sure what this game was all about but just to be on
the safe side, I wore a condom while reviewing it.
16, 2005 - You've
got to hand it to Planet Moon Studios. Their short
list of developed titles include some incredibly entertaining
games such as Giants: Citizen Kabuto and the hilarous
Armed & Dangerous. Infected is by far the most
innovative PSP game ever developed for the system.
It takes advantage of the wireless online play in
a way that hasn't been done before and it ties it
directly to the game theme. Double creative whammy!
is a zombie shooter game. Humans are "infected"
and turned into wandering stooges of the undead. As
rookie cop Officer Stevens whom is immune to the virus
thanks to his special DNA, it's your job to stop the
zombies dead in their tracks by shooting them with
his normal weapon which weakens the poor souls (they'll
glow red when weakened). You can then finish them
off with the "Viral" gun. The Viral gun
is hardwired to Officer Steven's body, allowing him
to shoot out his immunized blood at high velocity
which will then cause the undead to splater. If you
can get a couple of weakened zombies together you
can cause a combo hit. And ff you're really good you
can set off a cool combo chain reaction by lining
up as many weakened "infected" as you can
before splatting them into the hereafter.
arcade style play is perfect for the gaming on the
go nature of the PSP. It's not heavy on story, nor
is it needlessly complicated. The game takes place
in New York City so you'll recognize some of the landmarks
as you attempt to rid the city of this new plague
of bad news. You'll be given a selection of creative
options to fashion your own Avatar and name it which
will be spread if you play online (and win). As you
advance you'll be able to unlock other Avatars such
as Majesco's female butcheress Bloodrayne.
single player game consists of almost 3 dozen levels.
However each of these levels features only 1 of 3
objectives: Defend the humans, Rescue X amount of
humans or kill all of the zombies. Unfortunately having
only 3 varying objectives repeating over 35 levels
makes Infected feel more than a little repetitive
at times. You'll have to stick it out until the end
of the game to mix it up a little bit more. But be
warned that while most of the game is fairly easy,
the last two levels really ramp up in difficulty.
You'll really need to strategize regarding where to
go and what to do if you want to pass Levels 34 &
be forgiven if you were under the impression that
a FPS wouldn't work on a system that didn't come stock
with 2 analog controls, but Planet Moon has managed
to sidestep this issue by developing Infected with
the PSP in mind. The PSP nub actually handles movement
and camera control simultaneously and does so quite
well. You'll be up and running in no time, thanks
mostly in part to a lock on system that works great
but does manage to alleviate the challenge throughout
most of the game, especially online matches.
mentioned Infected manages to incorporate the PSP's
ability of online play to great effect. Although online
play only supports One on One deathmatches (Ad Hoc
supports up to 8), when you win a match either online
or ad hoc, the loser(s) will be Infected with your
avatar. This effectively means that if you continue
to play well your avatar could seemingly be infecting
"Infected" games throughout the entire world.
Hats off to Planet Moon for devising this ingenious
game mechanic which stays true to the heart and soul
of Infected while creating an enticing reason to take
the game online. Who wouldn't want to be world famous?
To check out your stats Planet Moon has provided a
World Map where you can see the damage your Infected
Avatar is wreaking havoc. To rid yourself of an infection
you must complete objectives in the game or battle
online and actually stop sucking enough to win - which
ramps up play value. Unfortunately the online play
is somewhat lacking due to the One on One and lack
of modes to play. Ad Hoc play is considerably more
fun but you'll need to find other people with the
game - and that could prove to be more difficult than
saving NYC from a scare of zombies. Sorry, but I'm
not sure what the collective noun is for zombies (you
know...gaggle of geese, murder of crows...etc. so
I made up my own). The biggest problem with the online
play is finding someone to play against who isn't
a spineless coward. As soon as you take the lead some
players just log out which is ridiculous. Every so
often you'll find a player who commits to the entire
game even if they've got zippo...now that's a gamer!
All you quitters should be ashamed of yourself. Losers!
the game looks very nice. Infected features great
zombie designs with my personal favorite being good
old infected Saint Nick. New York also looks good
as Planet Moon did a great job with the city perspective
which gives it a sense of real depth. Musically the
game features Slipknot and other heavy bands known
for their intensity. While the music works well with
the subject matter I prefer listening to bands who
are known for their musicianship more so than their
stage theatrics. If I want to listen to evil looking
clowns play crappy music I'll buy serial killer John
Wayne Gacy's Christmas CD "Merry Scary Axemas".
I know the teenage boys in the crowd get off on Slipknot
while rejecting the Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan's
of the music world and my only question is "What's
wrong with you?" Of course Spears and Lohan aren't
musical geniuses, but are you telling me you'd rather
look at a bunch of sweaty dudes in Halloween costumes
than feast your eyes on a couple of fine looking women?
That's messed up. Anyway my diatribe on todays music
is over. Feel free to go back to loving Slipknot....maybe
they'll hug you at their next concert if you're lucky.
is one of those double edged swords. On one hand it's
the most innovative PSP game ever created and on the
other it just doesn't carry through on its promise
of entertainment value due to the repetitive nature
of the single player mission and the lackluster online
mode. The other problem stems from a lack of real
hype for Infected which translates into having less
people to play against online which defeats the purpose
of that wonderful "Infected Avatar" in the
first place. That's not to say Infected isn't a blast
to play. It's a great pick up and play arcade style
shooter which will have you coming back for more on
your quest for bigger and messier combos. The excellent
control and lock on ability works wonders for the
single player game but manages to dilute the online
play by removing most of the challenge. If you're
looking for something completely different, Infected
is definitely it. But like a virus, you'll need to
spread the gospel of Infected to your PSP pals around
the globe so you can all attempt the ultimate bragging
rights: Infecting the world!!