They say the only constant is change, but when it comes to major video game franchises, that’s not always the case. But when the first details on DmC: Devil May Cry arose, with a newly-redesigned protagonist Dante, the most die-hard fans weren’t so accepting. But as the hype grows with the release date approaching, maybe fans don’t have so much to worry about.
The newest cinematic trailer for DmC continues the trend of the world being torn apart, with only Dante (still clinging to his ’emo’ style) standing to fight. Besides showing off plenty of action, the trailer also highlights the fact that the classic white hair and red coat won’t be going anywhere just yet.
The developers at Ninja Theory aren’t getting distracted from their main goal of creating a game worthy of the Devil May Cry name. Since, as they’ve emphasized before, looks aren’t everything. The gameplay itself is what matters in a series with as devoted a following as Dante has enjoyed, and from what we’ve seen of that, all signs point to a worthwhile experience.
That doesn’t mean that there won’t be one heck of a story to go along with Dante’s new haircut. Finding himself in Limbo City – a town that turns into a hellish realm of demons in a blink – Dante is going to be dispatching plenty of ghouls and monsters. As the trailer shows, players will have more than a few options in how to do it.
Chains, blades, revolvers, and gravity-defying acrobatics are all in store, but it’s the moment that Dante unleashes the effects of his Devil Trigger that will earn the most points among fans. The veins and glowing red eyes are all well and good, but the typical demonic appearance brought about by the change is now replaced with classic white hair and blood-red overcoat. It’s not quite the Dante we all remember, but it’s closer than the new appearance.
It’s fitting that Dante’s shift back to his former appearance coincides with a devastating wave that launches enemies hopelessly into the air, becoming little more than fodder for Dante to do what he does best. And in that regard, DmC: Devil May Cry looks to keep the tradition alive.
Of course, nothing but the game’s full release will put concerns or skepticism to rest. All things considered, it’s still one of our most anticipated games of 2013. Sure, we may prefer a permanent Devil Trigger now that we’ve seen it in a cinematic action scene, but we’ll work with what we’ve got.
That’s just our take; what about yours? Have you warmed to emo Dante, or will no amount of advertising change your mind?
DmC: Devil May Cry releases January 15, 2013 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
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