The game begins with a tutorial during the Third Crusades before thrusting you into a relentless battle with Death himself, who seeks to punish your eternally for all the sins you have committed during the wars. Once you have defeated him, you are awarded his scythe, which then becomes your weapon for the duration of the game. Combat is mapped to the action, L1, L2, R1 and R2 buttons respectively. Attacks include light, heavy and ranged while using the Circle button hurls beams of holy light from a cross given to you by Beatrice at the outset of the game.
Death's scythe is perfect for pummelling waves of enemies with a range of punishing attacks and Beatrice's cross is ideal for keeping demons at bay should you be low on health, or if you are being attacked from the air by winged creatures. Defeating enemies produces souls, all of which act as currency that can be used on a range of upgrades that unlock new moves, combos and abilities for your weaponry. Souls can also be gathered from the vast amount of holy water fonts located throughout each of the game's huge levels.
During your journey you encounter a huge number of enemies ranging from zombies to grotesque monsters and huge beasts that can be weakened before being ridden. Once you have control of them, you can then steer the hulking fiends into crowds of Hell's armies and smash, stomp or even breathe fire on them. With a robust combat system, plenty of upgrades and giant beasts to overpower, you're journey through the nine circles of Hell is guaranteed to be action-packed.