inFAMOUS

Common Sense Media says

How you play superhuman adventure results in fame or infamy.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex

Some women, including a chesty boss character, show plenty of cleavage and spurts out a few sexual references about enjoying "it" in bed.

Language

No F-bombs are dropped, but the game does contain words such as "sh-t," bitch," "damn" and "ass."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few references to drug dealers can be heard via dialogue.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

What would you do if you suddenly developed superhuman strength in a corrupt world: protect the weak and innocent, use your newfound power for personal gain, or a little of both? You can find out for yourself in INFAMOUS, a PS3 exclusive that puts you in the shoes of Cole MacGrath, an everyday guy who not only survives a mysterious explosion while delivering a package in downtown Empire City, but is transformed by it. In the aftermath of the blast, the quarantined city collapses into chaos as it becomes overrun by powerful criminals.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether kids should play titles that let you be good or evil -- such as Fable II, Black & White 2, Spore and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. When playing these decisions-have-consequences games, do you always choose to play as the side of good? How does it feel to be bad? Do you think playing games like this (that permit you to be bad) tempt you to be bad in real life or is this just an endeavor that never becomes anything but a game?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:May 26, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Drug Reference, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3)

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Adult Written byThe-Joker December 10, 2009
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A story to enjoy.

The game is great, hands down. Graphics are great, gameplay is pretty is to get down, and the story is entertaining. They took the time to mention you can be bad, well, they didn't mention that that comes at a cost, being good has its ups and downs as well. To be evil means the loss of a relationship and the death of your beloved girlfriend, the city decays further, people hate you, people start to die. Being good on the other hand means that you will have a good relationship with your girlfriend, the city will begin to prosper, the people will get back on their feet (even start attacking those who tried to take the city and turn it into a wasteland,) people look up to you as a hero, people begin to get healthier and prosper themselves. The cussing is minimum, nothing a kid doesn't here at school or in rap (I went there) so it isn't really an issue. The overall point to this game is to entertain, not to have role models or positive messages. Please keep that in mind.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byjoe biden June 21, 2010
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10+

Really it's a good game for alot of people. the role modles are good even whaen your an anti hero some missions make a good guy no matter what and no sexual stuff. If your kid here's a bad word no doubt they have herd it at school not to mention my friend goes to a christian school and they say bad words there.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models
Adult Written byPvt. Sokolva January 5, 2011
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This is the best sandbox style game I have ever played. Its difficulty settings are optional, so that the newbie can enjoy as much as the hardcore veteran player. The controls are excellently well made; this is a really cool, darker look at the superhero thing. The appropriateness of the game is actually kind of a moral choice; do you become evil, obtain powers of destruction that will probably kill civilians as you fight bad guys, spread discord in the city and suck the life out of people, or do you heal injured civilians, restore unity, and learn powers that heal you and stress accuracy and defense? Its ultimatly your choice whether to be the good guy or the bad guy, and if we are talking appropriatness for children, being the good guy yields gameplay very much like a wonderful superhero movie. You are a character named Cole who has mysteriously obtained the power to wield electricity as a weapon since a huge blast detonated and destroyed your city. You also gain the power to fall from any height without getting hurt, to do crazy parkour moves, and to shoot lightling in a kind of 3rd person shooter gameplay. Its a platformer, sandbox, collecting game, semi roleplay, game that does an excellent job. You may find yourself simply spending hours just running from building to building, admiring the indestructible lighting bolt of a man you are. However, for those who choose to play as an evil character, the game becomes much darker and obviously loses all moral goodness by default. Its a cool choice for adults, and interesting for kids. But I knew a parent who would only let her kid play it if they played it as a good guy, and for younger kids, I understand that stance. This game has mature language and a dark feel to it, but violence wise, if your the good guy, its really not that bad; the only thing you'll be killing is cloaked monsters that don't even bleed.

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