Devil May Cry 2 is an action game developed and published by Capcom in 2003 exclusively for the PlayStation 2. The game serves as a sequel to Devil May Cry and is, chronologically the fourth game in the Devil May Cry series with Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Devil May Cry, and Devil May Cry 4 taking place before it.
Set in modern times, in the fictional city of Vie de Marli, the story centers on Dante and Lucia in their fight to stop a businessman named Arius from raising the demon Argosax and achieving supreme power. The story is told primarily through a mixture of cutscenes using the game's engine with several pre-rendered full motion videos.
Devil May Cry 2 received favorable reviews, but has been criticized for a variety of development decisions, which made the game considerably different from its predecessor; chief among these decisions was the lowered difficulty. Nevertheless, it was a commercial success.