For its time, DMC1 is better but I feel (at least so far) that DmC is the second best as its gameplay is more dynamic. And I know it is unpopular, but I think 4 is weaker than 2; the story, backtracking, and gameboard all drove me nuts.
DmC edges out 4 and 1. It might not have 4's stellar gameplay, but the story, thepplatforming, the weapon variety, and greater originality just makes it way more of a complete package than 4.
DMC1 was great for its time, but that game has aged terribly and its gameplay is about DmC's level. It's just not that great anymore. --- PSN: julito427 (Hellsing) Currently playing: SSFIV AE, BB:CS2, Pokemon Black, MvC3 SSFIV: Oni, Cody, Yun