||Dante's Inferno takes place literally in Hell. The story is a classic tale of the bad guy kidnapping the beautiful and innocent girl and the hero travels through peril to rescue her. The dangers are elevated, however, because not only does the entire game take place in the bad guy's home turf, that bad guy is Satan and his home turf is the 9 Circles of Hell. Does this supernatural, super gory take on a classic tale live up to the high standard of the original, or does it fall short and find itself doomed to the bargain bin?
This game wastes no time throwing you into the action. Right off the bat you are tasked with defeating a horde of enemies and then almost immediately a really overpowered initial boss. This all takes place before the story even really starts! The cutscenes are lengthy, which is wonderful in this game because the cinematics really tie the entire game together, but some might find it tedious. The difficulty level ramps up at an alarming rate on the harder difficulties, and the enemies are vicious as it is. Traversing the 9 Circles is pretty straightforward, but never easy. Many levels require you to complete tasks involving timing, coordination, and sheer luck. This can get a bit frustrating. The skill leveling system runs on a great economy and you can power up your scythe (dark power/physical attacks) and cross (light power/special attacks) fairly quickly. I far preferred the overwhelming damage inflicted by the cross to the rather underpowered scythe. However, that is all up to you and your style of gameplay. The last big aspect of the gameplay is the moral choices. You are faced with the option on many occasions to either judge and punish tormented souls you meet along the way, or to forgive and absolve them of their sins. It makes for a compelling experience all around.
This is where Dante's Inferno truly shines. Everything from Dante's stint in the crusades, to his romantic life with the fair maiden Beatrice, to his ultimate discovery of his own sin will leave you breathless. Many powerful revelations, captivating characters, and stunning plot twists await as you descend into the abyss. And once you reach the end, the most unbelievable surprise awaits you. With excellent writing and a story that sticks very true to the original, it makes for a game that shouldn't be missed.
If you don't play Dante's Inferno for the action, you should at least play for the story. The tale in and of itself is worth sitting through the occasionally repetitive action in the game. Don't lose hope though, the majority of the action will keep you on the edge of your seat just as much as the story does. This game is truly unique and should most definitely be given a shot at your attention.