There's been a lot of controversy as of late with our hero from the inFamous series. With word of a 2011 release of a sequel set in what appears to be New Orleans, Sucker Punch decided to give Game Informer an exclusive first look. The first thing people noticed on the cover was the new look of Cole McGrath. I thought he was a new character to the series, but the article was sure it was Cole.
There were many things about this new Cole that irks me. The first thing was the blue electricity flowing around him. Blue electricity implies that Cole is going to be a good character. What's up with that? Being evil in the first inFamous was a lot more fun. It made the story more believable seeing as how Cole's luck didn't change either way you played it. Another thing that irked me was the look itself. It was hard to believe Cole was human in the first inFamous. He started to show black lines around his head and neck as he grew more evil. The grimy look Cole had combined with the dark nature of Empire City really brought out an apocalyptic feel of the game. Good Cole didn't look like he belonged in the sewers fighting off reapers. Let's look at cover of the July issue of Game Informer. There's a fire in the background, people are shooting at him, but Cole looks like he's on his way to the nearest Abercrombie and Fitch. Must be a sale or something. The developers would have had to explain where and when the former sewer rat got his queer eye makeover
After a huge backlash from fans over the redesigned Cole, the developers at Sucker Punch decided to once again redesign Cole to make him look more like the Cole we met in the first inFamous. I probably wouldn't have minded the original redesign if they had presented him as evil. That way his electricity would at lease be red, and he wouldn't look so anxious to get to his hair appointment.