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

Devil May Cry : The Franchise [Part III]

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Devil may cry is a franchise that is very dear to its fan following. The success of this franchise has surprised nobody. That’s because when a game comes loaded with a spell binding storyline, top notch graphical rendering and a high on adrenaline gameplay, the last thing one should expect of it is a failure.

DMC is one of those franchises which has a pretty diverse fan following across continents. It has been a success not only across Europe and North America but also across the Asia pacific region. Dante as a protagonist has led the game’s storyline very well and has found more support recently with the addition of other playable characters.

Having covered DMC Part I and Part II recently, this is the third and final post in the DMC franchise but that is not the end of the story. We have an e-book covering your favorite DMC franchise in more detail coming soon on STL.

As a tribute to the DMC fans, here is a slideshow covering images from all the games in the franchise.

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Attention Grabber : STL will cover more awesome game franchises, one every month. Next month be sure to hold on to your crutches because he is the God Of War and he will make you suffer.

Devil May Cry : The Franchise [Part II]

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Devil May Cry : A game for the ages.

How it all started :

After the completion of Resident Evil 2  in 1998, work on the Resident Evil series started under the direction of  Hideki  Kamiya and his team. His team visited Spain and examined some castles for the game’s  environment. During the primary build of the game environment the concept and strategy mismatched with the concept of the Resident Evil franchise which was based on the horror genre.

The idea of  completely dumping the  game was not accepted by Hideki  Kamiya and his team continued to utilize the same environmental game play and decided to change the strategy for the game. A new franchise was born and it was known as – Devil May Cry.

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DMC : The past and the Present.

Here are the storyline teasers from the franchise :

Devil May Cry (2001) –  The first installment of the Devil May Cry series by Capcom games after the release of Street Fighter and Resident Evil 2 . During the course of the storyline, the protagonist Dante defeats the demon emperor Mundus  who wants to rule the world. Dante was assisted by Trish, a demon slayer, in his tasks.

Devil May Cry 2 (2003)  – In this game Dante is associated with Lucia an artificially created half demon and member of a clan which works for the safety of the human kind (playable character). Dante’s mission was to stop and kill businessman Arius who was trying to bring the devil lord Argosax to the world.

Devil May Cry 3(2005) – In this installment, Dante is helped by Mary later known as the daughter of evil literate Arkham . In this game Vergil (Dante’s twin brother) and Arkham conspire to combine the human and the devil worlds. The game starts with a demonic tower being raised in the middle of the city, near to Dante’s unnamed shop.

Midway through the game Vergil kills Dante but the demonic power inside Dante doesn’t let him die and brings him back as even more powerful than before. In the end Arkham is killed and Vergil is sent into the dark realms of the underworld. The character of Vergil is playable after completing DMC in several difficulty modes .

Devil May Cry4 (2008) – In the fourth installment there were two playable characters Dante and Nero back to back. Dante’s mission was to kill Sanctus, the leader of a clan and a priest (orders of the swords) from the underworld who is plotting a conquest against the real world with the help of a savior (a giant statue which comes back to life by the Sparda blood and blades Yamato (Vergil’s sword ). Nero’s mission is to save his friend and love Kyrie from evil Sanctus .

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DMC 4 : Re-established the franchise’s benchmark

Devil May Cry [Rebooted] – (2013) – In January 2013 fans of the Devil May Cry franchise and Dante got DMC and Dante rebooted by Ninja Theory in collaboration with Capcom. In this latest installment Dante was helped by Vergil and Kat. Gamers can play solo with Dante in either of the two parallel worlds. The human and the demon worlds, known as limbo. Dante establishes himself as a young demon slayer and avenges the assassination of his mother by the demon emperor Mundus.Vergil’s  purpose is to kill Mundus with the help of Dante and to rule the demon and human worlds after his death.

For the benefit of our readers, here is an info table depicting information about each of DMC’s titles, prepared by the STL GameLord himself.

DMC Titles : Info table.

DMC Titles : Info table.

Attention Grabber : Keep watching this space for more on the Devil May Cry franchise.