inFamous (2009) – 8/10 Third-Person Open-World Super-Hero / Super-Villain Action PS3 exclusive game review

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inFamous (2009)

Cole is at the epicentre of an enormous explosion when the package he is carrying goes off. Somehow he not just survives but emerges with ability to regenerate his health and fire electricity from his finger-tips. The rest of the now-quarantined Empire City hasn’t been so lucky with the city gangs fighting over territory now that there’s no law.


inFamous is just so much fun; it wants to be played and enjoyed and it makes it easy for you to do so. This is because game balance is very well done: you are very strong and well-equipped offensively (I didn’t realise I had homing lightning bolts until the third play through!) but very weak defensively meaning that skill and accuracy are rewarded and that battles are never dull or one-sided in your favour. Additionally, there is a very forgiving checkpoint system (there are even checkpoints for the middle of boss battles). Amazingly, even escort missions are fun because the escorted runs and hides at the first sign of trouble, simple! Disappointingly, the good evil choices are a bit too give-away-all-your-money-and-both-kidneys or beat-an-orphan-with-this-kitten-in-front-of-Jesus. The final boss battle is also much harder than anything else in the game and requires some patience and tactics. These are just about the only weaknesses but, back on the positive side, you can accidentally electrocute people by running through puddles. Which is oddly brilliant.

This game contains mild swear words and mild unpleasant scenes, electricity violence, melee violence.

Classified 16+ by PEGI. The game is only suitable for persons who have reached the age of 16 or over..
Classified Violence by PEGI. Game contains depictions of violence.


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