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Devil May Cry's Dante To Light Up The Big Screen

What, you didn't see this coming?

According to Variety, Screen Gems has purchased the rights to make a movie based on Capcom's popular action franchise, Devil May Cry. Kyle Ward will be on hand to pen the script. If you weren't aware, DMC was originally developed as the third entry in the Resident Evil series but the game design just strayed way too far from the RE formula, so they released it as a new IP. To date, the DMC games have sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Screen Gems already did a bunch of movies based on the long-running RE series; the films raked in over $580 million in worldwide grosses. None of them got great reviews from critics but hey, nobody ever said movies had to be smart to make a lot of money. We'll have to see what sort of storyline comes out of this DMC film; we wonder if they'll follow the original plot, or if they'll produce something entirely different.

Either way, you can bet all Dante fans will remain very skeptical. Personally, I just want to see a DMC5 announcement.

Tags: dmc, devil may cry, dmc movie, devil may cry film

2/28/2011 9:15:13 PM Ben Dutka

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Eld
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 9:33:54 PM
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I don't see how this will work... RE I understand but this...

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TheAgingHipster
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 11:37:22 PM

They will make David O. Russell the director, who will appoint Jason Statham as Dante and Halle Berry as Trish. They will be members of a crime family (like the Sopranos) using a detective agency as a front for their operations focusing on the illegal acquisition of religious artifacts. However, when Jason (Dante) steals a particularly nasty sword, it possesses him and forces him to commit a number of unpleasant atrocities, ultimately culminating in him murdering Halle (Trish), which results in him forcing the demon out of his body for a final showdown in an oil pit.

Just an educated guess.

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TheAgingHipster
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 11:39:03 PM

*is bitter*

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AugustoDeItalia
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 12:09:42 PM

please, at least if you make this movie, don't kill my love toward this game, please ! put an actor that ressembles dante and that is as badass as him !!

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Lawless SXE
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 9:38:58 PM
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You just want to see a DMC5 announcement. That sounds so sad considering DmC. Y'know, I'd actually probably see this. I rather enjoyed the original Resident Evil film, and Underworld (a series that I like a lot) was also produced by Screen Gems.

Maybe they'll be adapting it from DmC, or perhaps it'll work as a bridge between it and DMC3, if it isn't fully explained in the game. I daresay that the focus will be on the action, but that's what the series is about anyway.
Peace.

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Alienange
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 9:44:34 PM
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They ran the games into the ground so maybe now Hollywood will carry the torch from there.

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main_event05
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 1:07:27 AM

What do you mean maybe?

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Riku994
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 10:14:21 PM
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I legit sighed when i saw this article

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Akuma07
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 10:22:14 PM
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Havnt they already announced the DMC reboot?

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 1:30:21 PM

yeah they did announce DmC, which is why ben wants them to just announce DMC 5 already

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 1:31:00 PM

yeah they did announce DmC, which is why ben wants them to just announce DMC 5 already

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Akuma07
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 @ 12:24:25 AM

That doesnt make sense, why would they announce a DMC5 if they have already announced the DmC reboot?

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pillz81
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 10:33:04 PM
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Variety says that Dante's gonna avenge his mother's murder by...killing demons.

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kraygen
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 10:35:51 PM
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How many bad video games can one company make? Well it seems as though Screen Gems intends to find out.

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kraygen
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 4:46:15 PM

man I meant video game movies, ugh.

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Bonampak
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 11:14:15 PM
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"If you weren't aware, DMC was originally developed as the third entry in the Resident Evil series but the game design just strayed way too far from the RE formula, so they released it as a new IP"

^^^ No, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was always suppose to be the third game.

The game you're thinking about is actually Resident Evil 4.

About this news story... I have no words.

