Remember Dante's Inferno? EA's forgettable attempt to tackle the likes of Devil May Cry and God of War for the hack and slash crown was visually inspired but altogether uninspiring - if that makes sense? - and if I remember correctly it didn't exactly set the charts alight. However, it appears EA has tasked Visceral Games - who also work on the Dead Space franchise - with building another epic religious journey, as evidenced by scribe Joshua Rubin's official site.
Rubin's site, SubVerse, lists his credits, chief among them co-writing Assassin's Creed 2, for which he won a WGA and BAFTA. Rubin's current work concerns a "Major Unannounced Sequel from Visceral Games at EA", with Rubin dropping fans a hint, linking back to Dante's Inferno's Super Bowl trailer. What say you, Dealspwners? Looking forward to this? Or not all that fussed? [SubVerse]
As many of you know, Goichi "Suda51" Suda is currently working on Shadows Of The Damned with Shinji Mikami... which is one of the most bizarre and brilliant action games I've played in a long time. You can check out my hands-on preview for more details. Suda naturally believes that his reimagining of Hell is different from anything that has come before - and has called out Visceral Games' Dante's Inferno as being generic, mainstream and cliched.
I think the Hell that [Visceral] have is really mainstream and standard. But I think our vision of Hell is really different from theirs. It would be very interesting as you play to see the difference.
Our version of Hell is really funny, and it’s actually closer to you than what you envision as Hell.
It’s scary, but at the same time it’s really fun to play, so I definitely want the player to see the difference between ours and [Visceral's]. - Goichi Suda to VG247
I'll let you guys pass judgement on Dante's Inferno, and we'd love to get your take on Visceral's hack & slash title. All we do know is that, as far as we make out, Shadows Of The Damned is indeed set to be "funny", "scary" and flat-out bonkers. We'll keep you posted.
If you're familiar with the poem, you'll barely recognise The Divine Comedy in videogame form. With a new Templar-centric protagonist, a red cross stitched into his very flesh, vanquishing Death himself and snatching his Scythe. The premise is the same, and EA don't let the opportunity of rendering a truly hellish vision go to waste. Boasting superb combat and stellar visuals, Dante's Inferno is a decidedly derivative hack-and-slash adventure fans of God of War and Devil May Cry should lap up.
Last Friday, Dealspwn attended a Dead Space 2 event - which you can expect coverage from at a later date - and were treated to a free viewing of the Dead Space anime film, Aftermath. Despite being set hundreds of years in the future, with planet-cracking technology and the like, EA still believes we'll be playing their games in the 23rd century, as none other than a clip from Dante's Inferno was pasted on a holographic gaming display in Aftermath. Quite possibly the worst product placement ever. However, if the idea of a hellish romp into the descending circles of Lucifer's lair interests you, then why not check out Play's offer for the game of the future, Dante's Inferno. It's only a tenner.
Dante’s Inferno is generic. It’s needlessly vulgar. It tramples over a classic work of fiction. But there’s no denying that it’s also a solid hack & slash experience that works fairly well on the PSP. It can't compete with Ghosts Of Sparta or its home console brethren, but the handheld version manages to deliver a decent experience with a lengthy quest, smooth animations and a camera that actually works (a rarity on the PSP).
Probably a stocking filler rather than a Christmas miracle, but might be worth checking out... if the postie can make it to your door in all this snow!
I'm surprised Dante's Inferno didn't enjoy quite the same success as its peers. It's a solid, visceral experience with genuinely original imagery and cracking boss-fights. However, it is a tad shameless in how it rips off the likes of Devil May Cry and God of War, not to mention a videogame adaptation of Alighieri's 'Divine Comedy' isn't the strongest marketing line. However, if you're in the mood for some good old fashioned hack-and-slashing set in the descending depths of Hell, or if you're simply in the market for some stocking fodder, Play's cut-price deal for Dante's Inferno might tickle your interest.
Dante's Inferno is generic. It's needlessly vulgar. It tramples over a classic work of fiction. But there's no denying that it's also an astoundingly solid hack & slash experience that's well worth checking out by fans of balls-out action. Dante's bloodthirsty rampage through the circles of hell provides the canvas for some stylish art direction, and the upgradeable weapons and skills are an excellent reason to keep butchering your way through hordes of (frequently disgusting) demons. It's not a gamechanger by any means, but its a meaty package that's well worth a punt at this price.
Some people are content with ambling around their everyday lives without a care in the world as they slowly watch the world go by, others like to be a bit more active and travel the world, then there are those that for some reason or another decide to jump down into the Nine Circles of Hell to hack and slash their way through the various demons that cross their path.
