Infamous 2 Updated Impressions

Cole MacGrath makes his first public playable appearance at Gamescom 2010 in Germany, where a new demo also shows him facing off against a huge enemy in a new section from the game.

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Gamescom 2010 is the first chance that the general public will have had to go hands-on with Infamous 2, in a section from E3 in Los Angeles. Behind closed doors, Sony was also offering members of the press a glimpse at a new section of the game. The section, which takes place in the game's new location of New Marias, sees Cole starting out in the city swamps, before fighting a barrage of enemy reapers and ultimately meeting the monstrous revenger, a huge new enemy for Infamous 2.

The new section of gameplay we saw was finished by developer Sucker Punch just a few days ago, so it's the latest build of the game yet seen. It showed Cole wielding his new melee weapon, the amp, which is a pair of metal batons that he electrifies by transferring his super electric powers to them. After beating off a procession of reapers and demonstrating the game engine's impressive new level of destructibility, Cole faced off against a giant new enemy called the revenger.

The revenger is a mutant enemy borne out of New Marias' swamps, which have mutated their victims to a hideous degree. The revenger charged at Cole and threw cars at him, so it was good for Cole that he now possessed the ability to fling cars back using his electrical powers. This was just one of the new super powers that Cole will possess in Infamous 2, with more being revealed in the run up to the game's release.

Following a somewhat negative response to the revised look of Cole from fans, developer Sucker Punch has changed the design of its lead character to make him much more recognisable. That said, Cole will be voiced by a new lead actor, Eric Ladin--a performer so versatile that he's also providing the motion capture for the character. The resulting revision means that Cole is looking both reassuringly familiar and more agile than ever, and we can't wait to find out how Cole 2.0 handles.

The demo we saw was only on show behind closed doors at Gamescom, but it will be revealed to the public at this year's Penny Arcade Expo. For more on Infamous 2, be sure to check out all of the previews on GameSpot, and to see it in action, watch the multiple trailers for the game on the site.

Discussion

41 comments
VilandasUK
VilandasUK

The only thing I want to see in inFamous 2 is that nemesis that Kessler was talking about in inFamous 1

johnaras002
johnaras002

will we be able to choose if Cole is going to be good or evil ?

santinegrete
santinegrete

What? Adressing things that didn't like enough from the first one? Looks like someone knows how to do a sequel ^^

BigGhost_AJT
BigGhost_AJT

@Aayugara: Good catch. Someone wasn't taking proper notes. I don't think I've ever seen a developer make such noticeable changes based on customer response during a game's cycle. I guess the backlash was just that strong. I wasn't bothered by the new Cole. But I have to admit a level of comfort with the "classic" Cole look and voice.

Aayugara
Aayugara

@BigGhost_AJT and the developer called it the Ravager, whereas the article refers to it as the Revenger

unbentonslaught
unbentonslaught

those tight pants are not working for Cole. and if you look closely the death animations are still scripted

BigGhost_AJT
BigGhost_AJT

The developer pronounces it New Marais. I think the writer has the spelling wrong.

ProdjectAUSM
ProdjectAUSM

The Cole that they had was fine(ish). The only thing is that he looked perfectly capable of filling the role of a hero, but not so much of being full on evil. He looked like he wasn't capable of being evil, only a jerk...

DemonsWrath11
DemonsWrath11

I think I did hear cole's voice sound younger than he looked which is just weird, thats something they need to fix or just bring back the old voice actor. Also the game really needs a better way of transportation like kesler's lightning-blur dash from the first game. Zipping around the city at the speed of lightning and from rooftop to rooftop, now that would be awsome.

Leir_Bag
Leir_Bag

Now it's fine! Yeah, i liked this new look on Cole (I'd rather stay with the fist game cole, but now that they improved his new look, it's awesome!). While i didn't find the new voice actor so bad, the old one sounded better so far. I do hope that he does't sound so young when it launches, but i really don't are that much. You see, Cole was never a interesting character, nor were everybody else at the first game, so unless they improve the plot a lot, i wont mind (i hope they do). What i think would be awesome: if inFAMOUS 2 had a really realistic apeal, like some other of the others playstation's exclusives, like, showing the misery and destruction that this citys have in some really great textures and with good face expressions, as well as light effects, the fire from explosions end everything else. That would be awsome.

ZombiePhoenix72
ZombiePhoenix72

I don't see what's so bad about Cole's new look and the new version of the old version looks like he's escaped from the army or something. It's stupid. They shouldn't make his shirt so tight and they should give him a jacket or something.

Lewk-07
Lewk-07

along as the towns people are better animated. Both physacally and emotionly

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

wait........a company that actually LISTENED to feedback? ...........they have my respect.

