Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening Image
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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: 77 out of 85
  2. Negative: 6 out of 85
  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. Sep 30, 2014
    10
    A true masterpiece. Very difficult though, but it's worth the outstanding gameplay, story, and secrets you can find. I actually played thisA true masterpiece. Very difficult though, but it's worth the outstanding gameplay, story, and secrets you can find. I actually played this when I was a whole lot younger (9 as a matter of fact then) and got so addicted I beat it on Dante Must Die difficulty. A must buy on PS2. Expand
  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. ErikoT.
    Mar 2, 2005
    10
    The opening cinematic alone is worth a 10.
  5. Ben
    Mar 20, 2005
    9
    Graphics look great, gameplay is solid, music is good, the replayability is there; the game does include some cheesy-ness though it just adds Graphics look great, gameplay is solid, music is good, the replayability is there; the game does include some cheesy-ness though it just adds to the humor, it does not take away from the overall depth of the game. I was blindsided by the use of a guitar as a weapon, that was odd for me, all the same, the game is VERY fun to play and that is what is important. Expand
  6. May 5, 2018
    9
    I personally felt like this game was equally as fun as the first two games.
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    0
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