A slight rant on looking at Capcom’s reboot in a new, more positive way.
Two years. It has been two years since the first time DmC was announced and still progress has been slow. I’m not talking about the developers; in fact they have been working their arses off to release trailers, interviews and demos for the public. No, I’m talking about the supposed ‘fans’ of the series that have nothing better to do than hate on what I believe to be a perfectly good game. Sure, there has been a lot of change to what was once known as a cheesy, style-filled, eastern designed franchise, to now being a more contemporary and modern take by a western company, but a change might have been needed.
if you managed to make it this far through this entry without pressing the back button, you’ll read about some of the more updated issues ‘fans’ seem to be having, as well as different perspectives on said problems. Sometimes taking a second look at something may help some realize (those who can still be saved) that maybe they’d be willing to give this game a look. Also, those amazing DmC supporters who are brave enough to battle trolls across the internet, might find some good material to go against their opponents if you so happen to be in a battle of words.
The more obvious issues I will not get into, since most might know about these already. (*cough cough* hair *cough cough*) No, I will not bore you with such old and ridiculous problems. It seems that even the more recent trailers (Gamescom 2012) have spawned new hatred for the reboot.
The one that particularly stumped me was that ‘DmC looks like twilight.’ Huh? I pondered this for a while and still couldn’t really fathom how this could be so. Twilight is a romance story that turns into a love triangle between a vampire, a human, and a werewolf. DmC, though not yet released is about a young demon/angel hybrid who has been branded as a terrorist by the demons who rule Limbo city from a parallel universe and he fights to protect humanity and avenge the death of his parents. Correct me if I’m wrong, but those don’t exactly fall in the same category. Then I thought about it a little more. They surely couldn’t be referring to the gamescom trailer where Dante argues with Vergil about saving the supposedly captured Kat. You can clearly tell that Vergil has no affections for Kat and sees her more as a pawn to be used and disposed of. Dante, being someone who can relate with humanity, sees it more as justice, as outlined in the line ‘”Kat went through hell to protect us” which makes Dante seem that he must repay her by not abandoning her because it is the right thing to do. A quality of most heroes I might add. No sparkly vampires here….
a line I always see in the comments that just gets my blood boiling is that people feel they lost ‘the human connection between them and Dante because he is no longer of mortal blood.’ looking back at previous DmCs I wouldn’t exactly believe that to be true, because he never seemed human in the first place. Everything about classic Dante appeared to be almost too demon. From the way he swung his weapons effortlessly, putting almost no strength into fights, even to the way he spoke which was so unbelievable and cheesy that you’d think he shot straight out of an anime (a really old one.) Now don’t get me wrong, I love classic Dante, but to think that I actually have some sort of connection with him is far-fetched. New Dante on the other hand has almost all the qualities of a typical teenager in this day and age, the irony being he is no longer of a human mother. If you’ve watched trailers or demos (which I highly recommend before reading this) almost every hit new Dante does shows signs of effort, and he really is putting his all in to each swing, even the grunts and screams he sometimes does in combos makes it much more believable. I don’t know about you, but if I was demon killer hated by all, tortured since a young age and parentless, I’d swear a whole f*****g lot too. I find it really hilarious when fans say they don’t like new Dante because he swears, but when you scroll through their comments you see like 10 different swear words used to even insult new Dante. They don’t even realize the hypocrisy they are producing.
Continuing on that notion, what I can relate to this new Dante lies with his motives. In a new demo you can watch on Capcom unity titled ‘Overturn’ there is a short cut scene where Dante is in Limbo on his way to a boss fight when he sees many enslaved souls suffering . He stops and says “Those bastards, hang in there.” and the emotion written all over his face during those short 5 seconds was so strong I got a tingle in my stomach. New Dante has so much love for humanity that he’d willingly risk his life to protect them. Perhaps this stems from his deep hatred for demons who tortured him throughout his life and he sees it as unfair for them to be picking on humans, but this honestly makes him much more likable as a character. Classic Dante, though technically human, mainly only fought for himself. He killed demons for money, pizza, and strawberry sundaes. Not saying that’s all he did, but if pay was not involved, it was most likely he wouldn’t do it.
