Kill The Fan Rage, Give DMC The Benefit Of The Doubt
Hey, we all know what it's like to see a favorite franchise flounder. It's just painful.
But as far as I can tell, there's absolutely zero basis for all the fan rage flying around concerning Ninja Theory's new project, the Devil May Cry reboot, also known simply as "DMC." There are just so many problems with this irrational backlash.
First of all, this is not a series in trouble. DMC4 was awesome, although the hardcore will say DMC3 remains the best. Secondly, why does everyone keep forgetting that Capcom has had the final say in all sorts of creative decisions? Both sides have made it plain that this is a combined effort; Ninja Theory has even said that if you have a problem with Dante's new look, talk to Capcom, 'cuz they approved it. Thirdly and lastly, I really don't see the evidence that says Ninja Theory is going to stray from a winning formula and annoy the long-time fans.
If you missed out, here's over three minutes of gameplay footage. I don't see a problem, do you? They've since released more gameplay videos and although I could nitpick and complain about a few things, this does appear to be vintage Dante. It's fast, furious, and presumably, the combat depth, flexibility, and diversity is there. I suppose if I were to worry, I'd be concerned about the latter category, because Ninja Theory has made Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West...both great games, but not especially deep in terms of combat.
Still, we're talking about a talented developer. On top of which, we're talking about a talented team that has had experience in this very genre. Death threats? Really? You've got to be kidding. I'm not saying DMC will be a guaranteed winner; I'm saying we probably shouldn't freak out until there's something to freak out about. Remember, I was one of many who out-and-out despised Dante's new design. And I still do. But one fact has always remained, and it goes double for this franchise- the gameplay reigns supreme. Make it unbelievable, and the fans will be satisfied.
Ninja Theory doesn't deserve the nerd rage, people. There are other game makers who do, so save your strength for them.
Related Game(s): DMC
1/17/2012 9:03:18 PM Ben Dutka