InFamous hero Cole is back to his old self. Now we miss the new one

Infamy, infamy. They all had it in for... him. So much furore surrounded the redesign of InFamous' lead character Cole MacGrath, Sucker Punch has caved and taken him back to the drawing board... and emerged with the old version. D'oh. Alright then, let's see what's changed. Here's the first Cole, as seen in the game:

Now here's the old new Cole from InFamous 2's first trailer:

And finally, new new Cole, revealed at Gamescom.

Firstly, it seems a bit daft that so many people care about what is essentially 'generic man'. Sure, he looked a little like Niko Bellic in that first shot but he was hardly... well, Niko Bellic, was he?

Secondly, was the redesigned version really so bad? He looks more youthful, more ready for anything. More the kind of chap you wouldn't mind dating your sister. You know, he'll take her for a ride on his motorbike and probably go a bit fast, but you know he'll bring her back safely.

But thanks to everyone who whined, he's gone now. I hope they're all happy. Poor chap almost starred in a videogame. Now look at him. Take a long, hard look at that face. You'll never see it again. Yeah, you did that. Bastard.

18 Aug, 2010




  • starhaw - September 27, 2010 9:01 p.m.

    If we are gonna be talking generic here, there is another "Generic Gaming Man" that is starting to be over used and frankly I'm personally starting to get annoyed with. I'm talking about the generic Hardass character with the Wolverine sounding voice(you guys know the one I'm talking about,what comes to mind is Gears of War when I think of the voice). Nathan drake to me was a bit of a breath of fresh air because he was witty and had his own charm, which now in any Shooter game there has to be the gruff wolverine sounding hardass. Cole's voice was a little to gruffy for me but he had character to him. Don't get me wrong I like a hardass every now and then but its a concept that is just being used to much too fast, In every other game that comes out you hear the voice and see the I don't care I just want to blow sh*t up and run head first into a fight because I think I'm such a hardass, attitude.Some of you are probably going to disagree with me but there has to be someone out there who knows what I'm talking about. Anyways I didn't think cole was to bad but he did need a bit more character development (besides the moral choices, like what was he like before the blast and gaining his powers?)In my opinion gaming could use a few more Nathan Drakes (because they have actual character and emotion to them) than the gruff hardass that seems to becoming a trend in most action/shooting games. feel free to criticize, I know most of you will but like I said there has to be someone out there who see's what I'm talking about. We are all entitled to our opinions.
  • axelgarcia1 - August 24, 2010 9:16 p.m.

    he still looks younger... which is weird for a sequel
  • lionarthegreat - August 20, 2010 2:49 a.m.

    the new new one looks like a guy i have a strong urge to punch in the face the old new one at least looked like a normal guy with some sense of style
  • soren7550 - August 20, 2010 1:47 a.m.

    Ewww, I don't like the new new one. The old new one was kind of sexy, but this one is (as Yahtzee put it) an angry potato. I love your description of the old new Cole GamesRadar. Couldn't have done better myself. (probably would have said something along the lines of 'kind of like Ellis', but then again, Ellis always struck me as a guy who...well, is youthful, ready for anything, kind of chap I wouldn't mind dating, might drive a bit fast but I'd come home safe.)
  • LastPariah - August 19, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    To hell with the fans, Sucker Punch has made great games in the past without bending over for the fans. They should have stood their ground and told the fans to trust them. Obviously, the, "fans", didn't have faith in them.
  • Fuzunga - August 19, 2010 7:10 p.m.

    Also, the original design looks like Francis from L4D to me.
  • Fuzunga - August 19, 2010 7:09 p.m.

    Great. Now he looks like StarKiller.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - August 19, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    Well fuck you too, internet. reCaptcha: sproter FOOD? wait, wtf?
  • philipshaw - August 19, 2010 12:14 p.m.

    Anyone who played Infamous and liked the redesign is a idiot because it looked nothing like Cole from the first game. It would make no sense in terms of the story because Infamous 2 follows on from the first game and having a character that looks completely different doesn't make sense. I thought it was fan art when I saw the Game Informer cover. The whole thing just seemed like a focus group test of "people like that Nathan Drake character, we should make our guy look like that so we sell more copies". You know it isn't the design sucker punch wanted because they changed it so quick,showing they had no faith in the redesign. Glad they changed him back and the Cole now looks a natural progression from the first game
  • reeperskull - August 19, 2010 7:30 a.m.

    im very happy they changed the design but it wont fix the new voice(hopefully it changes when he is evil) and no goatie kinda looks weird would have been cool if he grew a big beard lol and the green shirt dosent match the pants should have kept the shirt from old new cole and just changed the face and hair
  • Jackelsburg - August 19, 2010 5:47 a.m.

    while i never really cared about the character design, im kinda wondering, why did they have to put a scar on the new new cole's face? it just seems kinda unnecessary to have it
  • fuzzywuzzy - August 19, 2010 5:13 a.m.

    Am I the only one who thought that the old new Cole looked as if he had no chin? it's because of the angle and lighting of the screenshot, I know, but it still looks odd...
  • InfamousGamer - August 19, 2010 3:58 a.m.

    I'm a bit unsure if I like the new Cole for Infamous 2. One one hand, it doesn't make Cole look like he's 10 years younger. However, I liked the other one because it gave a whole new look to him. Maybe they'll make the old new one a skin for dlc.
  • Ethereal05 - August 19, 2010 3:46 a.m.

    To be completely honest I loved the design of original Cole. When they announced Infamous 2 I couldn't be happier. Then I saw the first redesign....not horrible but it was too much of change. Its like when a great movie loses an actor and the sequel just doesn't feel the same. I am very happy that Sucker Punch listen to a majority of the feedback and made the change to the newer redesign. Love it and can't wait to play it. Day one.
  • HawtKakez - August 19, 2010 3:27 a.m.

    Sorry to say it, but I do prefer the redesign. I don't know why but going from gruff and dirty to young and clean was an odd transition. To be honest, I don't think the old character design would have made any difference in gameplay. Well, I am happy and I'm sorry you're unhappy.
  • ShaneCedt - August 19, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    Looks like a drug dealer
  • Lurkero - August 19, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    The old new Cole seemed to be leaching off the Nathan Drake style. I was actually hoping that Sucker Punch designed Cole to accentuate his electric abilities. Maybe have static-y looking hair that was somewhat spiky, and a melee weapon that was just a metal pole that he could manipulate with his powers. At least the jacket is still gone.
  • TDUBBS - August 19, 2010 12:07 a.m.

    Weak on Sucker Punch's part. They should've told the haters to shut it and stick with their vision
  • sonicluringthechildinyouintoawindowlessvancalledsoniccolors - August 18, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    I think we were just used to his kind-of-cool outfit. Bald space marines may be generic, but they're usually at least a tiny bit distinct from each other to recognize/grow attached to.
  • vizzo - August 18, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    This sucks. Old new Cole was far too generic, but The old Cole model was just plain ugly. In fact, my clearest memory if infamous 1 was my disgust when I first saw my character. If there is not an option to cover the hideous version of Cole in Infamous 2, then I will spend my money on a game where I can create my own, better looking character. Those eyebrows make me sick- Cole looks like the bad guy.

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