Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 60
  2. Negative: 1 out of 60
Buy On
  1. Even a game so entwined with the concept of hell and damnation shouldn't make playing it a torture. Given proper time to cultivate skills, this game will yield a sumptuous banquet for you to enjoy - but sadly it doesn't get anywhere near the casual treat it should have been.
  2. 70
    Crosses the line that separates challenging from cheap. Charismatic and brazen to a fault, it is something of a return to form, but denies the gamer an honest challenge and the eye-opening lack of balance results in a sometimes-electrifying game that isn't especially fun to play.
  3. 70
    And speaking of those late stages, don't plan on seeing them. Ever. This game is so controller-bustingly hard that even the one guy in the office who beat "Ninja Gaiden" ended up wetting himself, then shivering in a corner of the Xerox room all afternoon. Which is a real shame, because behind that near-impossible difficulty there's a big, beautiful action game here.
  4. In the end, I was left with a surprisingly good feeling about Devil May Cry 3, despite my idea during hour 5, still on the second level, of breaking the disc into tiny shards and sticking them in my eyes. The latter part of the game becomes quite enjoyable.
  5. You know when you see that guy in the Porsche convertable with the bad combover trying to drag race everyone at the stop light? It's called overcompensation, and we've got a pretty bad case of it right here.
  6. The game is just plain unapproachable to the average gamer... Is it possible that whoever play-balanced Devil May Cry 3 is a bitter person who loathes humanity and is working actively for the death of joy in the world?

Awards & Rankings

#11 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#17 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 211 Ratings

User 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. Jan 23, 2013
    10
    One of the best action games ever and one of my favorite games. Combining amazing graphics with diverse, detailed environments, an eclecticOne of the best action games ever and one of my favorite games. Combining amazing graphics with diverse, detailed environments, an eclectic yet cohesive soundtrack that ranges from industrial rock to dark ambient, and emotive voice acting (with improved writing) that fleshes out the characters, DMC3 creates a memorable atmosphere that is leagues better than the original and creates a new standard for other games to try to reach. The combat has been improved with more weapons & combos for them, a new "Style" system that changes how you maneuver the environments or how your weapons work, and better targeting & improved camera system. While the difficulty has been ramped up dramatically, skill always wins the day; grinding is an option with all the available unlocks and consumables but never necessary. Most levels end in a memorable boss fight, with each boss having their own personality with unique AI, movement/ability set, and arena. Everything combines in this game to bring together a real masterpiece that will keep you playing for a long time. Full Review »
  3. Jun 19, 2011
    10
    i just loved this game there were a few flaws but they were easily forgivible and then all the fun weapons and classes this game is great fori just loved this game there were a few flaws but they were easily forgivible and then all the fun weapons and classes this game is great for anyone who loved spawn and/or god of war Full Review »