Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Jan 24, 2006
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. PSM Magazine
    95
    With the new tweaks that make it more accessible, and the abundance of new content, you really have no reason not to pick this up - especially at only $20. [Feb 2006, p.72]
  2. 95
    The game's kinder, gentler learning curve means that you'll actually get to kick some ass this time around. In addition to new bosses and game modes, the special edition also lets you play as Vergil, Dante's less tight-lipped and far more fashionable bro.
  3. 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.
  4. It's one of the most intense action games available on the PS2 and it's just begging to be opened up and shot (figuratively of course). Even if you've beat the original; heck, even if you own the original, it's money well spent.
  5. Has everything an action game fan would like: Incredible relentless gameplay, great graphics, and this time a bunch of new features including playing as the powerful Vergil.
  6. Play UK
    92
    A superb game and a fitting swansong for Dante on the PlayStation 2. [JPN Import; Issue#139, p.104]
  7. An excellent game is now cheaper and better than it was when first released.
  8. It's a win-win situation for gamers no matter if they've done all there is to DMC3 or have never picked the game up in their lives. And now, the wait for Devil May Cry 4 is on.
  9. PSM2 Magazine UK
    91
    Recommended unreservedly if you've not played it before. Otherwise, it simply fixes the ludicrous difficulty of the first one and broadens its appeal. [Aug 2006, p.60]
  10. Game Informer
    90
    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]
  11. 90
    Devil May Cry 3 doesn't do a hell of a lot to earn its Special Edition label as a new playable character and boss encounter aren't enough to justify a repurchase. [Feb 2006, p.68]
  12. 90
    Great upgrade that this might be, it's hard to justify picking it up again unless you're a diehard fan of the series or someone who has never played it before.
  13. 90
    Director's cuts rarely come as fleshed-out, exciting or generous as this one.
  14. 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.
  15. New modes such as Turbo Mode and Bloody Palace, are definitely something that should attract hardcore gamers to try out. Using Vergil is great but he’s overpowered quite a bit.
  16. You’ll get to control one of the most skilled, dangerous, and downright spunky heroes to ever grace the PS2. There will be tons of intense fighting, a wide assortment of weapons and abilities at your disposal, and an incredible amount of challenge all wrapped up in a wonderfully presented package.
  17. AceGamez
    90
    Sure, many of the bonus features could've been beefed up a bit more, but considering you're getting the same brilliant Devil May Cry 3 experience with new content at a bargain basement price, there's absolutely no reason not to go out and treat yourself to this action classic.
  18. PSM3 Magazine UK
    89
    DMC3, but easier. If you don't have the original, get it. [Oct 2006, p.87]
  19. This time around the normal difficulty of the Special Edition version is equivalent to the easy difficulty of the original. Of course, this adds an even easier difficulty to the Special Edition version, which almost makes the game a little too easy.
  20. Pelit (Finland)
    86
    The extras are nice, but the most important feature is the tweaked difficulty level. No more tears while playing! [Oct 2006]
  21. Though seemingly identical to 2005's frenetic heavy metal action adventure, this budget-priced Special Edition adds some notable new features, and for better or worse, it defangs the original's notorious difficulty.
  22. 80
    The game's a little easier this time, but playing through with Vergil is a completely different experience.
  23. games(TM)
    80
    There’s more new content than you’d usually find in a Special Edition. [May 2006, p.128]
  24. 80
    While Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition encompasses everything that was great about the original title, it expands upon it very little, resulting in a game that unfortunately doesn‘t live up to its name.
  25. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    80
    Having to unlock the best new addition is annoying, but it's an otherwise decent expansion of the original, excellent DMC3. [Oct 2006, p.91]
  26. If you've resisted the temptation to give it a blast in the past, there's never been a better time, since this Special Edition is a fiver cheaper than the Platinum re-release. As a time-waster until "Devil May Cry 4" on PS3, it's worth a squirt.
  27. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#10 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#7 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 238 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  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!! Full Review »
  2. Snachez
    Jun 28, 2009
    9
    A good game, a damn good. I actually played DMC 3 first, since it is the first in the story (just like in Star Wars) and I found the game A good game, a damn good. I actually played DMC 3 first, since it is the first in the story (just like in Star Wars) and I found the game very enjoyable. I hate button masher fighting games, but this DMC 3 is nothing like it, even on normal difficulty you really have to dodge attacks and keep a close eye on what's going on, and that IMO gave the game more "depth" and intensity, since you have to concentrate on every battle. At "Dante Must Die" the game turns very hard, but that is expected. I love challenging games and this one is definately one. There are some very bad dialogue, I'm pointing to Dantes dirrection, although most of the stuff coming out of his mouth is funny and just awesome. Vergil is actually my favorite DMC boss/characther in any DMC game, if not counting Dante, although Vergils campain was very rushed, since there were no cutscenes, it was still solid and fun. All the parts, from older DMC games, come together very nicely when thinking about the story. A good game, though it's definately not one of those games that you can just pick up and play at any certain moment. I miss young Dante and I really hope for DMC 5 to be made. BTW stop making charachters that try to replace Dante, like the pussy Nero. Full Review »
  3. Jan 25, 2013
    7
    Better than DMC2, DMC4 and of course DmC, but still only decent compared to DMC1. It can get pretty fun at times if you don't stick to oneBetter than DMC2, DMC4 and of course DmC, but still only decent compared to DMC1. It can get pretty fun at times if you don't stick to one style or move to play the game but instead find different ways to beat it. Full Review »