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Scheduled release date:

TBA 2011

Publisher:

SCE

Developer:

Sucker Punch

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Action

inFamous was a blast. It just was. I freely admitted to being wrong about my early skepticism, as I found myself engrossed in the surprisingly addictive cross between Grand Theft Auto and a superhero action title that exuded attitude and flash; the sensation of power and capability was most appreciated. This is why inFamous 2 remains near the top of my most anticipated list for 2011…despite my fresh reservations, this time concerning the look and style of the new Cole. I’ll get to that in a minute but for now, we should examine our new environment, Sucker Punch’s inclusion of various elements in a nod to Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series, and the return of the crowd-pleasing aspects that made inFamous such a well-loved adventure.

At the start of the sequel, Cole is still living in Empire City but The Beast, that massive monster hell-bent on destroying society, pops up and decides to kick the snot out of Cole. Fans will remember that Kessler predicted the arrival of this foe so it probably shouldn’t come as any surprise, but Cole feels beaten and dejected by his humiliating defeat and resolves to become stronger. Therefore, he heads to New Marais, our new playground for inFamous 2. It’ll remind you of New Orleans and it’s where the First Sons constructed the Ray Sphere, which, if you recall, is the same device that granted Cole his awesome electrical capability. New Marais is a good place to beef up because the entire city is overrun by a new breed of foe; they’ve got mutated arms, grayish skin, and mouths that split in the middle (sort of like those creatures in “Blade II”), and these things pose a formidable challenge to the weakened Cole.

As mentioned, the city boasts a very different look from the standard industrial-like feel of Empire City. You’ll see huge swamp trees lingering on the horizon, for instance, and the overall destructability of the environment has been amped up something fierce: you won’t just shatter the windows of vehicles lining the streets; you’ll pick them up with certain skills and toss them about. Unleashing your growing power on a vulnerable part of particular structures and buildings will cause them to come crashing to the ground and throughout it all, there are legions of freaked-out citizens. In other words, we should be looking at a much more visceral and convincing experience thanks to increased immersion and authenticity, which is awfully appealing to think about. Furthermore, as we’ve heard before, the developers have taken a few hints from Naughty Dog and really worked to polish up the visual presentation. This is why in addition to the standard comic-book like cut-scenes, we’ll also have separate in-game CGI scenes for inFamous 2 that are shaping up nicely.

As for the gameplay, details are a little thin but it seems clear that Sucker Punch isn’t about to annoy inFamous fans by fiddling with a tried-and-true formula. Many of the same powers will return, as will Cole’s speed and nimbleness but on top of that, he’ll have a two-pronged cattle prod that can be used for insane melee attacks. His new “Ultra Moves” prominently feature the tool; simply by pressing Triangle, Cole can unleash a particularly up-close-and-personal assault with the help of his cattle prod. But to add even more flavor and spice to the presentation, the team has increased Cole’s other basic abilities as well. He can glide further (and faster), he can create huge vortexes infused with electricity that suck up anything unfortunate enough to get in its way, and he can even zip along sheer walls by attaching himself to pipes with a cord of electricity. So yeah, bigger and better in just about every possible way…again, with the subjective exception of Cole’s new look.

Sucker Punch has explained Cole’s new appearance and while I understand it, I can’t agree with it. Their description of combining an extreme sports icon with a superhero really doesn’t sit well with me. But provided the gameplay and story is there, I’m sure I’ll get over it, and I have complete faith that we’ll get another completely satisfying product. Other pieces of information we have include the fact that the morality system – choosing between good and bad actions will result in different powers – will be back, but we’re not sure if it will operate in the same fashion. Then there are the new ice-based skills we’ve seen several times in new footage but Sucker Punch hasn’t gone into explicit detail concerning these new additions to Cole’s repertoire. They don’t really need to, though; we know they’ll be there, and they look awesome. Oh, and you may remember those blast shards; the 100% seekers needed to find every last one, and the last few proved intensely annoying to find. Well, these might come back, too.

inFamous 2 is set to release some time next year. The sooner we get a solidified release date, the happier we’ll be.

6/21/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (102 posts)

mike rlz
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 9:33:38 PM
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some sh*t never changes.... other than my face.

