A few things: Firstly, I'm a long-time Devil May Cry fan, and I believe each entry (with the exception of the second) has been stellar. Secondly, I was one of the first to see Dante's new look in Ninja Theory's reboot and go, "…uh, wait a minute…what's this?"
That being said, I have accepted the developer's explanation concerning the cosmetic overhaul, and we all have to remember that Capcom agreed with the team's new artistic direction. And after seeing plenty of gameplay footage and knowing Ninja Theory's relative success with action games (yeah, just two this generation, but still), I'm convinced we'll get, at the very least, a pretty good game in DMC .
But as Dante's style and personality were a big part of what drew me to this franchise in the first place, I've been wondering if he has maintained that flash, panache and attitude. On the surface, it appears he has. He's still a brash, cocky, "I'm gonna beat the sh** out of you and spit on your corpse" demon slayer. When I first saw this back in the PS2 days, I thought it was a refreshing departure from the cliched reluctant hero, the guy who's borderline whining and going, "but do I have to?"
Dante does this for fun . This isn't about revenge or honor or anything else. If you could sit down for an interview with the original Dante, he'd probably even tell you that if it wasn't fun, he wouldn't care if humanity hung in the balance. He's selfish and bad-ass and proud of it. Now, I think Ninja Theory has captured this again…to some extent. Maybe it's due to his younger age, but I find the new Dante to be more of a punk than a bad-ass. More of a smart-mouthed brat than a cool-as-a-cucumber, I know how awesome I am manly man. It's a tad off-putting.
Still, even if that's true, I can live with it. We still need this in-your-face attitude, regardless of the undertones. Provided the gameplay is there and his personality is consistent, I'm good with this punk-ish Dante. And besides, I think it's easy to imagine Dante being like this when he was younger, so it's actually realistic if you really start to think about it.
Related Game(s): DMC