Parents' Guide to

inFAMOUS

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

How you play superhuman adventure results in fame or infamy.

Game PlayStation 3 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 30 parent reviews

age 18+

Don't bother

You're encouraged to be evil. All the better abilities are only unlocked if you're a bad guy, and all the NPC people just LOVE to get caught in your crossfire, causing you to earn more points towards evil, than you're earning as a good guy. Even with 30% damage reduction, I'm still getting snipped from across the map, by enemies who are too far away for the game to even load. And so, I'm stuck constantly getting shot at by invisible enemies. Oh and the best part is, very so often and only during missions, the game will break and you'll fall through the world causing you to die and having to start at the very beginning. Enjoy ;)
age 8+

really good game and shouldn't be rated 16+

it is a fun game and there is a way to skip all the nudity in the game because there is no nudity at all it is a really fun way better choice than GTA games fun good game the bio leech combo where you suck someone's soul which sounds very very violent but really is not and not that much for a 7 or 8-year-old and there might be some swearing but not that much just like crap dam and that is it

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (30 ):
Kids say (87 ):

Sure, this open-ended adventure has a goal in mind for you -- track down whomever was responsible for the blast and prevent the city from self-destructing -- but you can also decide whether to use or abuse your evolving superpowers as you begin to experience fame and/or infamy. In fact, your electricity-based powers will evolve depending on which path you take. Play as a noble fighter and you'll access one type of upgrades while becoming evil unlocks more sinister and sadistic abilities. This is all tied to a six-level Karma System that monitors your good or evil deeds and leads to specific consequences of your actions in the lengthy single-player story, totaling 100 missions on three large islands.

The game is one of the best PS3 exclusives of 2009 thus far. Consider it a Grand Theft Auto-like open-ended adventure with so much to see and explore, plus it's a "blast" to use special powers and roam about the landscapes, even vertically. The tight game-play -- created by Sucker Punch of Sly Cooper fame -- is wrapped in a gorgeous world and with great-sounding audio, too. inFAMOUS is a great pick for teenage PS3 owners.

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