Summary: Parents need to know that Dante's Inferno is a very violent, gory game meant only for adult eyes. Using a scythe and Holy Cross, players can lop off heads, dismember enemies' limbs, and literally split foes in half. Prepare to see plenty of blood spewing from foes. Some enemies are particularly vile and disturbing, such as gluttonous behemoths spewing vomit and "unblessed infants," babies with blades for arms.
Conclusion: So while it’s hard to fault the efficiency of Visceral’s final product – all carping aside, the controversial license has at least been handled with a certain care given that this is a videogame and not an academic study – Dante’s Inferno is too familiar, too regressive and too content to do the necessary minimum to recommend wholeheartedly.
Excerpt: Claiming that the game Dante’s Inferno was inspired by The Divine Comedy is like claiming that the hot dog was inspired by filet mignon. The only tangible element that the game and Dante’s poem have in common is that they both involve visits to hell. Dante, the game’s main character, is a bland-faced Crusader who appears to be on a quest to find a Dirk The Daring look-alike contest.
Excerpt: As if this needed more marketing Not to sound like you’re reading The News Of The World here, but the world truly is a horrid place to be in right now. Full of stubbed toes, parent-in-laws and homeless who will only ever unite to pull off a no holds barred heist at Lidl, it’s easy to forget that after our fragile lives are over there could be so much worse just waiting around the corner.
Pros: Fatastic art design, Well written story that intrigues players about Dante’s past,
Cons: Incredibly short with little replay value, Gaining experience is exceptionally grindworthy, Linearity makes the game nothing new or particularly special
Excerpt: Before I played it, I felt like I was in a fairly unique position to review Dante’s Inferno. You see, way back in my first year of university in 2003, I actually studied The Divine Comedy. That’s right, I’ve now experienced Dante’s epic in both video game and literary forms. That said, the knowledge I gleaned from reading Inferno, Purgatory and Paradiso helped me little during my time with the game. To call the stories divergent would be an understatement.
Conclusion: Because of the surreal nature I found it hard to get into the game. It was intriguing in parts but lost a bit of momentum along the journey. The good bits shine through but so do its flaws. If you are an avid God of War fan you may like this or you may not...
Pros: Its a frenzied combative game that has great set peices and well designed quick time events, some involving big controllable beasts
Cons: Really weird game and possibly too weird for many. It's a very close resemblance to God of War and suffers a bit from the comparison.
Excerpt: Ah, Dante's Inferno: the game where EA surprises us all with a sensitive, literate take on the first part of Dante Alighieri's 14th Century Masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, taking us on the poet's imaginary journey through the nine circles of Hell, led by the Roman poet Virgil. Offering fascinating insights into the medieval mind, this rich, scholarly effort, featuring dazzling graphics inspired by Medieval frescos, gives us scope to contemplate the nature of sin and...
Pros: Plenty of T&A, if you like that sort of thing, great graphics, solid combat system
Cons: Can be repetitive, might be a little too purile for some tastes
Excerpt: В замечательном фильме «Последний киногерой» есть сцена, где Арнольд Шварценеггер играет Гамлета. Как и положено – с сигарой в зубах и автоматом наперевес. С таким принцем, в датском королевстве начинается настоящий боевик. Фантазии главного героя идеально иллюстрируют игру Dante’s Inferno. С той лишь разницей, что тут все сделано без тени иронии.