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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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Score distribution:
  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: 58 out of 64
  2. Negative: 4 out of 64
  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. RobertC.
    Jul 21, 2005
    10
    This game is the best DMC game that has been made. It has some of the things from the first and second game, but it beats them by a whole This game is the best DMC game that has been made. It has some of the things from the first and second game, but it beats them by a whole lot!!!!!!! i espically like the way that you get have a different style like swordmaster, and then you get to use those two swords. the only defect is the devil meter, it only has three circles and goes down realy fast. i think Dante is cooler in this game and is better than before. Expand
  3. Jan 20, 2016
    10
    Game: Devil May Cry 3 Dante's Awakening
    Genre: Action
    Developer: Capcom System: Playstation 2 (PS2) Total Score: 95/100 Value Score:
    Game: Devil May Cry 3 Dante's Awakening
    Genre: Action
    Developer: Capcom
    System: Playstation 2 (PS2)
    Total Score: 95/100
    Value Score: 9.5/10

    • Story: 10/10
    • Characters: 10/10
    • GamePlay: 9/10
    • Graphics: 8/10
    • Sound: 10/10
    • Music: 10/10
    • Length: 9/10
    • Replay Value: 9/10
    • Player Value: 10/10

    Pros
    +Improved gameplay mechanics compared to DMC1 and DMC2 introducing multiple ways to do combos and both primary and secondary weapon swapping.
    +Visuals have heavily improved since DMC2
    +Story and character development far better than the previous entries in the series
    +Voice acting is improved and there are more lines than the previous two games
    +The OST is well made and has many remixes of the main theme that is nicely done
    +The length is a bit longer than the first DMC game but shorter than DMC2
    +Replay value is high due to the multiple difficulty types, costumes which offer different abilities and change in gameplay
    +A great variety of weapons and skills to use

    Cons
    -Loading times can be a pain at times (the creators enabled a cutting and shooting animation while you wait due to it)
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  4. Dec 29, 2011
    10
    Great story, Great music, Great deep fighting mechanics, Great Characters, Fantastic gameplay, A lot of diversity of weapons, combos, stylesGreat story, Great music, Great deep fighting mechanics, Great Characters, Fantastic gameplay, A lot of diversity of weapons, combos, styles and strategies, The best bosses ever on a game, It's not a retarded button mash game, you gotta learn, be patient and actually have focus to play it, Very Challenging. What else could you want? One of the best games ever. I don't get why some people don't like the game, maybe it's too hardcore for them, or they just like playing pointless retarded button mash games. DMC3 is one of the best games EVER. Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2013
    9
    No me jodan, "Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening" tiene la excelencia suficiente como para superar el juego original: jugabilidad placentera,No me jodan, "Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening" tiene la excelencia suficiente como para superar el juego original: jugabilidad placentera, gráficos atormesedores y peleas sólidas que pueden dejarte con la boca abierta. Expand
  6. Velen
    May 13, 2005
    9
    Crazy Let's Rock.
  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