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You can officially stop whining now. DmC gameplay trailer alone is 74% more thrilling than Devil May Cry 4

I had a horrible nightmare last night. I dreamt that Christopher Nolan grew a beard. It was terrifying. I'm a really big Nolan fan, stretching all the way back to his early work, and honestly, you can't imagine how much that dream freaked me out. Nolan. With a beard! Of course the obvious happened. Within seconds he lost all of his ability to make films, churning nothing but pappy cinematic abortion after pappy cinematic abortion. That one arbitrary personal aesthetic change stripped away all of his talent, ensuring that he could never be involved in anything of worth again. I woke up in tears.

Think my dream was a bit hysterical? Think I'm a bit mad for still being disturbed by it? Yeah? Well you can stop whining about Dante's redesign in Ninja Theory's new Devil May Cry too, then. The first gameplay trailer is in, and it looks like exactly the kick up the arse that tired old franchise so badly needed.

And OH MY GOD HE EVEN HAS WHITE HAIR FOR A BIT! WE ARE SAVED!

As should be the way with a franchise reboot, everything is the same, but everything is somehow different. The combat looks delicate and almost slightly staccato in its pacing and flow, but also feels more organic and fluid. Dante seems to have a stack more options and a boatload more versatility than the stiff and lumpen DMC 4 provided. It looks like there could even bee some cool action set-pieces in the level design to compliment the combat this time. And that art style, with all of its wirey character designs, sketchy lines and splattery, almost painted colouring? Its one hell of a kinetic shake-up, and one that seems to provide a perfect visual analogue for the changes the series' gameplay is undergoing.

I am a happy man. Right now, in Ninja Theory I very much trust.

How about you?

June 13, 2011

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  • Genericpenisjoketista - June 14, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    The combat looks boring as fuck. This doesn't look nearly as exciting as DMC4. The music sucked, too. I miss DMC's industrial metal.
  • jonathanmckiddy - June 14, 2011 2:21 a.m.

    Game play looks really tight, But your still kind of missing what it is that's bothering the fan base. It would kind of be like if DC comics handed off a property like superman to dark horse comics to reboot the series and having them decide that superman should now dress in all black and kill all of his villains off one by one in some sort of revenge driven madness caused by Louis lane being killed. No matter how well written the story was, fans would still be pissed because it wouldn't really be superman, it would just be a different character under the superman name. another example of when drastically changing the story line and main plot of an established franchise would the one more day rage that was brought up by all the spider man comic book fans after they decided to reboot the story line by null and voiding his marriage to Mary Jane.Personally I don't think anyone comes to love a series like the fans of DMC do just because of gameplay alone. We like it because of the established lore within the story and the universe as it functions. and last time I checked, the only complaint anybody had about the game play of devil may cry 4 was the repetitiveness and the fact that you had a new protagonist instead of Dante(really need to focus on that last part) Other than that everybody seemed quite content to bury their head in it's ass, gamesradar gave it a 9, hardly any game gets a nine by the standards used on this site. Even the okami game which you guys never fail to mention only got a 9. We're not the only ones who are being biased here David, How you could suddenly decide that all our fears should be laid to rest with a two minute video that was pretty minimal on the combat, and failed to actually address any of The issues that are bothering the fans. I know I started off by saying that the game play looked great, But then again just like any other industry, the video game industry has a vested interest in making whatever they produce look really really good so reviewers such as yourself will come back and say nice things about it. So don't be condescending towards fans of a genre just because they aren't happy about sudden big changes in their fandom.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - June 14, 2011 12:39 a.m.

    All I could think through that trailer was "bitch, you call THAT a sword? ... Oh, now it's an axe. Wait, what?"
  • polarp - June 13, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    Uninspiring world design and pretty much the same gameplay. I don't even know why they labeled the new game as a revitalization to the series. It's sad that the developer looked in the wrong direction for a change. What the series needed is either innovation or refinement. And the trailer shows neither.
  • J-spit - June 13, 2011 6:58 p.m.

    No faith.
  • NegativeSun - June 13, 2011 6:45 p.m.

