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inFamous: Festival of Blood is a stand alone downloadable inFamous title. The game currently costs $9.99/£7.99 ($7.99/£6.29 with PS Plus) on PSN, and was released on October 25th, 2011.
Taking place during the events of inFamous 2, Festival of Blood opens with Zeke sitting in a bar reading what appears to be a vampire comic. He spots a woman approaching the counter who orders a beer, to which he also orders one and offers to pay for her beer as well. The woman claims that she's capable of paying for her own beer, to which Zeke simply replies "Good, glad to hear it, you can get the next round".
He looks her over and notices that she isn't from New Marais, so he decides to tell a story to try woo her. Reluctant to listen to Zeke, the woman ignores him and claims that she has better things to do than spend time with someone that reads "kiddie books". Zeke then claims that his so-called "kiddie book" helped him save Cole from eternal damnation. Gaining interest by his mention of Cole, the woman sits down to hear his story. He asks if she's ever heard of Pyre Night, to which she replies that she hasn't, and he begins his story.
Zeke explains that Pyre Night is an event in New Marais where the citizens "go certifiably ape-shit" for the festivities. They string up demonic balloons, dress up as monsters and ghouls and get drunk to celebrate this event. But it seems that not all of these people have a good time. Cole MacGrath soon hearsscreams for help emerging from beneath the cathedral. He makes his way through the catacombs looking for any civilians in trouble, and soon finds at a woman calling for help, but when he tries to assist her, she quickly knocks him out.
A group of vampires then proceed to drag him into a room containing a female vampire's carcass. Waking up and surrounded by vampires, Cole's neck is cut, allowing droplets of his blood to drip into the corpses mouth. As the vampires watch the ceremony, the blood awakens the vampire. Thrusting herself at Cole, the vampire bites his neck and drinks his blood, slowly rejuvenating her body until she becomes a beautiful red-haired woman. Cole then collapses to the floor as the vampires in the room begin chanting the resurrected vampires name: Bloody Mary.
Cole slowly gets to his feet while Bloody Mary adjusts to her resurrection. She tells Cole that come sunrise, he will be her slave and that there’s nothing he can do to change that. Cole tries to fight Mary, but she raises her hand, stopping him, stating that she will not allow it as she has control over his actions. She begins to make her way out of the catacombs, with Cole following closely behind, at one point he is accosted by one of Mary's minions and, noticing that the Amp is missing from his backpack, pulls a cross out of a nearby coffin, creating a makeshift stake. After disposing of the vampires in the catacombs, Cole follows Bloody Mary to the surface of New Marais.
Eight Hours Before SunriseOutside Fort Philippe, a party goer approaches Cole, asking for directions, when, out of instinct, Cole runs to her, biting her neck and drinking her dry. Telepathically, Mary contacts Cole to tell him about his new abilities. He learns the Shadow Swarm, which allows him to reconstitute his DNA into a swarm of bats, letting him fly above the streets of the city. Bloody Mary then informs him that “her minions” will be testing him throughout the night, stating that she “wants to see what he can do”. Cole phones Zeke and tells him what has happened. Zeke laughs at first, asking if “teenage girls suddenly find him irresistible”. It isn't until Cole goes into more detail that Zeke realizes just how serious the situation is and begins to work with Cole to help him kill Bloody Mary and cure his vampirism. Heading to Smut Triangle, Cole is accosted by a group of Bloody Mary's minions. Dispatching them, he then makes his way to St. Ignatius Cathedral. While viewing Father Ignatius' statue, Bloody Mary sends a group of Harpies to attack him. After defeating the Harpies, Cole learns more about Pyre Night, watching a puppet show about the vampire leader and the man that finally defeated her, Father Ignatius. Zeke later finds the location of Father Ignatius' grave. Inside the grave, the Barbed Cross, a holy weapon that Cole can use to defeat Bloody Mary is discovered to be located.
At the graveyard Cole finds that two of Bloody Mary's Firstborns have beaten him to it, by the time Cole defeats the first one, the second one has escaped. Cole is then contacted by Bloody Mary, who tells him about Vampire vision, another vampiric power he has gained. He then proceeds to use it to track down the Firstborns hiding in the Pyre Night crowds.
Discovering them, Cole then tracks the Firstborn with the Barbed Cross back to the catacombs. Defeating the Firstborn and a hoard of Bloody Mary's minions beneath the city, Cole finds the Barbed Cross' box. Though empty, it gives details of how the cross was made. A core of sacred wood, edged in silver from King Solomon's temple, dipped in holy water from the Vatican and blessed by the Pope.
