by Joseph Barron
reviewed on PS3
Become the hero… or the antihero (cntd)
Unfortunately the major karmic choices in the game suffer from that classic videogame problem of being far too black and white. Infamous even flashes up on-screen warnings effectively saying “hey, do this if you want to take the good path, or maybe do it this way if you want to be infamous!” Early on in the game you will probably decide whether you are going to play good or bad, so you will always know exactly which choice you are going to make in advance. There are no shades of grey to be found here.
The fight for Empire City
The combat in the game is very shooter like despite the uniqueness of Cole’s powers. Basic moves use standard left trigger aim and right trigger shoot controls. When you have progressed a bit further you will use the game’s experience system to unlock a ton of powers which can be combined to great effect. Very quickly you will learn how to “thunder drop” from tall buildings, use shockwaves to launch enemies into the air and then shoot them down with lightening. As you become more powerful the combat becomes hugely gratifying and spectacular just to watch. Try not to get caught up in staring at the explosions though because the enemies will keep coming thick and fast!
Missions are structured in the typical open-world way. You go to a checkpoint on your map to activate them and then follow the instructions given to you. The vast majority of the story missions are very entertaining and constantly apply your skills to different scenarios. There are a good number of side missions too, some of which contribute specifically to your good or bad karma. Completing a good side mission in an area of the city automatically locks out the evil version, further encouraging you to pick one style of play from the beginning. These missions also allow Cole to take back areas of Empire City from the gangs controlling them, in a mechanic very reminiscent of GTA: San Andreas.
There are several types of side mission such as removing surveillance equipment from friendly areas, escorting gangsters to police stations, collecting medical supplies for civilians and many others. Unfortunately certain types of side mission occur too often, leaving you wanting for something new to do. Each area of the city also requires you to do several missions to activate generators to restore power to that region. These sections always involve you jumping around in the sewers and this type of enclosed environment doesn’t play to the game’s strengths in the slightest. Thankfully they don’t usually last too long.
A few too many technical flaws
For all its superb entertainment value and fast-paced action, inFAMOUS certainly isn’t without its frustrating bugs and glitches. There is some obvious environmental pop-in, as well as for traffic and pedestrians. The game also suffers from some clipping issues and noticeable framerate slowdown. Perhaps most annoying though is that on a couple of occasions I found myself falling through infinite empty space after executing a thunder drop from a tall building. Chances are you won’t experience these rare issues, but they are definitely present and could do with a patch at some stage.
A wonderful adventure for PS3 owners
Despite its numerous flaws it cannot be denied that the core experience which inFAMOUS provides is just plain fun. Anyone who enjoyed Crackdown will have a blast with this game and so will anyone else who is a fan of great platforming and free-flowing adventure games. It may leave a bit to be desired in a few areas, but you won’t find a more entertaining gaming blockbuster released so far this year. Not only that, but as soon as you are done playing one way, you will immediately want to go back and try the other karmic options so that you can see all of the superpowers available. inFAMOUS has its issues, but they never get in the way of it being a joy to play.
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