Throwback Thursday Review – inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood

I got this game right after finishing up my first playthroughs of inFAMOUS and inFAMOUS 2. Luckily this game is always on sale in the PS store at around Halloween so I was able to get it at a discounted price. After playing the first two I was pretty eager to see how this add on story played out, so here’s what I thought about the game.

What’s nice about the story of this standalone game is that it’s a total spoof. None of it really happened and it doesn’t affect the story told throughout either inFAMOUS game. The events of the game revolve around Pyre Night that takes place in New Marais during which Cole investigates a church where he heard some screaming coming from. During his investigation he finds Mary, head vampire, who then turns Cole into a vampire. If he doesn’t defeat her before dawn then Cole will become her puppet.

While this isn’t a huge game that will take you weeks or even days to complete, it’s something that will keep your attention for the time of the game. There are also a bunch of collectibles that will keep you occupied. When I played this game a few years back, I remember playing the story straight through and then using the next day to wrap up and finish collecting the collectibles. I enjoyed that it was a separate story from the one told in inFAMOUS 2 and that it was basically a take it or leave it type of game. I also thought it was a pretty humorous story that kind of went along with the whole vampire craze thanks to those damn Twilight movies.

The playability for this game was pretty much the same as inFAMOUS 2. Controls were pretty easy to manage and with this game you were able to get some new powers to test out and use around New Marais.

As with the playability for this game, the graphics are an exact replica of inFAMOUS 2. While I didn’t really enjoy inFAMOUS 2 as much as I did the first one, the graphics were an improvement and it worked for the series. As with inFAMOUS 2 the graphics in this game are a little more detailed and if you play all three of these games you can see the progress that Sucker Punch is making as it leads up to the beautiful graphics in inFAMOUS: Second Son.

There are a total of 14 trophies for this little game. Each of them are pretty easy to get and you’ll have to play through the whole game, get a couple dozen collectibles, and then of course use your new powers a few times. There’s really no reason why someone wouldn’t get all of the trophies for this game. It doesn’t even take that long as my official game play time was 1 day 3 minutes.

While there is no multiplayer mode for this game, there are User Created Levels. While they aren’t all that great and it just builds on what was in inFAMOUS 2, you might as well give 20 of them a try since you’re going to have to for a trophy anway.

Overall I give this game a 4 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Spoof story of a total fictional event that takes place in the inFAMOUS universe.
+ Same playability and graphics as inFAMOUS 2.
+ Interesting story that gives you a little more playtime as Cole.

What’s Not So Great:
A little on the short side.

While the gameplay time could have been extended just a little bit longer for this game, it did it’s job of keeping me occupied for at least a day. Even though this is a cool little game and it’s great if you love inFAMOUS, I wouldn’t recommend paying full price for the game. This game is one of those games that will always go on sale during Halloween time so I would wait until then to pick it up. You never know, it may even be free one month.

Join me next week when I review the third game that I completed at 100%, Machinarium (PS3). Even though this is one of those little point and click action adventure games it’s a game that I really ended up enjoying and playing more then once.

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