First Dante's Inferno Game Details Emerge

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First Dante's Inferno Game Details Emerge

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Billed as "Dead Space meets God of War in Hell," Electronic Arts' videogame adaptation of Dante's Inferno sure doesn't sound anything like The Inferno itself.

When Electronic Arts first announced its game adaptation of Dante's epic poem and showed a cryptic teaser, we were all understandably skeptical. How do you make a game out of a poem about a sad guy walking around Hell looking at other even sorrier guys suffer? My guess was that the game would find protagonist Dante on "some sort of Kratos-esque mission to make it through Hell and kick some demon ass along the way." It turns out that I was even more right than I was hoping to be. PSM3 has revealed the first details on the Inferno game, and it sounds pound-for-pound like an action game in the vein of God of War.

"Button-for-button the controls are identical to GoW's - from using the right stick to evade, to regular and heavy attacks being mapped to Square and Triangle," PSM3 wrote. Enemies even drop mana and health orbs, just like in Devil May Cry and God of War, and you can also collect mana from chests which you open by holding down Circle, just like in - you guessed it - God of War. Also, "holding R1 and pressing Square lets you knock enemies into the air Devil May Cry-style and keep them hovering with a volley of rapid, light attacks."

The game will also be chock-full of everyone's favorite crutch: quick-time events. PSM3 describes one where Dante climbs onto the back of some gigantic monster, kicks off the demon who's piloting and steals the ride for himself. I haven't read Inferno since high school, and I do remember the scene where Dante and Virgil climb up the devil's back, but I don't think I remember that part.

Still, the magazine maintains that the game has its own flavor. "What really sets this apart from God of War is the setting," they wrote. "Dante's trip through hell is altogether more unpleasant, twisted creatures burst from doorways, lava spews from inverted crosses and bottomless fiery pits yawn deep beneath your feet."

EA Redwood Shores, who are handling this, certainly proved themselves with Dead Space last year. And the God of War formula is undoubtedly fun when it's done well. So it could be a good game, that's for sure, but just don't forget to leave your literary credentials at the door when you come in.

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Hey, I got a great idea! Let's take the first of the divine comedy, and turn that epic poem into an action game which is so FAR from the actual original works, that it'll only be similar in name form.

What a terrible idea. Why did they need to ruin the name of an amazing piece of literature for this? Why not make this stuff up, since it seems they are doing that anyways? And all this talk of lava and fire...wasn't the center ring of hell frozen? And was there even mention of fire in the outer rings (Unless it was part of a specific punishment)?

Sorry, but I'm not looking forward to ANOTHER literary butchering (Beowolf, anyone?).
Get you're own ideas, developers, and leave the good ones alone. You're ruining them.

Christ, they may as well call it God of Dante. The amount of influence used is ridiculous. I mean if you are going to take some inspiration, atleast change the standard control mapping, it shows atleast some innovation.

Oh pffft. It'll be a fine game I hope. Dante's Inferno reads too much as a work where the author drools over each imaginary revenge he can think of rather than focus completely on the story.

Ive never read it. Once Im done with Hellbound Heart and Book of Blood I will. If they keep it like the poem it should be good. Too bad they wont:(

Pure genius. When can we expect a game based on Plato's Republic?

Plato's Republic: Escape from the Cave!!!

Drop any mention of Dante and just call it "Inferno". There's probably been a hundred games with that title, though the only one that sticks to mind is Episode 3 of Doom, but mentioning Dante when you're giving your hero magical god powers and a demon axe of rending is at best tasteless, at worst, digging up the bones of Boccaccio, then using them in some bizarre, depraved act of debauchery.

Next up, the Waiting for Godot CRPG. (Turn based, of course.)

-- Steve

To hell(no pun intended) with Dante rolling in his grave, he's bloody doing backflips now.

Anton P. Nym:
Next up, the Waiting for Godot CRPG. (Turn based, of course.)

-- Steve

It's your turn. What will you do?

-Wait.

It's your turn. What will you do?

-Wait.

It's your turn. What will you do?

-Move.

You do not move. What will you do?

-Wait.

I'm sure it'll turn out to be Devil May Cry: Dante's Inferno. They've just been playing with everyone.

Then again, if you think THAT'S bad, check out The Divine Comedy Movie, which is based off a series of pictures based off the Divine Comedy. And the site redirects to the Cafepress shop after five minutes.

Where you can get a thong with a picture from Dante's Inferno on it!

TheWickerPopstar:
Plato's Republic: Escape from the Cave!!!

