Infamous is an action-adventure game in which the player controls Cole MacGrath, a Conduit with electrical powers.
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Story & Themes
In Infamous, Cole McGrath is a bike messenger who is instructed to take a package to specific, highly populated area and open it. Upon opening the package it explodes, destroying everything in the immediate vicinity and causing a mysterious plague to break out. The city is put under quarantine. Cole wakes up, having somehow survived the blast, and soon discovers that he has gained the ability to control electricity. Shortly thereafter, he meets an FBI agent named Moya, who explains that the device that caused the explosion and gave Cole his powers is called the Ray Sphere. He is asked to retrieve the device in exchange for his and his friends' release from the quarantine. He agrees and begins doing missions for Moya, which bring him into conflict with the city's gangs. Throughout the story of this game, and every other title in the series, Cole is given numerous choices that determine whether he will be the city's savior or the one who destroys it.
At the end of Infamous, Cole learns that a super-powerful conduit known as The Beast will soon emerge and potentially destroy the world, creating the setup for the game's sequel.
The game saves automatically whenever anything important happens.
Violence The game is basically about using your superpowers on human beings, so there is a certain amount of violence inherent in that. However, you can choose whether to use your powers to simply subdue the bad guys, or to kill everyone you come across, including civilians. There isn't really any in-between, so if you've already decided not to play an evil character you're somewhat locked into that choice. Either way, the violence isn't terribly realistic since it basically involves shooting bolts of energy at people. Bad guys will use guns on the protagonist, though, regardless of whether you're playing as good or evil.
Sex & Nudity The cleavage of a female character can be seen at one point in the game, but otherwise it's pretty clean.
Strong Language Minor usage of common swear words.
Substance Use A reference to drug dealers is made in the narration.
If you played as a villain, what did you learn from that experience? If you didn't play as a villain, why did you decide not to?