I ranted about this a while ago outside the blog, but I believe this deserves to be posted about on the blog.
NOTE: It goes without saying, but this post contains spoilers for Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 3, and DmC: Devil May Cry.
When Vergil first appeared in Devil May Cry 3, Vergil was not only Dante’s brotherly rival, he wanted to gain the power of their demon father, Sparda, in order to fulfill his thirst for demonic power, but it’s implied he has deeper psychological reasons for this, mainly his sense of failure to protect their mother, Eva, from her death. Besides, he at least helps Dante and Lady stop Arkham, albeit for reasons different from either of them. In the reboot, DmC: Devil May Cry, Vergil was recast as the leader of an Anonymous-styled organisation known as The Order, which opposes the rule of this game’s version of Mundus, but after Mundus is defeated he reveals his plans to rule the world as well as his manipulative attitude towards his so-called friends (including Kat), and after his defeat at the hands of Dante, he soon evolves into a much more cold-hearted and monstrous figure and becomes the new ruler of the demons.
Speaking of Vergil’s Downfall, the monster Vergil becomes is actually a far worse character than the original Vergil because at least the original Vergil, despite his destructive thirst for power and his cruelty towards his subordinates, had some form of honor (he despises fighting dirty), and he seems to have a sense of tradition (refusing to use firearms because he deems them crude and unworthy of a true warrior), which isn’t entirely a bad thing. The reboot’s Vergil on the other hand, disregards even that in his metamorphosis into a truly evil character, and his killings of the Hollow versions of Kat, Dante, and even his mother Eva represent the eventual destruction of his humanity, honor, or whatever brightness he may have had in him.
Also, in Devil May Cry 3 after Vergil is defeated, he finds Mundus and thinks he can defeat him, but he fails due to his weakened state, and is defeated and corrupted by Mundus as his new minion, even as Nelo Angelo he retains a sense of honor in his hatred of fighting dirty. In the reboot however, Mundus obviously doesn’t enter into it, having been defeated earlier, and Vergil walks the path to becoming monster following the advice of a Hollow verison of himself, which represents his newfound delusions.
And that’s all I have to say really. All I can say in conclusion is that I didn’t really like how the reboot basically took the characters and throwing them into a new setting with a more Western design perspective and interpretation of the story, which led to the new Vergil, though at least the new version of Dante turned out to still be a decent character.