To people saying the only reason why people are butthurt about this new donte is because of his hair:
To people saying only gameplay matters: You should read the pic too, but to summarize, the new DmC runs on the Unreal engine. The Unreal engine was meant for FPS games, and NT was forced to make the game run at 30 FPS as opposed to the 60 FPS of the previous games. And yes, this does make a big difference. Its one of the main reasons that got CoD so popular, because it ran at 60 FPS making it more smooth and fun to play than most other shooting games.
Are we talking about the character or the game here, because the frames per second has nothing to do with the character Dante. As far as i can see people don't like NT Dante because we looks really different and his is much more juvenile in NT's game.
I for one respect that NT wants to do what the want with the character. they were given the project to put their own spin on things, the same can be said about the gameplay as well. Sure they can mimic what Capcom has done but what is the point of that? It's like music. When an artist does a cover on another song, they don't just emulate what the original artists has already done, they change things up and put a bit of themselves into it to make something unique and different.By just copying the original content and you might as well be listening to the original.
This music example is kinda bad, but ill try to explain. What NT did was get the privilege to feature a stylish and likeable singer in their song. The song turned out to be a emo punk rock song that appealed to angsty 12 year olds and the featured singer's voice got synthed the crap out of.
When i was using the music analogy i was referring to the game as a whole. Musicians make songs, developers make games. So Nt's DMC and everything that makes up the experience comes under that. not just the main character/singer.
I know, and this is why using a song is a bad analogy. You dont expect a second song that is a continuation of a previous song. All songs are made to be original. You dont see "Party Rock Anthem 2" or "Gangnam Style: North Korea Strikes Back". Songs dont end in cliff hangers leaving you to wonder what the next song is going to be like.
A better example would be a book. Lets say an author has written a series that has a decent size fanbase. The books feature a stylish, likeable character and has an interesting enough story. Now all of a sudden the author decides to let another author write the next book, but the story is completely different and the stylish, likeable character that most people in the fanbase loved is now some punk douche.