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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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: 61 out of 67
  2. Negative: 4 out of 67
  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. AnonymousMC
    Oct 26, 2008
    10
    Devil May Cry washes away the sins of the previous installment and brings the series back to full fledged glory with this prequel to theDevil May Cry washes away the sins of the previous installment and brings the series back to full fledged glory with this prequel to the story. It has one of the best, if not the best, combat systems in any action game. Every difficulty is challenging even the easiest. However, it is forgiving as you can accumulate all your red orbs and upgrade as you die on easy. Every weapon is distinct from each other with their own styles of combat and particular uses. The weapons, combos, melee moves, and boss battles will have you in awe for days on end. If you're a fan of action and or challenging games Devil May Cry 3 is a MUST BUY. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Mar 2, 2005
    10
    Amazing, that's all i can say, the grafics, gameplay, sound, story, presentation.....everything is amazing. the only problem people mightAmazing, that's all i can say, the grafics, gameplay, sound, story, presentation.....everything is amazing. the only problem people might add is that it's too hard, but like ign said, that's your problem, not dante's. Expand
  4. ErikoT.
    Mar 2, 2005
    10
    The opening cinematic alone is worth a 10.
  5. MuhammadAli
    Feb 21, 2005
    9
    I'm halfway through the game...the games awsome...its narrated somewhat like metal gear solid...with a lot of well directedI'm halfway through the game...the games awsome...its narrated somewhat like metal gear solid...with a lot of well directed cutscenes...graphics to die for and amazing sound effects.The artwork in the backgrounds is jaw dropping..and the animation is better than ever...this games the best of the three parts. Expand
  6. May 5, 2018
    9
    I personally felt like this game was equally as fun as the first two games.
  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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