probably devil may cry, the original. It;s been a letdown to me since.
I can't agree more! 3, 4 and 5 were all good in their own right, but different from the original. The first one was quite spooky and so rich in atmosphere. Also Dante seemed less capable and less of a jokster. It was not so over the top and therefore grounded. It was just the best. And no other iteration could ever quite continue from the original.
I really wish capcom would have used the Character V in DMCV better. He was slow and ill and vulnerable. The perfect setup for something more deliberate and scary. But this seems just not the direction they want to take the series. Regrettable.
But the first one being so good also worked in favor for the series. I bought every single one except DMC, so maybe it was not even too good for its own good. The following parts were not outright worse (except 2) but just very different