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POSTED 10/6/11


INFAMOUS 2

Sony
PS3

“When will I, will I be infamous?” Piss off Cole, you know we can answer that – uh, Empire City? Oh, and seriously mate, Bros?!

Yep, Monsieur MacGrath’s back – slightly remixed - but up for another challenge reminiscent of a zzapinated Burn Notice. It’s even set southwards in New Orlea... erm, New Marais. Yep, after what transpired in Empire City, Cole’s hot-footed it downwards, pursued by that thing he unleashed, The Beast (and, we presume, it’s shadow...)

Basically you’re left asking “who were those masked rednecks?” as you rain sparkified havoc upon Jazzville, with Plastic Bertrand the big bad, letting loose the ‘Pogo Pogo’ on ‘Tout petit la plančte’ – or something.

Cue more of much the same – hell, the first Infamous wasn’t broke, so thankfully it’s not been majorly fucked with. Collectors still need to nab blast shards, and dead drops have morphed from beepy-beepy things into a ‘stop the pigeon’ variant that'd have Dick Dastardly salivating.

Improvement-wise, things are purtier, and neat-o additions abound, in particular starting with electro-slide and rocketmaniness, powers arcing up as you progress, and having morality/immorality mean more. As well as two, erm, smokin’ hot babes to help/hinder you, depending upon whether you’re feelin’ nasty or nice, you’re armed with a funktastic electro proddy stick, courtesy of questionable Elvis-wannabe budster Zeke. There’s even a LittleBigInfamous thang whereby user-generated content’s absorbed into proceedings.

Some annoyances carry over – camera shenanigans, overlong tasks, vindictive respawn points, DualShock-hurling death from out of nowhere and an aversion to ladders that Mario conquered 30 years ago - but if you loved the first, this’ll have you swampy with satisfaction. Hell, you’re even rewarded for exterminating street mimes. Take that you keeping-mum fucks!

If it was from Bros, Infamous 2 would be their finest moment... but thank fuck it's an electrifying gaming experience instead.

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