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inFAMOUS (PlayStation 3)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
85
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
MobyScore
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Description

When a huge explosion tears down several blocks in the middle of Empire City, Cole MacGrath mysteriously is the only person to survive near the center of the detonation. However, he starts to notice an unusual change in his body, a supernatural power over electricity which he soon learns to control. By then, a sickness has lead the government to quarantine the entire city, enabling street gangs to overwhelm the police and establish a violent rule over the population and the increasingly scarce supplies. Trapped in a desolate city of people who hold him responsible for the explosion, wanted by the police and hunted by the Reapers who try to stay in control of the streets, Cole must decide whose side he's on. Will he use his new-found powers to assure his own survival and take revenge on the people that condemn him, or will he use them to gain their respect by aiming for the greater good? Will he become a famous superhero, or an infamous super villain?

inFAMOUS is an action game taking place in a free city environment. It takes a different approach to comic book style games by not giving players control over a powerful superhero, but having them fill the role of a regular guy who is just starting to discover his supernatural abilities. Through their actions, they are able to decide whether Cole will become a hero that the inhabitants of the city admire and look up to, or a selfish man who fights for his survival and that of his friends, even if it means the death of others. When encountering Cole in the streets, citizens react according to his reputation.

The game can only be played in a single-player story mode, where Empire City is fully explorable. A karma meter shows how many good and bad deeds have been done. Experience points gained in combat and upon completing tasks can be spent on improving Cole's control over his electric powers, where some improvements are only available with a certain amount or positive or negative karma. Relying on electricity for health and powers, Cole needs to recharge himself wherever he can find an electric current, which is made more difficult by the occasional power outages happening in different areas of the city.

Screenshots

inFAMOUS PlayStation 3 This whole parking is falling, better move fast.
inFAMOUS PlayStation 3 Bio leeching will fill you up, but will kill the subject and earn you with evil points.
inFAMOUS PlayStation 3 Investigating the scene of the crime.
inFAMOUS PlayStation 3 Fighting the garbage gang on the roof.

Alternate Titles

  • "Дурная репутация" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

Sophisticated and entertaining Daniel Saner (2472) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars

The Press Says

TotalPlayStation May 27, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Valhalla Jun 10, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Lens of Truth Jun 24, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Only Games Jun 20, 2009 9 out of 10 90
videogamer.com May 20, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Game Arena Jun 04, 2009 8 out of 10 80
TotalVideoGames (TVG) May 21, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Gamestyle Jun 28, 2009 7 out of 10 70
TheSixthAxis May 25, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) May 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

It received the award for Best Original IP (Intellectual Property) in AceGamez 2009 Awards.

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Daniel Saner (2472) added inFAMOUS (PlayStation 3) on Jun 27, 2009