Just like last year started off with the ending to the Mass Effect saga, this year starts off with potentially one of the most divisive games. While it won't likely stir up as much controversy as ME3's ending did, this is certainly not the Dante we're used to - is it a change for the better? Have your say here.
When they released the first trailer for DmC, I was in the middle of my last stint at Kotaku AU. I'm not ashamed to admit I jumped on the hate bandwagon straight away, criticising the new Dante. Sure, he's supposed to be over the top, and cocksure. But he had some style about him. Old Dante didn't need to flex. But when I see new Dante punch a bouncer and write expletives on his clipboard, I just think... Wanker.
And that's saying something, because Sydney-siders have a somewhat tempestuous relationship with club bouncers.
Being anti-establishment doesn't equal coolness. Angst on its own may help those with similar angst relate, but it doesn't equal style. It's as if Dante is in that adolescent stage of believing coolness comes from being a bit of a dick. So this new DmC, in my eyes, has a lot to prove. Is new Dante a wanker? Or did I just get the wrong impression?
Furthermore, can Ninja Theory really capture the style of gameplay that Devil May Cry games are known for? Will they make it easier? With they hold your hand? Or will they simply give you the tools to wreak havoc, as previous games did, and let you figure out by yourself how to get that S rating?
I never played a Devil May Cry game for its story, but I'm more than open to it having one. Easier said than done. To me though, I'm worried that it'll fall in line with a worrying trend of franchises losing their way. Metroid Other M, C&C4... These games failed to capture what the franchise was about, and future games will be met with excitement, but also a raised eyebrow. Once bitten, twice shy.
I didn't get a chance to play DmC over the weekend. I don't have much memory of what happened, other than there was some sort of birthday involved, and I had woken up in a bathtub full of spicy Korean chicken chops. I guess I can tick "chicken bath" off my life list. We've all got that goal, right?
While shopping, I also noticed the JB Hifi price was around $70, while the Steam price was closer to $50, so I decided to wait a little longer and play the PC version in 1080p with 60 FPS. When it unlocks, I'll walk into the game with an open mind. I really want to like it.
So, no spoilers guys, but how is it? Is Dante ruined? Is he just different? Or has all this been overblown, and it's just another great addition to the series? What of combat? Is it deep? Is there a variety of combos? Is it as focused on skill as it should be, or is it noobified?