Dante’s Inferno (2010) Review

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Dante’s Inferno is an action game developed by Visceral Games and Published by EA, it is very loosely based on the Inferno section of the Divine Comedy written by Dante.

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After being unfaithful triggers a chain of events leading to the death of his beloved Beatrice, Dante seeks out Lucifer to free her soul, once he has defeated death and taken his sythe Dante dives into the top layer of Hell his first challenge before adventuring deeper and deeper inching closer to his goal.

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The game play is fairly simple and is not complicated, you will be slaughtering armies of demons and the un-dead tormented souls that wander the shores of hell but you will also be using various magical abilities that can be unlocked in the story or via the in-game skill tree. The most useful means of attack in the game is the holy cross that you use to kill at a distance, this is up-gradable and can become the most useful means of attack.

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I love the boss designs in this game, they are mostly based on guardians of the circles of Hell as well as Dante’s deceased family members, all of them are very challenging and are visually quite horrifying which suits the fantastically dark visual style of the games world.

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There are 27 condemned souls in the game that you will have the chance to judge if you want to free them of their chains in Hell, you can choose either for these but depending on your choice will either raise you holy level or your unholy level, three souls in the game can unlock you achievements if you absolve them of their sins.

Dante’s Inferno is fully orchestrated and uses a choir to give the music very church like vibes which of course sounds fantastic and suits the general atmosphere of this game really well and even makes it creepier and more epic than it already is, I have always preferred retro video game sound tracks but this definitely of my favourites from its generation.

Dante’s Inferno is a really great game and is a testament that you can really make a video game out of anything if you put a lot of love into it. It is easily one of my favourite games of the 360 and PS3 generation. The reason I like it so much is because of it’s simplicity the developers knew what they wanted to do with the game and they stuck with it, the only disadvantage to this is that the game is very short with a length of less than 10 hours but the story telling, general vibe and consistently fun challenging game play makes up for this. To top it all off the game looks and sounds gorgeous with again simplicity in both its visuals and its music making them atmospheric but not over complicating things and with that I can only give Dante’s Inferno what it truly deserves and that is a 10/10

 

Over the Garden Wall Review

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Over the Garden Wall is an animated miniseries created by Patrick McHale for Cartoon Network, Patrick McHale has worked for Cartoon Network before, you may recognise some of the shows Patrick has created including Adventure Time and The Marvellous Misadventures of Flap Jack.

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The first thing that needs to be known about Over the Garden Wall is that it really is a mini series, it only consists of 10 episodes which are all approximately 12 minutes long, the shows follows the journey of two brothers Wirt and Greg who are lost in a forest and are trying to find their way home, of course from a creator of such imaginative shows the forest in Over the Garden Wall is far from ordinary, without giving away too much the two brothers meet a large array of characters including a crazy woodsman who constantly warns the boys of a creature called the Beast, a primary school of anthropomorphic animals and a woman who has been turned into a bluebird.

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The art direction the designers took here is simplistic but I find that it’s the smaller touches that really make it stand out, from the above image you will notice that darker shades of colour and a heavy use of shadows really help make the imagery unique, I cant help but feel that the decision to use a lot of darker art choices was to help support the rather dark premise of the show, now that is not too say that their isn’t the occasional uplifting and happier moments in the show and when these few moments do happen the art style is more brighter with much less shadows and shading, I cant help but feel that the art style of Over the Garden Wall will become a prime example in the future of just how smaller details can help bring out such vibrant detail in many forms of art.

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The voice cast is phenomenal, the majority of characters in the show are voiced by very famous actors including but not limited too Elijah Wood, John Cleese, Christopher Lloyd, Samuel Ramey and Tim Currey, as you can imagine all of these actors do an outstanding job with their roles and Elijah Wood actually voices Wirt one of the main characters, the rest of the voice cast may not be as well known but that doesn’t mean that they are short on talent, to be honest my favourite character in the show was Greg who was in fact voiced by a young boy called Collin Dean, in the past Collin has done voice work for Hotel Transylvania and he even played a small role in the 2015 Christmas movie Krampus.

Over the Garden Wall was a show that I held off from watching for a long time and now I really regret that decision, this is one of the greatest animated series I have ever had the pleasure of watching and I do hope that a second season is being considered, I understand that the majority of voice actors here are very busy but I wouldn’t mind watching a second series with completely new characters and even a brand new cast, if you haven’t see the show yet then stop reading this review and go watch it right now and I guarantee you wont regret it.

Thank you for reading this review of Over the Garden Wall

The June Zbox review is coming, due to an issue at Zavvi’s warehouse one of the items didn’t arrive until recently and therefore the boxes have been delayed to early July, once the box does arrive I will get the review out as soon as possible.