I've watched more Giant Bomb content during the pandemic than I have in months, but it's hard to say if my own situation isn't an influence there. Love seeing more cross-coast content as a result of this whole thing.
When he shows up switch to the super shotgun, then switch to the balista. Hit him with one when his eyes glow, then hit the quick swap button to go to the other and shoot, than swap back to the first again and shoot. He goes down in like three rounds this way on ultra violence. Didn't really have much trouble after the first couple appearences.
I checked out Teppen around when it came out and thought it was cool, but didn't get back to it until a few days before the new DMC5 expansion came out. It has since consumed a significant amount of my freetime, and I really dig everything about it. Taking a card game and making it real time like that is a concept I've never seen before, and I dived in deep trying to put together a Dante deck where all the cards synergize together while still having the potential to counter any type of deck. The aesthetics are also super strong, all of the art is great and it cool seeing more realistically detailed depictions of characters that traditionally would have a more cartoony style like X and Morrigan. Music is also top notch, giving some great orchestral remixes of songs that typically use that style, as well as ones like Sky Lagoon from Mega Man X 4 Lock and Load from Devil May Cry, and of course the incredible operatic rendition of Devil Trigger.
If you've got any interest in either card games or Capcom I'd recommend giving it a look, it's free to play but it doesn't seem too aggressive about you needing to spend money to get worthwhile cards. Maybe that changes if you really climb the ranks though (I'm currently in the bottom of C Rank)
I keep thinking about playing Twin Snakes but it just seems like a cautionary tale of remakes.
It's worth checking out if you're a big Metal Gear fan and have played the original, it's just a bad replacement for the original and I think the people who prefer it are crazy. Good for a laugh at all the ridiculous cutscenes at the very least.
It's the only action game that's ever clicked with me, and I had an absolute blast with it. I agree with most of your points.
If this whole game was just post-game Nero I would have had way more fun with it. Dante is too much for me to keep track of and remember (speaking of fighting games...), V was way too easy to use without me ever understanding how to use him (I made it to the last level of Bloody Palace with him on my first try and still didn't feel like I could get out the moves I wanted). I remember a lot of people disliking Nero for being too limited/simple, but that's exactly why I could wrap my head around him and feel like I was properly in control by the end of the game.
You could always remove Dante's weapons until you get to a number you can wrap your head around. I know a lot of people who just used two melee and two guns like DMC3, or you can even just use one weapon if you wanted. I roll with all four of each nowadays but there was a learning curve where I had to just stick with three of each until I got all of those under control.