You, my good sir, have made my day.

Am I the only one sick of God of War? That games destroying the games! Stop ripping it off

SomeBritishDude:
Am I the only one sick of God of War? That games destroying the games! Stop ripping it off

I'm sick of it, and I've never even PLAYED it!

Keane Ng:

Anton P. Nym:
Next up, the Waiting for Godot CRPG. (Turn based, of course.)

-- Steve

It's your turn. What will you do?

-Wait.

It's your turn. What will you do?

-Wait.

It's your turn. What will you do?

-Move.

You do not move. What will you do?

-Wait.

That was full of epic win.
On topic: I fucking called this. I specifically said, [s]"if they make it a hack-n-slash affair, I will kill someone."
And so they did.
And now I must do so.

I wish I could have actually read it, though. As it is, I can't read poems at all. Dunno why.
But I know enough to know that this is not how the story goes.

What the hell? The trip through Hell is what sets it apart? There's been a trip to hell in every one of the God Of War games (except Betrayal) (I consider the domain of Hades from the Temple of the Fates to be the true hell level in God of War II).

And when God Of War III is all set to rear its head at the same time, you have to wonder why they'd bother. Especially when the last game to try to mesh God Of War with something else, in that case Sonic the Hedgehog, went so well commercially and critically.

Ahh, EA has a new tactic: Rip off games and combine them....Nice.

Alright.

Game Developers. For once in your life, please be a little considerate. I know you want to make something unique, something wonderful and something that people will enjoy. At least the ones with souls do. But you can't go around desecrating ancient works of fiction like this. They were written differently and should be left intact.

Don't you understand that some of us don't want this? The ones that actually have some classical literature education are going to hate this. The rest are going to hate this because the entire premise of "Dead Space + God of War" does not necessarily attract, neither does it promise to be any good. It gives you a chance at actually succeeding, though, and making this a half-way decent game.

So, what I'm asking is for you to drop the name Dante's Inferno and go with something appropriate, like "In Hell", "Hellbound", "Highway to Hell", "Hell's Bells" or just "I slay monsters with a giant cross in hell". Alright? Please.

Sorry, I'm a bit annoyed in the evening.

Baby Tea:
Hey, I got a great idea! Let's take the first of the divine comedy, and turn that epic poem into an action game which is so FAR from the actual original works, that it'll only be similar in name form.

What a terrible idea. Why did they need to ruin the name of an amazing piece of literature for this? Why not make this stuff up, since it seems they are doing that anyways? And all this talk of lava and fire...wasn't the center ring of hell frozen? And was there even mention of fire in the outer rings (Unless it was part of a specific punishment)?

Sorry, but I'm not looking forward to ANOTHER literary butchering (Beowolf, anyone?).
Get you're own ideas, developers, and leave the good ones alone. You're ruining them.

Seriously. If video games ever want to get any sort of artistic respect, then developers have got to stop pulling stuff like this.

Keane Ng:

Anton P. Nym:
Next up, the Waiting for Godot CRPG. (Turn based, of course.)

-- Steve

It's your turn. What will you do?

-Wait.

It's your turn. What will you do?

-Wait.

It's your turn. What will you do?

-Move.

You do not move. What will you do?

-Wait.

Bless you.

Of course, that immediately popped the idea for a Guitar Hero track based on John Cage's 4'33"... I think I can manage that.

-- Steve

These are all brilliant games that are begging to be made. Seriously, why aren't they at the Global Game Jam already?

It's not like EA Redwood are the most novel developers out there. Dead Space is, as most people who have played or seen it, agreed, basically a mash-up of successful gameplay formulas from other games. And it does that well. So I don't see the problem with the game being that it lacks originality. I think the game could be fun. I just think it's ridiculous how far they're straying from the source material. The could've just come up with a brand new gothic universe and it wouldn't be pissing off literary wankers like me at all.

Wait wait wait, check it. I have the next great FPS. Farewell to Arms. It's a cover based FPS!

I'm fully expecting EA to use the rest of the divine comedy to create a trilogy. Battle royal in purgatory anyone?

Despite not actually having read The Divine Comedy in it's entirety, I don't really remember any fight scenes.. or Dante having crazy magic powers that require mana. I think the poem was more about the atmosphere and not breaking into Hell with a shotgun and witchcraft and destroying everything, that should be left to Doom. I can understand they may see it as a way to take a piece of important literature and make it known to a wider audience, but I don't think this is the way to do it.

TsunamiWombat:
Wait wait wait, check it. I have the next great FPS. Farewell to Arms. It's a cover based FPS!

