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Platform: Sony PSP
Players will take Dante through nine unique circles of Hell as mapped out and described by Alighieri: limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery. Each circle will showcase its own distinct look, with demons, monsters, damned and geography that are crafted straight from the poem’s vivid descriptions. To take down the demons of Hell, Dante is outfitted with two primary weapons: the Scythe he takes from Death and the Holy Cross given to him by Beatrice, which has spiritual powers that will help Dante collect souls and spells from the creatures he defeats on his journey. The game also features a deep upgrade system so gamers can customize their abilities to their specific gameplay style, something they’ll need as Dante comes face to face with Hell’s fiercest beasts and bosses. If successful, Dante will be able to tame certain beasts, exacting their will and turning Hell’s punishments back on itself.
Built on the same technology as the award-winning Dead Space, Dante’s Inferno will deliver a fast, fluid and responsive combat experience running at 60 frames per second, a must-have for the action adventure genre. The game is being built by Visceral Games, with the same attention to polish the studio has become known for with Dead Space.There aren't too many video games based on 14th century epic poetry and to be fair this is unlikely to start a trend. Not because it isn't any good, but because it merely uses the idea of the nine circles of hell as the basis for a God of War style third person brawler.
The end-of-level bosses are some of the biggest ever seen
|Beatrice's cross enables Dante's most powerful attacks|
|Stabbing Death with his own scythe is not in the original|
|Cleopatra oversees Lust - the second circle of Hell|
Considering the game starts with you beating up Death and stealing his scythe, to use as your main weapon, the game actually manages the balance between outrageous action and serious story pretty well.
You'll constantly have to make the decision of whether to absolve damned spirits or condemn them. Which you choose will see your holy or unholy special powers increase and effect the ending of the game. With some huge boss fights (including Old Nick himself at the end) and grotesquely imaginative graphics this could be a real slice of heaven for action fans.Key Features