EA On Dante's Inferno: "Dead Space Meets God Of War In Hell"
Although God of War III may not make it this year, we might get something similar from EA. Now, before you start groaning, you should recall some of EA's latest productions; both Dead Space and Mirror's Edge were excellent titles. So perhaps they can do something decent in the straight-up action category.
As CVG reports, British magazine PSM3 has a full 10-page feature preview of Dante's Inferno, a game that was only recently announced. It appears that EA describes the promising title as "Dead Space meets God of War in hell," and the article further states that "button-for-button the controls are identical to [God of War's]." The entire premise feels familiar, in fact: enemies will drop health and magic orbs, there will be QTEs and combos with both light and heavy attacks, and yeah, you even open chests by "holding circle." But of course, the topic of the storyline is vastly different, as EA says it's "altogether more unpleasant" (um, that should be the understatement of the century) as we'll be following the main character's trip through Dante's Inferno. If you're not aware, it's the first part of Dante Alighieri's ancient classic, "The Divine Comedy," which featured a character's adventure through Hell (Inferno), Purgatory, and finally, Heaven. If you've read it and understood it, we give you respect, if you've read it in the original Italian...well, you're just freaky smart. Unless you're Italian.
Anyway, we don't doubt that EA will ignore about 99% of that novel, but that's only because they'll have to. It almost seems wrong to reduce that book to something so basic (and let's not forget, Dante never "fought" anything), but it's still a cool idea. Right?
2/10/2009 Ben Dutka