First Glimpse was the second story mission in Infamous. Cole and Zeke heard of a food drop taking place in Archer Square and decided to drop by to get some.


Hey Cole, you what I miss? Pizza. A big, sloppy slice drippin' with grease and pepperoni. And payday. Havin' a big, fat wad of bills in your pocket.
― Zeke Dunbar[src]

As Cole and Zeke were on the roof watching television, the Voice of Survival, or as Zeke loved to call, the "TV Jacker," gave a live broadcast, notifying everyone of a food drop taking place in Archer Square. Cole took the "express elevator" to the street below, demonstrating his ability to jump from great heights without harming himself by absorbing the shock from the fall. After taking the stairs, Zeke soon met him down at the street level.

Zeke acquiring the six-shooter

Before heading for Archer Square, the two searched for a nearby parking lot, as Zeke needed to grab a six-shooter a friend left for him underneath a car. Once they got to the parking lot, Zeke could not remember which car his gun was hidden under. Cole, however, used his Shockwave attack to knock the cars out of the way, allowing Zeke to grab the weapon. After doing so, Cole suddenly felt "drained." Comparing Cole to a battery, Zeke implied that he would have to recharge after firing off a bunch of juice. To regain his energy, Cole had to locate an object he could drain electricity from. The two then continued towards Archer Square.

Upon reaching their destination, they found the food drop nesting in the center of the statue. Unfortunately, the food crates were in a high place. Cole took the liberty of using his urban exploration skills to reach the top of the statue, and with one zap from his Lightning Bolt, the rusty metal holding the crates disintegrated, causing the crates to fall undamaged. Just soon after, a villainous faction known as the Reapers appeared and began attacking civilians left and right. Cole vowed that the gang's rule over the Neon District would change now. He used his Thunder Drop ability to drop back down, followed by single-handedly fighting the Reapers one by one.

Trish praising Cole for his good decision

After taking down the Reapers, Cole was faced with his first karmic decision. There was a lot of food to go around, enough to feed a small group of people for weeks or perhaps even longer. Cole contemplated what would be the right decision. He could fry a few people in the crowd, and then the rest would run away scared, leaving all the food for Cole, Zeke, and Trish to enjoy. However, food and other necessities were scarce since Empire City was under quarantine watch until further notice. Hogging all the food would cause others to starve to death or worse, therefore selfishness would not be a good idea.

Good karma: Cole allowed the starving civilians to take the food in the crates to avoid starvation, with Zeke complaining that the food was canned prunes. Trish, however, commended Cole on his positive action, saying that the civilians would have died without the food.

Evil karma: Cole scared off the hungry civilians with his powers, giving the trio enough food to last them for weeks. Trish called him out for being selfish by stealing the only food people have seen in days. Zeke also commented on what Cole did, but he was rather passive to his actions, stating that it would keep them some vittles for a long time.

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Cole running away from the angry mob

After Cole made his decision about the food, the Voice of Survival made another appearance by showing footage of Cole seconds before the Blast, opening the Ray Sphere package. As Cole tried to take in what the Voice of Survival was saying about him, Trish became greatly heartbroken over the fact that Cole was the reason for the death of her sister Amy. She then left Archer Square without saying a word to him. With the crowd quickly forming into an angry mob, Cole sensed that things were about to get ugly, therefore he and Zeke made quick plans to meet at Stampton Bridge and flee town. As Cole dashed away from the crowd, he hoped his friend would show up, seeing as how he was now "a little short on friends."


Cole and Zeke in the parking lot

You will begin the missing by doing a huge leap off the building to get a feel for Cole's ability to jump off of high places. Jump down to the streets below, and Zeke will meet up with Cole after taking the long way down. Before heading to Archer Square, you must follow Zeke to a parking lot, where he needs to pick up a firearm located underneath one of the cars parked there. Once there, use Cole's Shockwave ability, as prompted, to knock the cars out of the way, that way Zeke can grab the gun. After doing so, Cole's powers will be completely drained, at which point, the game will prompt you to use his Electric Drain ability (L2) to drain power from the nearby power source. This will restore energy to Cole's battery cores. Using Cole's Radar Pulse ability (L3 will allow you to locate other power sources, which are indicated on the minimap by the light blue lightning strikes.

Cole climbing the statue

After this, you must continue following Zeke to Archer Square. Once there, you must climb up the statue to release the food crates. Begin by climbing one of the light poles ahead, then leap over to the square base of the statue. On one end of the base is a twisted piece of conduit that you can climb on to get higher. Next, carefully move along the ring at the top of the structure to reach the food container. Use Cole's Lightning Bolt to blast the rusty metal holding the container. Next, you will be prompted to Thunder Drop back down to ground level. This is not required, however, and if you prefer good karma, you may risk harming any nearby civilians upon doing so, resulting in evil karma. Alternatively, you can just drop down regularly.

The Reapers will then appear and begin attacking. You will need to take them down one by one, either using Cole's melee attacks or electric powers. Once done, you will be presented with the first karmic decision in the game. You can either leave the food for the civilians to enjoy, resulting in good karma, or fry some of the civilians to scare them off, allowing you to take the food and gain evil karma. Contrary to what is advised on-screen, it is not required that you electrocute anybody, assuming you choose the evil option. You will earn evil karma just by throwing punches or discharging electricity to scare everyone off. After making your decision, a cutscene will play, followed by you having to escape the crowd of angry citizens. The next mission will become available after Zeke calls Cole, telling him to meet at Stampton Bridge.



Infamous - First Glimpse

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