Infamous Updated Hands-On

Sucker Punch's open-world PS3 exclusive is almost here, and we got to play through the latest demo.

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Infamous is going to be with us before the end of the month, a fact that's bound to excite PlayStation 3 owners around the globe. That said, the game arrives at a strange time--just before this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, a time when gamers are generally fixated on the future. But from what we've played of a brand-new four-level demo, Infamous could well tear you away from the news announcements and game demos that are due to happen in the first week of June. From its impeccable animation, superb level design, and interesting moral system, this is a game with plenty of potential--the only thing we need to find out now is whether it can maintain that momentum over an entire game.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. The Blu-ray we received from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe contained four levels from the final game. It wasn't finished code--there was no main menu, for a start, but these levels were spread out throughout the game. They took us from the very beginning of the game, where we learned the basics of the controls, right through to becoming a super-powerful dark-sided badass.

The game is set in a postapocalyptic city, devastated from a weapon that you, as the character of Cole, unwittingly delivered. The city is now quarantined--filled with survivors who have formed gangs and civilians starving on the streets. Luckily for Cole, the explosion causes him to inherit electric-based powers, allowing him to electrocute people, send out shock waves, and survive giant falls.

The first level of the demo, Food Drop, introduces you to Cole's basic powers. You start at the top of a building with your friend Zeke, a fellow messenger who helps you explore your various abilities. You can electrocute people and objects by holding L1 and then tapping R1, and you can send out shock waves by holding L1 and pressing X. You can also hold square when falling from a height to land with an electric shock, knocking enemies to the ground where you can finish them off. Using your electricity-based powers quickly drains you, though, so you have to find recharge points and hold L2 to drain them of their juice.

In the first mission, you have to head to the centre of the city where food parcels have been dropped off to the starving masses. Dallas, or The Voice of Survival as he calls himself, comes on the TV to tell people about it before scavengers get to the parcels. Once there, you get your first taste of Cole's acrobatic abilities, as he clambers up lampposts, across beams, and along ledges to make it to the top, where he electrocutes the weak joint that's holding the food parcels above the ground.

Infamous boasts what could be described as an adaptive animation system, meaning that wherever you jump, the game will automatically adapt to that surface. It's quite brilliant to see in motion, giving onlookers the impression you know the world inside and out as you move naturally around. However, in most situations you just push the direction you want to go and press jump, and the game does the rest. The game makes surprisingly few mistakes--only occasionally did we end up plummeting to our death--but there's a possibility that some gamers will find it all just a little bit too easy.

Infamous has a fantastic animation system that automatically adapts to your surroundings.

The second mission we played was actually a boss encounter called Reaper Boss, where you have to fight a deranged woman who wants to take Cole on a date. Her main attacks are tentacles that throw fireballs at you, but you can deflect them using your shock wave move. She's also able to summon basic enemies, but you can ignore them and shoot at the boss instead. Infamous incorporates quick-time events during this fight, where you have to pull off parts of her suit by tapping the X button and moving the joystick in the direction indicated onscreen.

The third mission is where things really got interesting, and it took place quite a way into the game's story. Cole had turned into a "darker" version of himself, with many abilities to fit. He was able to perform finishing moves on downed enemies. You can hold R1, press square, and tap a button to suck the life out of your foes or even civilians. This also gives you a boost of electricity, so it's sometimes your best option if you're lacking other energy points.

As Cole becomes more powerful, he also inherits some really destructive new abilities. He can throw huge bolts of energy, and he can even throw them like grenades. The purpose of the third mission was to move around a small corner of the city destroying tanks that have been firing on civilians. This was an opportunity to jump from rooftop to rooftop, picking off enemies one by one and then waiting to jump on the tanks. One great touch is being able to slide along electricity cables to move quickly from building to building, while replenishing your supply along the way.

The final mission, called Jail, was an unbelievably difficult prison break, where you have to save your friend Zeke from incarceration. The onslaught of enemies becomes so great that you need to jump on electric plates just so you have a constant supply of electricity to stay alive. We really enjoyed this section, because you get to scale the huge prison building, but the enemies were so powerful that we admit to not being able to finish this mission.

One final thing to note is how well Infamous is presented, with animated panels telling the story as you go along. They follow the same style as Mirror's Edge, but from what we've seen of Infamous, we have to admit to preferring the latter. If you want to see more of the game in action, be sure to check out our video preview above, which has plenty of HD footage about all the things we talked about. And check back next week to see our review.

Discussion

67 comments
benashley
benashley

looks like a cross between crackdown and force unleashed, both good games I might add. Hopefully it won't be as repetative as crackdown.

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

Pre Ordered It hope that move you get is as good as the dudes at gamestop say it is

JJ_Marsh
JJ_Marsh

Demo was crazy sick, can't wait to get this and unlock all his other powers.

backatcha
backatcha

This game is gonna rock...and today we can download the demo!!!

lozvil
lozvil

I'll wait for GameSpot's review before getting this...

hedgenator
hedgenator

the extra skill is for preorders, does that include if i preordered off of amazon, i dont see why not, but sometimes company's are stupid

OF-5
OF-5

I want this but i don't have a PS3...:*(

ali_manslayer
ali_manslayer

i think this is going to exceed everyone's expectations

jokerman_28
jokerman_28

AWESOME!! cool set of moves for Cole. definitely buying this when it's released!!

luniac
luniac

Looks pretty good, i hope it is..... too bad its exclusive... oh wait.. my friend got a PS3...

Gorthin
Gorthin

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Gorthin
Gorthin

This game and prototype = I want a PS3!!

