One of last year’s most challenging games is somewhat kinder and gentler in Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening – Special Edition. Purists might scoff at the milder difficulty level of the still-tough hack-and-slash action, though they’ll probably like the decent new bonus features added to this budget-priced rerelease–especially the ability to play through the game’s levels as Dante’s ruthless twin brother, Vergil. At the same time, those with a lower threshold for pain than DMC3’s established fan base should appreciate this update, since the punishing difficulty was really the only reason 2005’s DMC3 couldn’t be wholeheartedly recommended. Ironically, though, while making the game easier might make it accessible to more players, the gameplay isn’t quite as deeply satisfying. Of course, in terms of content, this is largely the same exact game as before, so it’s still close to being as impressive and exciting as ever–one year after it originally debuted.