Dante’s Inferno : A Poetic Masterpiece [Review]

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“No Sadness is greater than in misery to rehearse memories of joy”

Dante’s Inferno was released in 2010 after the launch of the horror game by Visceral games – ‘Dead Space’. It was published by EA Games and developed by Visceral Games. It is a role playing game in the hack and slash genre, loaded with action & adventure. The  concept of the game was adapted from the 14th century epic poem Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. The plot revolves around traveling nine circles of hell and facing your own dark past.

Story Line:

The story line of the game is based on a poem written by Dante Alighieri. Only a part of the poem was adapted for the game. The story revolves around the protagonist, Dante (a knight) during the times of the third Crusade. Dante is a crusader who loses his faith in God after having performed cruel deeds during the war.

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Dante’s Inferno : Greed.

Dante is ordered to take the holy relic. During the attack Dante is stabbed by an Assassin. Death approaches Dante but he defeats death and takes back his weapon Scythe. Dante leaves the crusade with a red holy cross shaped tapestry stitched to his chest which depicts every sin from his past. He returns back to Florence to find his love Beatrice and her father, but he learns that both of them were assassinated.

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Dante’s Inferno is an epic action adventure journey to behold.

The shadow of Lucifer (Satan) appears and takes Beatrice’s soul into darkness. Dante follows them and reaches the Chapel. He uses the holy cross to protect himself from evil. The earth cracks open due to this act of his and the gates of hell open up. He enters hell.

He goes through nine gates of hell:

  1. Limbo
  2. Lust
  3. Gluttony
  4. Greed
  5. Anger
  6. Heresy
  7. Violence
  8. Fraud
  9. Treachery

When Dante reaches treachery he meets Beatrice. Angel Gabriel appears and takes Beatrice’s soul to heaven . Dante continues his journey for Lucifer and finally encounters him. Lucifer then reveals that he used Beatrice as a bait because he knew that Dante would follow her through the realms of hell and end up freeing Lucifer.

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Dante’s Inferno : Violence

After a fierce battle he defeats Lucifer before being taken to Purgatory by an angel. Dante then meets the soul of Beatrice who is waiting for him in Heaven.

Game Play:

This is a hack and slash game by all means. There are two major weapons for Dante – the holy cross and the scythe. More combos can be gained by filling souls in the weapons. At the initial level both weapons are same. It depends upon the player which one he/she wants to upgrade : holy or unholy. The game is full of puzzles and lybrinth of the hell. Mini game of purifying the damned souls also takes place wherein sins can be burned by pressing appropriate keys after which they are sent to heaven.

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Dante’s Inferno : Limbo

ESRB Rating:

Rated “M” for blood and gore, intense violence and  sexual content .

Game Information:

Developers : Visceral Games

Publishers : Electronic Arts

Platforms : PS3, XBOX360 and PSP

Genre : Action and adventure

Mode : Role Playing Game

Ratings by other top game websites :

Game Informer: 7/10

IGN : 7.5/10

Destructoid : 9/10

Gamespot : 6.5/10

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Unchartered 3 : Drake’s Deception [A Cinematic Extravaganza]

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Drake’s Deception is the third installment from the uncharted series after Unchartered : Drake’s Fortune and Uncharted : Among Thieves developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. This Game falls under the third person shooter category with action and adventure as its core genres and was released in November 2011. Different from its earlier parts, it can be played in single player, online multiplayer, online co-op, Split screen co-op. The game has Nathan Drake as its protagonist.

The game received 92% in reviews by aggregate website metacritic and 91.76% by game ranking and won many awards mainly in game of the year category including boys acting, graphics, story and cinematic experience. This is also one among those games which hold the record for sales in one day worldwide of 3.8 millions copies.

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Drake’s Deception is a cinematic presentation.

Storyline

The main motive of the story is to run and explore while defeating your enemies. In this game a ring of Nathan Drake plays a very important role. It belongs to his ancestor and explorer Sir Francis Drake. Nathan Drake travels around the world with his mentor Victor Sullivan to find the clues left by Sir Francis Drake who was sent by queen Elizabeth the 1st to find the lost city of Ubar located somewhere in Rub’al khali desert. After traveling and searching for clues in France, Syria, Yemen and finally the Rub’al Khali desert, he finds the lost city of Ubar. In the end killing  enemies and leaving the city in ruins.

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The characters.

