I never had the chance to play InFAMOUS when it first came out back in 2009. So I was excited when I heard I would get the chance to review the InFAMOUS Collection by Sucker Punch and Sony. This game includes InFAMOUS and InFAMOUS 2. What’s cool about the Collection is that you not only get those two games but you get a host of extras. Included is InFAMOUS: Festival of Blood which is a DLC (down loadable content) package that is a whole new story. You also get extra missions, additional costumes for your characters, tons more power-ups and lots more weapon styles. But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s get into the meat of this game and see what it has to offer.
Story– InFAMOUS follows the story of Cole Macgrath. He is given the task of delivering a package to someone in Empire City. Empire City is the fictional city that the story takes place in. It is clear that Empire City is supposed to be like New York City though. The package that he is supposed to deliver contains something very special though. Needless to say the package explodes and causes the city to almost be destroyed in the process. The city is then put into quarantine. Cole miraculously survives and gains some extraordinary powers in the process. These powers give him the power to control electricity. He is stuck in the city with his friend Zeke and his girlfriend Trish. These 2 will help Cole during his adventure. Gangs have also formed in each of Empire Cities 3 districts. The gangs are The Reapers, The Dustmen, and the First Sons. While all the Gangs are important, it is discovered that the First Sons are behind the mess in some way. They are led by a man named Kessler who has a very interesting story that you will discover. While I don’t want to go too much into Part 2’s story, let’s just say it makes perfect sense and is a real thrill ride throughout. I give the story for both games a 10/10.
Gameplay- The game play for this game is some of the best I have played. The ease of the controls is amazing. An example of this is you use the X button to jump which seems natural. As Cole, you are going to jump around all over Empire City. You will use your lightning powers to fry enemies. . You also have to find sources of electricity to recharge your powers or your health if you are low on it. What’s cool about this game is that you can also climb buildings. There are a couple games out there that employ this, and it really adds more of the open world feel to it. But let me get you to one of the best features of this game. You can choose what path you want to walk. And by that I mean good or evil. You can choose whether you want to help civilians or hurt them. You will also get to choose between doing the good side missions or the evil ones. What is so great about this is the choice is completely yours. There will also be moments in the game called Karma moments. What you do during these times effects what side you will gravitate to. The good news is that the good and evil choices in these moments are mostly obvious which one is which. There are some trickier ones though so choose wisely. And finally, besides the main story missions there are tons of side missions. You will need to complete these to liberate the city from the gangs. All of these missions and more can be found on your handy mini map in the corner of your screen. You can also pause the game and see the whole map and set a marker if you need to get to a certain area.With all this factored in I give the gameplay a solid 10/10.
Graphics and Music/Sound- The graphics in one word-amazing. There is so much to look at and soak in in the city in both games that you will be in awe. Almost all of the objects in the environment are destructible. Also the story moments in the game are done like a graphic novel. Kind of like Sin City or Max Payne if you are familiar with them. The first game’s graphics are not as crisp as part 2, but that is to be expected given the first game came out in 2009 and the second 2011-2012. But I can’t gripe too much because like I said the graphics are amazing. To briefly touch on the music/sound of the game I will use the same word I have been using throughout…amazing. The sound effects are perfect for the game. From the lightning bolts shooting from your hands to a car exploding you feel like it’s really happening. The music fits right in as well. When in a fight the music picks up and makes your heart race. The calm moments may have some nice soothing music (granted there isn’t that many soothing moments). You will love the music from beginning to end. Once again I will give this a 10/10.
InFAMOUS Collection is rated T for teen. This rating generally means 13 and up. Keep that in mind as you shop for the holidays. Please read the case to find out why it is rated that way and see if it’s right for you and your kids. This game is one of the best I have played in a while.
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Disclaimer: Promotional product was received free of charge to facilitate this review. No compensation was received and all opinions are 100% my own
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