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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
What's it about?
DANTE'S INFERNO is based on Dante Aligheri's The Divine Comedy. Lead character Dante is a Christian soldier fighting during the Crusades, when he returns home to find the love of his life, Beatrice, slain. Her soul is then snatched by the devil, forcing Dante to descend into the nine circles of Hell to defeat Lucifer and save Beatrice's soul. The levels representing the circles of Hell are based in part on the seven deadly sins, such as Greed, Lust, and Gluttony. Using a scythe acquired following a battle with Death, as well as a Holy Cross from Beatrice, Dante slays a myriad of bizarre, demonic foes. Players can string together ranged and scythe attacks to deliver crushing combos. Dante also acquires magical powers to deal further damage. Once players conquer the campaign, they can advance to the arcade-focused Gates of Hell Arena, where players face a series of challenges to achieve a high score.
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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