Gameplay

This game is different from its prequels in many ways including graphics and gameplay. Uncharted 3 can be played in single player, multiplayer and online multiplayer modes. Multiplayer and online multiplayer modes were not available in Uncharted 1 and Uncharted 2. No doubt previous parts of Uncharted were awesome but after making some changes in the game engine (Naughty Dog 3.1) game graphics have reached new heights. While playing the game you get a feeling that you are watching an animated Hollywood movie and controlling the characters with your thumbs.

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The gameplay is intense and uses a collaborative environment.

Drake can take down opponents in 3 ways :

  1. Hand to hand combat
  2. Melee attack
  3. Weapon attack

Drake can be equipped with two fire arms – primary and secondary. Drake can keep four bombs with him. One fire arm can be single handed (pistols, uzi, revolver) and the other fire arm is double handed (granate launcher, rifle, spas12, AK47). The game also covers puzzles.

Here are some stills from the game you will enjoy (click to enlarge).

Metro : Last Light – Redefining The FPS Genre

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An astonishing and moving postapocalyptic journey – Gamespot.

Metro last light is the sequel to Metro 2033 developed by 4A games and published by deep silver. This game is adapted from Russian novel Metro 2033 and Metro 2034 by Dimitry Gulkhovsky. Metro last light is a First Person Shooter (FPS) in the genre of horror survival and action. The Story of Metro Last Light starts where Metro 2033 ended, with our hero Artyom unleashing nuclear missiles on the dark ones (mutants with supernatural powers).

Plot

Plot of the story is set in the year 2034 amidst the ruins of post apocalyptic Moscow in the tunnels of Metro. The player plays Artyom and the game ending is decided by a hidden karma. A positive karma and a negative karma.

Positive karma – listening to NPC conversations and donating to the beggars.

Negative karma- killing enemies willing to surrender and non hostile mutants.

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Metro Last Light is a dark thriller.

Storyline

Under the ruins of destructed Moscow, the nuke attacked people are forced to live in the tunnels of Metro. The remaining humankind are threatened by the dark ones as well as the fear of war among themselves. The station cities of Metro are divided into groups like Nazis and the red ones are indulged in a civil war for the ultimate price – a doom’s device from the military vault of D6.

Alternate endings

As mentioned above, the game is based on the hidden karma of the character. The game play decides the eventual ending of the game.

Negative karma – Artyom activates D6 self destruct device and every one in the military vault dies.

Positive karma – Dark one appears and kills all the enemies and checks on Artyom to activate the self destruction device.

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The remains of the city of Moscow.

Game engine

The game uses the 4A engine developed by 4A games. It helped bring the ruined city of Moscow come to life thanks to  high quality and detailed rendering. This level  of detail will occupies GBs of system memory and GPU VRAM. With the help of a high streaming system, the Metro last light uses less than 4 GB of memory and less than 2 GB of VRAM.

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Units sold so far.

Ratings from around the world:

  • Game Informer – 8.75/10
  • Game Spot – 9.0/10
  • Game Trailer – 9.1/10
  • IGN – 7.2/10 (XBOX 360 ,PS3 ) and  7.7/10 (PC)
  • Rating (M) by ESRB , PEGI (18)
  • Content Description : Blood, intense violence, explicit love scenes, strong language, use of drugs and alcohol.
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Scores for Metro Last Light.

To Play or not to play?

You should try Metro Last Light if you prefer

  • A realistic game environment.
  • The horror genre.
  • Multiple weapon selection style of game play, without going to the inventory.

You should not play Metro Last Light if

  • You don’t like the FPS genre.
  • Don’t like dark & Suffocating indoor under tunnel sort of an environment.

Game Play

  • Handmade weapons, fight for every bullet and last breath for survival.
  • Fast paced game play. The player can change his weapon without going to the menu.
  • Controlling player & shooting enemies are easy smooth, fine, realistic & synchronised.
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The must have PC configuration for Metro : Last Light.

Game Highlights

  • Discover post-apocalyptic Moscow. Metro is an awesome game with a realistic environment.
  • Wide variety of game play environments, radio activity, snow, rain and the dark of the night.
  • Online warfare as Last Light delivers an intense multiplayer experience in the ruins of Moscow.
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Release dates for Metro Last Light.

Metro Last Light is surely the game I will recommend to fans of the FPS genre for its awesome game play and weapon control with a realistic feel to its in-game world.

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The stunning graphics make Metro look far better than most FPS games.

Attention Grabber : STL to publish Devil May Cry e-book this weekend.