Review: Dante's Inferno

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Review: Dante's Inferno

Dante's Inferno offers a compelling story in a well-crafted depiction of Hell.

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Good review. I still think I'd give it a rent though first.

Well it sounds balanced enough to actually be worth a try, and since I'm looking away from FPS' for a bit...
Oh wait, I'm poor and have no expendable income whatsoever. Fantastic.

EDIT: "When I first heard about Dante's Inferno, I was like, "What the hell?"

Indeed, Greg. INDEED!

note to self avoid lust deamons....

Tonimata:
Well it sounds balanced enough to actually be worth a try, and since I'm looking away from FPS' for a bit...
Oh wait, I'm poor and have no expendable income whatsoever. Fantastic.

Oh my yes I feel your pain. 2010 is making me feel too poor as theres so many games and not enough money for me.

Undead Warfare:

Tonimata:
Well it sounds balanced enough to actually be worth a try, and since I'm looking away from FPS' for a bit...
Oh wait, I'm poor and have no expendable income whatsoever. Fantastic.

Oh my yes I feel your pain. 2010 is making me feel too poor as theres so many games and not enough money for me.

Worst of it is the fact that the unemployment rates are completely destroying all chances of getting a job round these parts. And mind you, depending on your parents for everything is NOT cool. I can't wait till my band starts touring :(

this game is absolute genius. im on my 3rd play (Hellish difficulty), and i only have 2 complaints:

1. the camera can be a bitch sometimes.
2. the final boss was hard as shit.

Irish Soulface:
note to self avoid lust deamons....

you cant. they will use their super stinger vaginas to make you gay.

the Hoarder-Wasters are the worst tho. they hit so hard, its hard as hell to stop their spinning and they have a considerable amount of health.

btw, its dAemons, not deamons.

good review. thinking of picking it up but may rent it first

Greg Tito:
Greg Tito totally didn't read The Divine Comedy in college; he copied his paper off his girlfriend's.

Shame on you :O

I'm reading the thing now and it's pretty interesting.

Was planning on buying the game anyway, but it's nice to know Visceral did a good job.

Played a little myself. It is pretty epic! Im really enjoying it especilly soem deicitions o.o

I'm glad to see this review come out of the game. I was extremely leery of the title for the same reasons discussed in the opening paragraph. I'd like to say that this review assuaged my worry, but as it so happens a friend of mine with lower standards for games already did that.

He bought it the day it came out and I played through it with him, trading control when we got frustrated (playing on the hardest difficulty available at the start of the game). It's a fun game and the review gets it absolutely right. It's challenging in the right way and the information given through Virgil is absolutely magnificent.

I think they handled giving a dork like me the authentic poetry that I wanted and the action junkie what he wanted pretty well. In the very first level you KILL DEATH. I don't know what more you can ask for. It reminds me a lot of the Penny Arcade comic discussing God of War II (as if the game didn't have enough of those comparisons sitting around anyway).

You could ignore Virgil if you wanted, though listening to him gave you relics (which was enough for me to be able to convince my friend to listen so I could hear what he had to say). The souls that you purified were all people from the original poem and had their backstories included, though you could just jump straight to scything them or playing the minigame (something I had to yell at my friend not to do occasionally, "Do you even know who you just absolved?")

All in all a welcome surprise, and hopefully one that will be shared by people thanks to positive reviews like this. My one complaint is thus: The cross is useless against Lucifer. So... if you leveled holy and ignored the scythe, you basically cannot beat him on Hard. We downleveled to an easier difficulty to see the ending. I understand making him difficult, but making him SO MUCH more difficult for one talent spec seems a bad choice.

So, God of War with moral choice. Wow, I'm already kinda disapointed! Can't wait to rent it to see if I'm right or not.

Artemus_Cain:
So, God of War with moral choice. Wow, I'm already kinda disapointed! Can't wait to rent it to see if I'm right or not.

The moral choice is really just a talent tree thing. Press one button to get 'holy' and another to get 'unholy'. The game did very little to integrate that into the story, which I'm actually thankful for because it would have been extremely hokey. It's best not to think of it as a moral choice system and more as Scythe Abilities and Cross Abilities. As the review says, getting both is pretty crucial, and being choosy about which you get on each side can be critical if you aren't careful to get all the souls you can, or are playing on one of the harder difficulties.

