A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While the negative message of using extreme violence is predominant, there is also a message about absolution. Using Dante's Holy Cross, players can choose to absolve or punish enemies or specific characters for their sins. Often times, absolving sins generates a greater reward than punishing.
Positive Role Models
While players can choose to forgive characters for their sins, Dante is a difficult person to like or admire. As he descends into each circle of Hell, players revisits many of his most heinous sins.
Ease of Play
Players perform scythe attacks using light and heavy strikes and ranged attacks with a Holy Cross. Stringing together combinations is pretty easy to execute. Dante is also equipped with special powers to vanquish enemies, which are pretty easy to execute.
Violence & Scariness
Lead character Dante battles enemies using a giant scythe and Holy Cross. Combat is incredibly violent, as blood spews following strikes and most encounters end with heads lopped off, limbs dismembered, and bodies decapitated from the torso. Some enemies look particularly gory and gross or disturbing. A larger foe on the gluttony level, for example, spews vomit. Another enemy is the "unblessed infant," a baby wielding blades for arms. Players will witness scenes such as heads on spikes or characters hanging from ropes in a suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Most - if not all - the female characters are topless. Some characters show their bare buttocks. Some of the characters in the game's Lust level are particularly sexual. They moan and writhe seductively. One enemy type uses an attack where a giant snake shoots out from between their legs. There's also a scene featuring a naked woman under a blanket which hints at Dante having an affair. However, no graphic sexual acts are depicted.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dante's Inferno is a very violent, gory game meant only for adult eyes. Using a scythe and Holy Cross, players can lop off heads, dismember enemies' limbs, and literally split foes in half. Prepare to see plenty of blood spewing from foes. Some enemies are particularly vile and disturbing, such as gluttonous behemoths spewing vomit and "unblessed infants," babies with blades for arms. Players will also see some sexual content, such as topless female foes and bare buttocks. The female enemies moan and writhe around seductively, and some attack with a giant snake that shoots out from between their legs.
Is It Any Good?
While Dante's Inferno is a technically solid game, it's hard not to miss the striking similarities between God of War. From the way players boost their health and magic meters to the attacks and tactics used by players, the game often mimics Sony's highly successful action game. It's very difficult to ignore the similarities, but the imitation works for the most part. Combat against lesser foes can be intense and pulling off some combos is gratifying, but none of the game's signifcant encounters are particularly epic or memorable. Also, the game's campaign grows tedious as you approach the game's final levels. For adult players seeking a thrilling "hack-and-slash" adventure, don't settle for the carbon copy when its inspiration is far better.
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