There are a lot of games to be excited about this year. Games like BioShock Infinite and Grand Theft Auto 5 have been showered with praise since they were first announced and have been steadily racking up pre-orders. Not every big release in 2013 is so eagerly anticipated, though. Some are downright dreaded.

There are a lot of reasons why a game is dismissed right off the bat. Maybe the publisher said something stupid or offensive. Maybe it's a sequel trying something radically different. Maybe the hero has the wrong hair color.

Most of the games you think look like shit will turn out to be shit. Pessimists tend to have a better batting average than optimists. However, here's a list of five games that have been crapped on since they were announced but might end up surprising you.

DmC: Devil May Cry
The controversy surrounding Devil May Cry's reboot comes down to two words: Emo Dante. DmC: Devil May Cry creates a new storyline and redesigns the main character of the series. Dante, once a seasoned demon hunter with long white hair and a trenchcoat, became a short-haired teenager. His coat is also much less fashionable. The horror!

The debate over Dante's new appearance overshadows the similarities between DmC and earlier games. Dante might be an emo teenager here but he still pummels demons with vicious sword and gun combos. Players are still ranked on their style, encouraging them to make their combos as long and varied as possible. If you're obsessed over the old Dante, note that Emo Dante's hair turns white whenever you enter Devil Trigger mode.

The first reviews released thus far have been very positive. Gamers who decided they hated the reboot as soon as they laid eyes on teenage Dante might insist that Capcom bought these review scores. However, we'll see what the truth is later this month when the game launches.

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