DemonsWrath11
DemonsWrath11

It looks pretty good so far but suckerpunch still has some work ahead of them to make it really good. Also I keep hearing about this kinetic pulse that he has, sounds awsome, could someone give me a link so I could see it? Another thing; does anyone know where I can find the infamous offical forums?

spidermantres
spidermantres

this game is awesome as soon as it gets out im gonna get it

TristanH12
TristanH12

AS long as it is better than the first one. I liked it but I disliked the style they told the story in...it seemed cheap.

zidan4000
zidan4000

do they care to provide us a picture for the (improved) new cole? also why change the voice actor? the previous one did the job very well

AceJakk
AceJakk

the word is "this" not dis. learn to english.

Freethinker101
Freethinker101

That's better it looks like the same guy, but different. As opposed to being the same guy and looking nothing like him. I hope it is more varied in it's gameplay than the last one.

TeenGamer92
TeenGamer92

Ooooh it's telekinesis. I thought they meant he was just using his shockwave from last game.

johny300
johny300

Go watch the new gameplay on youtube cole can make cars fly and then throw them on the enemies.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@TeenGamer92 - in the first game,you couldn't launch cars in the telekinetic sense of EG force powers that you can pick up and throw objects with, but Cole did have an energy blast which would send pretty much anything flying that it hit - there's the missions where you're riding the trains and have to clear the train tracks of wrecked cars, and you use this "push" ability to smash stuff out of the way... I'm really looking forward to this sequel, the first was a great game....

D-mazing
D-mazing

i forgot to mention that coles voice fit perfect with the mood of the game. new cole doesnt sound like the badass he was in the first one please sucker punch fire this new guy and bring back the old voice actor you will make many many of your fans happy. his new voice is kinda annoying

guerillaKZ2
guerillaKZ2

Personally I found infamous 1 a bit boring, hopefully the second one holds my interest because the attention to detail and destructibility makes it sound really cool

D-mazing
D-mazing

nice to hear they changed the look to a recognizable cole. but i wander what is up with the monsters popping out of nowhere did they magically appear? and why is zeke back with cole didnt he disapear at the end of the second one? and whats the story of him having to travel to this swamp city how did he get out of empire city? im pretty sure the authorities had the whole city on lock. im still excited for it though lets hope the sequal isnt like most sequals to a game. by which i mean alot of sequals are horrible. bioshock 2 for example

Nosnitsttam
Nosnitsttam

haven't they heard of "if it isn't broke, don't fix it"? i saw nothing wrong with cole's image OR voice. changing either just seems like wasted effort they could have focused elsewhere. gamespot totally downplayed the response to the new cole since a "somewhat negative response" rarely forces a developer to completely redesign a character.

AC2TheTruth
AC2TheTruth

actually i liked the new look on cole. it fitted very well in the new city. the only problem i had was the new voice actor! he sounded like a redneck! but im glad they changed the voice actor but the new look on him doesnt fit that well right now...... i hope they make some changes

Fz1994
Fz1994

game dont look very promising yet....

smartboy213
smartboy213

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SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

Glad they changed him back. Changing his appearance so drastically from the first game was a baffling decision. Good on everyone for supporting the old Cole.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope they fixed the new cole

Joker_851
Joker_851

If you go to the inFamous 2 website it shows a new trailer featuring the new new cole but he's kind of hard to see because it moves around him pretty quickly. They also have a cutscene from the game.

cheeseheadlarry
cheeseheadlarry

@teengamer92 on ign they say he has some telekenesis based powers now, i think that's what he's reffering to.

TeenGamer92
TeenGamer92

I'm pretty sure he could launch cars in the last game

Trathen
Trathen

i wonder what he looks like now

drummer131
drummer131

I don't like the way he looks now. I didn't like the way he looked in the first game. How Cole looked in the initial concept art and the E3 trailer is partially what was drawing me to this sequel in the first place. Oh well, maybe once I know more about gameplay and story, I'll be able to begin overlooking how I'll look for many potential play hours.

Hairygrim
Hairygrim

Revenger, ravenger? Sure it wasn't 'ravager'? That'd be a hell of a lot less cheesey... Hopefully there aren't gonna be TOO many new powers, inFamous 1 had a fair amount & if they're gonna be included from the start in 2 then it could get confusing for new players. Still, brilliant that they've got the old look back for Cole, let's hope that the voice actor won't seem quite as annoyingly different from the original now.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Cole could always throw cars back since infamous 1.

Vojkan80001
Vojkan80001

i hate these type of previews, you never know if he liked what he saw or now, so open ended. It would be like someone describing soup to you. "It is salty, it smells, its red, etc" Still doesn't tell you if it tastes good or NoT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!