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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
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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. Play UK
    92
    A superb game and a fitting swansong for Dante on the PlayStation 2. [JPN Import; Issue#139, p.104]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Pelit (Finland)
    86
    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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  1. Positive: 54 out of 60
  2. Negative: 3 out of 60
  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. ChrisN.
    Jan 28, 2006
    10
    Great game at a cheap price.
  3. JayA.
    May 3, 2007
    10
    This game is the best devil may cry yet. And at such a low price whats not to like about it.
  4. Jul 12, 2021
    9
    The only problem I have, is the way they do saves. Once you start Vergil, please do not save over your Dante file.

    The game is both funny,
    The only problem I have, is the way they do saves. Once you start Vergil, please do not save over your Dante file.

    The game is both funny, cool, Goth as F, and full of style! It has a perfect setup where you can grind (if you want), different play styles to fit you, a decent difficultly curve, and a arcade feel if you want to get the highest score. Cinematics and story was actually touching as well.

    DMC3, is way better than 1, 2, dmcdmc, and 4!
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  5. 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. Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2020
    9
    Don't want to make angry Toxic DMC fans but true DMC fans know this game is actually saved the franchise. Everything is so good at this Hack NDon't want to make angry Toxic DMC fans but true DMC fans know this game is actually saved the franchise. Everything is so good at this Hack N Slash game. Story,Dialogues,Gameplay,graphics and characters.. I remember how many times I finished with Vergil. People must play this game. Glad they did this game Special Edition. Expand
  7. Aug 29, 2018
    0
    Skip this one and go straight to DMC4, it's miles better than this accident.

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