Dante vs. Kratos

I recently got to play a bit of the game Dante’s Inferno and a few things came to mind.

First of all, if you have any knowledge of literature, you will recognize the story ‘Inferno’, from Dante Alighieri’s epic poem Divine Comedy, which has painted the picture most of us see now when we think of hell.  Inevitably more action takes place in the game, but for the most part it sticks to a similar goal as the original work, in that he descends literally and metaphorically into hell to literally and metaphorically see and understand the consequences of his sins in order to repent. The art design corresponding to some of Dante’s descriptions of hell are a tad stylized and embellished, but that’s not such a bad thing.

Second, however, it’s the exact same thing as God of War, except not as good.  The 3rd person view, the control set-up, the one-speed walking that kind of feels like driving a car rather than controlling a person, the double-jump for no reason, pretty much the same game.  I noticed this with the game Darksiders as well, but I didn’t care as much because it wasn’t that fun and I kind of gave up.  Dante’s Inferno is fun, but mostly because of the story and the fun fight scenes.  The graphics aren’t amazing, but it’s alright, they’re acceptable.

All this said, God of Waris still better.  Fighting demons with a giant scythe  in hell is fun and all, but fighting your way out of hell, twice, to go on to climb Mount Olympus and kill the gods, that’s pretty much the most fun you can have with Greek Mythology.  I still recommend both games, but for different reasons.  However, it seems like a genre is forming from this, so perhaps we can expect more fun mythos-based hack-and-slash epics in the future.

O, and Dantes apparently a Templar Knight in the game. And hes a bad-ass.

O, and if you thought this was going to be a real fight scenario I thought up, or something being made, I’m sorry for misleading you.  Kratos wins though.  Just saying.