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InFamous: Festival of Blood review

AT A GLANCE
  • Flying around as a bat swarm is hugely fun
  • UGC cutscenes are a cool addition
  • Easy-to-find collectibles mean easy Trophies
  • Collectibles are maybe a little TOO easy to find
  • Unlocking all powers means playing lots of UGC
  • Over pretty quickly

In either case, the mission-creation tools take some patience and experimentation to learn properly, and the playable results vary wildly in quality (although you can still set filters to control what pops up in your game world). However, those who enjoy putting together UGC missions will get a kick out of being able to add static 2D cutscenes (made by positioning characters in the world and moving the camera to create a static shot, then adding floating text bubbles), something that’s also being added to InFamous 2 via a free patch.

Finally, FoB adds Move support (which InFamous 2 will also get from the aforementioned patch), although waggle-phobic gamers will be relieved to find out that it’s only as an aiming device; at no point will you have to shake the Move wand to swing Cole’s cross, or anything like that. As is usually the case, Move enables more accurate aiming for those who have the patience to get used to it, but while it makes flying around in Shadow Swarm a little easier, it doesn’t add a great deal to the gameplay. It also doesn’t detract from it, though, so it’s a great addition for anyone who prefers Move to a gamepad.

As short as it is, InFamous: Festival of Blood is enormously fun while it lasts. The Shadow Swarm power is a ridiculously enjoyable addition, the Halloween plot is interesting (and spiked with a visually arresting shadow-puppet cutscene) and the new UGC features make it a must-have for mission-builders. Sure, it could be more substantial, but considering that your $10 buys a self-contained, open-world adventure with unlimited time to mess around and bite people, it’s definitely worth the download.

More Info

Available Platforms: PS3
Genre: Adventure
Published by: SCEA
Developed by: Sucker Punch
Franchise: InFamous

9 comments

  • ultimatepunchrod - October 30, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    Great review. I played through it pretty quick, but it was perfect for Halloween. I do wish I could mess with the UGC stuff without being online though as I live in the dark ages and don't have the internet at my house, but I thought this was a really fun addition to the Infamous franchise.
  • metalgatesolid - October 29, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    Fair play to Sony for doing such an unusual piece of DLC for one of its exclusives. Glad its good.
  • Crypto140 - October 29, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    Honestly I was a little dissapointed, you dont get any real elecrtic powers and the only power oyu get as a vampire is to fly around and use vampire vision.
  • CitizenWolfie - October 29, 2011 1:56 a.m.

    Didn't bother with infamous 2 as I didn't like the demo but since you don't need the disc I might pick it up.
  • cL7oud hero - October 28, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    Would you recommend this to people who are waiting for infamous 2 to price drop to get this
  • MeTimeFreeTime - October 28, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    I second cL7oud hero's question.
  • roboteye - October 29, 2011 12:45 a.m.

    Yes. It's a great game. Personally, it's one of the best open world game out there.
  • TriforcePlayer - October 29, 2011 6:50 a.m.

    You could buy inFamous 2 pretty cheap off Ebay. Don't bother with this.
  • nccows - October 29, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    I would definitely recommend Infamous 2 over this. I love both of them, but Infamous 2 is currently my runner-up game of the year behind Portal 2. It's probably the best superhero game ever, and I would highly recommend it. Also, it's $38.99 on Amazon. Well worth it.

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