I think I would say: the first one.
The first one had the atmosphere and the right difficulty. I remember those small corridor rooms where you would be forced to fight one of those shadow panthers that made me go: "Are you fucking kidding me?! I need to fight that thing HERE?!"
I haven't played DevilMayCry5 because I am currently playing and finishing DmC, but I would react to the franchise the following way:
DMC1: Possibly my favorite
DMC2: I loathe the sequel. Story is boring, Dante is not Dante, the game is too easy, the character is stiff and I feel like it doesn't respond well and fast enough to my commands. Stupid tank bullshit enemy what the fuck where they thinking?!
DMC3: Very cool game but the atmosphere of the first one is lost. It feels more like an anime game rather than a Gothic story like the first one.
DMC4: More like a return to form, feels like #1 and #3 were fused together and they had a baby called DevilMayCry4
DmC: Liking it a lot so far. Fights are challenging, at least trying to go through a whole level without getting hit. It doesn't have much atmosphere like DMC3 but the gameplay is really cool and dynamic (no enemy lock-on feature though and I was initially scrambling to evade attacks with shoulder block + X and failling miserably because there is no such feature playing on PC)
DMC5: I will play DMC5 once I finish DmC's story and the Bloody Palace.
Last edited by AbbathTheGrim - on 14 April 2019