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Dante's Inferno: Poem meets game, scythe meets face photo
Dante's Inferno: Poem meets game, scythe meets face
by Nick Chester

Having recently played through some updated preview code of Visceral Games' Dante's Inferno, a question ate at me -- what punishment could there be that's worse than being in Hell? 

The question comes from one of the game's key gameplay elements -- upgrading Dante's abilities. Unlike titles like God of War or Darksiders where your only "finishing" option involves violent death, Dante's Inferno offers you two choices -- Punish or Absolve.

Absolve has you quickly tapping a button to use Dante's cross to deliver creatures from Hell, an atonement for their sins. Punish, on the other hand, is an incredibly violent finishing maneuver that generally leads to bodies being shred into bits, or multiple limbs severed. 

I recently had a chance to speak with the game's executive producer, Jonathan Knight, to find out -- wouldn't the true punishment be to just leave them there to rot in Hell, writhing in endless torment and eternal suffering? Maybe.

But as it turns out, shredding things to pieces is a hell of a lot more satisfying, and that's really what Dante's Inferno is about.

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