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A stylish fighting game classic. This may be considered the peak of the Devil May Cry series. It is also out for quite the while now, so it seems hardly necessary to go into too much detail that has already been covered over and over again.
Storywise, you battle your way through an ancient tower to face your brother Vergil and foil his sinister intentions... but whose plan is really in action here?
Gameplaywise, this game really shines. You can achieve mastery in four styles with different foci (Gunslinger, Swordmaster, Trickster and Royal Guard), plus two slightly more gimmick-like unlockables. You acquire an arsenal of five melee and five long range weapons, each category of which you can equip two and seamlessly switch between them. This is hardly astonishing nowadays, but it still blends together magnificently. There is also the bloody palace, an arena mode that provides slaughter aplenty.
This version comes with new difficulty modes (compared to the original on PS2), which may or may not be of interest to you, and with a playable Vergil. This is a fun variant of the fighting gameplay, but does not introduce a lot of new content otherwise - the levels are simply the campaign all over again, minus the story cutscenes.
One thing that should be mentioned is the optimization of the steam version. I bought the game in retail originally, and there were quite a few problems with it not recognizing gamepads correctly or at all - I ended up with a JoyToKey-workaround, which rather nullified the use of analog sticks, and still had trouble mapping the controller because some buttons were not registered, some double, and some of the in-game controls refused to be changed. The steam game comes with a controller configuration application, a nice little thing that took all this work away and actually succeeded in using both sticks and the various seemingly problematic buttons. This little addition increases playability a good deal for me.
If you do not have this game yet and care for action / (sword-) fighting games with a really well thought-through combat system, I highly recommend looking into this.