Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening is the third main game in the Devil May Cry series however, it's actually a prequel to the original game; it follows a younger Dante as he discovers a plot to connect the demon world with the Human plane of existence.
After Dante receives an invitation from Arkham, he travels to meet his brother Vergil at home only to discover that there's a demon attack in progress. To make matters worse, Vergil seems to be behind it all in an attempt to steal the other half of their mother's amulet so that he can connect the two words together. Dante must fight his way through the demon hordes and various bosses to reclaim the amulet, save the world and stop the real villain behind the evil plot.
It was developed and published by Capcom in 2005 for the PlayStation 2. Windows PC received an enhanced special edition which contained more content while a HD version was later released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
The game is spread across a large number of levels and is focused on killing demons in a hack-and-slash style while completing different puzzles to progress to new zones or levels.
Combat is centered around performing combos and collecting Style Points by killing enemies with special moves; players are able to use both melee weapons and firearms which are collected as the game progresses. There are different playstyles for players to level into according to how the player gains Style Points.
Dante is also able to take on a demonic form when the Devil Trigger has been activated; this gives him new special attacks, a new appearance and also boosts to attack, defense and health. This is limited to the Devil Trigger Gauge which fills with energy as the player kills enemies.
 What's New
The combat system has seen some major changes to allow players more freedom with their playstyle and to make it easier to switch between melee weapons and firearms. One of the playstyles in the game is called “Doppelganger” which causes Dante's shadow to fight with him as an AI companion or be controlled by a second player.
Style Points – Kill demons in style with special attacks and combos to earn more points
Range of weapons – Fight with both melee weapons and firearms which are collected throughout the game
Combos – Perform powerful combos on enemies to gain more points
Different playstyles – Select a playstyle and use it to gain an advantage over the demons
Devil Trigger – Take on a demon form to mercilessly slaughter foes
Co-op – Use the Doppelganger mechanic to fight with a second player
 Players liked:
- Excellent combat system
- Fun story and characters
- Nice Level design
- Good difficulty levels
 Players didn't like:
- Puzzles are frustrating
- Story and gameplay is a little cheesy at times
- Few save points