inFamous 2 Review | July 25, 2014 PlayStation Exclusive Title
In inFamous 2, Cole and Zeke are still in Empire City and if you played the first inFamous game then you know that a creature called “The Beast” is coming. Cole is the only one that may have the power to defeat this evil. After he tries to take on The Beast he finds out the hard way he is no match for it and has no choices but to flee the city. He and Zeke leave Empire City with an NSA agent named Lucy Kuo. She knows all about Cole and his life and his powers. In order to beat the Beast Cole must become more powerful and Lucy says Dr. Sebastian Wolfe can help him with that. Dr. Wolfe is one of the original scientist who created the device that gave Cole and the rest of the people their powers in the first place. Now they must head south to a town in the gulf called New Marais. A city devastated by the worst flood in the history of the country and water is everywhere. That is not good for Cole, his powers and for the city itself.
The inFamous series is an exclusive to the PlayStation brand and the first game was really good right out of the gate. There were little problems here and there but in inFamous 2 all of the little issues have been either fixed or greatly upgraded. The combat is much smoother and faster in both the 3rd person shooting mode and melee attacking. This is because the controls have been tighten up. You no longer have issues with trying to figure out who are the bad guys because they standout a lot more and you will not hit the wrong person as often. In this game Cole is shooting electric spheres and not lightning bolts. It allows you to make faster adjustments when whatever you are trying to hit is moving as a matter of fact aiming over all is really easy with no issues.
Your side missions are more like main story missions like in the first game. You can jump between them at any time but certain things get unlocked only after you finished a story part of the game. The main additional to missions is that in many of them you have get help from other people with powers. Some of the side missions return from the first game but there are several new ones and new powers to figure out and upgrade. Infamous 2 is much larger than the first game and each area looks and plays different. You have a lot of tall buildings in one area and a slum town that is completely flooded somewhere else. Each section needs to have electricity returned to them before Cole can really start to explore the area. But, instead of going underground to power them up, you stand next to generators and shoot guided missiles to the next area. It is very cool and you can take out some bad guys as you guide the missiles around.
There is some carryover from inFamous to inFamous 2. If you were a boy scout in the first game then the people will react to you in that manner. The story changes dramatically with the good of bad choices and increases the replay value and the replay is very high. There is only two problems with inFamous 2. The camera is much better but it still is a little off during the great platforming and some of the combat parts of the game. But, our biggest issue is the story transfer. The story in InFamous 2 is great we like it but many of the twists and turns that made the story standout in the first game are lost. They don’t take about what happen in Empire City that much and discussing who Kessler was or why he forced these super powers on Cole. Those storylines, characters and moments are key to the whole series. We would have loved to have had some type of reconnection to the first game. It took us over 30 hours to beat the game the first time but that is doing all of the side missions we could find. There are even repeating side mission that are always available somewhere to increase your good and bad choices. InFamous is an excellent game and series. This is why you bought a PS3 so spend your money even at $60.00 new game price.