Infamous: Festival of Blood
|Infamous: Festival of Blood|
|Developer(s)||Sucker Punch Productions|
|Publisher(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment|
Infamous: Festival of Blood is an action-adventure video game developed by Sucker Punch Productions for the PlayStation 3 video game console. Festival of Blood is a standalone expansion in the Infamous series based on the Infamous 2 engine and map but does not require a copy of Infamous 2 in order to play.
The story is set aside from the canon aspect of the Infamous series, being a spoof told by the main protagonist's friend Zeke Dunbar. The game features new characters, powers and comes with a new comic cutscene creation for the main game Infamous 2's user-generated content (UGC), as well as support for the PlayStation Move controller. Unlike previous games, the game does not feature karmic choices on missions due to Cole's vampire state.
Infamous: Festival of Blood – along with Infamous and Infamous 2 – was released on August 28, 2012 as part of the Infamous Collection under Sony's new line of PlayStation Collections for the PlayStation 3.
The game starts in a bar, where Zeke Dunbar meets a woman and talks with her, when she notices a book Zeke was reading. The woman is about to leave until Zeke mentions his relationship with Cole MacGrath, persuading the woman to stay and listen as he begins to tell her a story involving Cole during the events of "Pyre Night", a fictional celebration in New Marais.
During the event, Cole investigates a nearby church after hearing screams, rescuing civilians trapped in its catacombs. As Cole ventures deeper looking for more survivors, he encounters a woman yelling, who is revealed to be a vampire. Cole is then cuffed and dragged to a tomb deep within the church, and awakens on top of the corpse of a female vampire known as Bloody Mary. One of the vampires opens up a vein from Cole's neck and drips his blood onto Mary's corpse, awakening her. She then proceeds to bite Cole, drinking his blood and turning him into a vampire, while her youth and powers are restored.
When Cole comes to, he realises his amp is missing, forcing him to create a makeshift stake in order to fight his way out. Having escaped, he realizes, to his horror, that Mary has infected him and can now control his mind. She taunts Cole telepathically, saying that by dawn, he will become her puppet. Driven by the need to drink blood, he feeds on a random civilian. At the same time, Mary's vampire followers surface and begin rounding up other civilians, taking advantage of Pyre Night to blend in. Seeking a solution, Cole contacts Zeke and both begin researching Pyre Night, the celebration commemorating the burning of Bloody Mary by town hero Father Ignatius centuries ago. They eventually find out the folklore surrounding Father Ignatius, including a weapon he crafted to kill vampires, the Barbed Cross.
Cole goes to Ignatius's grave to retrieve the weapon, but finds that the vampires have already claimed it. Using his finely-tuned vampire senses, Cole is able to identify the vampire who stole it, but he does not have it either. Desperate, Cole heads towards Bloody Mary's tomb, believing it to be there. Instead, he discovers a plot by the vampires to set fire to the surface of New Marais with white phosphorus bombs, as well as mementos kept by Bloody Mary detailing her past.
According to the mementos, Mary was once a governess to a wealthy family until she contracted a fatal case of smallpox. His admirer, Marco, turned her into a vampire to save her, and the two went to Europe to start new lives. One night, they were ambushed by Ignatius, and Marco was killed, cursing Mary to remain a vampire for all eternity. Enraged, Mary established her own vampire clan and traveled to New Marais, where she terrorized the inhabitants until Ignatius captured her and she was burnt alive.
Realizing the power of the cross, Cole and Zeke set out to retrieve it. Upon finding it, the two storm the church, with Cole holding off Mary and her forces while Zeke plants the phosphorus bombs he stole earlier. As the morning sun rises, Cole struggles to escape the church as Zeke detonates the bombs, destroying Mary once and for all. Her death cures Cole's vampirism, and he slowly returns to normal.
Back in the bar, Zeke finishes his story. The woman refuses to believe him until Cole arrives, needing Zeke's help to retrieve his amp from a pool. The woman follows Cole to help him out and thanks Zeke for "informing" her before revealing herself to be a vampire.
Infamous: Festival of Blood has received positive reviews. On Metacritic, it has received a 78/100 out of 32 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews. On GameRankings, the game received a 79.71% based on 28 reviews.
As of November 19, 2011, the game is the number one downloaded game on the PlayStation Network, and was the number two downloaded game of November 2011. According to PlayStation Blog, Festival of Blood was the fastest-selling PlayStation 3 downloadable game launched on PlayStation Network, as of December 2011. The record was later surpassed by Journey.
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