What a chump indeed XD

Artemus_Cain:
So, God of War with moral choice. Wow, I'm already kinda disapointed! Can't wait to rent it to see if I'm right or not.

Its god of war with a big scythe also dont forget that!

I think I'll rent it of a friend.

Christemo:
this game is absolute genius. im on my 3rd play (Hellish difficulty), and i only have 2 complaints:

1. the camera can be a bitch sometimes.
2. the final boss was hard as shit.

It is Satan afterall. Giant floppy horse penis and all.

Yeah I rented it recently. I can't say wether or not it's better than God of War since I've never played any of them. It's got it's good parts and it kept me entertained for ten hours. I thought the animated cut scenes they had at the start of the levels was pretty cool. At the very least it's worth a rental just to see the crazy level and enemy designs.

I'll wait for God of War 3, then I'll read the poem, and hopefully Dante's Inferno will then have fallen into the heavenly cheap price category.
(I already made my stupid stupid mistake with Bayonetta)

I have to admit, I want to hate this game - EA have been dicks about it with the advertising before, but this...well, it looks interesting. And I'm not normally interested by the God of War style of gameplay.

Great review, I'm sold.
I've finally decided to buy an XBox (for the sole reason of getting FFXIII and it's cheaper than a PS3) and this was one of the only other games I've considered buying--and, actually, it's because I've read The Divine Comedy (a few times).

Not really been a console player for about 5 years, now, and not really interested in getting back into the games like I had before, but I still want this game.

I've never played the God of War games, and to be honest, the setting of Dante's Inferno appeals more to me than ancient greece. So, I may actually pick up the PS3 divine addition once I get through AvP.

Good review, and I'm glad you actually spoke about the game, and didn't just compare it to God of War for the entire review....like almost every other review out there for the game...

I'm really enjoying the game: I got it as soon as the game came out. Don't want or care about GoW 3, so there's no reason to wait around for another game like this one.

No problems with the review but I thought you had an unspoken rule against using the words "compelling" and "cinematic" in your reviews.
Just saying.

Eudaemonian:

Artemus_Cain:
So, God of War with moral choice. Wow, I'm already kinda disapointed! Can't wait to rent it to see if I'm right or not.

The moral choice is really just a talent tree thing. Press one button to get 'holy' and another to get 'unholy'. The game did very little to integrate that into the story, which I'm actually thankful for because it would have been extremely hokey. It's best not to think of it as a moral choice system and more as Scythe Abilities and Cross Abilities. As the review says, getting both is pretty crucial, and being choosy about which you get on each side can be critical if you aren't careful to get all the souls you can, or are playing on one of the harder difficulties.

Ok, that means my biggest doubt about the game has gone away.

As for the whole "It's like one of the best Hack and Slash games around! That means it is crap!" arguement...

... Wait, doesn't that make it good? If you take the good elements from a good game and put it in your own, have a different story, and add some more stuff, sure you don't get points for originality, but shouldn't the game itself be good on its own?

If you ignore every other game and focus on whether it's good or not, it looks like it's just fine. Why then does the fact that there is another good game like it mean that this is a horrible thing? Doesn't that mean you get two good games in the market for fans of the genre?

*Edit*

Actually, thinking about it, I'd actually have to say then that Dante's Inferno might do something better than God of War: the main character.

Let's face it, Kratos is basically a sociopath who has the philosophy that nothing is every his fault (how many of you can actually think of this guy as a family man?). His quest is about revenge, not for his family, but because HE was wronged. He unlearns his lessons from the first game, such as don't attack people in the dark when you can't tell if they're really someone you hate or a friend, the god of war is not exempt from punishment if they decide to rampage, the gods always have a stab you in the back clause in any seemingly benevolent gift, all his violence didn't give him peace or happiness, and more. And although he has drive and motivation, all he ever seems to do is take orders.

Dante, however, realizes he's a sinner and regrets it, to the point of sewing it on himself. He's fighting the forces of hell to save his love. His quest is of his own decision and he only has a guide, not a master.

Journeythroughhell:
No problems with the review but I thought you had an unspoken rule against using the words "compelling" and "cinematic" in your reviews.
Just saying.

Didn't you know? In reviewer hell, those are the only 2 words available....;)

I really like the idea of the game, but at twelve hours is it really worth buying?
I understand twelve hours might be appropriate for the games feel, and since they seemed to run out of ideas it was for the best, but do I want to shell out sixty dollars for a game I'm only getting twelve hours out of?