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slugga_status
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 7:25:51 AM

Actually you're incorrect. After RE:2 on PSOne they started tooling around with a new installment which, as Ben said, ended up getting scrapped for RE series and turned into Devil May Cry..I still have the Gamepro from '98 with pictures of Dante shown in the RE world with a shotgun and no red coat.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 7:43:50 AM

you are correct. devil may cry came from developement in last gen consoles, not the third entry. the third entry was on ps1. the develoers were trying to make a new re game on last gens consoles and encountered a game mechanic where the enemies would fly up in the air. you could shoot the enemies in the air. that's where dmc came from.

dmc was one of early ps2 games, and was pretty awesome.

i have enjoyed the re movies from screen gems. alice is freaking hot. the 1st one was cluastraphobic, and had a great sountrack. loved the pull back at the end where alice wanders into the decimatated streets of racoon city. the second one was more action orientated and featured nemisis, jill valentine, and a street battle taken straight from the game. the third was out in the desert. it had the crows, and the tyrant. the fourth entry really opened thing up. the executioner from re5 was in it. that battle was kick ass. wesker, and chris redfield were in it. the battle with wesker was taken straight from re5. loved the sequence where all the alice clones attack umbrella hq. all of the movies have had the zombie dog, too.

anyways, i think the movies have been pretty faithful to the games. they seemed to have influenced each other. the laser corridor sequence in re4 was taken straaight from the 1st re movie.

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Bonampak
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 8:59:40 AM

@slugga_status

Well its like this...

Capcom's Kamiya and Shinji Mikami started development of RE4 in 1999. Which happens to be the same year THE THIRD Resident Evil game came out on the PS1.

RE3 was developed to wrap-up the Raccoon City storyline. That was confirmed by the director of that game. And that's why RE3 was also known as "Jill's last escape" by the team.

Now, the Resident Evil game that became Devil May Cry was actually the very first version of RE4.

It is well documented that Shinji Mikami was the one that convinced his team and Capcom higher-ups to turn that 1st version of RE4 into another IP. This was because the game they were making at that time, had a different vibe & feel to it. The enemies were too different from the previous RE games.

Eventually, Capcom accepted Mikami's request and that's how DMC came to be. The new IP was released in 2001. While development of an alternate version of RE4 continued that same year.

So what I said in my previous post was correct.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 5:10:39 PM

you are correct. dmc originated from re4. not the third title. it annoys when sites or magazines cite history, and get it wrong. psm said parasite 2 was a ps2 title recently. wrong. ps1 game.
they corrected it the following month though.

yes, both your posts are correct. slugga status is wrong. rthe third entry was always wrap up jill's storyline. the game mechanic of dmc originated from re4, the fourth title. at least that's what its creator said.

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cLoudou
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 11:20:12 PM
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I can see the movie now. Fruity emo, wannabe twlight vampire, Dante on a quest to avenge his mother's killers.

I hope that I am wrong and its the Dante of the original DMC with the storyline close to the first but right now its sounding like an origin type of movie which means Ninja theory's Dante.

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cLoudou
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 12:13:38 AM

Typo before anyone notices : avenge his mother, not his mother's killers. Lol.

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CHAOS THEORY X
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 11:26:42 PM
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*facepalm*

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main_event05
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 1:09:10 AM

** Facepalms Chaos Theory X**

Sometimes one isn't enough.

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GuernicaReborn
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 2:19:40 AM

facepalming someone else is a slap.

I bet somewhere in all those 1 and 0's Dante is facepalming right now.

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main_event05
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 7:11:57 AM

Worldwide facepalm.
Maybe all the game studios should get together and do what Marvel did and make their own studio, that way they can maintain complete creative control over their properties (if that's how the "biz" works.

also, no disrespect was meant Chaos.

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CHAOS THEORY X
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 5:24:15 PM

:D

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Veitsknight
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 1:56:49 AM
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There is also a plans for a Mass Effect movie

http://social.bioware.com/forum/Mass-Effect/Mass-Effect-News-and-Announcements/Mass-Effect-Movie-announced-2717410-1.html

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ryu
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 2:19:32 AM
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****ing brilliant, never seen a company trying to milk a franchise after the creator has left.

o wait, hi there final fantasy

capcom thinks the can turn DMC around w/o kamiya, this is just gonna turn into another dragon ball

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 1:47:43 PM

Some how I doubt it would be that bad even in the worst case scenario.

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FullmetalX10
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 2:46:05 AM
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I enjoyed the DMC anime and the first couple RE films, maybe they can make it into a fun action flick or something, what, I'm just thinking positive...

