WRITER Matt Bertz
Talk about a loose adaptation. In the classic poem The Divine Comedy, a timid poet reluctantly journeys through the nine circles of hell, while the video game version features Dante, a revenge-driven mercenary more interested in killing monsters than chronicling their suffering. Armed with a scythe he stole from Death and a holy cross, Dante fights his way through each horrific circle to confront Lucifer. His beef? Satan took the soul of his beloved Beatrice without asking. Along the way, he crosses history’s most infamous sinners, to whom he can offer absolution of their sins—or serve their last rites. While this bastardized take may send literature departments into a panic, the haunting depiction of hell and combat ripped out of God of War make it an action game worth checking out.