DMC, Castlevania, Mortal Kombat. Everything is getting re-fucking-booted nowadays. Do we really need it? Has humanity become so ADHD that we constantly need to reinvent the wheel all the time just to hold our attention? Also, when you think about it, did Devil May Cry really need it?
What's wrong with just making a new DMC game with Dante in it? The formula worked fine. Now we've got to play as somebody that looks like the lead singer of Green Day after not having a shower for a few weeks. In a dirty, grimy, 'edgy' game world. Fuck that.
I don't usually get angry about new directions in games (the new Yakuza looks fantastic despite being real shark-jumping moment) because life's too short, but I'm just utterly bemused by the thought behind this new game. It's like Capcom sold the name and bugger all else to another company to try and westernise their series, but the soul has been left out the equation.
And to all that are thinking along the lines of 'I don't care what the graphics/main character are like, as long as the gameplay is good' well to me part of the reason I played DMC over other, equally competent action games (that admittedly owed their existence to DMC in the first place) is because of the style, the graphics and, of course, Dante. Every line, weapon, movement, pose, EVERYTHING about him was special. He's a dick, a giant egotistical cockend, but he knew it and knew what to do with it. I hate everything dicks like him stand for in real life, and yet in the context of his games he was brilliant, and I played because of him. Part of the reason DMC2 felt so wrong for me is because he was neutered somehow, a shadow of his former self trying too hard to be the goth neo (neo already was a goth neo of course, which is why I wasn't a fan of the style of the matrix films)
I think what annoys and interests me about the previous Devil May Cry games is that for a brief, glorious chapter in gaming, Capcom bottled a rare breed of magic (thanks to the kind of perfect design that we associate with gaming legends like Sonic, Mario etc.) and then didn't really know what to do with it. 1 was great, 2 not so much, 3 was a step in the right direction, and 4, while enjoyable, was clearly a sign that DMC fans were in trouble. Now we're past the point of no return. The soul of DMC, that was hardly recognisable in the sequels that followed but still somehow there, is now gone. You can tell from every frame of this new trailer that it's not coming back.
God I sound like a right raving fanboy don't I? It's just a shame, I think.
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