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Letís discuss the new DanteÖagain.


Oh. Oh. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

All right, real talk time. DmC isnít out yet, but thereís been enough evidence to make some pretty good guesses about what the full game will entail -- especially because each time something new pops up, it means weíre seeing something closer and closer to the final product. Iím thankful that the developers didnít just go into a media blackout until release, and the irrational hate dished out against the game, the character, and the companies is enough to merit a thousand facepalms. ButÖwell, Iím worried. Capcom and Ninja Theory are running out of time; if they were going to prove to us that New Dante and this kinda-sorta reboot are worthwhile, they should have done that immediately. Kudos to them for leaving a lasting impact with the reveal, but have they done anything praiseworthy since then? Have they put out anything thatís put fears to rest? Have they shown anything that inspired applause and hushed whispers? I may be optimistic, but Iím pretty sharp-witted; if the most they can get out of me is grave concern, and if there are debates raging to this day about the gameís quality, somethingís gone wrong. You would think that since one of the companies involved is responsible for this generationís biggest fighting games (a genre HEAVILY dependent on the feedback of players of all skill levels) theyíd not only know how to make a better impression, but offer something thatíd put fans at ease.

DmC is, in my eyes, more of a reinterpretation than a reboot. Itís like taking a strawberry and dipping it in chocolate, or taking some fruit and putting it in a banana split -- the components are there, but theyíre repurposed to create a new and tastier product. But Ninja Theory and Capcom have to be very, very careful; Devil May Cry was never in need of a reboot or reinterpretation. Its style set it apart, and Iíd argue itís still notable even amidst the naysayers. So if the two companies are going to set out replacing the old elements with the new (if only temporarily), they need to offer something as good as, or better than Devil May Cry. The formula wasnít broken. Old Dante and Nero could only go up from DMC4, as could their canon. If thatís really going to be put on hold, then DmC had damn well better fill the gap with an ice cream sundae the size of Alabama. And you know what the lynchpin will be? Do you know whoíll put everyoneís fears and doubts to rest? Of course you do.

Donít let me down, Dante. Prove that you're worthy of the name.

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About Voltechone of us since 10:40 PM on 02.06.2012

Long-time gamer, aspiring writer, and frequent bearer of an afro. As an eternal optimist, I like to both look on the bright side of things and see the better parts of games; as a result, I love a game with a good story and awesome characters...and anything that lets me punch the heresy out of my enemies.

I'm a big fan of Atlus' games, and I've enjoyed my fair share of fighters and RPGs. Just...please, keep Final Fantasy XIII out of my sight. It never ends well for anyone involved.

You can check out some of my game musinga/stories/random stuff at my other blog, Cross-Up. I've also got a TV Tropes thingamajig, and a web serial novel, too. Maybe my stuff here and there will be the start of things to come. Hopefully good things, but things all the same.

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