NB. Remember to use the following code to pick up the game at the advertised price: FTSL15-1
You can grab a copy of the game on the PS3 and Xbox 360 for £11.05, which'll save you almost £2 on the next best offer of £13 coming in from Amazon on both platforms, providing that you haven't already used Tesco's money saving promotional code and you get your skates on because it runs out at the end of this month. Without the code Tesco's price is tied with Amazon's, but at least they're £2 cheaper than the next best deal.
Having been adapted from a classic piece of literature, it won't surprise you that the story behind the game is pretty engrossing and packed full of intriguing characters.
The Circles of Hell are completely unique from one another, thanks largely to the exceptional artwork that's gone into their construction, and they mirror the sins of their wretched inhabitants, many of whom have become twisted distortions of their former selves.
Dante has a quite a few tricks up his sleeve when it comes to dealing with the various creatures that have taken a disliking to him, and these include Death's scythe for close encounters, The Holy Cross for ranged attacks, as well as a bit of magic and various relics.
When you're not carving your enemies into little pieces, you'll have to give your mind a bit of a workout by solving the various puzzles that crop up from time to time, which stand in the way of you progressing any further through the foul surroundings that you find yourself in.
If you're looking for a game with a decent plot and some awesome visuals, then look no further.
Thanks to Dhiraj1 @ HUKD
There aren't many games where you get to saunter around the nine circles of hell with a giant scythe you've plucked out of Death's cold lifeless hands, but thats exactly what Dante's Inferno offers up to gamers.
You can grab a copy of the game on the PS3 and Xbox 360 for £12.95 from Zavvi, which'll make you a great saving of just over £7 on the next best offer of £19.98 from Amazon on both platforms.
The story is thoroughly absorbing and full of fascinating characters and mythical creatures, which is hardly surprising considering the game's been adapted from a classic piece of literature.
Each circle of hell is completely unique and perfectly designed to mirror the sins of their inhabitants, some of which have become horribly twisted depictions of their former selves due to the amount of torment that they've had to endure.
Dante can fight off the ungodly hordes that he comes across using a combination of his two main weapons, Death's scythe for close encounters and the Holy cross to take out enemies at a distance, as well as wielding magic and relics. Whilst you're able to perform quite a few moves and combos that should make you veer away from simple button bashing, the fact that the majority of enemies are easily dispatched often reduces combat to something more simplistic than you'd like.
Simply hacking your way through undead minions isn't the way to safely deliver yourself from the jaws of hell, you'll have to use your mind as well in order to overcome several tricky puzzles that provide you with a bit of a breather in between action segments.
The one big downside to the game is the tired and worn out fixed camera angles, which in my opinion no longer have a place in the gaming world, as they generally lead to immense frustration and can hinder you during crucial moments.
All in all, Dante's Inferno is a great looking game that'll bring a true classic of the literary world into the homes of a wider audience.
Thanks to andywedge @ HUKD
It's always the case isn't it? Someone writes a literary masterpiece about the Nine Circles of Hell and several centuries later a large games publisher buys up the licence and turns it into a hack and slash game that bears a fairly large resemblance to a certain PS3 exclusive with a dodgy morality system tacked on for good measure. Dante's Inferno is a relatively enjoyable scythe-swinging romp with some fantastic art direction, but don't expect anything hugely original.
You can pick up a copy of this relatively recent title for just £26.85 at ShopTo as they've just lowered their prices again, now saving you £28.89 from Simply Games.
Having reimagined the poet Dante as a returning crusader with a penchant for skin sewing, Ea starts off by having you kick Death in the balls, nick his scythe, and then begin your descent into Hell to rescue your missus from Lucifer who needs to wed her so that he can break free of Hell.
You won't be bowled over by this game in the gameplay department, but it looks wonderful, the character and enemy creations are striking and varied and the different Circles of Hell all have their own distinct flavour. The atmosphere is good and the game looks the part so it's a bit of a shame that it doesn't quite play as well as it looks. Combat is a little clunky to be honest, but there's enough variety to keep fans of the genre entertained.
A solid title then, easy on the eye, but not as refined as some.
February 2010 Game Releases
Every week, we’re doing a new post to tell you about the upcoming video game releases (you can see them all in the new releases category). A few big names cropping up this week, with PS3 exclusive Heavy Rain hitting the shelves, along with new entries for the Total War and Silent Hill franchises.
How to use: Click on the title of the video game if you would like to see the cross platform possibilities. Click on the game cover of the platform of your choice to see the price comparison for that particular game, showing you the cheapest prices from UK online retailers.
