Review by blueninja4444
Sell This Game Before It Infects You With It's Terrible Quality!
So Infected was the game with all the hype? But what is it? Its a game where you go around killing lots of zombies and at the same time you must stop a deadly infection from spreading further than it already has. So basically this PSP newbie attempts to cross the lines that only games like Resident Evil and Half-Life have successfully managed to cross. Thats quite a combo this game has to live up to, but does it? Well.......
The graphics in this game dont compare to any Resident Evil or any game like that. In fact, it seems less like a Playstation 1 or PS2 game, and more like a really advanced Sega Genesis game. The first thing you notice when you play this game is that your character runs around with both arms stuck out pointing his gun(s) forward at all time. That alone is very annoying, and couldve been fixed. Other than that, some bad camera angles plague the game and slow you down in your attempt to escape enemy fire. The side-stepping mode tends to worsen the camera angle, making you wish you ran in a complete circle to shoot the enemy instead of sidestepping to begin with. On the bright side the environments look okay, and theres a lot of variety for creating your own custom officer Stevens.
Well the sound is probably the strong point of this game. The soundtrack has real artists singing real songs (Slipknot to name one artist). The voice acting is also good, and the sound effects are flawless and on cue. The chainsaw sounds realistic, as does the pointless vomit attacks of the enemy. This deserves a good score, but a lack of variety and voices stop it from being perfected.
Controls? The controls in this game are X, X,X, X, Square. Remember that pattern and youre a pro at this game. Ok seriously, you cant be too hard on this games controls... Its one of the only PSP games that doesnt use the L button as a shift. Kudos to Infected for that.
Well, its not quite Resident Evil and its not quite Half Life. Its a nice warm story about how Christmas gets ruined because people turn into zombies and kill people. You are recruited to take out these zombies apparently because youre the only guy capable of running around with both of your arms straight out because you have to use 2 guns at any given time. Alright no kidding: This story is boring. The trust is you were recruited because you cant be infected with the zombie virus, but youll most likely skip this story anyway. Maybe this story is attempting to be humorous with its silly zombie-Santa antics but it just fails to entertain. Are you going to care why your Officer Stevens isnt effected by the zombie virus? Probably not.
Ahh sure, graphics and music can be great sometimes but lets face it... That stuffs only the salt on the meat. The gameplay now thats the meat. Unfortunately for this game its all skin and bones. The gameplay is not fun, not fun at all. Running around with the X, X, Square combination while zombies continually puke on you loses its appeal in about 5 minutes. There are no other modes besides the basic single player and multiplayer modes. No training, no variety, and whats worse is that those game modes simply arent fun. Sure, some missions offer you a different task, but its no reconciliation.
Replay Value: 6/10
"Spread your own custom made virus!" Thats that this game advertises. If you got a Wi-Fi hotspot you can play online attack a fellow Officer Stevens and give him your avatar. This sounds like a good idea but the truth is its not too much fun at all. The multiplayer aspect just doesnt seem like it was made for multiplayer. Its more like they tried piecing various single player elements into the multiplayer feature and in effect have given us a very plain multiplayer mode with a glued together kind of feel. But if the sub-par story and mediocre gameplay dont stop you from enjoying the single player mode youll probably like the single-player aspect and play through it a couple times. The downside? Single player mode is short and not very varied.
When people consistently rate a games sound and controls above its gameplay and replayability, something is seriously wrong. This game does not come across as fun, and it shouldnt even come off as worth playing. If it looks interesting and you want to play then rent first! Its highly unlikely youll find this game worth more than an hour worth of your time or a dollar worth of your wallet. To sum it up in 2 words: Terribly disappointing.......
Rating: 2.5 - Playable
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