|System: X360, PS3, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Visceral Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Electronic Arts||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 9, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Finishing some enemies during combat and attacking certain bosses also relies upon button presses. They're typical quick-time event (QTE) segments, with no major challenge. Sometimes, if you miss a press, you'll have to start over, but it's not much of a punishment, considering the game is very generous with checkpoints and save statues.
You'll also find plenty of health regenerating fountains, and others with magic, extra soul points, and even collectables. It might be a hard task to find everything that's hidden throughout all the nooks and crannies, but it's definitely not an impossible task. Whatever you may find is well worth it, from silver Judas coins to relics you can equip for special effects, plus it'll help to build up your achievements or trophy count. Killing key bosses and other combat encounters will also grant you magic powers such as the Righteous Path, which leaves a trail of icy shards as Dante dashes towards the enemies, or a magic pendant that protects him from incoming attacks.
Although Dante's Inferno is mostly a hack 'n slash kind of game, the level design is witty, including solid platforming segments and interesting, though not mindboggling, puzzles. There's a movie-quality soundtrack, groans, moans, and other realistic sound effects that'll make you giggle, and the voice acting is entirely professional and engaging.
Even if I tried, I couldn't find anything wrong with the game; as it stands, it all depends on taste. It's about eight to ten hours of pure, fast-paced action no one should look down on, unless you're just not a fan of the genre. With such an appealing story and addictive gameplay, Dante's Inferno's only sin seems to be its shameless similarity to Sony's celebrated franchise.
Of course, despite the superb marketing efforts and its terrific gameplay, Dante's Inferno is eternally condemned to judgment. Not only is it an obvious clone of God of War, but it also contains a good amount of explicit content that might not go well with fanatics. The developers already have part of the church against them because of their representation of hell! The good news is, these issues will certainly not stop EA from scoring major sales figures, and I hope it doesn't stop you from playing it either, because good games are there to be played from beginning to end! Without a doubt, this is one you shouldn't miss; ahem unless you're under 17.
CCC Site Director