Since last we spoke about inFamous, we’ve published out own verdict on its successor. That was, of course, pretty much the point. Whilst I may seem like a completely unorganised idiot at times, I am occasionally capable of actually doing something relevant. Now let’s see what you had to say about the original title, even whilst some of you were undoubtedly playing the sequel.
Snakefingers13 gets things off to a positive start with some praise for the game that genuinely made me smile. It’s always nice to see someone get that childlike level of excitement about an aspect of game.
Gameplay is fun, and you get a wider range of powers than most superhero games. You start small, but the powers come thick and fast, building up to the awesome endgame powers such as the final power, where you can CALL DOWN LIGHTNING! It makes you feel even more bad-ass than Thor.
If only Thor’s recent game outing had felt that good. Then again Cole doesn’t have a giant hammer when he gets in a tight fix.
As per usual, not everyone was quite so enamoured with the game. For example bacon_nuts pretty much slates every aspect of the game in their review, although always backing it up with solid reasons. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that.
To start, this is a sandbox game, yet all there is to do other than the ‘story’ is a series of boring side quests, and collect hidden blast shards, which are a total pain and utterly useless. I have several other problems with the game, one of the most prominent is that of the enemies. Nearly all the enemies will happily kill you from a distance while you jump around, this is a problem for me, as Cole’s powers are all medium to near distances, and so enemies will take a pop at you before you can see or hit them, then hiding behind rooftops.
Staying with the game’s negatives for a moment, cam_manutd (in a monster sized review) seemed to feel a lack of connection with poor Cole. Even though he’s busy blasting enemies with electricity he still needs something you can latch on to, some depth.
What dissapoints me here is lack of progression. Your thrown into the aftermath with no knowledge of how this over the top explosion happened. Although it is somewhat explained later on, it does not hide the fact that it could have done more with its opening sequence to set a greater scale of things to come and introduce us to Mr B (Bland) Cole. Emotion and the signs of strain should appear in the game right? Nope not in InFamous even if you do play as the goody two shoes, it does not occur.
Finally, a word from haz360 that seemed to sum it all up nicely.
I’m a sucker(punch!?) for superheroes. I’m a big comic book fan, so when I heard about inFamous, a open-world, PS3 exclusive, which allows you to BE a superhero, that isn’t already an established figure such as Batman or Superman, I was excited.
When I finally got to play the full game, I was certain. I want to be a superhero.
This really is how games should make you feel, how all stories should be at their best. If they can make you feel like the main character then someone’s doing something very right.
Let’s turn to the verdict. This was a little tighter than a lot of verdicts have been, with just one vote in it ultimately. Eleven of you took part this week, with Rent It and Avoid It picking up one vote each. However, then it starts to get tight. There were four of you for Bargain Bin but Buy It just edged it out with five of you selecting it as your verdict. So there you go, get InFamous. It’s even on the Welcome Back Package!