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YMMV: DmC: Devil May Cry
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: While there is no debate that Mundus is an asshole, but there has been some debate as to the degree of his villainy. Some regard him as being Necessarily Evil, but nonetheless a Selfish Neutral seeking to profit from his scheme because of Humanity's inherent nature, while others see him as only barely avoiding being pure evil (with using humans as livestock) by way of Pragmatic Villainy. The black and gray nature of the game makes it all the more contentious an issue.
  • Awesome Art: Say whatever you want about the reboot's tone or story, but you can't deny that Alessandro "Talexi" Taini's artwork is gorgeous and stylish. He's Ninja Theory's Art Director for a reason.
  • Base Breaker: Dante's new character design and backstory. Fans either like the change of pace or absolutely despise it.
    • By extension, the DmC versions of Vergil and Mundus are also this.
  • Breather Boss: Most bosses except the final one, Vergil, are this. Certain regular enemies pose a bigger challenge than the bosses.
  • Broken Base: Fans are either glad to see a reboot for the series, or hate every last thing that's been changed. Compounded by the fact that a lot of the reboot's fans openly dislike or even hate the original series and characters, especially when it comes to the original Dante's bombastic persona. This extends to the critics. It's not just that the reboot broke the base, it's that the reboot attracted Fan Haters with very different tastes and sensibilities who otherwise would never bother with the franchise.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • The game encourages you to torture the smaller demons, and taking out a larger one with a well placed axe swing or aerial combo can be incredibly satisfying, especially if you do it without taking a hit.
    • What is the most effective weapon to use against Bob Barbas? The Eryx.
  • Critical Dissonance:
    • Critics have generally been very positive about the game, while numerous fans of the previous Devil May Cry games see DmC as a big middle finger at the classic continuity. The metacritic score says it all.
    • The reverse happened with the Vergil's Downfall DLC; old school fans liked it more than the main game for being closer to the franchise's roots in terms of difficulty and gameplay, but some critics bashed it for those same reasons, which just goes to show how different the tastes of these two groups are and how polarizing the game is.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
  • Designated Villain: Some see Mundus this way, as although he was savage about it, Eva WAS a member of the species he's at war with and she turned his best soldier into a traitor. Honestly, who wouldn't burst into Unstoppable Rage if they were confronted and taunted by the person they believed murdered their child?
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • /v/ loves making a complete mockery out of this game. However, when they saw that a promotional augmented reality app for this game turns stop signs into "Obey" signs, they became concerned about people's road safety.
    • The joke that involves Dante wearing a white wig and saying "Not in a million years" angered several fans. Even Angry Joe found it obnoxious as it appeared to be a Take That to the negative fan reaction the game had.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Bob Barbas has a fair amount of popularity thanks to his hammy performance.
    • Phineas, for being an example of a kindhearted demon, which was a major theme of the original series.
  • Game Breaker: Using Devil Trigger and Demon Evade, Sucubbus can be defeated in 3 hits. Using Demon Evade, Devil Trigger, and Overdrive results in the most anticlimatic boss fights. Even Mundus can be defeated in 11 hits.
  • Goddamned Bats: A few enemies particularly stand out as being irritating:
    • Fire and ice enemies at the same time. As they can only be hurt with demon or angel weapons respectively, if one gets in the way while you're attacking the other, you'll be staggered instantly.
    • The harpies do heavy damage, are immune to grabs until they attack, and quickly grow back their wings if you shoot the things off.
  • It's Easy, so It Sucks: A major criticism of the change in gameplay, especially with the ease in which a SSS rank can be achieved, air combos making most enemies completely helpless, and the boss fights requiring less skill and strategy than in the previous entries.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Half of the stuff Vergil does: Not caring about Kat's safety, shooting Lilith and her child when she was completely defenseless, his plans after Mundus' death, and his "revenge" in the DLC chapter.
  • Narm:
    • Thanks to Memetic Mutation, Dante and Succubus' trashtalk approaches Narm Charm territory.
    • In the DLC, Vergil's screams of pain during gameplay can be hilarious.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: The controversy over this game caused an upsurge in the original series' popularity.
  • Only The Creator Does It Right: Some fans wrote the game off for being a reboot developed by Ninja Theory instead of by an in-house Capcom team — despite Capcom being the ones who suggested Ninja Theory develop the game.
