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A great follow-up to a PlayStation franchise
on 10 March 2013
I wouldn't have thought the original InFamous would have been my cup of tea, preferring more casual and less action-based gaming, but its style of gameplay proved to be very accessible even to my limited gaming skills, and I found it thoroughly enjoyable. I waited for InFamous 2 to come down in price a bit, as I find new games a bit pricey, so on the Essentials line it's as good as it gets - I paid £12 at amazon.
To anyone who played the original, what immediately impresses is how the graphics have moved on. Everything is lit and shaded more convincingly, and the whole thing seems to have been given a detail boost over the first title. The controls are the same, but over the course of the game, you will be granted additional skills, some of which you have to acquire through exchanging points, some of which are enabled by how Good or Evil you happen to be at the time. The Good/Evil dynamic is still one of the nice things about the inFamous games, but it is also perhaps its biggest flaw, in that whilst you are at liberty to do a mix of Good and Evil things at your leisure, it doesn't gain you anything to be that way, you effectively have to pick a side and run with it in order to get your powers to the maximum. When you reach the endgame, you have the option to switch at the last moment, but then you would have to grind something chronic to get your Good/Evil metre to swing back the other way in order to see the other game ending.
As I said, I am not the most talented of gamers, but infamous has a nice way of helping you out in some respects without it being too obvious, and I managed to get through the game over the course of two or three months, and I enjoyed every minute. Yes there are a lot of optional side missions which you are advised to go on in order to boost your stats, and they do seem to follow a fixed number of themes: Follow this bad guy; Escort this good guy; traverse this route of cables to reach Point B; take out this gang at location X etc. But at no point was I getting worn down by it. The story is well scripted, the voice acting is surprisingly good, and the whole thing rounds out nicely.
If you have never played the infamous games and are on the look out for a relatively dark third-person action game, this is really worth a shot. It might be a bit long-in-the-tooth now but the gameplay and story plus the extra User-generated missions that are available add up to a great game.