9. DMC: Devil May Cry (2013)
Sometimes all it takes for a studio to spark controversy within a fanbase is to change things too much. Such was the case with Devil May Cry reboot DmC: Devil May Cry.
Taking a completely new stylistic approach to the fan-favourite series, this Devil May Cry looked vastly different from what fans were used to. For some, Ninja Theory’s reworking of familiar territory was a breath of fresh air. The game was drenched in sleek, pulpy style with challenging hack and slash action that had just as much aesthetic flare as the arenas. Complete with a face-shredding soundtrack, DmC was like an over-the-top metal music video come to life.
For others, though, these differences were just too much of a departure from the series they knew. Most notably, their ire was directed towards the redesign of protagonist Dante.
Now the son of an angel mother and demon father, this new character model no longer had their iconic white hair. Instead, this Dante’s dark hair and broody demeaner was simply too emo for some fans to take seriously. To these people, these changes rendered the series unrecognisable from their adored franchise, with some still refusing to acknowledge its existence.