    Is this being released on Sony's new handheld or a PS2 exclusive? This has to be the worst trailer ever made, DMC2 will have some company...
  • GayforGilbert - June 13, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    I dig it.
  • StoneDreadnaught - June 13, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    I have a good feeling this will be a fine game, an 8 at least. Capcom will make sure that the combat and feel of DMC will be there, ensure the game runs smooth with minimal texture loading issues, and Ninja Theory will do what they do best: Characterization and beautiful worlds. When I watched the trailer, I loved how much color there was. And I thought the DT with white hair and a red coat was a nice touch. A small slice of fanboy catering without ruining NT's version of Dante. Also, I still find it strange that people JUST want white-haired, red coat Dante in their DMC games. I always thought it was more about a badass dude kicking demon ass back to hell. His look isn't important; The gameplay and the character are far more significant. That's just my opinion, at least.
  • EsKo - June 13, 2011 5:05 p.m.

    This whole thing could have been handled a bit better. It seems, to me at least, that the fans who have supported the series and love the characters are being ignored to appeal to a broader (EDGY teen crowd) demographic. I do understand that companies like and maybe even need to make money, but if you really want a glass of orange juice and someone sells you apple juice with the orange juice label you notice. It’s not like Devil May Cry is a 25 year old series that desperately needed a facelift - from 1-3-4 (yes that is all of them) there were improvements that made the game different enough that you didn’t get bored. The fact that new Dante resembles the after-meth photo of a street junkie (Sorry Tameem) is just one part of the problem. The attitude and overall grittiness is a complete change and a little bit more than a beard-no beard comparison. I hope that the light-hearted sense of humour that the series has despite the gothic atmosphere is at least intact, otherwise it isn't Devil May Cry at all anymore. THAT ASIDE: This may be a good or even a really great game. After all, we’ve only seen a few very short trailers and there is no real way of assessing if it stays true to the series or is completely different (and if that is a good or bad thing). Everything written above may not even apply to the finished game and if it doesn't this post ever happened and I had faith. I’m a huge DMC fan from way back so naturally I care just a little too much and I need to get a life. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go have a crazy party.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - June 13, 2011 5:01 p.m.

    As someone who is actually a fan of the redesign, the gameplay they showed didn't wow me as I hoped it would. Seems about the same as it has been. On a side note, can we stop calling the new Dante "Emo Dante"? Believe it or not, the old Dante had way more emo qualities than the new one. Just because he's skinny doesn't make him emo. That look was popularized by rock and punk rock groups way before emo and hipster groups also adopted it. The developers have even said that he was inspired by punk rock, taking the Sex Pistol's Sid Vicious as an example. Guess what? That's pretty much what the new Dante looks like.
  • Junpeihermes - June 13, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    from what I've seen until now,this not amuse i will keep a eye on it but with a very slim hope
  • Clovin64 - June 13, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    I'm cautiously excited about this, but in all honesty, the combat doesnt look any better than previous DMC games. Just as good... maybe. but better than DMC4? Nope. I'm mostly interested in seeing what Ninja Theory does with the franchise story-wise. DMC's story has never been its strong point... maybe Ninja Theory will change that? Only time will tell. ... I still don't like scrawny new Dante. So sue me.
  • RicePuddingUK - June 13, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    Why has he got a British flag on his arm?
  • june27 - June 13, 2011 2:43 p.m.

    I think the gameplay looks pretty dam good, but I atill think they made to many changes to dante, he just looks to punk
  • minimaxi - June 13, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    sorry Dave, I admit I'm one of those who hate Dante's redesign, but I can objectively say combat doesn't look any better than DMC4, maybe even not as good. Do I condemn DmC right away, then? not really, for now I'll just say the trailer is not representative of what's good about DmC so I'll wait for a better trailer before judging.
  • Lionzest7 - June 13, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    the gameplay didn't particularly look any better than DMC4 to me, actually looked slower and only showed 1v1's. In some respects it actually looked worse...
  • ThatGuyFromTV - June 13, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    All my complaints are null and void just because they used Glitch Mob for the music. Seriously some of the best music ever.
  • fullmetallegend - June 13, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    I never denied that the gameplay looks extremely fund and looks like a step-up, too. I will, however, never be content with Dante looking like an angsty scene kid.
  • BigDaddyWaffle - June 13, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    74% more thrilling than DMC4? I'm terribly sorry but, were we watching the same trailer? This didn't look any better than DMC4. In fact, it looked as if it could have been a PS2 game. That's just my opinion though.
  • krexxgr - June 13, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    I wish Ninja Theory was working on an original IP instead. But DMC will be better for it.

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