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Zeppo
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 12:40:48 AM

I was almost thinking it was his son or something, too drastic a change to be the same character i figured

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frylock25
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:37:03 AM

is this like when women say they have to go put on their face? did cole just not put on his face in the last game? cuz he looks like a prissy b!t(h. subjectivly.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 4:21:10 AM

i hope for that sucker punch keeps the model as prissy as possible, just to smite those who hate the new look lol.

Last edited by aaronisbla on 6/22/2010 4:23:56 AM

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GuernicaReborn
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 9:41:52 PM
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Aww man Ben you had to bring up those blast shards... I'll forever be 347/350

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natho86
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 11:20:26 PM

lol im 346

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Scarecrow
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 11:40:00 PM

lol...

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Nerull
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 1:04:18 AM

I feel your pain, 349/350.

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Random_Steve
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:06:44 AM

i got them all a few weeks ago, found 2 of them on the historic side of the destroyed bridge

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WolfCrimson
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:08:27 AM

350/350! :D Had to comb the entire map 3 times to get the last one.

/brag

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:29:03 AM

@Nerull

As do I... 349/350 as well... WHY?!

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kraygen
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 12:57:55 PM

count me into the 349/350 crowd, I think I broke it, I have combed every island about 30 times and no luck.

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RadioHeader
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 1:30:44 PM

@ the 349 guys:

I'm assuming you've heard about the one on the really tall building? ...it doesn't show on your radar until you've climbed a good way up it.

If that's not the one, then all I can reluctantly say is.... lol?

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 7:05:59 PM

I've tried combing the city all the way through many, many times but I always somehow end up going in circles... (Sigh)
I still need to do all stunts before I get my platinum anyway... So, screw it lol.

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hadouken
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 9:42:47 PM
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I agree, I hate Cole's Nathan Drake look. He was very cool the way he was.

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Karosso
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 9:02:32 AM

Yep, he looks like a gay version of Drake , not that there is anything wrong with that :)

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Tim Speed24
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 @ 12:09:54 PM

No ...of course not.

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frostface
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:03:06 PM
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I know it's just a small thing and we need to look at the whole scope of this game, but I just can't get my past the new Cole appearance. Nathan Drake was awesome as an explorer type hero but this new Nathan'd out Cole doesn't resemble a character I want to play as a super hero. It might seem silly but I may give this game a miss based on this one minor change from the original.
I'm gonna hang back for the reviews when the game releases, based on the trailer, I'm not feeling the love for this one.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:31:38 AM

I believe what they were going for was a... What was it? Oh yeah, Tony Hawk/Travis Pastrana/Chris Sharma look. God, help us all...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:09:01 PM
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NOOOOOO, not another chance for us to bash this new Cole. He sucks, I hate him. You can't just cut ten years off Cole and steal Nathan Drake. I would be willing to wait till 2012 for this game if they would change him back.

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frostface
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:17:53 PM

I have to agree with you. It'd be worth waiting the extra time to have the right Cole back in the game. Even his voice sounds lame in this sequel.

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sawao_yamanaka
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:11:55 PM
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Just a minor change. Doesn't really detract me from getting the game. Definitely day one purchase when it comes out for me.

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frylock25
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:12:21 PM
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its like when a movie doesnt do as well as they hoped so they dump the actor and try for a new style. maybe they keep a person or 2 from the last movie, maybe they dont ditch the first movie completly and build on it. eh i would have prefered keeping old cole.

hey i know!! have it an option to change the skin back to the old cole!! i mean from the start of the game no unlocking or anything just right away choose old cole or new cole. that way it doesnt piss off those of us that liked pre-douche cole.

@ Ben and Arnold: can we do a poll of how many people would be influenced by a skin choice like that? just sayin then we could send the results to ND ;)

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frostface
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:19:53 PM

Don't you mean send the results to Sucker Punch? Not Naughty Dog (ND)!

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frylock25
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:33:48 PM

ha ha yea that is totally my bad but yes that is what i meant. i think it was the talking about Uncharted and Nathan Drake that got me thinkin ND. make that read Sucker Punch and thats what i meant lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:40:16 PM

Send it to ND too so they can tell SP to not rip off Nathan Drake. Oh I just noticed Drakes initials are the same as Naughty Dog.

