(http://www.dantesinferno.com) Rated Mature by ESRB. From the developer who brought you the critically acclaimed Dead Space and Godfather videogame series, Visceral Games brings us one of the most anticipated and controversial games this year. After a wave of unconventional advertising campaign that caused a storm of media attention, fans just couldn’t wait to get their hands on this extremely stylized interpretation of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem. Using probably the greatest example of creative license ever, we are given a brand new, interactive view of Dante’s classical depiction of hell.

(http://www.dantesinferno.com) Rated Mature by ESRB. From the developer who brought you the critically acclaimed Dead Space and Godfather videogame series, Visceral Games brings us one of the most anticipated and controversial games this year. After a wave of unconventional advertising campaign that caused a storm of media attention, fans just couldn’t wait to get their hands on this extremely stylized interpretation of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem. Using probably the greatest example of creative license ever, we are given a brand new, interactive view of Dante’s classical depiction of hell.

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Presentation:

Dante’s Inferno is, of course, set in Hell. You presume the role of the story’s protagonist, Dante, a veteran from the Third Crusade. At some point during the crusades, you are killed. Instead of dying like any other person, you fight the Grim Reaper and steal his scythe. Upon returning home, you find your family murdered. You see the soul of your recently deceased wife, Beatrice as she is taken to hell.  Your mission throughout Dante’s Inferno is to chase her all the way to Hell to save her. As the story progresses, you’re given more insight into Dante’s life and the events leading up to the game. And as you get to know about Dante’s history, Dante becomes more than just a character on a screen and you start to really understand what makes him who he is.

 

Graphics:

The graphical design team at Visceral Games did Mr. Alighieri’s poem justice. All the vivid details are truly brought to life in this game. The bloody and gory details are amazing and the cinematic scenes are almost unbelievable. Nevertheless I suggest that younger audiences avert their eyes. Even though the camera isn’t controlled by the player, it doesn’t detract from the game at all. In fact, it adds to the experience, always making sure that the camera is pointing to the most graphically interesting point available and creating more opportunities for hidden items.

       

Sounds:

Hell is never quiet in the world of Dante’s Inferno. During combat you hear the clash of steel on steel and the roars of the demons that you face. And while you are exploring Hell, you can be sure to hear individuals lamenting about their punishment and giving excuses as to why they should be forgiven or worse, displaying quite openly why they were sent to their particular level of Hell. The soundtrack is also filled with an epic score consisting of pounding music and singing choruses that chill the bone and fill you with the true awe of seeing Hell.

 

Gameplay:

The gameplay consists of pretty straightforward hack and slash dynamics. Different enemies require slightly different tactics to defeat, but most of them can be vanquished by using your two weapons, the Grim Reaper’s Scythe (for melee attacks) and Beatrice’s Cross (which shoots bolts of holy energy for ranged attacks), which work surprisingly well together especially in devastating combos. Different button combinations result in different devastating attacks which you can unlock by spending the souls you acquire from the enemies you defeat. Each combo that you can unlock is helpful and it really does pay to unlock as many as possible. Bosses and large enemies are defeated using a combination of normal attacks and quick time events. In between action sequences, Dante explores Hell while solving small puzzles to continue on his path of destruction.

       

Innovation:

Although Dante’s Inferno brings nothing completely new to the table, it combines the best elements of other hack and slash titles. You have the ability to level up your Holy or Unholy skill tree by absolving or punishing the damned that you find within Hell. While it doesn’t present a moral choice system (as you might expect from a Holy vs. Unholy system) it does allow you to choose whether you want to upgrade your Cross or your Scythe as well as gain access to completely new combos and abilities.

 

Longevity:

Going through the campaign of Dante’s Inferno on the regular difficulty will take between 5 to 7 hours. Increasing the difficulty, searching for all the damned souls, and finding all the artifacts, however, can drastically increase gameplay time (though the only motivation for doing so is gaining achievements). Also, the ability to level up either holy or unholy techniques greatly encourages you to at least play through the game a second time. Not to mention that the addition of the Gates of Hell mini game and downloadable content increases gameplay length even more. All in all you can expect around 25 plus hours of gameplay from top to bottom through exploring every possibility in the title.

       

Conclusion:

Despite complaints that the game is similar to the God of War franchise, Dante’s Inferno isn’t a carbon copy of it.  Dante’s inferno is an extremely fun game. It’s stylistic use of blood and gore is quite artistic, but it definitely warrants the mature rating with its vividly graphic depiction of Hell. It will guarantee one wild and thrilling ride.

 

 

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