Going back to Vergil, fans are quite put off by the fact that he seems “weaker and nicer.” unfortunately not all people read into things deeply and only see the surface. Vergil is a complex character, we all know that, and Ninja theory isn’t that stupid that they’d drastically change Vergil’s personality to point where he is the good guy. This is just speculating, but I feel that Vergil will definitely betray Dante, become power hungry and probably become the reboot’s main antagonist (possibly in a sequel.) but even in the trailer, you can tell Vergil doesn’t exactly mean everything he says and is manipulating Dante into helping him. A rift is going to form between them, but unlike DMC3 which was the origin story for that series, the twins will meet under friendly terms which I find intriguing. What is cool is that we will get to see that rift between them form.
DmC girls have always been important to the series, but most fans see Kat as “undesirable” even calling her “weak and useless” well, if you look at the past girls in the series, many of them didn’t serve a purpose either. Sure Lady fought some demons off in cut scenes in DMC3, but she just caused Dante more trouble than anything. Same with Trish, she basically sold him out to Mundus in DMC1, felt bad about it, then caused him more trouble when he had to save her, and didn’t appear again till DMC4 as Gloria. Don’t even get me started on Lucia, but most previous DMC fans have to agree with me on that. If anyone has played Ninja Theory’s previous title Enslaved, you know they are not the type to make useless female characters. Kat has the ability to spray portals back into the real world for Dante when he gets dragged in, as well as the ability to manipulate certain parts of the environment with an unnamed sphere shaped tool she uses. You also need to follow her in order to get to the next location. Never has a DMC female character been so useful outside of cut scenes. Kat also seems realistic, in the sense that she has a deeper back story than many of the previous characters (besides lady) that I’m sure will be expanded on through the course of the game. Kat’s beauty in my eyes seems to be more subtle. She doesn’t wear much revealing clothing like Trish and Lady (come on their knockers were popping out of those things!) because she’s not meant to be just eye candy. I, being a girl, Don’t find that to be a big deal, but men might be a little put off. But in a video game it is nice to have a character that can actually do something besides standing there and looking pretty…
Many comments people have is they “Can’t wait for a REAL Dmc to come out and not this emo shit” (their words not mine) well good luck with that. The original DmC had come to a point where they didn’t know what the hell they were doing anymore. The story was all over the place, so many plot holes were never filled and never could be filled even if they decided to create a new game. The order in which the story went was definitely out of whack (3, 1, 4, 2 the anime and manga somewhere in between) and left people heavily confused if they didn’t play previous installments or in the chronological order. It didn’t help that they introduced Nero in DMC4 without ever explaining his relations to Dante. Plus, the main boss was basically already killed off in the first game, and it seemed all Capcom cared about was making money on the franchise. Also, Dante has become old, and though still pretty epic, it was time to retire him. New gaming generations have formed and they need to build a steady fanbase that can enjoy their own version of DmC that reflects the world around them today. Many of the original gamers are probably in their 30’s now or late twenties, and the market does go to the 16-18 range. Emo is probably the worst word to use in describing new Dante. Most of these people probably never seen emos in their life, and me actually knowing some emos know that they are way different than new Dante. If anything he is punk. Emos generally are angsty, appear emotionless, dress in a lot of dark colors, tend to cut themselves and suicide (not all of them) and have their hair covering their face. I didn’t know that being a badass, rough, rebellious teenage demon killer meant emo nowadays.
I can tell this rant has gone on too long already, so I will continue this in a part two, where I will add my theories on reasons why the developers might have chosen to go a particular route, as well as addressing other issues fans seem to have.
No, i do not care if i get heat for doing this, since it is my opinion and really it only serves the purpose of helping others see the game in a diffrent light and not believing all the things some trolls may say. i thank you for time and if this changed even one person's opinion then i'd be happy.
TO EACH HIS/HER OWN.