I have always enjoyed fighting games from Capcom, and at first, I believed the series was just that. A hack/slash game set in the universe of humans fighting demons. After playing the game, you get engrossed with the turmoil the characters are going through and you want the story to unfold further. Having siblings of my own, I understand the rift between them and the desire to mend fences. Family values are important to all the characters, showing it to either be a crutch or your salvation.
Devil May Cry Characters
Dante Sparda is half human and half devil who is laid back, a womanizer, and free-spirited. He only takes on jobs that grant him the opportunity to slay other demons. He is the younger Sparda brother, yet unlike his brother Vergil, wants nothing to do with their family’s lineage. He sees himself as a hero protecting humans from the demonic world.
Vergil Sparda is half human and half devil who is strong, determined, knowledgeable, and is focused on achieving his goals. He is the older Sparda brother and takes the ideas of their father very seriously. He is baffled by Dante’s refusal to accept the power their father bestowed upon them. He sees humans as vermin and wants power to wipe out the human race.
Mary is a human who has trained herself to slay all devils. She is baffled by Dante’s humanistic qualities. She is on a path to avenge the death of her mother and is quite adept at combat and uses a range of long-ranged firearms. She takes the name Lady that Dante Christians her with after their first meeting.
Arkham (Jester) first appears as a talkative, annoying jester. Later, it’s revealed that he a demon who sacrificed his wife for power. He pretends to ally himself with Vergil hoping to help him open the gate to the Demon World, then take the power all for himself. His daughter is Mary.
Devil May Cry Plot
Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening (2005) is a prequel to the first game in the Devil May Cry series. The series is created by Hideki Kamiya and focuses on Vergil investigating Fortuna City to learn more about his father, Sparda. Later, in Dante’s yet unnamed shop, a mysterious man named Arkham, arrives with a message from Dante’s brother, Vergil. Dante is amused by the challenge presented by his brother and heads toward the area he suspects Vergil to be the one responsible for the rise of the demonic tower.
The writers of the game portrays an interesting dynamic between both Sparda brothers. They equally show what drives both brothers, power Vergil believes is their lineage left from their father, versus Dante’s belief of protecting others while having a good time. In the end, the brothers can put their differences aside briefly, stopping Arkham from overpowering them both taking control of the Demon World.
I would give the game a nine out of ten rating for the rich story, strong character development, and the combat. The game is developed by Capcom who is known for making excellent combat driven games. My favorite scene is called Family Reunion when the brothers meet in the game for the first time. Vergil lured Dante to him to collect his half of their mother’s amulet and quickly overpowers Dante.
I wish there was more thought put into the musical score for the game. There are various instrumental pieces used while you’re fighting demons, but it is repetitive and easy to drown out. The hordes of demons you’re forced to fight can also feel repetitive and can be annoying when you’re forced to redo a section because of the difficulty.