Dante's Inferno – Review

Dante's Inferno – Review

As much as I still like my PSP Go (I’m apparently in the minority there), it has fallen victim to an overarching and painfully annoying trend. Why is it that the ports of console games are being released on the PSP right as the original is becoming old news? Ghostbusters had an almost six-month layover on its way to the system, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories followed the Wii version by about two months and now, EA’s Dante’s Inferno has missed the console game’s date by about three weeks. I’m a huge fan of having the opportunity to play downsized PSP versions of games I probably wouldn’t have acquired for my home consoles, but the delay is something that can severely diminish their value in my book. Well, the wait is over for old Dante and I’ve just finished his quest through Hell not from my couch, but from my desk at work. Keeping in mind that this is a review for the unique PSP version of the game, let’s dive right in.

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Before we get into it all the little gripes and foibles, you must know this – above all else, Dante’s Inferno PSP is a fun game. If you enjoyed any of the God of War titles, Darksiders (where’s my portable Darksiders?!) or even Bayonetta, Dante’s Inferno will feel very, very familiar. Is that a bad thing? It depends on the gamer, I guess. Personally, I have always and probably will always jump at the chance to play games like these, no matter how similar they are to one another. And I’ll probably always enjoy them as the evolved versions of Final Fight and Streets of Rage that they are, but not everyone will. Ask yourself, “Do I really want to play another combo-mashing, QTE-infused third-person actioner?” Even if the answer is a non-committal “meh,” Dante’s Inferno PSP will probably keep you entertained for a weekend or two.
I put that out there first because from here on, I have a good number of little gripes with the game. It would be easy to read this review and think, “Well, it’s got some problems, so I’ll just skip this one.” Don’t. Dante’s Inferno PSP isn’t perfect, but it can still be lots of fun.
If you went to high school, you probably already know all about Dante’s Inferno, the much-taught epic detailing the Italian author’s imagined journey through the nine circles of Hell. With a little poetic license (pun intended), EA has transformed Dante into a cross-wearing badass who rather than simply marveling at Hell’s horrors, uses his scythe to tear them to tiny little pieces in search of his lost love. As it turns out, Hell is actually a pretty good setting for a video game. Demons of all shapes and sizes stand in Dante’s way, and each of the nine circles has its own unique, and often unsettling and disgusting, feel. The “save the princess” game has been around since the beginning of time, but the journey through Hell gives you some sights to see along the way.

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Which brings us to this – Dante’s Inferno is definitely one for the older crowd. Not only is the game drenched in blood and up to its ears in ripped off body parts, it makes no qualms about spotlighting every single piece of human anatomy, both male and female. It works within the context most of the time, but there was a part or two that were probably just tossed in for shock value. I’ve got no problem with any of it, really, but parents be warned.

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