Let's get this out of the way now: If you're the type of person who gets mad at a game for looking different (i.e. the hair color, the clothes, the weapons, etc) then you will not like this one at all (already had this discussion with friends).
That said, this game was very mediocre. I was torn with this game before I even played it. It is a DMC game, and I loved the original trilogy. However, it is a prequel. Those things suck. And this one didn't really help me change that opinion.
The visuals and sound are great. The gameplay is very familiar with the other installments. I didn't mind them changing Dante's look around at all, and the fact that the story was going to showcase his background with Virgil. I mean, I always like it when a story alludes to a history and then slowly unfolds it. This didn't seem to happen with any real aspect of the game.
The game felt very rushed and very restricted at the same time. The entirety of combat took place in Limbo, which wouldn't have been bad, but Limbo in here is just the real world painted red. That's not only boring, but really bland. The enemies are recycled throughout the game, which can get really boring really fast.
One problem I had a huge problem with was the weapon collection. In the previous games this was always something to look forward to. Here, you literally get 90% of the weapons in the same area fairly early in the game. It was really kind of ridiculous.
The story itself is not bad, but it is out there. Without giving spoilers, it sets up an unexpected background for the two brothers and Sparda. The ending itself if kind of predictable though.
The gameplay is fluid, not unlike the other games, and kind of fun at times. If you're a hardcore fan of the series, you should no doubt enjoy this. If you're looking for substance from it, though, you may be very disappointed.
I have never played any of the DMC games until this one, and I found it quite fun. The mechanics are solid in terms of combat and traversal. Occasionally I found the flying/hovering thing difficult to aim if you werent actually paying attention but otherwise good. The graphics at times were just "eh" since they kept in game graphics for the cinematics, which I don't hate, It just takes something away from the experience. But it keeps loading times down, so all in all it's a wash. The story was a little lacking I mean Dante finds out about his parents and he decides to kill the demons because of revenge, so why does he want to protect the human race so much at the end. I know the girl is supposed to embody that but he didn't interact enough with her for me to feel that he got to that point, it just felt forced to me.
I really liked this game. I thought that it was a refreshing take on the DMC franchise. It was in need of a makeover and this was it. The gameplay is the best part of the experience. The graphics are good and the story is ok but the gameplay is sooo fun. The way that you are able to pull off combos and upgrade Dante. It all feels very natural and flows well. This is the kind of game that will have you playing it for hours because it just pulls you through it. Very fast pacing. I highly recommend it!