Infamous is the latest blockbuster exclusive game for the Playstation 3. It has some big shoes to fill with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, LittleBigPlanet, Resistance 2 and Killzone 2 already making an impact on the Playstation 3.
Infamous is also the first mature game from Sucker Punch Productions, a developer best known for the Sly Cooper series. They have a lot riding on their latest title. So can Infamous match the high expectations? Find out in this hands-on preview of the exclusive Playstation 3 game.
The game began when Cole, the protagonist, had a package he was supposed to deliver explode on him. The gigantic blast brought Empire City into complete chaos with it being quarantined and taken over by the dangerous gangs.
Infamous is one of the better looking games in the open-world setting. The environments are super detailed and the frame rate remains smooth throughout the chaotic action.
Infamous has a unique soundtrack that mixes urban sound effects with non-traditional use of normal instruments and electronic music. It fits perfectly into the bleak but slick atmosphere of Empire City.
Infamous is best described as a superhero game set in an open world environment.
Empire City is your sandbox. The sprawling metropolis has a lot more depth than your typical open world environment. This is because Cole can climb and scale on pretty much every structure in the game. The added vertical depth separates Infamous from other open world games.
Cole can do so much more than just running and jumping. The blast radiated his body and gave him newfound electrical powers. Infamous is built around the premise of electricity. While Cole can’t drive vehicles or pick up weapons because his electrical powers will cause these objects to explode, he can skid on electrical cords and shoot lightning bolts at the enemy to compensate.
Cole’s powers are determined by the karma system in Infamous. You can be good or evil by either helping the distress or hurting them. You also have several moral choices to make throughout the story. Being good or evil will grant you specific abilities, encouraging replay after you beat the game.
Here is the control setup for Infamous:
Left Analog: move
Right Analog: move camera
L1: enter aim mode
L3: radar pulse; switch should in aim mode
R1: shoot lightning bolt in aim mode
Circle: dive roll or drop; use cover
X: jump; use shockwave in aim mode
Square: melee attack; use shock grenade in aim mode
Infamous will take more than 20 hours to beat the first time through if you include all the side missions. You will want to play it again, however, as certain missions are only available if you are either good or evil.
Infamous is shaping up to be one of the best exclusive games on the Playstation 3. Make sure you don’t miss out when it is released in late May.