Finally a review that doesn't just go on and on about GoW. I mean it's not like GoW s a bad game.

If you like the genre then it's most definitely worth playing. The price issue is up to you.

I'll be honest, when I started reading your review, I thought your were being sarcastic. I guess I shouldn't be too prejudiced about a game I haven't played (or will play for that matter), just because I find the liberties the designers took with the source material to be absolutely pathetic. Still, it's a good review. I'm glad you are able to overlook the butchering of Dante's Comedy and have fun with the game, but I'm afraid I could never do that.

Delock:

Eudaemonian:

Artemus_Cain:
So, God of War with moral choice. Wow, I'm already kinda disapointed! Can't wait to rent it to see if I'm right or not.

The moral choice is really just a talent tree thing. Press one button to get 'holy' and another to get 'unholy'. The game did very little to integrate that into the story, which I'm actually thankful for because it would have been extremely hokey. It's best not to think of it as a moral choice system and more as Scythe Abilities and Cross Abilities. As the review says, getting both is pretty crucial, and being choosy about which you get on each side can be critical if you aren't careful to get all the souls you can, or are playing on one of the harder difficulties.

Ok, that means my biggest doubt about the game has gone away.

As for the whole "It's like one of the best Hack and Slash games around! That means it is crap!" arguement...

... Wait, doesn't that make it good? If you take the good elements from a good game and put it in your own, have a different story, and add some more stuff, sure you don't get points for originality, but shouldn't the game itself be good on its own?

If you ignore every other game and focus on whether it's good or not, it looks like it's just fine. Why then does the fact that there is another good game like it mean that this is a horrible thing? Doesn't that mean you get two good games in the market for fans of the genre?

*Edit*

Actually, thinking about it, I'd actually have to say then that Dante's Inferno might do something better than God of War: the main character.

Let's face it, Kratos is basically a sociopath who has the philosophy that nothing is every his fault (how many of you can actually think of this guy as a family man?). His quest is about revenge, not for his family, but because HE was wronged. He unlearns his lessons from the first game, such as don't attack people in the dark when you can't tell if they're really someone you hate or a friend, the god of war is not exempt from punishment if they decide to rampage, the gods always have a stab you in the back clause in any seemingly benevolent gift, all his violence didn't give him peace or happiness, and more. And although he has drive and motivation, all he ever seems to do is take orders.

Dante, however, realizes he's a sinner and regrets it, to the point of sewing it on himself. He's fighting the forces of hell to save his love. His quest is of his own decision and he only has a guide, not a master.

...Damnit! You ninja'd me! My first ninja ever!

I was making a huge rant about how I actually liked Dante's Inferno more than God of War through things like the atmosphere of the game and the absolving or punishing, but my main point was that Dante as a character is infinitely more like-able as a main character than Kratos is. Dante seeks redemption for not only him, but also for Beatrice and his family. In fact, he doesn't give two shits if he's damned. He doesn't want others to be punished for his sins. That's what keeps him going, unlike Kratos who just seeks revenge for himself. While Revenge and Redemption do sometimes go hand-in-hand, Dante wasn't driven by revenge as Kratos was.

This sounds A TON better than devil may cry.

And I loved devil may cry.

Playing the game it kept reminding me of something, but I can't quite put my finger on it. I mean what other game feels so much like...

image

Oh, oh yeah right.

Pirce:
Playing the game it kept reminding me of something, but I can't quite put my finger on it. I mean what other game feels so much like...

(Image of DMC3)

Oh, oh yeah right.

Really? Because other than the name it didn't remind me of that game in any way. Despite a similar genre they felt completely different. I realize the urge to be snarky about the Dante thing is strong, but I really don't see any basis for this.

I mean, in a weird way, Dante's Inferno really has more rights to the name via its connection to the original work, tenuous as they may be.

It had nothing to do with the name or the poem. It had to due with the gameplay. The gameplay, like so many others in the genre, simply feels like an off brand version of DMC's. I was really hopping that this game would be a Shinobi, not another God of War.

I played it on my brother's Xbox, and the one thing I took from it is how SERIOUS it takes itself.

I just looked at it and sniggered half the time as it SHOWED HOW SERIOUS IT WAS.

It's fun, but not something I'd pay full price for.

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