By shakashuri 2 Comments
I was just reading a few comments on the new Dante for Ninja Theory's new DMC and man people are still pretty.....well very angry. Part of me doesn't really understand, much like Diablo 3 before it, to get so enraged by something that isn't even out yet, let alone much game play footage. Yet the thought occurred that unlike a lot of media, videogames involve a great deal more time investment and with that time to develop attachment to a character. In a long running TV series if your favourite character was killed off, or the actor changed it is often hard to take, but Dante like a lot of characters in a 3rd person games, devotes the camera almost singly upon them for the entire game. TV and movies will have a star but they need others to interact with and bounce their characteristics back and forth off of. In videogames not only does the player have a direct link via the controller of their new favourite character the interaction is often with enemies and cut scenes, the rest is between the in game character and the player. So I can understand why people feel so connected to Dante, hell I love the series as well. What we love we have gained together with the character through hours and hours of game play (though I am aware DMC 4 had you playing as Nero for a good chunk).
When all is said and done I would rather judge the changes to Dante when the game is released, I will give Ninja Theory the benefit of the doubt (and if Brad said Enslaved is good I'm willing to believe him). Hell, before Bayonetta I thought I was done with 3rd person action games so I say wait and see.