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  • Summary: Devil May Cry 3 unfolds an earlier chapter in Dante's history, before the original Devil May Cry, to the fateful clash between Sparda's twin sons, divided by the divergence of their chosen paths. Along the way, Dante encounters formidable foes and unusual characters including a mysteriousDevil May Cry 3 unfolds an earlier chapter in Dante's history, before the original Devil May Cry, to the fateful clash between Sparda's twin sons, divided by the divergence of their chosen paths. Along the way, Dante encounters formidable foes and unusual characters including a mysterious man named Arkham and a female hunter named Lady whose mission is to take down all demons, including Dante. These precursory events disclose the complex roots of Dante's character and reveal insight into his clouded past. In addition to its strong roots, the game increases the intensity of gameplay with a new "style" system, which adds an additional level of depth. Depending on preference, players can choose to use short-range, long-range, defensive or evasive play styles. Each system has its own range of gameplay features and players can choose to power up their favorite style for increased special attack abilities. [Capcom] Expand
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  1. Positive: 53 out of 60
  2. Negative: 1 out of 60
  1. The best action game on the current generation of systems; it has everything you could ever want in such a title within the genre – including the most important facet of all, depth – and lots of it too.
  2. That killer axe is just one of the many weapons you'll get to take on hell's minions, and epitomises the game succinctly - oh-so stylish, over the top and yet fiendlishly difficult to master.
  3. A crazy mix of the first two Devil May Cry titles, with a bit of innovation and a more upbeat Dante. The action is flawless.
  4. While not the most innovative game, Devil May Cry 3 has all of the slick combat you would expect out of the title.
  5. DMC3 is truly hardcore and seriously challenging but partly at the expense of being playable and fun. [GamesMaster]
  6. The dialogue and plot are as cheesy as the pizza Dante gobbles while slicing baddies but the presentation is astonishing.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    30
    As ridiculous and entrenched as its name. [June 2005, p.87]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 59
  2. Negative: 5 out of 59
  1. Aug 26, 2012
    10
    Perfect balance between gameplay, difficulty, and graphics.

    10/10 game. Anyone that doesn't like it is an americna crybaby that can't get
    Perfect balance between gameplay, difficulty, and graphics.

    10/10 game. Anyone that doesn't like it is an americna crybaby that can't get past stage 1.
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  2. TylerD.
    Jan 18, 2006
    10
    Simply put, my favourite game. Ever. Capcom gave one hell of a comeback with this one.
  3. ScottI.
    Feb 16, 2005
    10
    Capcom has a masterpiece on it's hands. The rumors are true, the latest in the series bears much more of a resemblance to the 1st than Capcom has a masterpiece on it's hands. The rumors are true, the latest in the series bears much more of a resemblance to the 1st than the wholly forgettable 2nd. Graphics are beautiful, with nicely detailed character models and a fantastic sense of scale in the level designs. Enemy designs are cool, but I actually liked the designs from the demo (Included with RE Outbreak 2nd file) more. As far as sound goes, the voiceacting is top notch, and the score is excellent, if a bit metal-heavy. I would have liked a little less metal and more emphasis on more gothic symphonic pieces, which also fit the series perfectly (see the main theme for evidence of this). If I can fault the sound category for anything, it's pretty heavy with Bruce Lee-esque yelps and shouts, which add unintended comedic value to scenes that were meant to be cool ;) Gameplay is tight and focused; with a nice array of moves and weapons to play with. The new on-the-fly weapon switching is fantastic, and gives true motivation to try for those huge combos (not to mention avoiding having to go into the menus, which annoyed me in this series' previous iterations). The other new addition, the Style system, is a good way to encourage multiple playthroughs to try out each one on a given level, but I often found myself wishing certain abilities were universal (wallrunning in particular). The story is appropriately cool, acted out in gorgeous cutscenes. And man, this game is HARD. This one is gonna be sitting in my PS2 for a while. All in all, DMC3 is as much a glorious return to the series' roots as it is an entirely new beast, and the melding of the two produces a game that is nothing short of sublimely awesome in it's presentation. Expand
  4. Apr 23, 2012
    10
    One of the greatest game i've ever played. Good story, the graphics is better than its predecessors and the gameplay is awesome, is ****One of the greatest game i've ever played. Good story, the graphics is better than its predecessors and the gameplay is awesome, is **** speed! Awesome heavy metal soundtrack and good voice acting. Expand
  5. MuhammadAli
    Feb 21, 2005
    9
    I'm halfway through the game...the games awsome...its narrated somewhat like metal gear solid...with a lot of well directedI'm halfway through the game...the games awsome...its narrated somewhat like metal gear solid...with a lot of well directed cutscenes...graphics to die for and amazing sound effects.The artwork in the backgrounds is jaw dropping..and the animation is better than ever...this games the best of the three parts. Expand
  6. Oct 22, 2012
    9
    With "Devil May Cry" (a superb action game), Capcom had caught lightning in a bottle. Unfortunately, that didn't happen twice with the releaseWith "Devil May Cry" (a superb action game), Capcom had caught lightning in a bottle. Unfortunately, that didn't happen twice with the release of a tepid sequel in 2003. So for the third installment, the developers went back to what made the original so great. In the process, they also went back in the timeline and made a prequel instead. "Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening" recalls the original game's style of play and tells the story of the hero's rise to prominence. It's also one of the toughest games Capcom has ever made. DMC 3 is an extremely polished action-adventure that features crazy combat and over-the-top, kinetic cutscenes. This is one of the PS2's best action offerings but the extreme difficulty will not appeal to casual gamers. The game offers four different combat styles to choose from at the beginning of each level. As you progress, you'll be able to power up Dante in a variety of ways while additional weapons become available. It's worth noting that "Devil May Cry 3" is more comparable to the XBOX version of "Ninja Gaiden" than the original DMC. This is due to the emphasis on hyper tough fights, similar boss battles and an extensive arsenal of weaponry. It's not as good as "Ninja Gaiden", but DMC 3 is a much better game than part 2. I'd also recommend the Special Edition which features Dante's brother, Virgil, as a playable character. "Dante's Awakening" is arguably the best installment in the series. Expand
  7. RickSJedi
    Nov 7, 2006
    2
    Wow, high scores from everyone. Ok lets see, a guitar as a weapon, Dante himself is like a goth white boy with stupid jokes,every stage seems Wow, high scores from everyone. Ok lets see, a guitar as a weapon, Dante himself is like a goth white boy with stupid jokes,every stage seems to look the same, some of the worst Boss battles i have ever seen in a game before(The F#@ked up Ice Dog-the witch lady), Dante seems useless with his new moves(although he's younger), the difficulty is for the insane. For one I have a life, so i'm not going to sit a game(WELL THIS GAME ANYWAY!) and play for 4 hours trying to figure out how to use all the "style" systems, cuz SwordMaster is prob the best. So what do we have so far, we have horrid gameplay where nothing flows like the first DMC and we have stupid charaters,a real nice Sh!$ story, terrible settings(not near as close a the beauiful mansion in DMC-1. If you have me Devil May Cry 2 was better than this joke of a game. Now some of you game whores might say well it was just to hard for you, well maybe but i really loved and passed the First game like 7 times, the secound game like 3 times so i kinda now what a DMC game is supposed be like. If you buy this game and once again listen to he the critics don't blame anyone if your FORCING YOURSELF to play through this game. Expand

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#11 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
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