Saturday, July 12, 2014

One Hour Until Sunrise

In the vein of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, comes Infamous: Festival of Blood, a standalone total-conversion of the Infamous world. The title, in fact, remains one of the biggest-selling ps3 downloadable games launched on the PSN.

 
Our protagonist, Cole, now decidedly an antihero, given his vampire form, must dispatch Bloody Mary, a powerful vampirette, before sunrise, or the blood suckers are taking over, as the vampire lady plans to turn the entire citizenship into creatures of the night. It may sound somewhat cheesy, yet the game makes sure you are in on the joke. Cole has been granted the power to fly, and given vampire vision, similar to Arkhman Asylum's detective mode.
Festival of Blood employs the Infamous 2 engine, and takes place in New Marais; based on New Orleans, during the Pyre Night celebrations; a sort of rather twisted Mardi Gras, complete with barefoot girls with glow-in-the-dark necklaces, partying all night. In this brief but engaging game, you need to suck blood from civilians to regain health, reminding me of the better moments of Bloodrayne II, but after a certain point, some of them may turn into the towering Firstborns, which are mighty vampire foes; much like the Banshees from Mass Effect 3.
Ultimately, there is much to do in this little package, having two sets of powers; the electrical and the vampiric, as well as the smooth controls and swift camera, both being extremely fine-tuned, with the end result, that at times, the screen is filled with colors and movement reminiscent of a japanese fighting game. It is one of those great games to play in company, even though it is a single player campaign.

The game is narrated by uber-cool geek Zeke, Cole's buddy, as he tries to pick up an attractive woman in a bar, and hence probably tells a story which is either embellished or completely made up in his own mind. There is also User-Generated-Content available throughout the city, many of it by game developer, Sucker Punch. A tasty appetizer before delving into the world of Infamous 2.