22nd to 28th February 2010:
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26th February 2010
|Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes
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|Napoleon: Total War
26 February 2010
|Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
26 February 2010
|Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
26 February 2010
|Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces
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|Sonic and SEGA All-Star Racing
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|White Knight Chronicles
26 February 2010
Is this a poor man’s God of War? It seems like it’s turning out that way, but for everyone that’s craving some bloody hack ‘n’ slash, 3rd person action then Dante’s Inferno is the perfect set up. Currently both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions are on sale at ShopTo.Net for a good £6 less than anywhere else we can find. Next closest being Coolshop. So get those mice clicking!
It’s either an incredibly bold move, or a move done by the incredibly boorish: Taking a 14th century poem and turning it into an action-slasher strikes us as being something of an idiotic move. On the one hand, great you don’t have to pay any royalties, on the bad, hey we can’t actually use any of the story. So setting aside that pretence what is it?
It’s a game where in the opening scenes you kill Death itself, and steal its scythe. What? Yes, you kill Death and then carry on your merry way for the rest of the game, armed with its scythe. But we’re being snobbish, at its heart Dante’s Inferno is a gorily-beautiful game. The sights and sounds of hell are truly exquisite in their detail, it can get a bit repetitive but it certainly draws you into the environment.
Heavily influenced by God of War, the combat is a messy affair and it’s the saving grace of an otherwise potentially dull game. As you progress you gain more abilities by collecting souls, and an ability tree enables you to pick and choose which new attacks you want. Sounds pretty familiar, we'll wager, but it's fairly enjoyable stuff. It’s all been done before and done better of course, but this isn’t a hellish game, it’s just a bit tired.
Thanks to Davver99 at Hotukdeals!
Today's news roundup sees a bit of breaking news from across the pond as a youth is arrested for stating his intentions to carry out a school shooting over Xbox Live, it looks like Dante's Inferno's Greed Bug will be receiving a patch, and RTS rejoice as EA reclassifies the first three instalments of its hugely popular Command & Conquer series as freeware.
A Canadian youth has been arrested for stating his intent to carry out a horrific school shooting on Xbox Live. Whilst playing online, the unnamed Vancouver high school student discussed the specific individuals that he would be targeting as well as chilling details of his plans.
The other player, a Port Alberni resident, questioned the youth further about his threats but was quickly disconnected. Deeply concerned, he proceeded to inform the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of the conversation- which was followed by an intensive investigation and swift arrest. RCMP Staff Sgt. Lee Omilusik offers the following statement:
“This incident demonstrates the power of the electronic world and how different enforcement agencies can quickly work together to protect the citizens they serve, regardless of obstacles such as international barriers.”
"It is a reminder to the public to report any suspicious activities to police as their information may save a life"
At this early stage, it's difficult to know whether or not the disturbed young man was genuinely serious about going through with his threat. After all, the anonymity of online gaming provides a perfect forum for discontented individuals to vent and let off steam. We'll keep you updated as this story develops. What is clear, however, is that there's a definite line separating healthy smack talk and threatening behaviour, and that conscientious citizens are willing to speak out and keep our online services safe. [Vancouver Sun]
Dante's Inferno shipped with a hellish secret: a gamekilling glitch that forced many gamers to abandon their save files. Known on the forums as the 'Greed Bug', this nasty little error is triggered when gamers leave and return to an arena with a lever in the Greed level of hell. Doing so stops the lever from working, effectively grounding the player and ruining the save file if it was overwritten after leaving the room!
Luckily, help is at hand. The Dante Team angels have twittered that they are aware of the problem and working on a fix that'll soon be available.
"We apologize for the Greed bug and a patch is coming in soon.Spread the word that a patch is coming. -Go to Hell -Go to Hell 11:45 PM Feb 12th from CoTweet"
Well, we're spreading the word! Naturally, we'll let you know when the patch is released. [danteteam Twitter feed]
Hardcore Westwood fans will already be rejoicing at the news, but in case you missed it: EA has classified Tiberian Sun, Red Alert and Command & Conquer as freeware. These titles are free to download from their official site. These games were instrumental in defining the RTS genre and are generally considered to be some of the finest strategy games ever released.
There is a problem, though. These titles are not fully compatible with Windows Vista and Windows Seven, and numerous reports of failed installations and crashes have marred what should have been a joyous Valentine's Day present. I was gutted to discover that Red Alert refused to work as my original disk is scratched beyond recognition! Still, they're free- you could do a lot worse than downloading them and finding out for yourself.
As far as pitches go, a videogame adaptation of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy is a bit of a stretch. Italian poetry hasn't exactly thrived on consoles, and if we truly do consider Bioshock the greatest form of videogame literature, we're a bit behind the curve. But you can't fault EA's bravery, as they've obtained the rights to Alighieri's epic and developed a hellish action-adventure game to match the likes of Devil May Cry and God of War. But can Dante's Inferno withstand the heat?