If you're excited about that, just wait til The Da Vinci Code: The Game comes out, I hear it will have 70% more dragons and thrice the number of GoW2 style "fight alien hordes in tanks through a forest" battles

Kriegsherr:

TsunamiWombat:
Wait wait wait, check it. I have the next great FPS. Farewell to Arms. It's a cover based FPS!

If you're excited about that, just wait til The Da Vinci Code: The Game comes out, I hear it will have 70% more dragons and thrice the number of GoW2 style "fight alien hordes in tanks through a forest" battles

You know what book WOULD make a great epic action game though?

The Bible.

Too bad no one has the balls to make it.

TsunamiWombat:

Kriegsherr:

TsunamiWombat:
Wait wait wait, check it. I have the next great FPS. Farewell to Arms. It's a cover based FPS!

If you're excited about that, just wait til The Da Vinci Code: The Game comes out, I hear it will have 70% more dragons and thrice the number of GoW2 style "fight alien hordes in tanks through a forest" battles

You know what book WOULD make a great epic action game though?

The Bible.

Too bad no one has the balls to make it.

haha! "Hit A to betray Jesus"

Kriegsherr:

TsunamiWombat:
Wait wait wait, check it. I have the next great FPS. Farewell to Arms. It's a cover based FPS!

If you're excited about that, just wait til The Da Vinci Code: The Game comes out, I hear it will have 70% more dragons and thrice the number of GoW2 style "fight alien hordes in tanks through a forest" battles

I don't remember any aliens or tanks in God Of War II

Kriegsherr:

TsunamiWombat:

Kriegsherr:

TsunamiWombat:
Wait wait wait, check it. I have the next great FPS. Farewell to Arms. It's a cover based FPS!

If you're excited about that, just wait til The Da Vinci Code: The Game comes out, I hear it will have 70% more dragons and thrice the number of GoW2 style "fight alien hordes in tanks through a forest" battles

You know what book WOULD make a great epic action game though?

The Bible.

Too bad no one has the balls to make it.

haha! "Hit A to betray Jesus"

I was thinking more the old testamant, from Judges. Leading the Israelites against the Caananites. The crucifixtion would totally be a quick time event though.

Indigo_Dingo:

Kriegsherr:

TsunamiWombat:
Wait wait wait, check it. I have the next great FPS. Farewell to Arms. It's a cover based FPS!

If you're excited about that, just wait til The Da Vinci Code: The Game comes out, I hear it will have 70% more dragons and thrice the number of GoW2 style "fight alien hordes in tanks through a forest" battles

I don't remember any aliens or tanks in God Of War II

He meant -G-ears -o-f -W-ar not -G-od -o-f -W-ar

Anton P. Nym:

Of course, that immediately popped the idea for a Guitar Hero track based on John Cage's 4'33"... I think I can manage that.

-- Steve

That piece has come up a lot in the forums recently. Unfortunately, I don't think it has ever been arranged for guitar. I think it was arranged for brass ensemble once.

Kriegsherr:

haha! "Hit A to betray Jesus"

I would absolutely play that, until I realized that parting the Red Sea would be a QTE.

For the possibility of an artsy/tripy game based on a religious text, go with some Daoist texts or the Bhagavad Gita. Who wouldn't want to jump into the realm of the gourd master or form the earth from the bodies of gods? Excuse the oversimplification.

i think a small part of my soul was just incinerated

TsunamiWombat:

Indigo_Dingo:

Kriegsherr:

TsunamiWombat:
Wait wait wait, check it. I have the next great FPS. Farewell to Arms. It's a cover based FPS!

If you're excited about that, just wait til The Da Vinci Code: The Game comes out, I hear it will have 70% more dragons and thrice the number of GoW2 style "fight alien hordes in tanks through a forest" battles

I don't remember any aliens or tanks in God Of War II

He meant -G-ears -o-f -W-ar not -G-od -o-f -W-ar

Then why did he say GoW 2? If he had meant GeoW2 he would have said GeoW 2.

Why are they even bothering calling it Dante's Inferno? That makes no sense. It's based so loosely on the imagery in the book and the story seems to be totally off-track.

They could call it something else, say it was inspired by Dante's Inferno, then leave the God of War fanboys to pick at its unimaginative gameplay elements. That would be better for everyone.

I'd hate the idea of people's idea of Inferno to be based on what's in this game rather than what's in the book, and I hope EA's totally ridiculous claim that it follows the book enough to warrant using the same name doesn't let this happen.

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