Nutshell Review: Infamous 2
Reviewer: Cliff Davenport
Recommendations are easy to come by for Infamous 2. If you enjoyed Infamous, you’ll no doubt like its sequel. If not, you probably won’t get anything out of round two that the first installment missed. That out of the way, let’s break it down a bit.
After a jarringly abrupt introduction, Cole, Zeke, and the player are guided to their
newest urban playground. This time, it’s the fictional Louisiana city of New Marais,
and it’s every bit the New Orleans-
Editor’s Note: Giant monster-
and more eating the lot of it than “ringing.”
All of this is presented in gorgeously updated graphics, as Infamous 2 sports notably
better visuals than its predecessor, augmenting its usual hand-
And further reminding us that we all know a guy like Zeke.
If you don’t think you do, you are that guy.
Cole’s conduit powers are yet again the star of the show in Infamous 2, and they’re
smoother to control, more visually satisfying, and more varied than ever, with even
more inventive ways to leap, glide, and race around its open-
The facet of Infamous 2 that does unfortunately lag behind is its narrative, or more
precisely, its pacing. Entire acts of this game seem to drag on for ages, while
others, like its introduction, fly by, leaving players to reach after them wondering
what the hell just happened. Compounded by this is the apparent divorce between
the vast suite of powers Cole ought to have had by the ending of Infamous and the
limited few that he begins with, and has to re-
Kessler’s got something to say about ice and lightning
representing the extent of Cole’s powers…
Thankfully, players are treated to more game for their buck throughout Infamous 2
than even its predecessor. The story is longer, the missions more involved, and the
For better or worse, Infamous 2 delivers a comic-
“…I say, ‘bring it.’”
Controls & Mechanics: 8
Atmosphere & Experience: 6
Entertainment Value: 8
I’m calling the last DLC title now: F.E.M.A.’s Revenge.
…too soon? Probably too soon.
Developer: Sucker Punch
Release Date (U.S.): Jun 7, 2011
Release Date (U.K.): Jun 10, 2011
Release Date (JP): Jul 7, 2011
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