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The first Devil May Cry started off as a Resident Evil 4 prototype, but Capcom quickly realised that having Leon flip around a castle, beating the shit out of demons with a sword would be badass, but not very Resident Evil-y. A bit of reworking and they retooled it into Devil May Cry, a balls hard action game with a heavy focus on stylish combat. The game follows the story of a demon hunter, Dante, trying to defeat the Demon Lord Mundus, with the 'help' of Trish, a Demon/Woman who looks just like his dead Mum.
Devil May Cry 2 (PS2 2003)
In late 2002, Satan - angry with Capcom for daring to attack his manliness by suggesting he might cry - decided to exact his ultimate revenge. The result? Devil May Cry 2, forged out of pure darkness and pressed onto DVDs made from the souls of the damned. DMC 2 boasted amazing features, such as being worse then the original in every way and wussifying Dante. Everyone generally pretends this never happened, Capcom included.
Devil May Cry 3 (PS2 2005)
The DMC series was thoroughly redeemed in 2005 with the release of Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening. DMC3 contained a fantastic combat system, featuring 6 different fighting styles and on-the-fly weapon switching, along with the most awesome cutscenes in gaming history. A prequel to the original game, DMC3 focused on the relationship between Dante and his brother Vergil, and how they both enjoy kicking the crap out of each other. As an added bonus, this was released around the same time as Resident Evil 4, making me wonder how Capcom managed not to explode from the awesome.
Devil May Cry 4 (PS3/360/PC 2008)
Mixing things up a bit, Capcom added new playable character Nero for the fourth installment of the series. Along with the standard sword and handgun, Nero is also packing the 'Demon Bringer', a cool glowy blue arm that lets him toss enemies around and pummel busses mercilessly. Dante's also back, playing much the same as he did in 3, only this time having the ability to change fighting styles on the fly, for even more ridiculous combo potential. DMC4 follows Nero trying to catch Dante, after he kills the leader of the local religious group. Naturally, Pope-Guy turns out to be evil, and hell bent on destroying everything, as you do. Built on Capcom's MT Framework engine, DMC4 is also absolutely gorgous.
So I fucking love the Devil May Cry series. How about you guys? Thoughts? Feelings? Desperate hopes for an announcement of DMC5 at E3?