Gorthin
Gorthin

this and prototype= iwant a PS3

fiskefyren
fiskefyren

@ Gelugon_baat: uhm... some of us aint that **** poor that one bad buy game will ruine us for life? so no... i wont think it very THOROUGHLY though befroe pre-ordering this game... and who cares about reviews? most of gamespots (and others) is a load of bull, the only reviewer i trust is yahtzee from zero punctuation, because he seems like to have the same taste as i do. and i'll add salt to you anyday and anywhere.

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

This game looks badass, wish there was some sort of deathmatch type online play or multiplayer, but i can look past that.

mikeyg756
mikeyg756

Don't like the look of it. I don't think it will do well.

allotheabove123
allotheabove123

@NandoSupes Thanks alot for that i thought that i was getting ripped off.

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

@allotheabove123, it comes packed with the game.

allotheabove123
allotheabove123

I dont get it i preordered the game but i didnt get the uncharted 2 beta?!?!?!?

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

man, i dunno i i should pre-order or just wait until it comes out even though ive already heard that it is good on IGN and gamestop got a code to play the levels and say they cant wait...

feetonthetable
feetonthetable

Now I'll just wait for a thumbs-up from GameSpot, too, and I'll get the game.

raith616
raith616

just over a week left freakin sweet birthday this year infamous, batman and pototype im hibernatin heh

TrippingOnWords
TrippingOnWords

Man, I almost yelled at my bank account this month, but then my room-mate said he was buying it. Hallelujah, right? I can't wait to try this game out, it's great watching game developers mature and go on to continually improve upon their skills. Hopefully it doesn't suffer from too-short-syndrome. Guess I'll wait and see~

paystation
paystation

i love this game i was on of the luky ones to get the demo the other day before it was taken of. and i play on it all the time carnt wait for 26 or 27 of may

albiss6
albiss6

I was planning to buy this until i heard there would be no online just story i am not to happy about that i was thinking they would have like a superhero brawl haha too bad maybe if price goes down

RonTorque
RonTorque

@ninjarat, i am sorry about that hope you recover soon and buy the game and enjoy it. because from what i saw it deserves,it shows the PS3 power indeed.And comparing it to mirror edge is not even an option i don';t know hwy the said that but it's absolutely different from Mirror's Edge

ninjarat
ninjarat

A sony exclusive that I'm excited about & that comes out when I'm recovering from surgery!

SPYDER0416
SPYDER0416

How lame, they couln't finish the level. N00bs.

eynonz
eynonz

Because IGN make an effort to do stuff, :/ they have even got a 9 minute walkthrough on the first moments of Bioshock 2, and on Gamespot they got Sims 3 previews WOW how exciting! :(

formerroadie
formerroadie

I want to know why IGN gets to put up a preview so early and we got nothing from GS. Come on GS, lets hear it.

snake3rules
snake3rules

Also, this and prototype (which is suddenly worrisome, one month away and I feel like Ive barely seen anything but a trailer) should quench my appetitte for superheros games after the bitter disappoinment and repetitive nightmare that is the wolverine game

snake3rules
snake3rules

Nice to see them sound so positive on a PS3 title, especially after they seemed to unjustly criticize it with one of the previews a few weeks ago.... They almost seem to be saying contradictory things, one noting how unimpressive the draw distance and popup was, the other extolling the virtues of the graphics and presentation.

rht1992
rht1992

Looks so cool and because i've saved up reward points with GAME i get it for half price!!! :)

supezombiejesus
supezombiejesus

i wanna pirate mmorpg. . . . . . . a good one. id even settle for like an offline sandbox style (obliv) pirate romp. a man can dream. . .

raptor400k
raptor400k

Seems that this game's been getting very positive reviews from IGN. I was actually afraid that the game world would be repetitive and lifeless but after reading those reviews, I can honestly say that I can't wait, a game that bases itself on electricity, the chaos!

JBjazzbo
JBjazzbo

Looks like my sort of game. Looking forward to it.

shalashaska88
shalashaska88

Looks like ratchet and clank will have to wait.

mcshorty73
mcshorty73

i can't wait for this game!!! I've followed this game since 2007 and now its finally here

konradak
konradak

Definitely getting this game.

laresistance123
laresistance123

This game looks good, but I don't have the money. -_-

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

intresting but il wait till more reviews

ico92
ico92

ahh yet another great game on to the ps3's growing library of games. ha ha i've noticed something 360 fangirls dont use that insult... "the ps3 has no games" lool how obsolete is that line?

Topgamer220
Topgamer220

Gamespot is really smart, am sure if they wanted they could already have a review of this game, they try 2 build suspence cuz for me gamespots review of any game is the deciding factor on wether or not i buy a game. And due to experience and after seeing igns review am positive gamespot is goin 2 give this game 8.5 to 9. Am getting this game!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I hope this gets a good average review. I mean on Gamestats, not Gamespot. Every time Gamespot reviews something their results are always labelled as an anomoly on Gamestats since every other website says the opposite to them. I'm hoping for an average of 85/100.

poorisaac
poorisaac

This looks like a super-powered DMZ. You can definitely see the connections. I mean, your friends name is Zeke(Matty Roth's friend was Zee) But there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I can't wait for this AND Protoype, as I am fortunate enough to afford buying both, and RE5, and MLB09 The Show....and SF4, and KZ2, and Res2....Thank god for the recession. Money's easy to come by if you know where to find it.

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

inFAMOUS keeps looking better and better really hope it plays as well as it looks.