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DIsmael85
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 2:58:05 AM
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Another reason to dislike Capcom's decisions with this franchise. Oh well, what's the worst that could happen?

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main_event05
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 12:26:03 PM

Paul Anderson? or Uwe Boll?

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DIsmael85
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 1:34:55 PM

Lol, argh no!! Don't mention them. *runs away in fear* You know I wouldn't be surprised if they picked Paul W.S. Anderson. I guess he's the better of the worst, though still just as bad. I just can't see this movie going down well at all.

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main_event05
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 10:08:30 PM

In all fairness to Anderson, I loved Event Horizon. And Boll just put out a movie called Rampage that was pretty... interesting. So I guess you can say they are ok as long as they stay away from the video games

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___________
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 3:08:13 AM
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oh lord here we go again!
crapcom, what are you not going to sell out!
poor dante!
oh well, at least we know what the next south park episode will be based on.
;)
Indy anyone?

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MadPowerBomber
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 4:40:35 AM
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I don't remember much about Devil May Cry except that it has insanely unfilmable action.

A more recent for instance: the animated sequences from Marvel vs. Capcom 3. First, the gun battle between Dante and Deadpool. You can't do that as liveaction and make it seam plausible. Second, Trish going motorcycle surfing while dumping Call of Duty multiplayer amounts of ammunition into Doctor Doom. Motorcycle surfing in liveaction = :@

If the live action Akira wasn't bad enough.

Why does everything have to be "legitimized" by having a live action movie based on it?

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 5:30:50 AM
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Can't say i like the idea of this, i can alread ysee thsi being over the top and very emo. I want to hear more on the Silent Hill sequel, The Silent Hill film is so far the only game-movie adaption i can appreciate.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 8:05:32 AM

there is going to be a sh2. the director ended up in prison for tax evasion, but he's out now. i loved the sh movie.

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AnonWTF
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 6:22:13 AM
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I'm going to laugh if the movie actually isn't that bad and it becomes a hit like Resident Evil. Which I liked very much up until the fourth one. They really shouldn't make a fifth. It is starting to feel a little dried out.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 8:02:02 AM

each re movie has made more money than the previous, so a 5th seems innevitable. i like the series, and don't think it's dried up. the fourth ended with all of umbrella's osprey like vehicles descending on the heros. it's set up for a sequel.

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main_event05
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 12:29:51 PM

Those resident evil movies were God awful, even from a non-fanboy POV. Way too many plot holes, and too much filler and just so many questions and inconsistencies.

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A2K78
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 7:09:30 AM
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If I were running a movie studio, I would flatout refuse to invest in a video game related film out of the fact that history have shown them to be very unprofitable, this compared to book or comic adaptation which in turn are profitable most of the time.

With that mind I just find it stupid from a economic POV for any movie studio to seriously invest in a video game related property.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 8:46:11 AM

there have ben a lot of profitable game based movies. the re series was a hit. tombriader and sh2 both were profitable. most movies in hollywood don't make money, so disagree that game based movies are the problem. i do agree that there have been some god awful ones. alone in the dark, and street fighter come to mind.

all of re movies have been profitable. re had a budget of 37 million, and grossed 108 million in worldwide sales. re afterlife had a budget of 57 million and brought in 296 million worldwide sales. seems like a good investment to me.


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slugga_status
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 7:34:58 AM
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Not a big fan of "games into movies"..Ever since I was a kid I always ended up disappointed b/c the movie rarely followed the storyline of the games. I think that's why these adaptions fail. You say you're making a movie based on a game but when it comes out it's far from it. Some are tolerable while some are downright horrendous.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 9:02:55 AM
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Just as long as he has silver hair everything will be alright ;)

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Miggy
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 9:10:14 AM
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I see them making it like the RE movies. Create a new female character that was never in any of the games and make Dante a supporting character. Or they could just make all about Lady.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 9:31:41 AM

To be fair there were at least female protagonists in RE. I don't think Dante will get the shaft in the movie. Well, at least the fact that he will be the lead.

I DO think that his cockiness won't even be amusing though. Hollywood can't do cockiness like game writers can.

