Dante, a bad-ass demon hunter, is attacked by a mysterious woman named Trish. Trish tells Dante that a demon emperor named Mundus, who was once defeated by Sparta a demon-turned-good, is once again trying to take over the human world. Dante is then lead to an island that serves as a gateway to hell. Fighting blade-wielding puppets, Dante must fight and win, or die trying. He fights his way through different areas of the castle eventually encountering Phantom, a giant demon who is part spider and part scorpion. Only when Phantom is defeated can Dante continue to try to find out what exactly is going on on Mallet Island.
- The gameplay is decent with fairly tight controls and the ability to rack up long combos between wielding a sword and dual handguns.
- The game uses a fixed camera system which can lead to walking into walls in places where the camera changes view and the forward direction changes to match the camera.
- I am really, really bad at this game. I got through the first few missions, levels, with ease but got stuck on the first boss battle, the battle with Phantom. I died again and again with no success.
The game is a bit dated now and the sequels within this franchise have further refined the controls and design. Even though I got stuck with that one battle, I’d still recommend this game to fans of fast-paced action games with moderate to high difficultly. 7/10