by / August 27th, 2009 /

inFamous – PS3

When an uber-powerful bomb turns the once-proud Empire City into a shell of its former self, it’s up to the unlikeliest of heroes to find out what the hell is going on and who’s behind it. Once he can stop what’s left of the city’s populace from trying to kill him that is. Although the fact that he has mega-volts of electricity coursing through his veins does help somewhat on that score.

Our anti-hero, Cole, wakes up post-apocalypse with the ability to channel electricity into lightning bolts of power, which is handy when he’s faced by a motley crew of well-armed renegades, who inspire fear in lawmen and citizens alike. So far so graphic novel, and the game’s visual look and feel does recreate nothing more than a well-designed comic book, and we mean that as a compliment. Character-wise, however, there’s a whole lot more depth: Cole can choose his moral path – help the starving citizens or help himself – as he carries out various missions throughout the vast metropolis, and his actions effect the course of the game.

The playing area is absolutely enormous (GTA-like in its size) and the variety of missions on offer is similarly impressive, with enough plot twists and unlockable abilities to keep even hardcore gamers happy, making inFamous one of the most fun PS3-only games we’ve set thumbs on in months.