Just in time for the Halloween season comes Infamous 2: Festival Of Blood, a standalone vampire-themed Infamous 2 side-story available for download exclusively from the Playstation Network Store. The Infamous 2 game disc is not required to play this DLC and therefore is available for anyone to play instantly. Festival Of Blood’s story is painfully short and seems hastily assembled with only about 2 hours of gameplay not including the post-story user created content. This content may entice some to play for longer or even attempt to create their own scenarios if willing to comprehend it’s somewhat complex level editor.
In FOB, Infamous’ protagonist Cole is bitten by a vampire, forcing him to hunt down the vampire queen in order to break the curse by sun-up. Cole gains two new powers in this process, the distance-covering shadow swarm (which allows him to fly as a cloud of vampire bats) and the collectible-hunting skill, vampire vision. Both of these powers in conjunction allow you to find all the game’s secrets in no time flat. Shadow swarm is fueled by blood, which needs to be replenished frequently by feeding on New Marais’ populace. This brings us to one of FOB’s biggest style changes, the omission of morality choices, a staple of the Infamous franchise. Cole immediately shifts evil upon his vampire transformation minutes into the game and stays that way for the remainder.
FOB seemingly assumes players have experienced an Infamous game before and neglects to include a tutorial or moves list for newcomers. The hover ability for instance is not even mentioned in the controls section of the options menu. FOB is move capable, but most players will find a dualshock control pad is better suited for play.
Even with the user created content, Infamous 2: Festival Of Blood is much too brief a game for anyone other than die hard Infamous fans to lay down ten big ones on. It’s large file size (about 3GB) is reason enough to wipe it after completion and may take nearly as long to download as it takes to finish playing. After seeing the bar-raising Halloween-themed DLC, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, Festival Of Blood seems to have fallen short in comparison, but still remains a fun albeit short experience.
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