Cole “The Electric Man” MacGrath has returned. If you never played the first Infamous, you can still play this one without spoiling the story from the first one. The Beast is coming, and Cole is the only one powerful enough to stop it.
The story begins in Empire City, where the first one took place. The Beast has appeared and Cole leads the charge to take him down. An epic battle ensues between Cole and the Beast, ending with Cole getting weakened. Fearing being destroyed by The Beast, Cole, Zeke, and Agent Kuo leave on a boat and set out along the coast to New Marais.
Upon arrival you are greeted by New Marais’ Militia. Fearing “The Demon of Empire City” (Cole) they open fire. When you get to the main land, you continue to look for Agent Kuo’s contact Dr. Sebastian Wolfe. Then his lab explodes. Dr. Wolfe was working on an important project to combat The Beast. The Ray Field Inhibitor is supposed to be able to counter the effects of the Ray Sphere (witch gave you your new powers). With this you should be able to weaken The Beast enough to destroy it. But what happens when you want to see the whole city burn?
As you play this sandbox style game, you get to make karmic choices witch will change your karma towards Hero (good) or Infamous (evil). This is more diversified in Infamous 2. There are lots of choices as you roam the city, do side quests, and progress through the main story. As in most games with good and evil choices, evil is generally more fun and good makes the game easier. As you wonder the streets for the good of the people, you can stop muggings, kidnappings, disarm bombs, or heal the injured. You can beat up street performers, steal blast shards, let bombs kill innocents, or just mess with the cops if you want to be evil.
The powers you get through out the game also can change depending on your karma. There are specific powers for both good and evil. At another point in the game, you can choose to merge your powers with another conduit (person with powers from the Ray Sphere), witch gives you diversity in your powers. When you choose, you get the choice between Ice and Fire. Another cool feature is the “on the fly power swap” by pressing and holding left on the D-pad you can switch what powers you are using for what button. That means if you don’t like the current grenades you are using, you can change it!
As a whole this game is much better then the first installment of the series. Its more fun to play, the graphics look better, there is more diversity in the enemies, the melee combat is better, and the powers are more fun to use. There is also a UGC mode for online. This is User Generated Content. Its a little tricky to use, but anyone can make their own missions and post them online for everyone to play. The complaint so far with the UGC is there is no manual on how it works, but a little time, looking at the example missions, and just generally messing with it gives you the idea on how to use it. Check this one out for sure!