There will be much debate on this issue, mostly because people will argue about the proposed quality of Ninja Theory's past productions.
For the record, I wouldn't classify Heavenly Sword or Enslaved: Odyssey to the West as elite productions, and even the freshly released DmC: Devil May Cry doesn't necessarily classify, either. Games have to hit the 9+ range to be considered AAA productions in my eyes.
However, DmC was pretty darn close and in truth, had it not been for a slight dip in performance concerning the PS3 version and some less-than-impressive boss encounters, the game would've warranted some very high praise. Now, the developer has not been amply rewarded for their games in the past, as they've said the titles in question didn't live up to expectations (despite the 1.5 million copies Heavenly Sword evidently sold). So with the release of a very well-done reboot, might Ninja Theory finally get their just due? Will the popularity of the franchise in question assist?
The timing isn't that bad this time around; Enslaved ran into the standard fall gauntlet and, if I remember correctly, launched the same week as Castlevania: Lord of Shadows . But January isn't too highly competitive and besides, people have been waiting on this reboot for quite some time. The critics have responded favorably and it feels almost inevitable that the game will sell well…but Ninja Theory just seems cursed when it comes to sales charts. So will DmC: Devil May Cry break that unfortunate trend…?
Related Game(s): DmC: Devil May Cry