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frylock25
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:42:49 PM

hey that is a good point world they are friends arent they? they will tell them "listen to the fans" ha ha

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:50:18 PM

Precisely my good man.

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sawao_yamanaka
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:24:02 PM
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I remember when it came out quite a few people disliked how he looked and his voice. He sounds too much like batman! Why does he look like that?!? Blah blah blah. The 1st thing I said watch they're gonna change him and people are gonna complain about it. They are now. I know they had a website about. Sucks for them. I'm still gonna get it. I like sucker punch I don't doubt them at all.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:06:27 AM

true, i remember that being a huge complaint for some, he voice was too plain and gritty, sounded like a wanna be solid snake/batman, looks kinda plain, all of those are fresh in my memory. Looks like Sucker Punch listened, as i doubt they imagined all of that criticism

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sawao_yamanaka
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:15:17 AM

Glad I'm not the only one that remembers that.

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Alienange
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:26:14 PM
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Knowing SP they'll probably work the appearance change into the script. The FBI is looking for Cole and Zeke knows a plastic surgeon or some such.

I for one fully underestimated how awesome inFamous was going to be and nearly missed out on it. I'm not about to back away from the next one. SP has my full attention.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:52:22 PM

I might be able to accept it if they used the time travel aspect of the original and that is Cole at 20yrs old.

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BikerSaint
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:38:14 PM
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So when the hell did Cole find the Fountain of Youth in game 1, cause I sure don't remember it?

So now they've really gone and Sucker-Punched us with a new Cole Slaw face & Cabbage Patch Kid voice.


I sure hope his hair gel is non-conductive or he's gonna be one hell of a nuclear crispy critter before he even leaves home.

(but regardless of Cole's face rape, I'll still get the game, cause it's just too good a game)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:44:42 PM
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You wouldn't take away Mr. T's mohawk, you wouldn't flatten Chloe's ass, you wouldn't chop off Cloud's spikes, you wouldn't strip the white paint off Kratos, you wouldn't take the bounce of DOA, you wouldn't make King Kong a pee-wee. And you shouldn't douchify Cole.

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Alienange
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:53:42 PM

Well maybe Mr T's mowhawk ... nah, you're right.

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BikerSaint
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 11:32:01 PM

You wouldn't go making Pee-Wee Herman, macho!

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:26:25 AM

And lastly, you wouldn't make Sora manly!

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 9:34:46 AM

Pee Wee Herman IS macho!

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Mr Bitey
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:51:37 PM
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Good game play is good game play.

Sure Cole looks and sounds younger, but that's not going to change the awesome powers and exploring the open city. If anything, I wouldn't be surprised if the sequel ends up being better.

I'm really looking forward to this.

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Hezzron
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:55:46 PM
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Is he REALLY that different? Maybe he just got some ink done, grew out his hair, and changed his pants. As far as the voice change, maybe he quit smoking and drinking whiskey.

You have to remember, it could be worse. He could be George Clooney with Bat-nipples.

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cLoudou
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:56:42 PM
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Just get the game. Before you know it, you'll forget the fact that he looks like a douche.

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Kr3sn1k
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 11:41:34 PM
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They gave cole a weapon....

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 12:17:35 AM

Let's call it a Tuning Fork shall we? "Cattle prod"... I don't like.

I did like when Sherlock Holmes used it to zap that big guy.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:07:16 AM

cattle prods are longer last i checked, tuning fork is what i thought it was to begin with

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Scarecrow
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 11:42:27 PM
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He performed plastic surgery on himself...
He's got superpowers after all...

The game does look graphically better, the colors are so much more engaging as well.

I liked the grimy/sorrowful look of Infamous1, but I think this new look shows progression. Crap I'm repeating myself again *cough*

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SayWord
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 12:05:14 AM
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Change cole back! But one thing I hope they don't change either is the dark atmosphere of the first one!