Dante's Inferno isn't a like-for-like translation of the Divine Comedy, shaping the venerable poem to a videogame's unique architecture. Dante is now a Templar Knight, waging war for King Richard I during the Crusades. This Dante is now slouch, either. In fact, he's a bit of a badass, vanquishing Death himself when he is stabbed, quite literally, in the back. Dante retrieves Death's scythe and returns home, only to find his wife, Beatrice, has been murdered and taken by Lucifer to the deepest depths of Hell. Dante, having recently stitched a red cross into his flesh and anointed his cross with heavenly power, hops down a chasm into the first circle of Hell in pursuit of his dead wife's soul. As you do.Click here to discover whether Dante's Inferno is a sinner's paradise, or a nightmare...
When I was younger someone once said to me, “If you want to have a good party never introduce the topics of sex, religion and politics.” I’m beginning to think that perhaps we need to add video games to that list and keep it separate from religion and politics. Don’t even let the words touch one another in a sentence; it could be a lethal, and explosive, combination.
Recently I’ve discovered that religion in video games is quietly rearing its head once more. It’s a steamy topic that’s making a lot of people very, ahem, cross. Writer Julian Murdoch, in a feature for Gamespy wrote that he “encountered a wall of fear and paranoia when [he] called around, asking developers to talk about religion in gaming.”
Some were happy to talk about it, others refused point blank. It’s just too hot to handle and if one person says the wrong thing with the wrong inflection then it could be all out pandemonium. A PR nightmare. Littlebigplanet from Sony had to delay the game in order to remove music with texts from the Quran as lyrics. It's that tricky.
So what is the role of religion in video games? Is it even necessary? I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the titles and genres that have incorporated religion to a greater or lesser degree, and see if it made any difference at all.
Today’s news sees reports of Nintendo Wii consoles bricking, Dante’s Inferno draw welcome comparisons with God of War, Naughty Dog Co-President discuss the possible future of Uncharted and Jak & Daxter, and Jack Thompson sue Facebook for a whopping $120 million.
Thanks to the recent Wii 4.2 system update, many Wii owners are now facing disc read errors, freezing, and even console bricking. A Nintendo administrator stated in the forums “The symptoms most people are describing usually occur when the Wii has been modified. However, some of you also mention your system has never been modified.” Those with an unmodified console are offered free-of-charge repair from Nintendo technical support. Any Wii owners operating outside the law however, won’t be so lucky. [1UP]
Dante’s Inferno may be drawing a lot of comparisons with Sony’s God of War, but director Jonathan Knight claims he takes it as more of a compliment than anything else. “We never get sick of hearing it because it's the greatest compliment we can be paid,” said Knight. “We hope to be worthy of that. Those guys are at the top of their game and there's no question God of War III is going to be spectacular. I'll be the first in line to get it.”
Knight confesses he hopes the comparisons to be made between the combat systems, boasting very immediate character control, with “fast-paced” combat allowing the moves to be branched out easily. Dante’s Inferno is currently set for release on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PSP on February 9th. [Gamesthirst]
Naughty Dog's Co-President Evan Wells recently gave an interview outlining some plans for the company’s possible future games. With the impending release of Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier on the PSP, Wells was asked the possibility of Uncharted appearing on the handheld. “Of course! We’d love to see Uncharted grow beyond the PS3. It would be interesting to see what sort of changes to the design one would make for a portable system,” said Wells.
Although he pointed out Naughty Dog is currently 100% focused on PS3 development, so nothing can be promised in the near future. With regards to Jak & Daxter appearing on the PS3 Wells claimed he can’t answer that question. Although he did say “all of us here love the Jak and Daxter franchise and would love to play in the universe again.” [Examiner]
Jack Thompson, notorious Florida lawyer (now disbarred), is now suing Facebook for their refusal to remove the “I Hate Jack Thompson” group, demanding $120 million in damages. Thompson received recognition when an interview back in 2006 highlighted his griefs with the videogame industry, focusing specifically on violence. Since then he has frequently lashed out at games, attempted to enforce bans, and generally shit over the entire industry.
Thompson requested removal of the group via fax to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, but upon receiving no reply Thompson accused Facebook of “intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and failure to supervise the site.” Facebook retorted “The suit is without merit and we will fight it vigorously, additionally, it is our practice to remove content that threatens an individual when it is brought to our attention.” Thompson was disbarred back in 2008, the reason focusing on Thompson’s tendency to “intimidate, harass, or bring public disrepute to those whom he perceives oppose him.” Did somebody say ironic? [BloomBerg]