Man it's been a while since I got a new game for ye ol faithful 360. The last one was Batman Arkham Asylum.
And as much as I love Dead Space... If I play through that thing one more time Ima have to plasma cut my eyes out. Thank god that the lovely people over at Visceral Games have dragged through their creative depths to being me (yes...ME) another awesome game for me to sink my devil slaying scythe into.
With the rate of hit and misses that fill our shelves every year... if it doesn't score a 90% or more, I normally don't even bother. But then aside from your conventional game ratings and such... some times other factors play a great part on the games I buy.
The moment I saw the first screens of Dead Space... I knew it was something I wanted to play. And buying Batman Arkham Asylum was a no brainer for me, seeing as how I'm like one of the biggest Batman fans EVER!!. So when I saw the first trailer for Dante's Inferno...
Set in the grim recesses of hell, everything from the look and premise of the game makes my greedy little fingers itchy to play.
Loosely based on the first part of the Divine Comedy, Dante's Inferno the game follows our hero Dante (a duh) as he makes his way through the 9 circles of Hell in search of the love of his life. Whose soul is stolen away by none other than the original gangster him self... Lucifer.
Armed with Deaths scythe, a crucifix... and a move list of kick ass um... moves, Dante is gonna be cutting his way through the armies of Hell come next month. And I can't wait for my Death Edition of the game to arrive.
Now I'm not gonna go into any sort of bullshit review or preview of the game, as you'll find a shizz load of em online if you Google it. But I will mention that one stupid slack the game has been getting, is some people saying that the developers of the game have taken a great piece of literature and F'ed it up.
With the amount of crap that makes it's way into games these days, I'm actually happy that Visceral turned to epic literature as source materiel for its latest offer. After following news about the game for so long, I actually went down to my local book store to look for a copy of the poem, cause I was really inspired to check it out. Also cause the PDF was hurting my eyes.
I drew the bit below just as I began reading it...
As mentioned earlier, Inferno is the first part of a trilogy of sorts called the Divine Comedy, which was written by one Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It chronicles the journey of lost soul who is guided through hell by the shade of the Roman poet Virgil. For the things this bit of literature is known for, the biggest thing it did was to give us the concept of Hell and brimstone that we have today.
Dante's 9 circles of Hell and the depictions of the creatures that dwell in it, inspired a vision of Hell that lives to this day, and it is definitely worth a read if you have the time. It's not a blood and guts horror fest, but rather a surreal, slightly humorous and sometimes frightening take on a subject some of us have become too comfortable with.
After reading it, I kinda got reminded that Hell isn't really a cool place to be. A lot of the art and music that I follow has Hell dressed up as the anti-hero and not the anti-Christ it was meant to be.
But then here comes Dante's Inferno...
We have so many games where you have the hero fighting a 'Hell on Earth' or demons from the depth... but Visceral was all like:
"F**k this... our guy is gonna go straight into hell and we're gonna remind our players that Hell...is Hell"
Can't wait :D