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BeezleDrop
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 12:06:40 AM
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I was hoping everyone here wouldn't cry about his new look, it will take time but like me, everyone will come around to it! But really, what is it with games happening around or in The Big Easy?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 1:17:47 AM

I'm sure I'll like the game, but never that look.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:09:59 AM
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Waaaay too many crybabies about this issue, i can see it won't stop, even after the game comes out

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sawao_yamanaka
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:17:23 AM

Still gonna buy it. Don't mind the change at all.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:20:44 AM

But while we are on the subject, which Cole are the gonna use? cuz the trailer that they showed and the pics found here http://videogamesasart.com/infamous2 kinda show 2 different versions. I assume that maybe they are going for middle ground to appeal to those who hate the longer hair version

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:24:38 AM
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The change in Cole's look kinda made me a little well... For lack of better words, pissed. He looks younger than he did in the first one and it seems like they backtracked a bit in terms of how he looks. And the tattoos, I suppose I can understand. He had long-sleeves in the first one so, maybe they've always been there. But, it made sense why he wouldn't have hair. His electricity would just keep burning it off. He's a superhero though, so of course he'll magically grow some hair.

I'm not completely whining about his change in appearance. I think he looks pretty hot with his new look. But Zeke... I thought he was already ugly and his new look brought it up to a whole new level. He's kind of a loser as well, but there's always gotta be a sidekick I guess. Anyway, I also noticed that Cole gets a metal forked pole to whack enemies with... Uh... NO. Their melee wasn't at all bad in the first one! At least he didn't lug around a giant forked pole. Honestly! Did he rip it off of a transformer?

So far, the changes they've made have been both frustrating and interesting for me. I can understand if it's been about a year since the first installment ended... But any shorter than that and it just won't make any sense. Then again, I'm all up for originality and inFamous 2 will be no where near it (except for gameplay). So maybe I'm whining more than I need to.

I guess it's comforting to know I'm not the only one kinda ticked about his new look. However, I suppose we'll just have to suck it up and love it, which I know we will regardless. I know SP will make up for it with the good old gameplay we know and love. I trust SP with all these changes and we'll have to wait and see how she handles. inFamous 2, however, will definately be a first day buy for me. I'll still love you no matter what Cole!

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 4:31:25 AM

if his hair couldn't somehow grow due to his electrical powers burning them, wouldn't it also be safe to assume that his clothing wouldn't last too long on him? last i checked clothing and hair can burn rather fast...

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 7:41:54 PM

So... Does this explain his new clothes?

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:35:25 AM
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Anyone noticed there are 2 different models of cole around the internet for infamous 2? i was under the impression that the model they are using was the shorter haired, almost balding version, but the E3 trailer shows a longer hair version.

Barbershop parlors confirmed?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:30:26 PM

the young Nathan Drake ripoff is the most recent so that will probably be it.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 4:06:51 PM

they've actually been out around the same time, as pics of both versions were in game informer last i checked

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:36:58 AM
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How are they going to explain that a guy capable of calling down a god's fury is suddenly able to freeze things? Another ray sphere incident p'raps, cos I don't think so.

As for his new look and whatnot, I don't like it, but I can deal with it, and deal with it I shall. Also, the idea of a new weapon is sick as hell. I want to be able to beat weirdos in all directions with it.

And what's this about a weakened Cole? I want him to start off as the ultimate mass-murderer he was at the end of the first and take it upwards. AND I WANT KESSLER'S TELEPORT DAMNIT.

That is all.
Peace.

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Xombito
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:37:05 AM
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It's funny. I thought the original look of Cole looked similar to Nathan Hale of the Resistance games but now he looks similar the Nathan Drake! Weird. Hey Sucker Punch, how about creating a completely original look for your character and renaming him Nathan? It'll be like a trio of Super-Nathans!

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FM23
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:59:40 AM

Agreed. They changed is voice and appearance. Voice sounds like gamestop employee, and his appearance is a clear rip off. Every developers wants to replicate the Uncharted 2 exprience, from character animations down to set pieces. Kind of ruins other games for me. Even Killzone 3 is getting the ND treatment, hope its stil KZ though with ND flavor (specifically the writing, voice acting, and story).

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 4:14:17 AM

......?in what ways is KZ3 getting this ND treatment you speak of? Please don't say something like "well they have snow on the game now"...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:32:55 PM

Aaron, they said they used Uncharted 2 as a benchmark for taking the script in a lightly comical direction instead of hopeless and gritty.

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XxNoir
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:43:17 AM
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Ben are all those screen shots in game?-Because they look amazing,looks like something a long the line of uncharted 2 in terms of detail,especially the last screen shot.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 10:15:53 AM

Most are in-game while others are of the cut-scenes.

