It's rare for video games to look to the literary world for inspiration, and you can guarantee there were plenty of eyebrows raised with the announcement of Visceral Games' brutal action title, Dante's Inferno. One man's journey through the Nine Circles of Hell, as depicted in The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. The Divine Comedy's vivid imagery of Hell and all the horrific creatures within is the quintessential depiction of the Inferno, and a fantastic starting point for any game venturing into Lucifer's playground. It might not be 100% faithful to the source material but seeing Dante Alighieri's terrifying vision come to life gives Dante's Inferno a unique visual style. Now it's just a case of whether substance can overcome style.
The story is told to the player via three distinct methods. CGI, in-game and animated cutscenes. For those not in the know, Dante's Inferno tells the story of Dante and his journey through Hell to rescue the love of his life Beatrice. She, for some odd reason, made a wager with the Devil that if Dante remained faithful to her during the Third Crusade, he would return unharmed. Of course, it's never a good idea to deal with the Devil and Dante eventually succumbs to temptation, unknowingly condemning Beatrice to the underworld for all eternity. It's certainly an interesting premise, and while the small cast of characters are fairly bland, the use of CGI and animation to tell the story are impressive enough to complement the gameplay and provide a good enough reason for venturing through the Nine Circles of Hell.