can go back and replay completed stages to earn more orbs to unlock even more features, although this isn't required to complete the game.

Devil May Cry 4 Refrain is looking great so far. It controls well on the touch screen and retains the emphasis on stylish battle from the console games. The visuals are pretty impressive too, and I was especially awestruck by the ridiculously huge boss characters. Like, ridiculously huge. The one thing that concerns me is it feels like the 10 stages might fly by pretty fast, though the ability to replay them to earn a better ranking or the future Dante content may flesh out the experience. All I know is that I wasn't ready to give up the device when the demo was over, which is a sign that they've done something right.

Luckily it won't be long until I can get my hands on it again, as Devil May Cry 4 Refrain should be launching before the end of January for $6.99. Until then you can drop by the discussion thread in our forums to pass the time until release, and we'll have more from this title when it launches later this month.

  • Johnny11

    I really want to like this game, but graphically, DMC4 on iPhone looks subpar. The iPhone can smoothly run the Unreal Engine, so why does Devil May Cry look like a Playstation 1 game?

    • blackHorse

      I was about to post the same comment. I completed the game on XBox 360, and the game looked amazing, but this version looks just, well, like a PS1 game...

    • blackHorse

      I was about to post the same comment. I completed the game on XBox 360, and the game looked amazing, but this version looks just, well, like a PS1 game...

    • TheEvilNoob

      Oh no!!! How horrible!!! It looks like a ps1 game!!!! cry me a river. Whos cares what it looks like. It could look like pong and the gameplay will be THE EXACT SAME!!! Stop crying and play the game... or don't and cry about graphics nobody will miss you

      • Matt

        Or how about you learn that graphics are important.

  • Kaokien

    cant wait always loved DMC4

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    Capcom should just license the Unreal Engine for their iOS development, as everything they've done so far has looked absolutely hideous...

  • Backtothis

    Wow, I seriously can't wait for this one. The end of january is gonna be a blast.

  • Luis

    Big fan of DMC series can't wait for this to get out

  • E_Domina

    Looks pretty epic. I better go clear up some space now

  • Thefinestline

    Oh sweet so now all you brats are going to complain about games that aren't made with unreal engine? gtfo.

    • Anonymous

      +1

    • Anonymous

      +1

  • Thefinestline

    Oh sweet so now all you brats are going to complain about games that aren't made with unreal engine? gtfo.

  • Crex

    Instabuy!

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  • The Truth

    controls look horrible. ninja gaiden ds has shown that this kind of game works well with a swipe-based interface on a touchscreen. why use virtual buttons?

  • John Galt

    I will buy this game the minute it gets released. To all the professional whiners, make your own games. The free market will show you that this game is going to be a success. Really? Comparing the iPhone 4 to the XBOX 360? We're not there yet for mobile devices.

  • Gabe34

    Why does this look like a playstation 1 game? The iPhone has better graphics then the Nintendo Wii, so why does this game look so bad?

  • Owais

    WOW Great I just love devil may cry 4 on iphone.
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  • Gabe34

    Ok, I retract my previous statement, after seeing Dead Space on iPhone I now know that the iPhone is very capable of X-Box graphics.

  • Booch138

    Man... DMC4 on my iPod?! Count me the f*ck in. Love this series.

  • Markus

    Any word on a HD Version for the Ipad?

  • dlord

    i wanna know if DMC4 goin to be able to play on ipod touch 2g???

  • http://casinobonusrex.com Craig

    ohhhhhh !!! It looks like a amiga500 game!!!! why tthis game looks so bad?