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frylock25
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 3:00:18 AM
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so i keep thinking about what made me like iNFAMOUS... hes an underdog, not a brad pitt, just a schmoe. he gets some power and gets to chose to be good or bad. his look changed to mirror the choice. this guys new look is supposed to go the infamous route as well as famous route? seems more like they wanna sell out for mass appeal

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 4:10:58 AM

Sell out for mass appeal? jesus, way to blow things way out of proportion with his changed looks. If you take a look at some of the pictures floating around the web for the official shots, some of them depict Cole as having very similar looks to the first game

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Mavfan321
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 4:27:01 AM
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He could look like my grandpa for all I care if it plays as awesome as the previews are making it out to be I'm excited,

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Kai200X
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 4:51:57 AM
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Didn't you guys check out some latest screenshots of inFamous 2? Apparently he look alot closer to the Cole of old. Go to Sucker Punch's website to check them out.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 5:00:45 AM

hell those same pics are even on this site's screenshot section. Some of those shorter hair pics were in the game informer mag when they revealed it, really not seeing the huge deal some are making it out to be. But i doubt they will care, if its not the original model it won't be good enough

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Zorigo
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 5:30:56 AM
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everything is looking good so im happy. as for his character redisign. it looks good, but if it doesn't fit in with the story, then i'll be unhappy.

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___________
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 5:39:01 AM
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im really excited for this infamous is still my favorite game this gen!
but at the same time im also a little worried, im concerned there changing infamous too much.
the radical new look, the new city which looks so different, and now the ice powers.

PLEASE sucker punch PLEASE do not chuck a ubisoft and dramatically they change infamous.
if they screw this one up, ill be head hunting for some new trophies to but up on my wall!

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frostface
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 7:16:04 AM
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I did a bit of scanning around the web to get a general feel for what others are thinking regarding the new Cole. On a few websites that have interviewed the games director Nate Fox, I've found this:

Infamous 2's presentation starts, oddly enough, with the game's director, Nate Fox, practically apologizing for its protagonist's new look, which hasn't been particularly well received by fans. "We read the blogs," he says, before reminding us that the game is, "at the midpoint on a two year journey." It's a statement that doesn't actually commit to anything, but we can infer from it that there's a good chance Cole will be getting his appearance retweaked a bit before the game hits.

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XxNoir
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 9:37:36 AM
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Why does everyone keep saying it is not the same actor?-it was revealed in game informer that James Cottle is still indeed coles voice actor in inFamous 2[who by the way,voiced cole in the first game].

He was just forced to sound a little different because of all the criticism and comparison to solid snake or batman.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 4:15:05 PM

you sure about this? i might have missed that

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 7:09:00 PM

Woah, woah! I guess I must've missed that as well! This makes my day a whole lot better if James is still Cole. Huh... I'm gonna have to look that one up. Where's my Gameinformer gone to...?

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 7:15:04 PM

@XxNoir

Sorry to post two in a row, but I've re-read the article in Gameinformer, and it states: "...a new voice actor, little details on his character model, and more lifelke animations as he scales buildings and bounds through the city."
What Gameinformer are you reading?

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Kiri
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 10:54:27 AM
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Damn it people... What is wrong with you???
You made the looks of a character such a big deal...

You've been all waiting for a sequel and once you got it you began complaining, not about the gameplay, nor the powers, etc... You complained about THE LOOKS of a character which doesn't affect the game AT ALL...

It's just a pile of (repeat after me)
p-o-l-y-g-o-n-s...

And finally the only reason why you only hear complaints about his looks is because the rest of us never cared about such things... If the game sucks it certainly won't be because of the character's face... You're simply a very vocal minority...
Grow up kids (and big kids)...
:)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:35:03 PM

Cuz he looks lame AND you can't just change the face of someone you came to like in a game so they are unrecognizable.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 4:08:11 PM

Apparently you can, as sucker punch has proven

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 4:22:45 PM

Nobody likes a smartass.

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Kiri
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 6:01:49 PM

I know i know... You like/adore/love/worship the old Cole... But the magnitude of this whole argument is ridiculous...

Can't you comply with an artistic decision?
I mean they kinda did everything you wanted from the sequel...
They made a new city (which is good), added new powers, kept the same gameplay so what's the big deal???
Why can't you accept a change that they themselves wanted to do???
It's a video game not a fashion show!

