Infamous 2 Hands-On

We face murky moral choices and the New Marais militia as Infamous 2's sparky hero.

As a game about an electric superhuman faced with moral choices, Infamous 2 sends a challenging message about the twin delusions of morality and free will: whether you pick the righteous path or the wicked one, you will end up zapping a lot of enemies. It's about the inescapability of violence in a world gone mad and how a living thing seeks above all to discharge its strength. Also, Cole has tattoos now.

We joined our everyman-turned-superhero Cole MacGrath atop a cathedral in New Marais, the New Orleans-inspired city to which the action has moved in this sequel. It's a lush-looking metropolis with more color, character, and detail than the first game's Empire City, which bodes well for a similarly open-world adventure. New Marais, to which Cole has fled, is in the grip of a fascist militia that reviles 'nonhuman' freaks, such as our hero. This militia had captured and imprisoned Agent Kuo, an NSA agent and ally, and it was up to us to set her loose.

As Cole, who has ditched his yellow courier jacket to reveal assorted arm tats, glided off the cathedral scaffolding, past flying buttresses and palm trees down to street level, the minimap presented a red and a blue icon: rooftop checkpoints at which to trigger the same mission with a different approach--that is, moral choice time. Zeke, Cole's old buddy and on the side of the angels (blue icon), proposed we intercept a nearby militia convoy in which a number of New Marais police were caged. If we rescued the cops, they would help us assault the militia compound at which Agent Kuo was being held. The red (bad) icon, on the other hand, meant siding with Nix--an exotic, vengeful, "hedonistic" New Marais native who proposed hijacking a tram, supercharging it, and blasting it straight through the compound gates, innocent bystanders be damned.

Zeke's plan meant swooping on a convoy of militia lorries as they moved through the streets of New Marais, clearing out the gray-and-orange-clad militiamen defending them. Cue some electric bombardment and hectic melee combat as we switched between Cole's shooting mode for ranged attacks--coasting along on overhead power lines, hurling explosive, sparky globs--and clobbering guys with Cole's new electric mace, a kind of giant cattle prod. Our one special move in the demo, the ionic vortex, conjured a black whirlwind that whisked nearby enemies up and away. Cole soaks up a lot of damage and has some nifty acrobatic melee moves; there's a neat somersaulting smackdown, in particular, combined with a slow-motion effect after a finishing move, making combat vigorous, flashy fun.

It's all gone south.

Following Nix's plan, on the other hand, meant commandeering a tram car. We dropped onto its roof and zapped the motor to send it tearing toward the militia compound. Civilians ran and cowered as the tram blasted through cars along the historic streets of the city, before ramming explosively through the gates and landing in the grounds of the militia base. There, in the grounds of the base--a dilapidated antebellum mansion--Zeke and Nix's plans converge. With the former, we were fighting alongside the cops we'd liberated. With the latter, we were fighting alongside Nix, who has superpowers of her own, summoning black, liquid-looking tentacles to attack the soldiers defending the compound. We battled across the landscape garden, destroying mortars as we went, to get to the carriage house behind the mansion where Agent Kuo was imprisoned.

Kuo, though she figured in our demo only in a comic-style cutscene when we set her free, looks set to be the proper counterpart to Nix, rather than Zeke, advocating the virtuous path. This is the path on which just as many enemies get zapped, but for better reasons and with slightly less collateral damage. We'll see how convincing a case she makes for it when Infamous 2 hits this summer.

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Search_for_Vali
Search_for_Vali

I fear that inFamous 2 won't add much to the formula of the first and the problem I had with the first inFamous was the lack of variety. You had a few mission types, you hade three enemy sets, every set brought three different enemy difficulties and it was all very formulaic. They never spiced up things, it never had a certain wow moment or an amazing boss fight. I mean completing all challenges on the first island was game enough for me, as soon as I realized that island two and three meant repeating everything I already did, inFamous lost a lot. From the trailers so far it looks exactly like the first one: Same powers plus some new, same enemies, same missions, same obstacles. Slightly better graphics. The Karma choice moments are identical, even the Good-Bad Missions are identical. And I think that the new powers they promise won't add a new facet to the game. It will be just something tacked on. If they show me tomorrow a mission where my new ice powers allow me to walk on water, opening up new paths, than yeah I am impressed, otherwise it's just another attack move.

bersc
bersc

Worst vioce actor EVER

sora123455
sora123455

At long last! I've been waiting for this preview and the game itself ever since Infamous came out!

DanteDemon92
DanteDemon92

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Ramnath2k
Ramnath2k

xbox stay away from it no exclusive games like ps3. Microsoft has long way to go and needs to gear up to Sony's standard.

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

Those guys in the video look a lot like kessler did. Clones maybe?

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

I smell great boss fights in this game. For some reason I think it will come down to fighting nix or kuo depending on whether your good or bad.

