Game Review – Dante's Inferno

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After all the surrounding controversy, bad press, and crazy marketing, Dante’s Inferno finally hit store shelves. I would like to skip over all the aforementioned circumstances and focus on the game and game alone.

Dante’s Inferno is a third-person action title with puzzle elements and quick time events. Based upon Dante Aligheri’s The Divine Comedy, the game takes place in the nine circles of Hell as Dante fights his way to his lover Beatrice in hopes to save her soul from Lucifer. Along the way, you are assisted and given explanations of the circles from Virgil the poet.

Early in the game, you encounter Death and ultimately defeat him as take his scythe. As you level it up with the souls of vanquished enemies, Death’s scythe becomes a versatile weapon allowing you to lay waste to the many enemies of Hell with heavy and light attacks. The second weapon that you receive in the game is Beatrice’s cross. This is more of a distance weapon that pushes enemies back and gives you breathing room when needed. It also can be powered up with souls and new combos/attacks can be unlocked.

When weakening a foe enough, you can initiate a quick time event that gives you the choice to punish or absolve them. Based upon what you choose, you receive either unholy or holy experience. As you gain experience, you level your weapon, so unholy experience levels up and unlocks scythe skills/combos that you can purchase with souls and holy experience unlocks cross skills/combos for purchase. Also along the way, you will meet damned souls in which you can also punish or absolve, the main difference in this is if you absolve them, you are give a little mini game that you play and the better you do, the more experience and souls you receive.

You will also receive magic abilities from boss fights and these further add to the variety of attacks that you can unleash.Scattered throughout the game are holy and unholy relics that you can equip to further enhance your abilities. These come in handy, especially if your focusing on achievements/trophies or just trying to maximize your holy/unholy level.

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There are points in the game that you will actually take control of a large beast by dismounting it’s rider and impaling the scythe directly into it’s head. This can be pretty fun, eating enemies and breathing fire on them but also introduces perhaps the only thing that I didn’t really care for in the game. Wall climbing… I hate wall climbing, doing it as Dante is one thing and it works decent enough but for some reason, doing it while controlling the beast is awkward feeling to say the least.

I think that Visceral did a wonderful job with this title and if you are a fan of this genre, you definitely should check it out. It is a visual treat and with the first DLC expansion released and another one in April, there is plenty of gameplay to be had.

Buy Dante’s Inferno

Product Review: Hyperkin Wii Sound Plus

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Since the launch of the Wii, there have been many assorted sports peripherals released to enhance your experience when playing.

I always wondered if these really enhanced the title, or if they were merely a gimmick and just further cluttering up my gaming area with more plastic or foam items that I would most likely never use.

When I received the Wii Sound Plus kit for review, I was pleasantly surprised that they were not overly large and could easily be disassembled at the handle to make storing them easier.  A common problem that I see with most peripherals of this type is that they are either too flimsy or too rigid and it will either break. Or you end up with someone getting injured.

The Wii Sound Plus peripherals were just the right balance of soft and durable. I even allowed for my girlfriend to smack me around a bit with one, not only did it not break but it didn’t leave a mark or hurt.

This is definitely a bonus when you have a five year old and two year old running around.

The feature that separates the Wii Sound Plus from other peripherals is the “Built-in Sound Device”. This feature is designed so that when you swing the tennis racket or baseball bat, a device inside it slides and you hear the sound of hitting something as well as a little bit of feeling that something is being hit.

Overall, a very simple design but works quite well and adds a bit more immersion to a game. If you have a motion plus sensor attached to your controller, there is no need to remove it as it will fit into either of the kits.

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There is only one item to keep in mind and is not a design flaw or problem. If you happen to have your sensor bar placement above your TV, you will need to move it’s placement to the bottom as the racket or bat will obstruct the beam when trying to navigate menus.

Not a huge deal as most people have their bar placement already at the bottom.

If you’re in the market to pick up a Sport accessory pack for your Wii, at a MSRP of $19.99 I would recommend checking these out.

Buy Wii Tennis Kit with Sound Plus – White, Pink, Blue
Buy Wii Baseball Kit with Sound Plus – White, Pink and Blue

PSN Problems Fixed

Well they finally figured it out without needing a firmware update.

We are aware that the internal clock functionality in the PS3 units other than the slim model, recognized the year 2010 as a leap year. Having the internal clock date change from February 29 to March 1 (both GMT), we have verified that the symptoms are now resolved and that users are able to use their PS3 normally.

If the time displayed on the XMB is still incorrect, users are able to adjust time settings manually or via the internet. If we have new information, we will update you through the PlayStation.Blog or PlayStation.com.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Thanks Sony! glad out of the many free PSN days we have only had one problem.

PSN Problems Continue

Here is what Sony is saying

As you may be aware, some customers have been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network today. This problem affects the models other than the new slim PS3.

We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.

Errors include:

  • The date of the PS3 system may be re-set to Jan 1, 2000.
  • When the user tries to sign in to the PlayStation Network, the following
    message appears on the screen; “An error has occurred. You have been
    signed out of PlayStation Network (8001050F)”.
  • When the user tries to launch a game, the following error message appears
    on the screen and the trophy data may disappear; “Failed to install
    trophies. Please exit your game.”
  • When the user tries to set the time and date of the system via the
    Internet, the following message appears on the screen; “The current date
    and time could not be obtained. (8001050F)”
  • Users are not able to play back certain rental video downloaded from the
    PlayStation Store before the expiration date.

We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data.

As mentioned above, please be advised that the new slim PS3 is not affected with this error. We are doing our best to resolve the issue and do apologize for any inconvenience caused.

For the latest status on this situation please continue to check either the PlayStation.Blog or PlayStation.com.

I don’t know what scares me more, the fact that my 360 red rings at the same time all this happens, or the do not use your system.