Thus far in 2005 we have not seen Sony’s new Playstation Portable find much success with either first party or third party titles. It seems as though developers are having difficulties in fully utilizing the PSP’s capabilities, and this has somewhat hurt its sales, compared to the thriving Nintendo DS. Today we’re reviewing one of the games that had the potential to do something different for the PSP, which is Infected from Midway. Could this possibly be the best game on the PSP? Read our full review to find out!
I think the real question that is going through a lot of your heads right now is what exactly is Infected? This is a game that had generated a fair bit of hype, but none have really dived in and given us a good idea of what this game is all about. Well the game takes place in, you guessed it, New York City, where there are only a few weeks left until Christmas. Unfortunately for everyone in New York City, except for your character of course, Officer Stevens, gets infected with this virus that turns them all into zombies. Well it is then your job to play savior and disinfect the world. The storyline is very light hearted and never takes it self too seriously, which gives a very nice opening flavor to the game.
So let’s first start with the single player portion of the game and then work our way to the multiplayer capabilities of Infected. To start out with, Infected really tries to keep things nice and simple in the single player mode. You won’t have a hard time getting into this game, as the controls are very simple and easy to use. The game puts you in a ton of different missions that range from just killing all the zombies in an area, or doing some sort of escort mission. The game really tries to mix things up, but at the same time keep things as simple and enjoyable as possible. I have to say that the single player portion of the game was not anything overwhelmingly great, but it just was a fun and simple adventure that had a lot of good gaming elements.
Of course the big draw for Infected was not its single player mode, but rather the multiplayer mode that got a lot of people excited. You can play this game both locally and over the Internet, something most games thus far have not been taking great advantage of. Of course when playing locally you will have a much smoother ride, as the game doesn’t seem to suffer from any sort of lag or hiccups. Over the Internet the game still does well, but you’e limited to only one-on-one matches, which was a bit disappointing. There is one thing I should mention about the multiplayer, and that is that there is an "Infection" aspect that is really interesting. Let’s say you go online and lose a match, well your PSP will then be Infected with that player’s avatar, and this can be passed on and on. You can also track how your infection is spreading in the game, which is a very innovative feature to the game and differentiates it for the rest of the pack.
Infected is just a good solid action game that feels good, plays well, and has a very interesting and unique idea. This is not the best game the PSP has seen, as there are some heavy repetition offline, and online you’re limited to one-on-one matches. But in the end, Infected is definitely a step in the right direction, and one that I felt was just a good solid action horror game.
Visually, Infected seems to have some issues. First off however, I want to commend the developers for keeping this game moving at a nice and consistent pace and frame rate. The graphics, however don’t have all the bells and whistles that you would hope for, like for example the detail in the game is very hit and miss. There are some areas that are heavily detailed, and others that are rather bland. The game just looks like an average action horror PSP game - nothing overly spectacular, but nothing overly bad either.
Infected actually surprised me in a lot of ways, and it first did by actually presenting an interesting single player mode. It wasn’t the best thing in the world, but it was simple and enjoyable, and I found myself just having a good time with it. The multiplayer that is played locally is fabulous, and really shows the potential of the game. It is just unfortunate that they could not get more than just one on one match over the Internet, especially with the great and innovative "Infected" feature.
In the end, Infected for the PSP is just one solid game that I think fans of action/horror games are really going to enjoy. The game has a good light-hearted story, a solid multiplayer experience, and a decent single player experience, all of which add up to a game that I would definitely give a look. The game may not be perfect, but it does have a lot of good features that are worth checking out.
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