inFAMOUS

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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How you play superhuman adventure results in fame or infamy.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 84 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byThe-Joker December 10, 2009

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 ba... Continue reading
Adult Written byPvt. Sokolva January 5, 2011
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 play... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byjoe biden June 21, 2010

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 sexua... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byZdynamo December 24, 2010

Great game. Perfect for almost any age.

I got this game recently and loved it. In the game, your character develops electric-based superpowers and is faced with decisions of right and wrong. after mak... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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