Naxct
Naxct

woohoo. infamous

Andy9Beans
Andy9Beans

Glad it's all firming up, absolutely loved the first one and can't wait to see what they've done since. I don't really care much about the cutscenes, it's all about the gameplay for me!

mutermath
mutermath

horrible horrible voice....WTF?

yaniv87
yaniv87

the 1th was soooooooooooo goooooodddddddddd i hope this will be too!!!!!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Bloody awful voice acter. Good to see that Cole looks like his old self again, rather than that pansy they introduced us to last year.

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

The first game had a great twist at the end so I can't wait to see how the story picks up in this game. Hope it's worth the wait. After inFamous 2, Sly 4 please! :)

Redhand7
Redhand7

im seeing a coop multiplayer mode... with Nix and Cole. Sucker Punch said that there might be multiplayer and coop seems to be the choice. SHOW US A VIDEO PLZ!!!

xNinjaKingx
xNinjaKingx

@Raikoh_ word? i feel bad for these guys who keep losin jobs but u know... the fans want what the fans want =\..... still like how hes a mix between the 2 guys and it would FIT cuz Cole was still recooperating, and JUST got out the hospital(you know how ur voice sounds groggy when sick right?)... so maybe this would fit still groggy but hes not as bad

mdg4
mdg4

I MUST HAVE THIS, loved the first one inFAMOUS

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

If I can fry Zeke to a crisp I might get this.

jamerncc1701
jamerncc1701

first of all i think the graphics are decent, there are games, like the first infamous where as you move closer to an object it looks really bad. I think this is an improvement. Also is every platforming hero going to be wearing those shoes now?

oChampion
oChampion

@02050muh It can if you played the original and you import your data to the new game, but if you havent played it before it doesnt matter

Lewk-07
Lewk-07

I hope the graphics don't stay the same as in the screen shots. It looks like 360 graphics :( .What i mean by that is rather then be textured it's just skinned to look like texture. I have the original game and it has some sort of grainy filter (thats not bad though it makes it look more real) and seemingly better character models.

Superzone
Superzone

I just hope I don't have to go on a freaking 350 Blast Shard quest this time around to get my Platinum trophy.......

dinosaur-123
dinosaur-123

lol the guy in the O of infamous remind me of deadrising

02050muh
02050muh

does the decision made from the original affect the sequel?

cameio
cameio

Oh god 2011 has lots of great games i have a long list to buy i need to save money for Games, Figures, Manga, Blu-ray AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH I NEED MORE MONEY T_T

magnusm1
magnusm1

"Also, Cole has tattoos now."

Bashers79
Bashers79

I did enjoy the first inFamous but, I really hope they sort out the annoying auto ledge grab feature. I really hated the way you jumped of a building and even though you're 10' away, Cole would turn round and grab the nearst ledge.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

@ johny300 I'd recommend it. It's a pretty good game. Not perfect, but pretty good. The moral decisions are a bit shallow, but the gameplay is awesome, and the comic-cutscenes fit in nicely to the whole hero/villain aspect of the story.

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

Infamous was really jerky, hopefully this can be smoother. A swampy city will definately work.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Thoroughly enjoyed the first one, I'll wait for a demo of this and then probably give it a go. There's just so many good games coming out this year I need to spend my money wisely!

xNinjaKingx
xNinjaKingx

Is this still the 1st voice actor? cuz he sounds like hes gettin better O_O still a young voice yet not to groggy like 1st cole

xNinjaKingx
xNinjaKingx

@MEDzZ3RO I feel u lolz they probably started development a lil after the show started/ended and decided it would be a fun game

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

I'm not being funny but does anyone remember the cartoon Static Shock a few years ago about a superheroe who had electrical powers? I swear Cole's based on his powers.

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

:|

Not liking the new voice actor. Couldn't they find someone who sounded more like the original guy? I know it's possible for someone to sound like someone else!

Anstark
Anstark

god dam it they change the voice actor that sucks

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

@Shadow4020 If what their guessing about Kuo is accurate, Zeke may not be there for long.

Dansdaman180
Dansdaman180

idk yes i like the original voice 4 infamous but i think this one u can still get used 2.

Raziel_0
Raziel_0

they fix cole look!! awesome

Raziel_0
Raziel_0

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Mitchell_1797
Mitchell_1797

i remember in the first one when i sided up with the jackals but they still attacked me. hopefully they change that in this one

Pete5506
Pete5506

Sounds great, one of many games to look forward to this year

Shadow4020
Shadow4020

Why is Zeke still in this? Not only was he annoying in the first game, but a pretty bad friend...

johny300
johny300

Hmmm gonna play infamous 1 before playing 2.

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

looks like a good game, i hope they make the missions as varied in both gameplay and story in infamous2. Cole has been my favorite superhero for some time now, when someone asks me "who's your fav superhero" (no one really asks lol) I instantly say, "definitly Cole from infamous". they don't know who the heck im talking about at all. they expect the classics like superman wolverine etc. anyway just wanted to say I have high hopes for this game, i'll be looking for it in this years E3!