Another early, and potentially strong contender for our 2019 Game of the Year list, Devil May Cry 5 is finally here after eleven long years.
Utilising the same engine that we recently experienced in the Resident Evil 2 Remake, (RE Engine) Devil May Cry 5’s photorealistic graphics ensure that this is the best looking Devil May Cry title to date. Considering how polished Resident Evil 2 looked on PC, it’s no surprise that Devil May Cry 5 follows suit, exhibiting impressive character models and a detailed surrounding world. For this reason, if you’re thinking of picking up Devil May Cry 5 and you have a PC that is capable of running the game, we recommend that you purchase the PC version over the console versions. If you’re someone who values high refresh rates when gaming, the PC port offers the smoothest experience, though you’re likely aware of that already.
When set to maximum settings (Ultra @ 1440p), we were unable to achieve a solid 120FPS. That said, this is certainly not a dealbreaker and we are still impressed by how smoothly the game runs at the maximum settings.
Devil May Cry 5 ran well at 4K, reaching 50-60FPS at Ultra settings. With a few tweaks, we’re confident that you could easily get this running at 4K/60FPS, using a PC with similar specs to ours.
To truly test how high we could push the refresh rate, we tried running the game at 240Hz. In order to keep this frame rate rock solid, we found that we had to drop the resolution down to 720p with all settings on Low. Of course, at this point, you’re losing a lot of that tasty graphical fidelity so you probably won’t want to drop the resolution that low however, it’s good to know that it’s entirely possible to run the game this way. It’s also worth mentioning that, sadly, Devil May Cry 5 does not support ultrawide (21:9). When trying to run the game at the ultrawide aspect ratio, the game has grey borders (pictured below).
We also tested the game running at 1080p/120Hz on our OLED television and were very happy with the results. It’s a shame that HDR is not an option on PC as this would have looked amazing on TVs that support high refresh rates. This is also very disappointing considering that it is an option for Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 7. However, HDR is available on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game for those who pick up either of the console versions.
We installed Devil May Cry 5 on an SSD, making the load times incredibly short. Compared to the loading times that we saw on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One demos, these times are very pleasing. Expect load times to be slightly faster than on either of the console versions when using a regular hard drive.
Devil May Cry 5 on PC features keyboard and mouse controls, all of which are fully customisable, meaning that every in-game action can be reassigned. These controls are properly integrated into the tutorials, menus and button prompts. So, if you’re the type of person that reassigns all your controls before hopping into a new game, your new keybinds will be correctly listed on the screen for the duration of your playthrough. Alternatively, if you prefer just sticking to a controller, you’ll be happy to know that Devil May Cry 5 launches through Steam, ensuring full controller support. In addition, the settings menu features a number of options, including the option to turn off chromatic abrasion and motion blur – a welcome feature for many players!
Our PC Specs:
CPU: i7 6700k @ Stock
RAM: 16GB DDR4 3000mhz
GPU: GTX 1080
MOBO: ASUS Z170 Deluxe
Edit: We are hearing reports of HDR working, though there doesn’t appear to be any way to toggle it on or off. We will update this as more information becomes available.