Ever feel like you're just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Cole MacGrath does. A simple package messenger who ends up at the center of a mystical conspiracy, Cole becomes the catalyst for either the resurrection or the destruction of fictional Empire City in inFamous.
Ever feel like you're just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Cole MacGrath does.
A simple package messenger who ends up at the center of a mystical conspiracy, Cole becomes the catalyst for either the resurrection or the destruction of fictional Empire City in inFamous.
The game features a third-person action style and embraces the open-world, sandbox feel of games like Grand Theft Auto and Spider-Man 2. Empire City is under siege by gangs and government factions, and the city itself reacts to the choices you make during Cole's personal journey.
Left standing at ground zero after a massive explosion wipes out a good portion of the city, Cole is initially labeled a terrorist. His awakening unleashes a series of supernatural powers within him, all based around lightning bolts and electromagnetic pulses.
Cole's powers develop as you navigate the story missions, and they change based upon the moral choices you make along the way. Cole can choose to use his newfound abilities to rebuild and inspire hope among the people of the city, or to terrorize and bully them.
These choices are tracked in a basic alignment system. Cole's good/bad rating is visually reflected in his appearance and his lightning powers - a good Cole has pure white-blue lightning while the evil Cole's powers crackle with red and black hues.
Morality plays a sizable part in unraveling the story behind Empire City's assault and Cole's new powers. Players should fully embrace one path or the other, though - walking the middle line won't result in gaining the best abilities or making a huge impact on the environment.
Once Cole begins his good or evil acts, the people and places of Empire City will also change. Good Cole encourages people to clean up their ravaged town, while evil Cole encourages a further slide into anarchy and decay.
The open-world nature of inFamous means players have plenty to do while exploring Empire City. The main storyline can be completed in a reasonably short time, but those who speed through won't enjoy this title to its fullest.
PlayStation 3 owners should definitely pick up inFamous. The game tells an excellent story and offers plenty of replayability, despite a lack of multiplayer options. It's reminiscent of some of the best open-world games and adds yet another excellent exclusive title to Sony's game library.
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