Excerpt: Several thousand years have passed since the demon warrior Sparda raised his sword against the unholy world to save the human race. Victorious and assured that evil forces had been confined, Sparda joined mankind and fathered Dante, a half human-half demon son infused with the power of a supernatural lineage. However, Dante was not the only son Sparda had sired.
Conclusion: While the emphasis is on the action over adventure, the world is fairly intricately laid out, set up with several small stretches of gameplay that link to what feels like one big set piece. There’s some minor puzzle solving, and you find yourself attending to a nice assortment of tasks and interacting with the environment in a way that lends the game a bold immersion.
Excerpt: There's a moment halfway through Devil May Cry 3 when protagonist Dante battles a prostitute made out of bats (yes, a prostitute made out of bats). After defeating her, he's cradling her body in his arms when—poof—the bat-prostitute suddenly transforms into a purple electric guitar (yes, a purple electric guitar). What does the ever resourceful Dante do? Of course, he launches into an impromptu guitar solo.
Excerpt: Pour ceux qui ne connaîtraient pas l’histoire de Dante et Vergil, les frères jumeaux descendant du démon Sparda, voici un petit résumé. Il y a plusieurs milliers d’années, le guerrier démoniaque Sparda, scella la porte donnant accès au monde des démons. De l’union de Sparda et d’une humaine naquit Dante et Vergil, deux jumeaux opposés par leur destin. Dante choisit le bien et Vergil quant à lui, le mal.
Excerpt: The Devil May Cry series has become something of a staple on the PS2. Developed in-house by Capcom, the first game cast the player as Dante, a private investigator of the supernatural. It seems that 2000 years ago a demon rebelled against the devil in a bid to help mankind. Dante holds within him the ancient demonic power to repel the devil himself, who is rallying his forces to attack the earth once more.
Excerpt: In late January 2005, Capcom's action-packed game, Devil May Cry 3 , was added to the list of PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits. Unlike most Greatest Hits, Devil May Cry 3 is actually a Special Edition version of the original game released in 2005. This latest version features an all-new boss battle, turbo mode, and the ability to play through the game as Dante's nemesis, Vergil!
Excerpt: Because the second Devil May Cry wasn't well received, it seems that Capcom needed to give the series a fresh restart. In Devil May Cry 3 , we're given insight to the early days of devil hunter, Dante. Before his shop is even open, he's attacked by the demon forces summoned when his twin brother, Vergil, and a human by the name of Arkham raise a demon tower in the center of the city. As the story goes, the demon Sparda closed the door between the human and demon realms.
Pros: Intense and challenging action, Graphics are top notch, Audio portion is pretty solid, Bloody Palace and Vergil modes, Rebalanced difficulty
Cons: Some bad camera angles, Vergil mode is not all that great
Excerpt: Devil May Cry is the series that, in my opinion, brought difficulty back into the modern day gaming era. Not since the days of regular Nintendo had I been challenged by such a difficult game. The game made you learn patterns and figure out more effect ways of taking out enemies and bosses. On that note, DMC 1 had crazy, over the top boss battles and you really had to give them your all to come out the victor.
Conclusion: This game is a no brainer. At $20 for the Special Edition (with extra goodies!), Devil May Cry 3 is required reading for the PS2. Put away the angst, put away the stories, and put away the squad based tactics. Stop thinking, stop caring, and learn the joy of stomping a demon’s head and shooting them until they stop bleeding, or running around Bruce Lee style with triple nunchakus. Going to hell never felt so good.