InFamous Review for PS3

On: PS3

Make no mistake about it. Being a super hero is cool - well at least it should be. By the end of Sony and Sucker Punch's PS3 exclusive inFamous you'll be a bad-ass all-action hero that can compete with the best in the business, but a slow start and some incredibly dull and repetitive missions mean the game's heroic potential is fulfilled far too late on. Despite all the tools required for the job, Sony's latest mascot isn't quite yet ready for the big time.

For those who haven't been following inFamous over the past few years, you play Cole, a guy who finds himself in the crater left behind after a major explosion rips apart Empire City. Amazingly he survives, but the blast has left its mark on him. Cole suddenly finds himself with the power to control electricity, a city to explore (albeit one that's without electricity - bummer!) and a populace to defend from the newly formed enemy menace. The problem, however, is that the entire city thinks you're responsible for setting off the bomb that reduced it to rubble, so the people hate your guts and believe you to be a terrorist.

It's up to Cole to decide what path he's going to take in this new world. He can choose the path of righteousness, helping people out often to the detriment of his own health, or he can take the path of evil, doing deeds to help himself rather than for the good of the city. This is all controlled by a karma system, with good and bad deeds each awarding you with XP. The game hands out new abilities and upgrades based on your superhero level, as either a goody two shoes or death-dealing bully, so trying to be something in the middle simply isn't an option - you're going to want to pick a path and go all the way with it.

These moral choices in video games are hardly a new thing, but we'd hoped what would be on offer here wouldn't be a simple case of making a very obvious choice between good and bad; sadly that's more or less exactly the case in inFamous. Throughout the game you're presented with Karmic moments in which you're told to do one thing to be good or do another to be evil, and very rarely is there much of a grey area. You can do other things, like heal injured citizens and capture enemies alive to earn good XP, or drain fallen enemies to earn evil XP, but for the most part there's no sense that you've truly carved out your own path.

If you become evil you get cool red electricity

If you become evil you get cool red electricity

This karma system aside, the rest of the game is fairly traditional for an open-world action game, heavy on action but also quite repetitive. To begin with Cole is powerful, but not exactly what we'd call super. He can leap off tall buildings and not get scratched, climb more or less anything without risk of falling to his death, fire off electric bolts as if he's got a pistol with infinite ammo and send off a repulsion blast that sends nearby enemies and objects flying. Nice enough, but not exactly stuff to compete with Spider-man, Superman and the like. This is where inFamous will frustrate; it's not until much later on, when you've built up enough powers and upgrades, that you'll finally feel pretty cool.

When you've got the ability to glide, use a sniper-like electric blast, devastate large areas with a fully charged smash to the ground, grind electrified cables and rails like Sonic the Hedgehog and fire off amazingly powerful explosive charges at a whim, you'll feel like a bad-ass. It's just a shame there's a lot of tedium involved to get to that stage and that the game rarely gives you a truly exciting mission to use those powers in. Among the biggest offenders are the regular underground missions that task you with restoring power to each of the city's districts. These are dull in the extreme and seem to exist only to extend the game's run-time while offering a different environment - albeit one that's dark, linear and uninspired.

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Triggerhappytel@ Shark82

It definitely won't be, because the franchise is owned by Sony. It has about as much chance of appearing on 360 as Banjo Kazooie does on PS3.
Posted 23:37 on 20 May 2009

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ganzi321

love this game! number 2 is better tho!
Posted 23:02 on 16 June 2011
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trigger_happy

i got a top tip


wen u want mr electiricity fire at the lampposts 2 recharge them then drain them agen =]
Posted 15:39 on 15 August 2009
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renegade

WoW. I almost ALMOST! Changed my mind based on this. I thought well IGn can be a bit biased some times hell they have a sony nintendo and microsoft team..... but you almost made me thing. Illl wait till it is cheaper.

Luckily. I dont really listen to reviews other than my own lol and got it any way still slightly worried. If i make one person buy this you wont regret it, this game is an easy 9.

Well done sony and sucker punch great game, awesome to see another great new Ip in the world of gaming.

microsoft. The gaming batton has be passed to you. BEAT THAT. :)
Posted 17:01 on 31 May 2009
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Jorddav

Cool. I so wan't this game.
Posted 19:23 on 24 May 2009
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Ogre

Great video review Sebby :) Really informative.
Posted 22:45 on 21 May 2009
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pblive

I'm getting it anyway, it looks good. The review is well written and probably has some good points, you do get the feeling that some other sites barely play through the game just to get exclusive reviews, so it's feasible that they didn't put as much effort in as our Mr Orry.
Posted 11:28 on 21 May 2009
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Rickitis@ Bloodstorm

You can't just judge this website though other websites have given higher scores than this (in the 9's) it completely depends on opinion. UFC 2009 got lower on every other site and so did wheelman - you just have to read around and see what other people think also.
Posted 11:18 on 21 May 2009
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Wido

I'm looking forward to inFamous and I have already played it.... I'll come back with my own thoughts about it, as some parts of the review sounds good and some parts I'm not sure about.

I think downloading the demo today (hopefully giving you enough time to get the feel of inFamous); so then it gives you a better judgment on the game before playing.
Posted 11:12 on 21 May 2009
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nch2k1

repetitive, dull, rubbish characters... hmm these things all describe far cry 2 perfectly, yet that got a 9. I'll wait for the demo on this one and see if that draws me in. Still an 8 is not a shabby score, so perhaps I'll pick it up anyway.
Posted 09:00 on 21 May 2009
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Bloodstorm

Tom, the way you describe it makes it sound like a 7.

I'm still on the fence with this one.
Posted 01:04 on 21 May 2009
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Triggerhappytel@ Shark82

It definitely won't be, because the franchise is owned by Sony. It has about as much chance of appearing on 360 as Banjo Kazooie does on PS3.
Posted 23:37 on 20 May 2009
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jakeistheman

looks good and another great exclusive for the ps3.
Posted 22:13 on 20 May 2009
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Shark82

I hope this goes to 360. I know it's PS3 "exclusive," but Bioshock was supposed to be 360 and Windows exclusive, and now it's on PS3. It looks like a good game
Posted 20:24 on 20 May 2009
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El-Dev

"In games like GTA 4 this mild tedium was joined by a cast of superb characters and a truly engaging storyline"

Lies.

GTA4 had the most annoying characters I've ever encountered in a game, all the missions had been done before and the storyline was stolen from every film ever made. It had all been done before in previous GTA games, shoulda just called it GTA HD.

As for inFamous, think I'll get this when my exams are over. Could be interesting and it's generally reviewing quite well.
Posted 18:47 on 20 May 2009

Game Stats

InFamous
8
Out of 10
InFamous
  • Lots to collect
  • Great action
  • Impressive powers
  • Dull missions disappoint
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Release Date: 29/05/2009
Platform: PS3
Developer: Sucker Punch
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 16+
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