One of my favorite game in the last few years is Crackdown, it featured a protagonist that gradually gained power and became a superhero by the end of the game, you can jump 30 feet into the air, pick up cars and throw them at bad guys, and the whole city essentially is your playground. So when inFamous was announced, I was psyched, another game featuring an open world and a character with superpower?! Sign me up!!
So I picked up the game on its release day, and I eagerly dropped it into my PS3, the game is very fun, but if you are expecting a game exactly like crackdown, you probably will be disappointed. In Crackdown, the thing that made it fun is the jumping and the exploration, you have to figure out a way up buildings, and the "story" and quests became secondary, in inFamous, there is a much higher emphasis on the story, and you can get a array of powers as the game go on, so although, both game feature superheroes, they offer very different playing experiences, but this game does so many things so well, it is still one of the best game I played this year.
The main character, Cole, mysteriously gained a the power to control electricity after terrorists detonated an electrical "bomb". He can shoot lightening through his fingers, does a electromagnatic push, throw a electric grenade, and fire electric rockets, he can also ride on any electrified surface like a train (powerlines, train tracks), he can also scale up buildings with ease, but instead of being able to jump up high, he's more like an acrobat, moving from ledge to ledge (Similar to another game from a couple years ago, Assassin's Creed), so the world has a lot of verticality, Cole can get up to a building, ride a powerline to the next one, and then jump down onto unsuspecting bad guys, this makes you feel super powerful, however, Cole is still vulnerable to bullets, so if you just run into a group of bad guys, expect to get your ass kicked!
The game has a main "quests" and numerous side quests, each side quests you finish will clear out a section of the city of bad guys, and the main quest missions will unlock the story, which is pretty interesting, the graphics is good, although you'll notice some pop-ins here and there, and there are some noticeable aliasing, but with the huge size of the city and all the things you can do in it, these are minor complaints. If you are a fan of open world games like GTA or Crackdown, this game should definitely be a part of your game library, it's definitly one of the best action games available right now!
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I was originally from Taipei, Taiwan, and I moved to the united states when I was 16 years old. I lived in Champaign, Illinois for 6 years before moving to California and have been here since. … more
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A massive explosion rips through six square blocks of Empire City, leveling everything and everyone in its path. At the center of the blast crater a lone man stands up miraculously unharmed… gifted with incredible powers. From the creators of the award-winning Sly Cooper series, Sucker Punch brings you Infamous, the first open-world action/adventure title by SCEA, for the PlayStation 3. Players experience what happens when a real person suddenly starts developing super powers. Exact revenge? Protect the innocent? Maybe a little of both? These are the situations you'll face as you play inside of a richly interactive and organic living city. A place where your actions create broader reactions in the citizens and landscape around you. Infamous lets you unravel an evolving mystery, experience fame and/or infamy and battle powerful, iconic villains… all the while giving you the feeling of becoming a modern day superhero.