A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game encourages violence against "bad guys" and penalizes the player for attacking innocent civilians. That said, players can decide to play hero or anti-hero by making key decisions throughout the game.
Violence & Scariness
This action-adventure hybrid features plenty of violence, with the player using primarily superhuman powers to zap enemies. Some blood can be seen while finishing off these baddies, but nothing too gory. A few of the comic book-like scenes might be upsetting to some such as seeing a machine gun taking down innocent civilians or a row of people hung by nooses.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some women, including a chesty boss character,Â show plenty of cleavage and spurts out a few sexual references about enjoying "it" in bed.
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No F-bombs are dropped, but the game does contain words such as "sh-t," bitch," "damn" and "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few references to drug dealers can be heard via dialogue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that inFAMOUS is a kind of open-ended Grand Theft Auto-style game -- peppered with more than 100 missions and containing fighting scenes against enemies -- but it's a lot tamer than the "infamous" GTA series (it's rated "teen" instead of "Mature"). Yes, the player can choose to be a bad guy by abusing his newfound superhuman powers, but will be rewarded for using it for good. Electricity-based powers are used against human enemies, and some blood can be seen during or following a battle. Some potentially disturbing comic book-like scenes exist, too, such as humans hanging from a noose. There are suggestive visuals (including a sexy female boss) and some foul language can be heard.
Is It Any Good?
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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