Infamous 2 is an action adventure video game created by Sucker Punch Productions and released on June 7th, 2011 for the PlayStation 3 as a sequel to 2009's Infamous, published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Infamous 2 also received some DLC on October 25, 2011 called Infamous: Festival of Blood. In addition to that, there was an Infamous Collection released for the PlayStation 3 on August 28, 2012, which included Infamous, Infamous 2, and Infamous: Festival of Blood. Infamous 2 was later followed by Infamous: Second Son in 2014.
Infamous 2 takes place almost immediately after the first Infamous. After Cole McGrath defeated Kessler, he learned of a new threat, The Beast. After that he meets Lucy Kuo, an agent of the NSA, who takes Cole and his friend Zeke to New Marais to find Doctor Sebastian Wolfe, who helped work on the Ray Sphere Prototype, and she claimed could help amplify his powers. However, when they arrive, they discover that the city, which Cole and Zeke had been to before, had been overrun by an overly religious man known as Joseph Bertrand III and his army of Militia.
Why It Rocks
- Tight controls.
- The melee combat is improved in this game with the introduction of the Amp. You can even buy different finishing moves with your experience points.
- Traversing the city is also improved in this game. Not only is your grinding much faster, and your hovering ability can lift you in the air slightly, but you can also fly up pipes in the sides of buildings and you can climb fences. Regarding that last one, Sucker Punch even put a trophy in the game when you climb your first fence.
- Going along with # 3, when traversing the open world you can sometimes find two factions fighting each other, which makes the world feel even more alive than before.
- The side missions were also improved in this game. Not only do they seem a lot less repetitive, but the good side missions represent one of the new characters, Lucy Kuo, and the evil side missions represents another one of the new characters, Nix.
- Much balanced difficulty.
- There are three factions in the world just like in the previous game, but instead of being divided by three districts, they're all fighting for the same district.
- The karma system is much more meaningful in this game. This includes having two new characters, Lucy Kuo and Nix, who represents Good Karma and Evil Karma respectively, but also having an ending which is completely different if you finish it good or evil, unlike the first game which only had slight differences.
- The graphics are great. This is the first game in the series that used motion capture. The game also does a much better job maintaining a stable frame rate compared to the first one.
- The soundtrack is great. The standout track is the ending credits song Fade Out.
- The story is much better in this game, with better written themes about vengeance, forgiveness, betrayal, sacrifice, and what it means to be a hero and a villain. The story is also more emotional this time around, especially BOTH of the possible endings. Infamous 2 also has some great twists, too.
- The characters are better in this game, including the new characters. Cole in particular was completely overhauled as a character, being made into more of a wise-cracker and having a more fleshed out personality this time around.
- Incredible bosses.
- Cole gains access to 2 new powers from allies Kuo and Nix; Kuo gives him Ice powers, Nix gives him Fire powers.
- Like the first game, there is an upgrade system that allows Cole to improve his powers. What he can unlock depends on his Karmic alignment.
- Speaking of powers, some of his old powers (like hovering and grinding) are available from the start, so there's no need to unlock them again.
- An absolutely beautiful ending in the hero side.
- A new feature where you can create your own levels similar to the LittleBigPlanet series, the UGC, (User Generated Content) is very interesting.
- The game got updated with PlayStation Move support which actually works really well.
- Some of the lore established by this game appears to have be retconned in the sequel, Infamous: Second Son.
- Some fights tend to be a little cheap at times, like being surrounded on all sides by huge numbers when trying to restore power to a new district.
- It's still mostly glitchy and has bugs in it.
Infamous: Festival of Blood
Infamous: Festival of Blood was a stand alone DLC for Infamous 2 which was released in North America on October 25, 2011 and in Europe on October 26, 2011. It was later re-released in the Infamous Collection alongside Infamous 1 and Infamous 2.
In the game, Zeke tells a story where Cole got turned into a vampire by a woman named Bloody Mary, and has to defeat her vampire hoard, and Mary herself, in order to get back to normal again.
The good qualities includes good graphics, good voice acting, good music, and the introduction of fun and unique vampire abilities. However, the single bad quality is that Cole doesn't have access to any of his good abilities, due to him being a vampire and thus automatically aligned with evil, so people who typically prefer to play games good won't enjoy it as much as those who prefer to play games evil (or don't have a preference between the two).
Infamous 2 was generally well received by both critics and fans alike. Many critics agree that the game overall is a vast improvement over its predecessor by miles. Its Metacritic score currently stands at 83/100.
Michael Mazzacane (a.k.a The Retro Replay) gave the game a "Full Price" rating (9/10), calling it a much better experience than the first one by citing Cole's improved characterization, improved melee combat, story, and traversal among the strongest elements.