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Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening Member Review for the PS2

By:
MattAY
05/18/08
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS 1- 1 
PUBLISHER Capcom 
DEVELOPER Capcom 
RELEASE DATE  
M Contains Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence

What do these ratings mean?

Hell is for Heroes

The third installment of the Devil May Cry series, and after the let-down of the second, we see an amazing improvement. We have more pace, more weapons, same level of gore...but more carnage!

So incase you dont know, Dante is a half-demon, half-human bounty hunter (he'd probably do it for free too). He is one of two twins of the legendary dark knight Sparda, who once went against his own demonic underworld to save the human world from chaos - basically he's one badass demon. The plot is about Dante attempting to stop his twin brother Vergil from opening the underworld and gaining the sealed power of Sparda. It's the brother of light VS the brother of dark - and with a few twists and turns on the way, it turns out to be an action-packed, epic tale of demonic proportions.

The gameplay is simple, you kill everything in sight. You can use your favourite demonic weapon (ranges from 3-rod nunchuks to a killer electric guitar/sword) or you can use an array of guns, which includes Dante's prolific twin guns "Ebony and Ivory". Or you can use them both and perform combo attacks. One of my favourites is to slash the enemy into the air, then shoot at them with high speed, keeping them mid-air from the torrent of bullets you're offering!

When equipped with a demonic weapon, you have the chance to use the devil trigger. This allows you to go in Devil form for a certain amount of time, which means you are at higher speed, and higher power than you were at before. Oh, and your voice is also scarier! You also collect red orbs in order to buy new moves and techniques, along with health and demoinc gauge power. There are also styles you can choose to fight in - Trickster, Swordmaster and a few others. All of them having a certain fighting style to which Dante performs for you.

As usual the game recommends a difficulty setting for you after the first 3 missions. Of course, I found it ridiculously hard at first because I actually have the reactions of a turtle on LSD. But if you're a lot more skilled then you'll probably storm through without having to resort to easy automatic mode.

The graphics in the game are spectacular, and in conjunction with great level and character design, the game really has a certain edge to it - a demonic edge of course! There are plenty of FMV's to keep you impressed, one after every mission in fact. The whole game is a treat for the eyes, and the developers definately put a hell of an effort into it (<< received a medal for that one).

The control is very accurate, quick paced and easy to use - keeping up with the action of the game. With many moves that you can choose from, it's a bit overwhelming at first. But after a while you remember your favourites and inevitably kick-ass with them. The soundtrack and effects are of great quality of course. As you'd expect, the soundtrack is pretty rock based, and Devil May Cry wouldn't be the same without a cheap battle guitar riff blaring out. Apart from that though, it's a good soundtrack, which helps add to the dark atmosphere the game has created.

So if you're a fan of general hack and slash games, and fast paced melee - this is definately a buy. The plot is also very captivating, and in the end it obviously joins up to the first Devil May Cry (so in a way it's much like Star Wars episode 3). Saying that I'm sure were expecting a rubbish movie of the game pretty soon, and I can also say that Devil May Cry 3 actually has a manga series out (it's amazingly drawn if you ever wanted to know). So head on over to your nearest discount store today, and purchase this game if it sounds like your cup of tea - the devil inside you wants to!


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