First blog, please don't kill me with sharp sticks.
Up until about a week from release I had absolutely no interest in the new Devil May Cry release, I was in the "It's not Dante GTFO" crowd for a while.
The whole Dante revamp felt very "dirty", like Ninja Theory had thrown every cool-guy cliche they could think of at Dante and then some.
I then played the game.....
I am about 8 or so missions in and I have completely fallen in love with Dante (and Vergil, the new dynamic works so well).
The voice acting, the script, the animation. It's all damn near marvelous. Yes Dante is abit of an arse but that's what I love about him. If I where to compare him to anyone else, it would probably be Dean Winchester (of Supernatural, It's probably just me...maybe?). My reasoning for this is simple, they are both well rounded dicks who (surprisingly!!) like sex, violence and saying fuck you to the general populace of demons. Maybe I just like supernatural too much, or DmC, or both. In either case new Dante is the kind of guy you'd want at your party, to make you look better.
He's not just cool either, he has a vulnerable side. It's this side which enables him to progress as a character. There are several moments throughout the game where I felt bad for the guy, as if he was a real human being. I want to see him get what he wants and become more powerful while doing it, It's nice to feel that connection to a character again. The game mixes up the laugh out loud moments and fluffy moments pretty damn well. Dante feels like a real character again, not a shell of himself. He's not even really that different from old Dante, except he likes the more explicit side of the English language and happens to have some new hair. Dante's classic outfit (unlocked at the end of game) only reinforces my opinion.
Dante is a poster boy for badassery and overall his new look is something that grew on me pretty fast, i am also loving the extremely well designed DLC costumes. I can't digress enough how admiring I am of the art direction in this title.
The game itself, while I have not finished it, is potentially one of my favorite games in the past decade. I feel a genuine rush of excitement in this game, I haven't felt that for years. I have enjoyed releases, but never to the point where I physically feel I cannot put the controller down, I cannot quit the game. It's that good. I spent pretty much all of yesterday on it, napped and then went back on it. Why can't there be more games like this?
The mixture of cinematic cutscenes and fluid gameplay pull you into the new world and if you don't enjoy the world consuming every bit of your time and interests then I simply don't know what's wrong with you. Or you simply don't like these kind of games, which is perfectly understandable.
I won't really talk too much about the mechanics and what not, the game is an amazing bit of fun and has one of the funniest protagonists in a long time. I fully agree that this is immature writing, but immature doesn't always mean bad. It's exaggerated, it's vulgar, it's cliche'd but it's presented so well with a strong cast of characters that I couldn't care less about it being mature.
I should have mentioned this earlier, but yes. I have played every Devil May Cry. I got bored with the first, lost in the second (yet enjoyed it more than 1) and had a blast in 3. 4 was a pain in arse, Nero was irrelevant to everything because all I could hear was "Vash The Stamepede", the combat was tactical-ish yet painfully slow in execution. It still looks hella-pretty though (I recently purchased a steam copy for the sake of it and I still can't get into it).
I will update this when I finish the game, apologies if it reads awkwardly.
Thanks for reading my rambling's. I understand I am a piss poor writer but only time will make me not suck.