Infamous 2: Festival of Blood–A Fresh Take on Downloadable Content
Many contemporary games suck their players in with DLC, forcing people to pay more for a game they’ve already experienced so that they don’t miss anything. Gamers feel obligated to empty their pockets to get more of a story they’ve already invested their time in. It is cheap to force a player to buy DLC once they have already made a sixty dollar plus investment into a game. DLC should be included in that price. Game of the year editions like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Fallout 3, take advantage of that idea and cost much less than each of the DLC packs they include, but consumers have to wait and wonder if they’ll even get such a deal on current games.
Infamous 2: Festival of Blood takes a fresh approach to additional game content. Festival of Blood is not DLC. It is a standalone game in which Infamous I or II are not necessary to take advantage of the gaming experience. FOB is a fictional story within a story in Infamous II. Cole’s Presley-worshiping sidekick Zeke defends his nerdiness to a busty babe as she teases him for reading a comic book. Zeke proceeds to tell a tall tale about Cole becoming a blood-sucking vampire who has to redeem his soul before sun up by destroying Bloody Mary. It sounds like an idea the writers came up with on a shameful drunken weekend, but as Sucker Punch’s Ken Schramm states, “You want to stretch your muscles in different ways.” Seeing Cole as a vampire is indeed a creative stretch, but that is what makes Infamous such an interesting game, as well as a time-sucker–all the possibilities the player can explore. What if Star Wars fans could change the movie by making Han Solo a saber-wielding Jedi? This is what Sucker Punch is playing around with, and it will be interesting to see how fans react.
Cole will have much of the same abilities with a few new ones, and the game will play the same as Infamous II, with a few HUD tweaks. Cole will resemble, and act like a vampire, so you can take all your frustrations out on by standing NPCs.
In the end, FOB is not DLC, but fans still miss out on an experience in the Infamous universe by opting out. At $9.99 and $7.99 for Playstation Plus users, the game won’t put a huge dent in your wallet/purse. FOB is available for pre-order now on the Playstation Network. If you are an Infamous fan, Festival of Blood will probably appeal to you, but I would be okay with letting this one pass me by. What are your thoughts? Is DLC a cheap gimmick? What do you think about this story within a story? Is this game worth our time? Let us know what you think in the comments.