Cole MacGrath returns in a stand alone download from the PlayStation Network. Itâ€™s Pyre Night in New Marais, the faux New Orleans setting for inFAMOUS 2, and the vampires are out. Entering the catacombs, Cole is captured and his super-charged blood is used to bring back the powerful vampire Bloody Mary. Infected, he has till dawn to kill Mary and avoid an eternity as her undead slave.
So Cole is in for a night of searching for Bloody Mary [sounds like a typical Friday night tbh - Ed.], battling her undead minions and sucking blood. Itâ€™s a compact version of inFAMOUS 2 thatâ€™s fast paced, effortless fun, and while the story lasts around two or three hours you can always stay longer to play through some user created levels, or try building some of your own.
If youâ€™ve had practice with the inFAMOUS 2 user generated content (UGC), you should be building your own levels in no time. From the menu you can run searches for online content, create all new originals levels, or use the templates to build everything from timed ring runs to lengthy â€™kill them allâ€™ battles.
However, for Cole to make it through the night he can use some of his powers from previous inFAMOUS games, but he also has to get familiar with a few new tricks. His melee strikes still pack an electrical punch and he can still blast away with his lightning strikes from a distance. His climbing ability is as good as ever, with Cole effortlessly sticking to the sides of buildings and jumping around on powerlines. Also, falling from the rooftops is absolutely no problem, even from the tallest building Cole just lands on his feet and keeps going.
But with the help of his new vampiric abilities, Cole is even more powerful. Pressing up on the d-pad turns him into a flock of bats. For a limited amount of time he can fly above the rooftops using his new senses to find hidden bottles of blood, secret messages and demonic firstborn disguised as humans.
Although the game doesnâ€™t have the Good vs. Evil focus of inFAMOUS 1 and 2, Cole does have the choice of sticking solely to staking vampires or preying on the partying population of New Marais. Here the choice is arbitrary. Chomping on citizens gives you a burst of blood power that recharges your ability to fly. But, with a bit more care, and a bit more time on foot, you can find enough vampires to kill to keep you going.
With your vampire sense activated you can see red blood pumping through the veins of the people around you. If you donâ€™t see the blood theyâ€™re firstborn so rather then chew on their neck, you can stab them through the heart.
So, you melee with the square button, do special moves with the triangle, or you can target enemies from a distance, and once theyâ€™re down, the square button lets you stab them through the heart. Also, you can only play a small portion of the city that was available in inFAMOUS 2. This relatively small map, and the disappointing way thereâ€™s only a few different vampires and the same half a dozen different civilians, complete with bat wing costumes and big foam hands, repeated throughout the whole game, makes it look and feel a like the New Orleans level of Tony Hawk Underground. Especially when Cole jumps over the fence into the graveyard or uses his powers to surf along power lines.
Ultimately, inFAMOUS 2: Festival of Bloodâ€™s a simple game with a simple story. The cutscenes are cartoonish and move the story along quickly. Itâ€™s told in a bar by Coleâ€™s buddy Zeke, and the actors give the game a lightness and fun despite the prospect of facing an eternity of murderous, blood-soaked damnation. As Zeke says, now that Coleâ€™s a vampire, at least heâ€™ll be better looking and teenage girls will like him more.
For less than $20 developers Sucker Punch Productions have made a game that stays faithful to the inFAMOUS vibe, while aiming straight for the American Halloween market. Though not a new idea, Festival of Blood seems very comfortable with drawing from all manner of games. In the middle of New Marias thereâ€™s even a theatre showing Red Dead Vampires and Assassinâ€™s Bleed.
But, the game is very playable and is an absolute bucket-load of bloody fun. And who doesnâ€™t fancy joining the undead for a night, or sending a few of the blood-sucking freaks back to their graves for good?