Dante's Inferno

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Highly violent game with nudity, disturbing imagery, & gore.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

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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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.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bydarthsitkur June 17, 2013

haven't played the game but i LOVED the animated movie

I haven't played the game but i LOVED the animated movie and it's one of the best animated movies I've ever seen, it's creepy, it's gru... Continue reading
Parent Written byMax Schneiter June 6, 2013

Should be rated AO

Why isn't this game rated Adults Only? Honestly, the fact that this game went to market with only a Mature Rating really shakes my trust in the ESRB. I m... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 June 15, 2019

God of War ripoff, and so badly written

Dante's Inferno feels and looks similar to God of War. The gameplay is sometimes interesting, but the rest of the game is horrible, bad story, bland charac... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bysupersanchay123 February 27, 2019

Good one

It's good but a lot similar to good of war!

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about merging video games with literary classics such as The Divine Comedy. What classic books would work well as a video game?

  • Why do game developers make such violent games? What is the impact of seeing such violent media?

Game details

  • Platforms: PSP, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: February 9, 2010
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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