Dante's Inferno

Dante's Inferno Review for Xbox 360

On: Xbox 360PS3PSP

Third-person action adventure based on epic poem.

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8Out of 10
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Dante's Inferno, a brand-new franchise from EA and developer Visceral Games, has a lot to live up to. On the one hand it's Visceral's follow-up to one of our favourite games of 2008, Dead Space; and on the other it so closely resembles Sony's God of War that comparisons beg to be made. With Kratos' next outing little more than a month away, Dante needs to put up a bloody good fight if he's to stand a chance of making an impact. After battling through the nine circles of Hell, taking on wave after wave of unspeakable horror, the sinning warrior might not have Kratos beaten, but he can definitely hold his own in a brawl.

There's been some controversy over the use of the Divine Comedy as the basis of a video game, but in truth the game is only loosely based on the first part of Dante Alighieri's grand poem. Dante, a warrior of the Third Crusade, witnesses the soul of his beloved Beatrice getting dragged into Hell. He follows in an attempt to free her from the clutches of Lucifer, but to do so must make his way through the vilest locations imaginable: the nine circles of Hell. On the way our hero has to come face to face with the sins of his mortal life and sacrifice or absolve the many Shades (spirits of the dead) trapped in the underworld.

All this is just the set up for a very traditional hack 'n' slash, in which Dante slices up nasty monsters, uses magic attacks, performs massive combos, upgrades his abilities and is generally a badass. In a genre dominated by a few heavyweights, Dante's Inferno is definitely in the Hollywood blockbuster camp currently headed by God of War, and isn't nearly as hardcore as the likes of Ninja Gaiden and Bayonetta. This is a hack 'n' slash that at times positively encourages button mashing, but gets away with it due to the flashy action, impressively grim environments and ghastly enemies.

Dante only has two weapons: the unholy scythe, taken from Death himself; and a holy crucifix, taken from his fallen love Beatrice. This might seem light compared to games of the same ilk, but each offers plenty of attack options and upgrades, meaning you're not going to find yourself wishing for other items to pick up and use. Collected souls serve as the game's currency, allowing you to buy new abilities, combo attacks, upgrades and more, as long as you've reached the required holy and unholy levels.

The scythe is your melee weapon, with heavy and light attacks, as well as numerous special moves activated through certain combos and modifier buttons. On the other hand, and only with a single attack button, is the crucifix, which fires out monster-slaying holy crosses. Punish the enemies and the trapped souls that you encounter, and you'll level up your unholy level, letting you buy the more advanced unholy abilities, whereas absolving them will let you access the better holy upgrades. Depending on how you play you might end up with a fairly even mix of upgrades, but the crucifix becomes so powerful, doubling as an impressive weapon to use from a distance and up close, that spending souls on new scythe attacks seems somewhat useless. Become an expert with the scythe, though, and that view might be reversed.

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renegade@ slayereyez

No its not its a Multi plat game silly *see guys i said it would happen :P*

Oh and its called advertisement, the game is out in a month, and like all massive franchises you advertise, Points at Avatar
Posted 21:26 on 03 February 2010
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El-Dev

Kratos's nuts...I bet they're f*cking huge.
Posted 21:20 on 03 February 2010
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renegade

Looks good ill add it to the list :)
Posted 21:20 on 03 February 2010
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Ghost_Dog

The PS3 version is the review code. This is a rarity.

Might pick this up when it's cheaper.
Posted 21:18 on 03 February 2010
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slayereyez

Tons of people on this board need to get off of kratos's nuts i own both ps3 and 360 and find 360 to be the better console overall for hardcore gaming. Dante's Inferno is 360's GOW I have high expectations for both GOW III AND DANTE'S INFERNO. I also think people need to realize that while GOW is coming to it conclusion or (climax of it's story) this is the first Dante's inferno installment. Give the franchise time to grow into it's own like GOW did over the course of 3 games GOW also has its own flavor Slurpee drink called "Kratos Fury" (sellout cough cough) for the release. these games should not yet be argued over. lets get to the real issue Ps3 owners are pi$$ed cuz they don't have Gear's of War and Xbox owners are pi$$ed they don't have God Of War. I say they make a deal and put gears on ps3 and GOW on xbox. But I think 2010 will go to the playstation 3 in terms of releases. informative review. thanks
Posted 21:14 on 03 February 2010
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El-Dev

I read a review that called it Dante's Infernof War. Thought that was quite clever.
Posted 21:11 on 03 February 2010
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IndoorHeroes

In-funno! HAH!
Posted 20:54 on 03 February 2010
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pblive

I was worried that this would be Dante's Infirmo, but it seems to be Dante's In-funno instead.

I'll get my coat...

Anyway, good review Tom and I might be tempted to get this as a trade in as long as there are none of those codes to stop people buying it second hand.
Posted 20:14 on 03 February 2010
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Wido

Nice review Tom.

Big GOW fan and I do like the sound of Dante's Inferno. I still have Darksiders to finish and thats bloody fantastic. Traded in some games so I will be picking this up. Gore, tits, more gore = WIN :)
Posted 19:28 on 03 February 2010
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El-Dev

Might pick this up on the cheap after GOWIII.
Posted 19:02 on 03 February 2010
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GeNeCyDe1993

Ex-hell-ent.....EPIC! :D
Posted 18:18 on 03 February 2010
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altaranga

Nice on Tom.

The game sounds worse than I was hoping, but better than I feared. A quick play through for this little puppy.
Posted 18:15 on 03 February 2010
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Rickitis

I think a lot of people (like me) are going to give this a miss and wait for GOW3. It sounds impressive though but I reckon GOW will be better.
Posted 18:15 on 03 February 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Great review Tom, I sort of knew that this wouldn't really steal the light from GOW3 even the game isn't out yet we all know that it's going to be epic.
Posted 18:02 on 03 February 2010

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Dante's Inferno
8
Out of 10
Dante's Inferno
  • Fast, fun and flashy combat
  • Great world to play in
  • Puzzles might as well not exist
  • Occasionally annoying repetition
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Release Date: 09/02/2010
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PSP
Developer: EA Redwood Shores
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Adventure
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 18
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