What do you get when you cross a well-loved franchise with an ambitious reboot? DmC is the latest game to discover that the answer to that question is quite often the same – a Metacritic trashing.
Fans of the Devil May Cry series have not exactly been hesitant to voice their discontent about the franchise reboot. Indeed, every aspect of protagonist Dante’s appearance has been analysed and criticized since Heavenly Sword and Enslaved developers Ninja Theory were given license by Capcom to reboot the series.
Now that fan disenchantment has reached its inevitable conclusion, with the Metacritic user score plummeting to 2.7 on the game’s release. While the critics are rating the game highly (our own James Pickard liked it very much indeed), Metacritic users are quick to dismiss the title.
Here’s Metacritic user stangroo’s take on DmC “I dislike this game because, it’s too much different from the previous titles and it’s different in a bad way. I am totally shocked how they changed the main character, and casualised the gameplay. I do believe it could’ve been a good game if it had a different name, but as a DMC game it’s a total disaster” stangroo went on to award DmC a score of 0.
Ninja Theory are not the first company to see fan outrage assert itself on the review aggregation site, with Bioware in particular falling foul of users for both Mass Effect 3 (critics 93 users 4.3) and Dragon Age II (critics 82, users 4.5).
Metacritic and Amazon ratings have fast become the place for fan protests against products they feel have let them down, or betrayed their trust, due to the prominent positioning of user scores. We’ll have to wait and see what – if any – effect this has on the game’s sales.