Dante’s Inferno – 360 – Preview

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Last year, EA surprised gamers with
a fantastic and frightening entry to the survival horror genre, Dead Space. Dead
Space took gamers to a sci-fi horror setting and featured some of the most
unnerving situations of any game of the past year. Now, the same developer
(rechristened Visceral Games) is looking to create another terrifying experience
with their upcoming action game, Dante’s Inferno.

Based on the first part of Dante
Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, Dante’s Inferno draws upon the poet’s descriptions of
hell that he wrote nearly 600 years ago. Players will follow the poet in a new
story set with the same setting of the original, following him through the
various circles of hell, with locations inspired by the seven deadly sins.
You’ll begin in Limbo on a quest to rescue your wife, Beatrice, who has been
seduced by the shadow form of Lucifer.

Dante's Inferno Xbox 360 screenshots

On your journey you’ll face off with
a variety of characters and creatures from the poem, including King Minos, the
snake-tailed judge of all who pass through limbo, Phlegyas, the ferryman of the
river Styx, and a variety of other baddies. You’ll fight many types of hellish
enemies, including corpulent beast women (associated with the sin of gluttony)
and even (and perhaps most unsettlingly) unbaptized babies with swords for

The gameplay snippet shown off at
this year’s E3 showcased the game’s very obvious God of War influence. The
action unfolds at a blisteringly fast rate, requiring you to utilize some quick
reflexes and combos to defeat your enemies. Your weapon of choice is a scythe
taken from death himself at the beginning of your journey, as well as a cross
given to you by Beatrice (effective for long-range attacks). The game’s combat
employs very heavy use of QTEs (Quick Time Events) where you must tap the right
buttons at the right moments to get Dante to perform brutal moves and specific
cinematic actions.

Dante's Inferno Xbox 360 screenshots

Dante’s Inferno may seem to wear its
God of War-inspired combat and aesthetic on its sleeve, but fans should still
find it to be an exciting and harrowing decent into hell, and well worth the



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