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Lukewarm reviews for ‘Dante’s Inferno’



You might have seen an ad for “Dante’s Inferno” during last night’s Super Bowl telecast. Electronic Arts and Visceral Games have timed the release of their third-person action game to hit as gamers patiently away next month’s new “God of War” title. But how is the new video game being received?

So far, reviewers are noticing similarities between “Inferno” and “War.” In the former, players assume the role of Dante, a veteran of the Third Crusade who chases his blonde-haired, beloved princess, Beatrice, into the depths of Hell to free her from the clutches of Lucifer. The game, obviously, is loosely based on the first chapters of Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” and it features the nine circles of Hell as individual levels that must be conquered.

GamePro gave “Inferno” one of its highest grades, rewarding it with a score of 80 (out of 100) and praising its level architecture and combat. But the critic did chastise “Inferno” for the elements it clearly borrowed from other games.

1Up.com, however, took “Inferno” to task for cloning previous games. Reviewer Matt Leone claimed “Inferno” was “as complete a forgery as games come” before claiming that the game “comes up short of creating the grand adventure that it seems to be trying for.” Leone gave the game a C+ grade.

GamesRadar seems to sum it up best when it calls “Dante’s Inferno” a “competent God of War clone.” So if you can’t wait for “God of War III,” which streets on March 16, test drive “Dante’s Inferno.” It hits stands Tuesday, Feb. 9.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • February 8, 2010 | Permalink |

    Bummer, I was really hoping that this game was going to get a better review. That sucks that it lacks in originality

  • February 9, 2010 | Permalink |

    At least BIOSHOCK 2 arrived in the mail today! Will start playing ASAP and post a review here within days. Check back often, and I’ll have something up!

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