I liked new Dante a lot better than old Dante. I get the feeling anime fans will like old Dante better because that character speaks to those sensibilities more, so I guess it just comes down to different strokes for different folks.
The release of the first game in this series was met with celebration because it represented an embrace of new IP from EA at the time. It seems odd that we would want it to continue ad infinitum now. Bring on the new ideas!