Devil May Cry 3 is obnoxiously hard. It will test your patience and the durability of your controller. It is also gloriously fluid, with a battle system that ranks among the greatest the action genre has to offer. This is the true sequel we've been waiting for. The first title freed us from the confines of clunky movement and the second simply disappointed. The third went back to basics, expanded on what worked, and got rid of pretty much everything else. Welcome back Dante!
Devil May Cry 3 tells the story of a much younger, much brasher Dante—a master demon slayer who, wielding his trusty handguns and sword, wreaks havoc on anything and everything evil. But no one really pays too much attention to the story. The series has always been about the action and Devil May Cry 3 doesn't disappoint. It now boasts interchangeable styles that can be leveled up.
Royal Guard will let you block and counter; whereas, Trickster will give you the acrobatic skills to always keep the enemy guessing. There're other styles too and you'll need not only them but the tons of weapons earned throughout the game to have a chance against the bosses and regular enemies that are, at times, mind-numbingly difficult.
The Special Edition version has much more going for it than the lower price tag. Tons of new features enhance the game and make it an even more enticing package. Dante's evil twin brother is now playable. Vergil has only one style but can switch between three weapons on the fly. Overall, his skill set is more restrained but he makes up for it with a lot of power from the get go. There's also Bloody Palace, a 9999 level dungeon that only the hardcore would even attempt to finish.
Add to all this a turbo mode that cranks up the game speed by 20 percent, a new continue system that addresses the issues with the original release, a movie mode that let's you view all the cut scenes from the game, and another level of difficulty thrown in among the others (as if you needed yet another mode to play through!)
The best way to experience Devil May Cry 3 is head-on. It's one of the most action intensive games ever to grace the PlayStation 2. With the various styles you can basically play Dante as you want and with the huge amount of crazy weapons (ever use a guitar to kill demons? Well you will), you'll have a lot of fun with each level. Some may say the difficulty is too hard, but it provides the kind of challenges you really have to work for. It's this classic sense of game design that makes Devil May Cry 3 the best in the series and arguably the best the action genre has to offer.