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Dante’s Inferno: Trials of St. Lucia DLC review

Creating a wave is as simple as picking out a game mode (“Kill ‘em all” is the default, although there are nine others to choose from), deciding which monsters you want and determining their toughness, how many you want to spawn and how much health and mana they should give up when they croak. You can also place traps and aid items in strategic (read: pre-selected) places around the arena.

The catch is that you’re limited by each wave’s “budget,” which assigns a point value to every monster or item; hit the point cap, and you can’t add anything else. Unfortunately, this means you can’t just mob yourself with more than, say, 14 zombies (fewer, if you’re adding more complex creatures), but it’s done with the intent of keeping the game running fast with two players onscreen.

And run fast it does; sometimes too fast. If you got used to the helpful moments of slow motion the game would provide when you started a fatality or parried a blow, you may be surprised when you’re playing with a buddy and the game only gives you a split-second to react to onscreen kill prompts. Because the usual slow-mo would slow the action down for both players, the developers decided to keep things speedy. So for your sake, your reaction time had better be lightning-fast.

What Trials of St. Lucia brings to the table is deceptively simple, but ultimately a lot of fun. Lucia herself is a lot more fun than the comparatively sluggish Dante, the co-op action is fast and gruesome and the varied goals and challenges keep the trials from ever really getting boring (and the community-rating system, ideally, will keep the more boring trials from ever getting to you). And if nothing else, the level editor can turn creating your own trials into an almost casual experience; want to just dick around and see what it’s like to fight against a mix of impossibly tough demons, then dial their health down to the minimum and kick their asses while “testing” your trials? You're free to do exactly that. There are certainly worse ways you can have fun for $10.

May 3, 2010

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6 comments

  • WillisTron - May 4, 2010 3:21 a.m.

    Dante's Inferno was actually very addicting for me when I first played it
  • Wazzle - May 4, 2010 6:07 a.m.

    I wont lie. I didn't read this review. But I did click through it so it the internet counts it as a read and a hit on each page because that's the best a man who is not interested in Dante's Inferno can do for his favorite site. Rock flag and eagle.
  • Modroneman - May 4, 2010 1:20 p.m.

    Opposite of everyone else, I actually read the article in its entirety. And although it seems intriguing to play, this kind of game play is not for me. I would be more willing to pay $10 for story driven content.
  • bamb0o-stick - May 4, 2010 1:38 p.m.

    There's something I don't quite understand. When I bought Dante's Inferno, it came with a code for bonus content that hasn't yet released. I was a little disappointed when I found out they were charging for this.
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - May 4, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    @bamb0o-stick: Have you tried the code recently? If it's the same as the one that came with mine, it's for the Dark Forest DLC that came out a little while ago.
  • philipshaw - May 5, 2010 4:15 p.m.

    I found Dante's Inferno to be average and the trails mentioned in this review is the reason I gave up on the game even though I was on the last level

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