Dante’s Inferno

Good
  • Great character customisation on offer through holy and unholy pathways with their own spells
  • Fast gameplay that is paired with strong story and environments to explore
Bad
  • Less than perfect controls can cause some annoying combat or puzzle sequences
7

Dante’s Inferno is a dark action adventure that is based on the well-known Inferno poem and sends players on an adventure deep into the mythology of Hell to fight against all manner of evil creatures. Taking players through the nine circles of Hell you’ll play as Dante himself as you dispatch all sorts of horrors with an equally deadly arsenal of weapon options.

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Your character for this action filled adventure is Dante a shamed crusader who has many atrocities to his name despite his chosen faith. After being killed by an assassin Dante refuses to go to Hell for his sins and decides to destroy Death and attempt to redeem himself instead. After escaping this confrontation with death and returning home he finds that his lover Beatrice has been taken by Lucifer into the depths of Hell where players vow to find and save Beatrice.

Controlled from a third person perspective and wielding a massive scythe for his weapon that he has acquired from death himself you’ll find a deadly action adventure ahead. Advancing through the nine circles of Hell each brings its own allies, foes and challenges that will push your abilities but also allow for Dante himself to grow in power while reflecting on the sins that brought him to this adventure in the first place.

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Gameplay throughout this story of Hell is fairly typical of the genre with players swinging Death’s scythe at enemies to form combo attacks and a range of finishing moves that remove them from your path. Like other games in the genre you’ll find a quick time event system that appears during particular battles (notably bosses) where players must select the highlighted button on screen at the right time to continue with their chain of attacks.

In addition to your melee orientated scythe players can also use their Holy Cross which fires projectile energy towards enemies which is perfect for dispatching enemies when low on health or avoiding getting close to the more dangerous encounters of the game. Spells are also available to Dante which slowly improve as you advance through the game and will consume mana when used while serving as a key form of character progression.

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This character development overall is fairly impressive in Dante’s Inferno and goes a step further than most games within the genre through pathway choices that impact your adventure. Dante abilities are broadly grouped into the Holy and Unholy skill trees which can alter gameplay significantly depending on the path that you choose to take. Unholy abilities focus on using Death’s Scythe and hell magic with options like Sins of the Father to protect you from damage, Lust Storm to damage enemies around you and Putrid Voice to burn enemies with acid. Meanwhile Holy focuses on using the Holy Cross for damage and divine protection skills with options like Righteous Path that leads you dash forward while leaving an icy trail, Divine Armour to absorb incoming damage and Heaven’s Embrace that summons icy shard mines around you.

Experience for these trees is gained by either damning your slain enemies (Unholy) or absolving (Holy) them. As such players must make careful decisions about their desired playstyle as there is limited experience and balancing them both means you won’ t be able to reach the highest skills of a particular path. Your final element of customisation in Dante’s Inferno is the powerful relics that provide all sort of passive combat enhancements that further let you create a setup that works for your desired playstyle. In order to find most of these relics players will need to discover hidden passages through exploration or solving various environmental puzzles.

Summary:

  • A dark action-adventure experience that sends players literally into the depths of Hell.
  • Battle through Hell as you face all sorts of demons and bosses with different combat mechanics.
  • Choose the Unholy or Holy path with each offering their own unique abilities.
  • Customise Dante with relics that you find by completing the difficult environmental puzzles scattered throughout your adventure.
  • Play on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One or PSP.

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Review Platform: PS3

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Samuel Franklin
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