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 10:08:16 AM
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Well you know what well just have to wait & see I honestly don't mind which Dante they use whether it be white hair Dante or Ninja Theory's version of him, which seems to be more adaptable approach to the big screen.

Just as long as the movie doesn't completely suck and show at least some potential, then I'm cool. That reminds me wasn't they supposed to be doing an Onimusha movie staring Takeshi Kaneshiro the voice acter from the previous 2 games. I'd rather see Onimusha before DMC movie.

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 10:37:02 AM

I meant to say the very 1st two onimusha games.

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DjEezzy
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 1:21:09 PM
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The idea is pretty tight. Doubt they'll execute it right though. i wonder who they are going to get to play dante. For some reason i just think of Tom Cruise playing Le'Stat or whatever his name is in "Interview with the Vampire" when i think about this movie. Christian Bale would probably play a good Dante. Anyways i guess here's hoping they don't screw it up.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 1:36:53 PM
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So i guess they will use the guy from Twilight as dante.....smfh

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 1:56:50 PM
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I don't care about his looks I'm really hope NT works out all of those technical issues that's plague they're games since HS & at least gets the combat right if all else fails.

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The Doom
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 2:00:20 PM
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Devil May Cry
2001-2010. The Dante in MvC3 is nothing more than an reanimated corpse. You will be missed...

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DjEezzy
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 2:31:42 PM
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The whole twilight thing is kind of played out now. OFN for sure. It stopped being clever after the first person said it.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 3:28:16 PM
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If they get Paul Anderson I'll watch this.
I at least enjoyed the RE movies.

What they do with the movie is of no concern to me though, what I care about is DmC and we haven't heard a thing from Ninja Theory since TGS.

Please Ninja Theory, at least show a gameplay teaser and try to win back the hearts of the DMC fans.

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 3:51:34 PM

I fear that even if DmC turned out to be better than the old ones (gameplay & story wise) many people will still pass on it based solely on his new look which is pretty dumb, but to each his own.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 3:57:49 PM

I was planning to but I think it's DUMB and COMPLETELY DUMB to judge a game just because the lead guy is ugly.

Well emo Dante's hair isn't that bad actually, I've seen people on the streets with this hairdo and they look cool on them.

The gameplay will be different but if it's good then I'll get it. Even if it's running on Unreal Engine.

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 4:18:11 PM

I didn't think it looked all that bad either, but then again I was never really attached to the original to begin with but thats just me. I know people got up in arms once they found out that NT modeled the Dante after that Tameem guy or whatever his name is, but I thought about it like this if a company told me or gave me permission to to be able to mold or model a iconic character in my image I'd probably do the same thing with Kratos or Ryu Hyabusa, of course this the way & I'm more than likely by myself on that one but thats just my POV. Who knows he might actually turn out to be likable & if not then worst case scenario at least tolerable.

Hey you seen that Ninja Gaiden 3 teaser trailer they just released. If so what are your thoughts about it.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 4:53:42 PM

Change the appearance all they want, just don't change the personality.
But we should prepare for personality change when the new Dante smokes.

Anyway, I just watched it.
What do you mean my thoughts about it?
Maybe NGIII will be super violent.

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 6:56:38 PM

Well when you think about it shouldn't really come as a much of a surprise to anyone that his personality would be different considering the fact that they have a whole new theme going on with him being in the crazy house and all that I suppose change in personality would be unavoidable.

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BigBoss4ever
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 7:20:13 PM
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please don't, period!!! same for Uncharted. Please do not ruin those reputations!

greed for money is destroying much of the gaming world as well as much of the world too.

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Lairfan
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 8:30:01 PM
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The guys behind the RE movies? Count me out. Those were terrible. Sure, they were far more watchable than Alone in the Dark, but that doesn't make them good.

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 @ 9:30:19 AM

i disagee. the 296 million in ticket sales for the fourth film seem seem to back up my opinion. the re films are decent zombie flicks.

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Aerifale
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 9:00:38 AM
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Funny enough I got out DMC4 from the old pile last week. Forgot how challenging it was :) its just a warm up though before I start into ninja Gaiden 2 (dreading and anticpating at the same time). If ur into it check out the anime Devil may cry on youtube. It's quite decent. As for this movie its got FAIL written all over it.

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