  • Polished Port: No matter which side of the controversy you put yourself at, one thing is clear: The guys at QLOC did one hell of a good job when working on the PC port of DmC: Devil May Cry (the other consoles were made by Ninja Theory). The game truly shines in the graphic department when played on a PC, and there is also the fact that the game is actually playable and doable, even on higher difficulties, with keyboard and mouse, without control issues of any kind, very much not what you would expect of a spectacle fighting game.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Meta example in that Dante also gets this In-Universe and out. Some critics, particularly those who didn't support the reboot, took some of Bob Barbas' talking points about him being a "disgusting, degrading, and generally nauseating" person with "a history of physical violence and a known sexual deviant" at face value.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • The absence of a hard lock-on function makes the aim for guns, grapples, and dash attacks a bit dodgy. This also makes dash attacks like Stinger harder to execute, as you have to tap the left stick in a direction twice instead of simply holding it towards the enemy you're locked on.
    • The Devil Trigger is a Game Breaker. It freezes enemies, giving them no chance to pose a challenge.
    • Cutscenes ruin the flow of every Boss Battle.
    • The iconic taunt button was removed.
    • There are no directional inputs.
    • The style meter is based more purely on damage, which makes building up SSS a matter of mashing heavy attack with the strongest weapon.
    • A good number of people found that the Demon Weapon/Angel Weapon system was pretty unnecessary. There aren't any heavy Angel weapons or light Demon weapons, and the game's combat favors heavy weapons a lot — the Arbiter pretty much blows away every other weapon in the game, so you only ever pull out an Angel weapon for the stuff that absolutely requires them.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • Dante's hair, funnily enough. Most of it is textured directly onto his head, with only the top and a little down the back as an actual mesh. Normally, this isn't an issue, but there are some sequences where the two parts of his hair react very differently to certain lighting conditions (such as the cutscene where the Hunter breaks through the funhouse mirror), resulting in scenes where it looks like he's bald except for the longer parts of his hair.
    • The coat animations are done by hand instead of the physics engine, resulting in it awkwardly snapping back over Dante's legs whenever he stops.
    • The Classic Skin also has a much lower res texture for Dante's bare chest than the rest of the skin.
  • Squick: The demon Poison physically exemplifies this trope. It gets worse knowing that there's a soft drink made from her abdomen's secretions that's sold to the oblivious human populace.
  • Straw Man Has A Point: While Mundus is an unmistakably evil asshole who could not care less about humanity except as livestock, and whose few redeeming qualities are out of pragmatism rather than having any standards, the anarchy that Dante and Vergil are fighting for, according to Tameem Antoniades, is not a viable alternative. To quote the philosopher Ibn Taymiyya, "Better sixty years of tyranny than one night of anarchy."
  • Tainted by the Preview: The initial previews, which focused largely on Dante's redesign, were panned by many fans of the series.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Bob Barbas's Raptor News commentaries on Dante could be seen as this, which perhaps also contributes to Barbas's Ensemble Darkhorse status.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Pretty much every aspect of the game was attacked by some of the more zealous fans, including the following:
    • Dante and Vergil's new character designs and backstories.
    • Being a Continuity Reboot/Alternate Continuity in general.
    • The Noisia and Combichrist helmed soundtrack.
    • The use Unreal Engine 3 instead of Capcom's MT Framework game engine.
    • Dante being a former smoker.
    • The increased use of profanity.
    • Running at 30 frames per second rather than 60 on PS3 and 360.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Lilith was obviously never meant to be liked by the target audience, but after seeing her fearing for her and her babies' life, and then seeing her reaction to Vergil shooting her stomach to kill the child, many people began to feel more remorse for her.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: At one point during Bob Barbas' Boss Fight, he teleports you to another place where you fight mooks, and the camera behaves like an actual helicopter camera from a news program. It makes the whole encounter look like a cutscene you're controlling.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: DmC features, among other things, soft drinks made out of giant monster puke, fighting inside TV broadcasts, and a living city that warps itself to try and kill you.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The cultural satire is not subtle, but nor is it the game's primary focus — just part of the bombastic, over-the-top and silly window dressing. The plot is largely a character story.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Poor Kat seems to get thrown into the Keiko and Yuki club by the haters utterly ignoring the fact that she endured similar torments to Dante but without his supernatural resilience and successfully holds out under Mundus's torture to protect Dante and Vergil, then goes on to give them a detailed interior plan of the building she was held in after her rescue as well as specifics of how to get around security.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After the backlash following the game's initial announcement, previews slowly tried to win series fans back over by showing off the combat, boss battles, new environments, and fan favorite characters like Vergil. Reactions remained mixed.

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