By the way i find it strange that the avatar you chose looks more like the new Cole (whom you described as "lame")...
I'm just sayin'...
:)

P.S. I know i sound harsh and i'm sorry... But i'm not gonna change my comment... It's just how i feel about this whole situation... :P

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SmokeyPSD
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 6:09:57 PM

Why do we have to? What's wrong with the bunch of us who just can't support their decision? Sure, they've made an "artistic" decision, or coughmarketingcough choice but that doesnt mean us followers of the original need to like it.
By ur logic we all should've just taken it with our backs turned with a smile on our face when George Lucas decided to "update" star wars and then have the brilliance to try and say they were the only versions which will exist from now on.

I respect Sucker Punch, they are a great developer, that doesn't mean I have to brainlessly accept what they are doing to Cole. I am not impressed, and will not be buying it with what they've done. I'm not going to just be on here talking about it, I'm just going to not buy it. Maybe u should respect that some of us hold the integrity of our icons and characters of what has been before in work higher than the marketability of a product.

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Kiri
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 6:46:47 PM

So you won't be buying it because of his looks?

That's not so smart if you liked the original (and respect the company like you claimed)... And i bet that many people who dislike the new Cole (and even hate me about my comments) will agree with me on this one...

I hate changes like the ones SE did (gameplay, linearity etc)...
But come on man... It's just polygons...

There are way more serious things worth arguing about in the game industry than looks!!!
Stop acting so "betrayed"...

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sawao_yamanaka
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 7:17:59 PM

So what made the original good is intact? So you just hate the new look? Wow talk about not supporting SP at all! I'm definitely buying it. Check around online and you will find how many people thought he was bland and his voice sounded too much like snake or batman from the films. IGN was also to blame for this. I remember them saying we have to many gruff sounding characters now. So now everyone is crying foul saying SP doesn't listen to them?!? They are adding more of everything!

Changes were something like what capcom did to dino crisis 3! Now those are some ***** up changes! If you don't support them that's all you so when they go multiplatform and take the series to different directions not just changing a character. Then we know who to blame!

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 7:31:20 PM

Times change, people change, and thus Cole has changed. IMO, SP is trying to improve what their fans felt was a bit off in the first one. We always ask for improvement and it seems that SP has listened well to their fans' requests. SP isn't completely stupid and we all know that VERY well. If you were a fan of the Sly Cooper series (One such as myself), they did change how Sly looked from the first to the second one. Even though it was slight, it was for the better. In a way, it's an SP trademark to make changes.

I'm not trying to be a hypocrite, I will admit that I do not like the changes much myself. But, I'm coming to terms that it shouldn't be that big of a deal to worry about if they've improved him. I understand that some people's minds can't be changed if they set it on something, but everyone should try to be open-minded about his change in looks. At least until we all see how the game plays out. Then, bash SP or Cole or whatever for his change in appearance. But, until then, I believe we have hardly any room to talk.

One last thing, just because you accept how Cole looks, or buy the game, does not mean you are "brainlessly accepting what they are doing to Cole." It only means that you completely trust a developer with their character and that you're open to new ideas, however seemingly drastic they may be. No one ever got anywhere sticking with the "same old, same old."
(I'm not here to offend or start anything, I'm only stating my views in this.)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 7:37:43 PM

Well that's me in my avatar, and I don't think my look fits Cole either.

At any rate, ultimately the customer should have a say in the massacre of a favorite character. Did people enjoy George Clooney's Batman? No, so he is out. It's a bad move, I base that solely on the fact that MOST people talking about it don't like the move. As such, we are free to talk about it and not just follow blindly. They aren't just polygons once the character is established.

Maybe if enough people complain we can help make a change at this date in development and save SP from themselves, who knows.

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Kiri
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 8:17:15 PM

@sawao_yamanaka & Gamer Girl Gemo: Exactly!!!

@WroldEndsWithMe: I'm sorry to say that they're still polygons but with a voice...
But like you said, who knows?
I could be horribly wrong about justifying SP (or gloriously right)... It's up to (as you said) the customers....
The avatar thing was just a lame remark of mine (cause if we compare you and the two Coles you're closer to the new one)... I like the sword btw...

