PS3 Out: June Superheroes are nothing new to games or screens in general these days. However, Infamous 2 has its twist on the superhero formula, partly thanks to an American Deep South setting that blends Bourbon St tales with highvoltage action.
Welcome to New Marais: a city with a pulse, culture and the same kind of lived-in feel to it that made Grand Theft Auto IV’s Liberty City fascinating to explore. It’s a decaying sprawl in the throes of a lockdown enforced by the Militia, and returning lead character Cole McGrath can either set things straight or play for keeps.
The loose morality of the original game has been further diluted in the sequel.
By setting the story in a New Orleans-inspired town, developer Sucker Punch has freed up its colour palette significantly and injected a lot of ornate design elements into the cityscape.
Buildings now have intricate textures, featuring a distinctly southern mix of filigreed woodwork and wrought-iron detail. Lamp posts and window awnings hold as much careful design work as the trams that now zip around the city’s winding streets.
In all, it makes for a fascinatingly moody environment to tear apart.
And, indeed, you’ll be spending plenty of time wreaking havoc — either in the name of justice or for your own personal gain. As in the original Infamous, the sequel gives players the freedom to choose their alignment. The world, in turn, begins to be shaped around your actions.
With the freedom to choose your path and approach to the action, Infamous 2 proves that sometimes, crime can pay.
Infamous 2: The game gives new meaning to riding the rails.