It has been several years since I last got into video games and finally decided to give my old hobby a try once more, utilizing Infamous to get me back into the swing of things. I definitely can say without a shadow of a doubt that this game revived my love for playing. The gameplay was smooth and had well balanced attributes throughout.
If I wanted to muck around town, I could do so while still feeling absorbed in the game. There were areas to get into fights and feel some action or if I just wanted to collect blast shards in clear areas, I only had the notion of keeping an eye and ear out for incoming sniper shots. It kept roaming the city maps fun without going to any extreme, as in some other games where you could walk around forever and never get touched by an enemy until you began the next mission in the storyline, taking away from the experience. This all maintained the idea of a dangerous violent world, but sustained the fun factor.
The superpowers were fun as well, suffice to say saving the best for last. The growth and progression of your superpowers is all within reason and appropriate to the tasks at hand as well as the storyline. It was an interesting idea that your moral choices made throughout the game affect the growth of your superpowers, being towards good or evil. I went the good route first and never felt that I was getting cheated as far as sufficiently being able to dole out pain and death to the rampant bad guys.
The graphics and fluidity of the game were right on par for what I expected. Explosions looked great as well as the effects of the electrical superpowers. The city itself had plenty of rich detail without going overboard. To get somewhat philosophical, sometimes it's what the image symbolizes that stirs the most reaction. Seeing a mangled and destroyed city that succumbed to crime, disease, death, and disaster was enough to keep me believing in the game, plus a noir-style storyline had me hooked til the end.
I played the game on Hard mode all the way. Did all the sidemissions and got 90% of all blastshards. Played the game one time being completely good, and the other being completely evil.
Positives:The game's story is really good. The way the story advances seems to fit pretty perfectly. If you pay attention to the story as it progresses, the things that drive the game forward begin to make more sense, and you begin to understand how every character behaves and what motives them to do what they do.
Negatives: The whole going from one island to another only after doing certain missions does seem pretty linear, but its carried out pretty well. Certain side missions make no sense as to why it would increase your territory and prevent enemies from appearing there. Also the fact that anyone would ask you for help if you are evil doesn't make sense.
Positive: Its very similar to Uncharted except you feel like you are Super Drake. As the game progresses you get more and more powers. Every time you get a power it just makes sense and you begin using it from that point on. Almost every power I unlocked was something that I was actually desiring to have. Pretty good variety in missions, even the side missions.
Negatives: Some of the powers can not be upgraded which is a shame because its usually the best ones. Some of the side missions are annoying. Sometimes you want to get a blastshard on the side of a building by falling into it, but since you can't prevent your self from grabbing on to the side of the building, you basically have to keep falling and climbing up the side of the building until you grab that blastshard instead of a window.
This is a six to ten hour game if you try to rush through it, but if you plan on taking your time and doing the side missions you can add another six to twelves hours onto that. This is a great PS3 exclusive. Play it!
Good: - Game play is great and addictive. - Controls are intuitive and making your guy do what you want is easy. - A lot of freedom in how to combat enemies. - Your character's movements are smooth and moving around the city is awesome looking. - Story line and character development is good. - You can interact with your environment a lot. Cars/trashcans/boxes can generally be pushed/destroyed. People react to you as you walk by.
Average: - Graphics are great for parts of the game, and not so great for others. - Replay value is good because you can switch to the other end of the karma spectrum. I didn't make it all they way through the game a second time though. The story line is very very similar between the good and evil paths.
Bad: Can't think of any. :)
Other: I gave it 10/10 because its the best game I've played for PS3 so far.