inFAMOUS First Impressions


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Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: I don’t generally like single player games. I find the experience of sitting by myself, playing against a machine, to be yawn inducing in the extreme. I’m really more of a social gamer. And another thing: I don’t like GTA or other open-world games. I was never pulled in by the idea of a free roaming world, nor the whole premise of GTA’s world. As a matter of fact, the only open world I do like is Burnout: Paradise. :)

So one side of me was surprised when the other side dragged it into a store yesterday and picked up inFAMOUS and sneaked it out under my hoody (just kidding). I had tried the demo, not really expecting much, but I got hooked. So now I have the game.

The demo really spoils the game in some ways, because in the demo you start off with powers that you don’t immediately have in the real game. Which is a bummer because the element of surprise and wonder is removed from you if you’ve played the demo and tried all the cool moves. But that’s a knock against the demo, not against the game. Anyway, the cool moves is what makes actually playing the game so much fun. I’m not giving anything away by saying that you have a force blast, because you get it right away. It’s lots of fun to blast cars out of the way. The other moves are all similarly fun and exciting to execute. I love leaping off tall buildings.

The game itself introduces you to the world pretty quickly, and the story is fun. Zeke is Cole’s best friend, and can be be annoying, but all in all, he’s cool. I like the place he calls home. The way the story is told graphic-novel style is great too, and I heard that while the beginning and end of the game have a lot of story, the middle is lacking. After having experienced at least part of the beginning, I’m sorry to hear that. For once I’m actually vested in a story! My gaming friends will attest to how little I care about the story in other games. For example, playing Sacred 2 the other night, I was just wishing the narrator would shut up. In inFAMOUS, by contrast, I was hoping for more!

The graphics are really great when it comes to your electrical powers. In other ways, it could use a little improvement. The biggest problem is the modeling of Cole’s girlfriend. Her eyes look like the Emperor’s from Empire Strikes Back. What’s up with that? The world is rendered nicely enough. There’s some pop-in, but it really only annoys if you let it.

All in all, so far I’m very pleased with one of my only single player game purchases ever. It might even make me a convert!

PS: This Penny Arcade comic about the game is SO true. :) (Thanks Todd!)


Written by: Blackstaffer - News Contributor


  1. #1 by SL33PY on May 27th, 2009

    Hallelulia!!! :D

    I’m more or less the opposite kind of gamer, I mostly enjoy games for the single player.. and practically never do multiplayer.

    This is mainly because there aren’t a lot of friends of mine actively playing multiplayer games on the ps3

  2. #2 by Blackstaffer on May 27th, 2009

    And did anyone notice the elevators on the very first level? They were made for giants, man!

  3. #3 by Blackstaffer on May 27th, 2009

    I just checked out a trailer for Prototype, and I won’t be getting that one. It’s much too gory for my tastes.

  4. #4 by Trieloth on May 27th, 2009

    I like the single player games more than the multiplayer most of the time. MP tends to get super repetative and getting tea bag’d by some random dude that killed me once gets old…man those penny arcade guys are quick to make fun of the sony games, :/. I wasnt impressed by there game. Anywho inFamous is great game and well worth my money.

  5. #5 by Steve on May 27th, 2009

    I enjoy single-player games at least as much as the multiplayer ones. So I had a ball playing inFAMOUS. You could say I got quite a charge out of it! :) I like the idea that you can play it as either a good player or an evil one (or a mix of both), which means it should be good for at least one full replay, if not two. The visuals and audio effects are great. I think I’ll be adding this one to my PS3 library (once I have a PS3!)

  6. #6 by Trev on May 27th, 2009 [ 26623 Points ]

    That penny arcade sketch is brilliant. I remember in the demo being annoyed with them, especially when fighting those trucks with turrets.
    I enjoyed the demo but am waiting for Prototype before i make my mind up which one to get. Unfortunately I don’t have the time/money to get both!

  7. #7 by JimmyMagnum on May 27th, 2009

    a bit off topic here, but anyone see the Kojima Productions countdown recently? Updated with even more stuff today, next countdown begins sunday, but here’s a pic of what’s in the current coundown:
    http://ps3media.ign.com/ps3/image/article/986/986784/kojima-site-countdown-ends-20090526061450822-000.jpg

    sequel to MGS3? Current gen metal gear?

    Here’s the countdown:
    http://www.konami.jp/kojima_pro/next/index.html

  8. #8 by JimmyMagnum on May 27th, 2009

    here’s a higher res shot:
    http://ps3media.ign.com/ps3/image/article/986/986784/kojima-site-countdown-ends-20090526061450822.jpg

    the E3 trailer is going to blow our minds :P

  9. #9 by Blackstaffer on May 28th, 2009

    Oh, and XPlay says that if you own a PS3 and don’t play inFAMOUS, you’re dumb:

    http://g4tv.com/xplay/reviews/1986/inFamous-Review.html

    :)


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