Since its cryptic unveiling in December, EA's action title (very) loosely based on the Inferno portion of The Divine Comedy has had gamers and literature nerds alike intrigued. Recently, a more detailed trailer and a handful of concept art pieces have been released, and many people have been left scratching their heads. The most recent trailer seems to bring to light a very liberal re-imagining of the story and characters, and some glaring similarities to more than a few mega-popular games from recent years:
I can't claim to be an expert on Dante's Inferno, but I'd be willing to bet that the original vision did not include Dante as an ultra-ripped superhero wearing bondage gear and wielding a gigantic scythe, or Ceberus as a hybrid vagina multi-penis monster with a toothy grin that's equal parts Troma and "Little Shop of Horrors."
If I can remove my snob hat for a moment, I will say that I did enjoy "God of War," and I'd relish an opportunity to at least try what appears to be an unashamed clone on my system of choice. I just think that maybe with a darker outlook and less steroids, "Dante's Inferno" could have been a genuinely scary game. I still have ample time to be surprised though, so I'll back off for now.