Parents' Guide to

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening

By Aaron Lazenby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Fascinating, frustrating devil of a game.

Game PlayStation 2 2005
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

(Buy,Rent,or Skip?) [BUY]

It is a violent game but even though there is blood, most of the time it looks like SAND(aside from the humans).Small bits of bad language creep in on rare occasion.The rest is just depending on the kid.If they can tell the difference between fantasy and reality and are not easily impressionable it is fine.This is one of our family favorites but if you are looking for easier difficulty get the special edition.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
age 9+

Good for almost anyone

This is one of the best games i own. i let my kids play it and there fine.Sure there is a lot of violence but nothing you wouldnt see in a T rated game.Both common sense and ESRB are wrong.

This title has:

Too much violence
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (16):

DEVIL MAY CRY 3: DANTE'S AWAKENING ups the mayhem and increases the difficulty (to an almost unplayable level) to inject new life into the franchise. The result is a game experience that is equal parts fascinating and frustrating, immersing payers in a dark world where Hell and humanity collide in a perpetual gruesome battle. Once you get over DMC3's difficulty, there is a lot to like here. Combat is about strategy, reflexes and timing -- not just rapid and random button pushing.

The game has a nice streak of humor running trough it, showcasing Dante's adolescent cockiness and nonchalance in some memorable cut scenes. On the other hand, an apocalyptic sense of dread sets the tone for the whole game, complete with burned-out cars, smoldering buildings and the impending end of the world. Parents should use caution when considering this game for kids and teens who are easily impressionable, or who will find the game's dark tone frightening.

Game Details

  • Platform: PlayStation 2
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release date: March 2, 2005
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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