Now back to my ranting...
Apparently my comments about looks were very harmful to some of you...
And that's exacly my point... They shouldn't be...

I get it, you liked the old Cole and that's fine (seriously)...
But some of you are taking it to extreme levels...
Change isn't always a bad thing (and changes of this magnitude should be insignificant)...

And maybe, just maybe, SP will make the moral choices affect your appearance as well (just like so many games before infamous)...
So if you're evil you can have your beloved antihero back...
And if you're good you'll have, well... Nathan Drake...

Anyways...
I'm just speculating about the last part... But some of you hate the new character so much (just by one trailer) that you ended up hating the entire game...
That's never good... And i hope that none of you turns down the game only because of Cole's (I REPEAT) looks!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 9:13:20 PM

Your choices affected your appearance in inFamous 1 so it should in this one.

I still disagree on the polygons, as I see the characters I create as more than "words on paper"

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 @ 1:43:40 AM

@ world: how is the truth being a smart ass?

@ smokey: thats too bad you're taking this minor wardrobe change like some huge betrayal, its not that serious, get over it. You are acting like those fanboys who went bonkers when FF13 went multiplatform.....over a change of clothes and some hair.

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Kiri
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 @ 6:11:06 PM

@World: Let's agree to disagree then... :P

Also the only change between good and evil was everything else, including the lightning color, but not Cole himself (it's funny that i used the word "only" in the beginning of this sentence)... Which was cool but maybe this time his face and hairstyle will change as well...

Again... I'm just speculating...

Anyways... As far as i'm concerned i got it out of my system, so i doubt i'll speak about this subject again in the near future... :P

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tlpn99
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 11:00:37 AM
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This has made me want to continue with Infamous 2 and finish it. I stopped as I got other stuff. Halfway through getting the blast shards too.

Cant wait for this one. :)

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RebelJD
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 1:42:58 PM
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Infamous was a really fun game. Had the character looked like what he does in the sequel It'd be all good. Since he doesn't, it's kind of corny. Had they went down the GTA route and created a whole new character and story behind each title that would be awesome. Then we'd know we were getting the InFamous brand with a new character to see develop. Just like GTA3, Vice City, San Andreas, etc. We have no complaints about those games expect opinions on which we enjoyed the most..none the less each game was great in it's own way. If Infamous made an announcement that they would be doing something similar, we'd be looking forward to each title with anticipation on who the new characters would be.

Unless they show why this new Cole has tattoos on his forearms, "ninja" rods, and some tacky "flag" design on his pant leg, it's lame. Fun is fun though so if this game's play gets good reviews I'm in.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 4:14:03 PM

why would they need to explain why he has tattoos on his arms since the first game had him wearing sleeves? thats your answer right there.

His pants design is just a pair of jeans, try to get over it.

His tuning fork is made of metal, a perfect conduit for electricity, which should let him deal with adversaries easier, whats not to understand about that? Lets face it, his hand to hand combat was a joke on the first game, why not try to make it better?

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sunspider13
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:33:35 PM
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New powers, good. New setting, good. New look, some people can take it or leave it. I myself don't care. I trust SP, they won't steer me wrong.

Blast shards? More please! Although it almost made me pull my hair out I got all of them, and had great fun doing it. Gave me an excuse to just run around and enjoy the vastness of the first game. The 'fork' could be very interesting.

As for the story, a few questions come to mind. Are we going to see Alden again, where's Sasha (God I hope she's back, that fight with her was just too fun), did Zeke and Cole smooth things over...so many questions can't wait for this to come out.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:36:26 PM
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BY GOD MAN I'VE GOT IT! The problem here is that he looks like an X-bot!

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Karosso
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 6:49:44 PM

Spot on Bro!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 8:41:52 PM

HA.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:37:48 PM
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As my granny used to say while lacing up her combat boots to go into verbal battle......

"If it ain't F*cking broke, don't fix it"

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 7:09:44 PM

HOOAH!

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THEGODSLAYER
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 2:41:05 PM
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as long as the new look is explained ill be fine with it, i think his new look is sick, and i cant wait to see some gameplay

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SmokeyPSD
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 6:03:07 PM
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from what I've seen so far, it's a complete and utter miss. I just can't get behind the reinterpretation of Cole and voice. Can't do it.

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