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The Biggest Surprise of the Year 2009,
This review is from: inFAMOUS - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
I just didn't see it coming. I sure thought 'inFAMOUS' would be another pathetic open world superhero game like 'Spiderman' / 'Hulk' / 'Superman' or 'Assassin's Creed' (which was a huge let-down for me) rip-off. What 'Sucker Punch' has created is a refreshing take on the 3rd person action platformer like 'Jak and Daxter' series or its own 'Sly Cooper' series with a twist of comic book superhero origin story set in the Dystopian near future.
If you have been hugely disappointed by GTA IV or Assassin's Creed like many people have, let me assure you; 'inFAMOUS' is not is another GTA or Assassin's Creed clone. It is an exciting and addictive action game combined with strong platforming mechanics, but most of all, the game offers solid storyline that oozes with highly stylized comic book sensibility.
You are Cole McGrath, an ordinary man stuck with a super power that enables you to manipulate electricity after the mysterious but devastating explosion that put 'Empire City' in lawless ruin. You need to unravel the mystery behind the incident by traversing around the three islands of 'Empire City' (which is conveniently quarantined from the mainland) and take main quest along with many optional side quests to level up and unlock more super powers and become stronger.
The gameplay progresses just like 'Jak 2' or 'Jak 3'. You take a mission for the main quest. Between each mission, you can freely roam around the city and take the optional side quests you unlocked. Story is progressed by radio conversation and comic book-styled cutscene. The cutscene is especially cool and highly stylized with some cool camera techniques and motion technology.
Although you don't get to use any weapon or ride vehicle, your ability to manipulate electricity enables you to muster various destructive power to dispatch baddies and manuever to move around the city in style, and it's a blast to use the electical power you possess. As you get stronger, you will really feel like a comic book superhero that put Spidey or Hulk in shame.
There are two paths you take; Good or Evil. Each path will unlock different super powers and side quests, and eventually lead to different ending. Moral choice you get to make is important to shape your own path in the storyline.
It takes good 20-25 hours to finish the game on one path. There are several different types of collectibles scattered throughout the city and the city is quite large. There are tons of unlockable Trophy. 'inFAMOUS' definitely has some longevity and replay value. It doesn't just claim so, it definitely delivers so.
The best part of the gameplay to me is the way you traverse in such style as you can scale any buildings and structures with such ease, jump from rooftop to rooftop, smoothly slide on the electrical wires and rails, and glide and hover around in the air. Any combination of these abilities and the city is your playground. The platforming mechanics are much more intuitive and accurate than 'Assassin's Creed' and 'Spider-man'. The game might look like another 3rd person shooter but there are plenty of platforming in the game.
As far as free-roaming, open world game goes, GTA III Trilogy and Jak Trilogy are still the best, but 'inFAMOUS' comes really close to the standard set by the renowned series and offers something much refreshing than most that have tried to imitated the success of GTA. Maybe the inevitable sequel will bring the free-roaming, open world game genre closer to the illusive 'free-formed, open-ended, sandbox' game like 'Oblivion' and 'Fallout 3'. Overall, this is the biggest surprise of the year 2009 and a game no PS3 owner should miss.
*Free-roaming, open world game - You freely traverse an open and continous environment to take on mission to mission instead of being confined in the traditional closed and linear level to progress. There are extra activities available when not restricted by main quest.
GTA series, Jak and Daxter series, Mafia series, The Godfather series, Scarface: The world is yours, True Crime, etc.
*Free-formed, open-ended game - You shape the storyline of game in any order to do whatever you want whenever you want however you want.
The Elder Scrolls series, Gothic series
Currently the term 'sandbox game' is loosely and unfittingly used by many for free-roaming, open world game like GTA.