Six Hours Before Sunrise
Returning to the catacombs beneath New Marais in search of the Barbed Cross, Cole finds secret doors with elevators behind them, each containing tanks of white phosphorus ready to be lifted to the city above. Between them, Cole and Zeke figure out Bloody Mary's plan to burn New Marais to the ground, allowing her to finally have her revenge on the city that had burned her so many years before. Cole then destroys the elevators, and makes his way back to Mary's crypt where he finds details of Mary's early life and how she had been on her death bed when an admirer turned her into a vampire, though the Barbed Cross is still nowhere to be found.
One Hour Before Sunrise
- “Why would you want to hurt me with that cross Cole?”
- — Bloody Mary.
Ten Minutes Before Sunrise
- “Just accept some help man, I know you’re a superhero and all, but you can’t always do it on your own!”
- — Zeke helps Cole out
- This is the first game in the inFamous series in which Zeke is fully rendered without his glasses.
- Cole loses the Amp in the beginning, replacing it with a broken casket lid with the design of a cross on it and a triangular shard of wood tacked to the end. He eventually attaches Ignatius's Barbed Cross to it.
- This is a reference to two of the primary tools of Vampire hunters: a stake to kill a vampire and a cross to act like a shield.
- The game takes place over the course of eight hours.
- As Zeke finishes his story, Cole arrives in the bar to tell Zeke that he dropped his amp in a pool, indicating the story takes place during the events of InFamous 2.
- Originally, Cole's victims blood splashed all around them when he was drinking, however, this was cut from the final version.
- Cole can't make moral choices in his vampire state, as being a vampire, he is naturally evil. He also can't access his Ionic Powers. His Blasts, Bolts, Grenades, and Rockets do change over time.
- Cole only uses Ionic Storm once in his battle with Bloody Mary.
- The silhouette of Cole in the inFamous logo during the trailer is posed differently. The silhouette is seen facing forward, with both arms open.
- In the "Witness the Resurrection", the PEGI rating is 16, suggesting that Sucker Punch may have toned down the content in the game, as opposed to the PEGI rating of 18 and ESRB of M in the Gamescom trailer. The final rating for ESRB is now T (Teen).
- There is a dynamic theme received as part of the games purchase. The theme shows Cole in his vampire state with bright red Ionic Storms striking all around him hinting that it takes place after Cole retrieved the final blast core but before the final decision.
- In the teaser, Cole's shirt appears to be in Infamous rank, yet in the trailer he is neutral aligned. This is most likely because of blood stains. Also, his lightning is blue but in-game it is predominantly red orange.
- In game, Cole appears to be locked at InFAMOUS Rank, as he has Red Lightning, and when not fighting or running, he stands in the InFAMOUS 2 InFamous rank pose. But some pedestrians will still cheer for Cole as if he was in Hero Rank.
- It was revealed in a video demo for Festival of Blood that Cole would indeed gain new powers with his vampirism.
- Shadow Swarm, unlike other Ionic powers, does not require an Ionic Charge. Instead, there is a new mechanic called the "Corruption Meter", which can fill up over time by doing things such as biting civilians and staking Vampires. The Corruption Meter is stylized to look like a beating heart, and replaces both the Karmic Meter and Ionic Charge slot.
- The Bayou, Gas Works and Flood Town districts are not visited in the game, but are accessible via a glitch.
- A glitch with a floating cup can be seen on a bench during the game. If Cole runs up to it and presses L1, the actions Stake and Bite are active, which has led some to believe it is an invisible person.
- The game has introduced new features to the UGC. You can now create cut-scenes and add SFX like pyrotechnics and lighting to your missions.
- After you complete 15 UGC missions you will unlock the Full Vampire Skin. Its shows Cole in the Infamous rank outfit with pointed ears, blood veins and blood on his clothes. This presumably is what Cole would have looked like if he had not saved himself.
- Like InFamous 2 there are Easter Egg movies being shown at the theaters in Smut Triangle. The following movies shown on Pyre night are:
- Street Sucker III (Street Fighter III)
- Scar Craft 2 (StarCraft II)
- Assassin's Bleed (Assassin' Creed)
- L.A. Gore (L.A. Noire)
- Call of Bloody:Black Bleed (Call of Duty:Black Ops)
- Red Dead Vampires (Red Dead Redemption)
- Die Cooper & Vampire Thieves (Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus)
- Unstaked: Vampires Deception (Uncharted 3: Drake Deception)
- There are several references to the events of InFamous 2, including Joseph Bertrand III and Militia propaganda posters, pedestrians mentioning the Corrupted, Rebels are seen on the streets.Very few cops are seen around the city, and the damage created by The Beast when Cole and Zeke launched the thermo-nuclear missile at him, is also present.
- Civilians will sometimes say "He's alive!" when they see Cole.
- In the background during the intro, you can hear Fade Away, the song that played over the InFamous 2 end credits, while in the ending scene, you can hear Silent Melody the song that played in the InFamous end credits.
- Different parts of the festival will trigger different music, for example, in one area, there is a radio that plays rock and roll music.
- Kuo and Nix do not appear and are not mentioned at all.