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  • Summary: Devil May Cry 3 marks the return of the world’s toughest demon slayer, Dante, in a riveting new game marked by complex storylines, striking graphics and unadulterated stylistic action. As a prequel to the first Devil May Cry, the story unfolds an earlier chapter in Dante’s history, to aDevil May Cry 3 marks the return of the world’s toughest demon slayer, Dante, in a riveting new game marked by complex storylines, striking graphics and unadulterated stylistic action. As a prequel to the first Devil May Cry, the story unfolds an earlier chapter in Dante’s history, to a fateful clash with his evil twin brother. In addition to its characteristic fast paced action, the game increases the intensity with a new "style" system. It adds more depth to gameplay and allows players to choose between short-range, long-range, defensive or evasive play styles. Each system has its own range of features and players can power up their favorite style for increased special attack abilities. Special Edition feature: Now play as Dante’s twin Vergil! [Capcom] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Sure, many of the bonus features could’ve been beefed up a bit more, but considering you’re getting the same masterful Devil May Cry 3 package with solid new content at a bargain basement price, there’s absolutely no reason not to go out and treat yourself to this action classic right away, whether you own the original already or not.
  2. 92
    A superb game and a fitting swansong for Dante on the PlayStation 2. [JPN Import; Issue#139, p.104]
  3. The Special Edition probably won't be for everyone (namely those who already destroyed the game on hard), but it's still recommended for its abundance of additions, including the ability to play as Vergil and the insane Bloody Palace mode.
  4. Far more than a new skin for the same action, playing as Vergil drastically alters the way you approach Devil May Cry. [Feb 2006, p.106]
  5. The extras are nice, but the most important feature is the tweaked difficulty level. No more tears while playing! [Oct 2006]
  6. Though it adds a new playable character, tougher skill levels, and the option to speed everything up 20%, it still has the same annoying and unavoidable music, occasionally stiff controls, and that frustratingly limiting “chose your style of fighting” system that made the original Cry 3 a lot less fun than the first two incarnations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Jul 19, 2011
    10
    This game has to be the best out of all of them!! The graphics is amazing and the dialogue in the scenes is amazing and hilarious! Dante is myThis game has to be the best out of all of them!! The graphics is amazing and the dialogue in the scenes is amazing and hilarious! Dante is my most fav. Char. but Lady at a close second. The games in order may have went from brilliant to lousy to absolutely spectacular, but this is an absolute must have game!! Expand
  2. Sep 2, 2010
    10
    Amazing game. Incredible visuals for a PS2 game, both artistic and technical. The gameplay is really addictive and super-intense just likeAmazing game. Incredible visuals for a PS2 game, both artistic and technical. The gameplay is really addictive and super-intense just like the franchise is known for. The weapons are all great. The amount of actions and attacks is impressive and very varied. Interesting story too. Seriously, this must be one of the best action game and franchise - except for the 2nd one - ever, up there somewhere along God of War and Ninja Gaiden, personally it's my favourite one but I know a lot of people like the other two better. Expand
  3. Jul 7, 2013
    10
    This is the DMC people love. The challenging difficulty, even on Normal/Easy, the insane combos that are hard to pull, the awesome stylishThis is the DMC people love. The challenging difficulty, even on Normal/Easy, the insane combos that are hard to pull, the awesome stylish meter, and the funny one-liners from Dante. This game took the other 2, and just took away all the bad things, and improved it from there. I cannot think of one bad character in this game. Dante is hilarous, Vergil is badass, Lady is likeable, and Arkham/Jester is the ultimate villain. The gameplay, unlike the 1st and 2nd, rewards you for actually pulling off combos, instead of mashing. Also in this game are Styles, some of those include Trickster/Swordsmaster/Gunslinger, and some others. They are all good in their own way, and can be improved by leveling up, when leveling up, you learn new combos and moves. The bosses in this game are incredible! The Vergil fights are some of my favorites, and the Jester fights were just plain fun. The OST in this game was awesome, and the weapons were fantastic. A guitar scythe that summons bats!
    Overall, this game is a must-have if you are a DMC fan, or just a hack-n-slash fan.
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  4. Jan 16, 2013
    10
    This is DMC3, but with Vergil and Bloody Palace added in. This is the version you should get, those added extras are pretty cool. Playing asThis is DMC3, but with Vergil and Bloody Palace added in. This is the version you should get, those added extras are pretty cool. Playing as vergil is awesome, you just play through the main game with him instead of Dante. He has his trademark moves from his boss battles, and a couple of new ones. He is highly aggressive - though he does have evasion in the form of teleportation. The thing that's best about him is that he does feel very different to Dante, it means you have to play differently, and master him separately. But here's my DMC3 review: What a brilliant game! Extremely hard, enemies coming from all over the place, slick 60 frames per second, tonnes of boss battles. The system is fair and responsive, everything is programmed correctly to make a fine experience. It has six fighting styles, so you choose one at the start of each mission. Trickster is for dodging, royalguard is for intercepting and stopping attacks, swordmaster is for showing off, gunslinger is for making guns more stylish at a distance, quicksilver is for slowing down time, and doppelganger means you can split into 2! Combine this with the fact that you have 5 swords and 5 guns - and you can take 2 of each of those into each mission, and you have... 600 combinations in total! Keep experimenting and you will never get bored. This is one of the best games on the PS2 and stands up today. Expand
  5. Oct 18, 2011
    9
    Devil May Cry 3 plays out to be a very good game, the plot is interesting although all you ever do is fight through the whole game if notDevil May Cry 3 plays out to be a very good game, the plot is interesting although all you ever do is fight through the whole game if not solve puzzles as well. The combat controls are great as you can effortlessly chain gun and swords combos for devastating attacks. The graphics are good and the voice ancting and sound are all pretty good as well. The Vergil version that allows you to play as Vergil is not all that great because it is merely you playing through all the same levils as Vegil and not Dante and he (Vegil) does not have as much variability as Dante does so Vergil is kind of dissapointing. The only flaws are that the story seems kind of pathcy but other than that it's good. Overall Devil May Cry 3 is a great game that is definately worth playing for the fun of it. Expand
  6. CodyB
    Mar 20, 2009
    9
    One of THE best games the ps2 has to offer! THE number one badass in the history of video gaming in his third role as the demon-hunting One of THE best games the ps2 has to offer! THE number one badass in the history of video gaming in his third role as the demon-hunting badass, the beginning of the history of devil may cry (when the devil's tower rises in the middle of L.A., how dante's twin brother becomes the black angel, and when dante first invades hell), and a demon-ass-kicking bonanza with beastin graphics!!! The ONLY reason this game got a 9 instead of a perfect score is because of the number of missions (there could have been more missions when invading hell). Expand
  7. Aug 26, 2012
    0
    fcking casuals complaining about the difficulty making this even easier than before. Playing as Vergil is the only good thing from Special Edition.

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