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Below is a list of the controls scheme for Cole's many powers and abiliies in InFamous.

Standard

The control scheme without holding any buttons

Command

Action Description
Left stick Move around Move Cole through the world. Pressure effects speed.
Right stick Move camera Adjust the position of the camera to get a better view of the current suroundings.
X-button Jump Jump upwards. If Cole touches any ledges, he will grab them automatically. Press X again to jump from that ledge. If Cole hits a wall, the player can press X another time to run up the wall for a short distance.
Square-button Melee attack / Thunder Drop Beat up nearby enemies/citizens/objects. Tapping square will result in a combo, ending with a deadly summersault-kick. Press and hold Square in mid-air to charge Cole's Thunder Drop, a powerfull atack which sends out a large shockwave upon impact.
Triangle-button Interact Use special actions, like pressing buttons, grabbing disks. On various occasions, players need to hold down Triangle to peek at certain photographs, or zoom in at special events.
O-button Evasive Roll/ Take cover/ Let go Press O while running to avoid enemy fire. When standing still, press O to get behind any available cover and press again to get out. When hanging on ledges, press O to let go of it.
L1-Button Aim Zooms the camera above Cole's shoulder and brings up the targeting reticle, allowing Cole to unleash an array of deadly, electrical attacks.
L2-Button Electric Drain Sap electicity from nearby sources to fill up your energyreserve and heal any possible injuries.
R1-button Target downed enemy/wounded citizen Highlights a stunned enemy or injured citizen nearby an brings up new 3 powers: Heal, Restrain and Bio Leech. It should be noted that Cole is not able (or smart enough not) to heal downed enemies.
R2-button Polarity Wall Cole creates a small, electrical force field, which he can hold as a real life shield and use to deflect enemy fire.
L3-Button Radar Pulse Lets out an electromagnetic sonar, highligting nearby energy sources, enemies, blast shards, etc. on the mini-map and gamescreen.
D-pad Up Precision Zooms in the camera and slows time, allowing Cole to make a easy headshot or hitting hard to reach spots, at high energy costs.
D-pad Down Lightning Storm Calls forth a massive lighting beam from the sky, which the player can control with the SIXAXIS, at the cost of large amounts of energy.
D-pad Left Karmic Overload When the Karma-Meter reaches the maximum, players can press Left on the D-pad, giving them unlimited energy for a short time. Afterwards, the Karma-Meter drops slightly, preventing constant use.
Start-button Pause Pauses the game and brings up the pause menu.
Select-button Map Brings up a map from Empire City, giving the player an overview of the world and the available mission (goals).
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