- “Stampton Bridge, the fastest way out of town. That is, if you can get us past those baton-wielding goons.”
- — Zeke Dunbar
"The Escape" was the third story mission in Infamous.
While on the run from the angry citizens, Cole made his way to Stampton Bridge to meet up with Zeke. They hoped to escape the quarantine, and Stampton Bridge was the quickest way out of Empire City. However, riot cops and barricades were blocking the path. Cole and Zeke had to find a way to break through the riot police and barricades if they hoped to leave town. There was also a crowd of angry protestors at the bridge's entrance, looking to escape the quarantine as well.
Upon arriving at the first blockade that was guarded by a group of riot cops, Cole stopped to think for a minute on how to best deal with the situation at hand. On one hand, he has already got half the city seething with rage over the blast, and the less attention Cole was to draw to himself, the better it would be to trigger a riot. On the other hand, though, while a riot would help keep the heat off Zeke and Cole, many civilians would end up mercilessly beaten in the process.
Cole ran through the crowd to fight the riot cops head on and was successful in doing so. No one in the crowd was injured in the process.
Cole concealed himself in the crowd of protesters and fired a Lightning Bolt at the guards, causing a riot to insinuate, leaving Cole and Zeke to watch while the riot cops were being dealt with.
Breaking through the quarantine
After the riot cops were taken down, Cole used his Lightning Bolt ability to open the first gate, and upon entering, more riot cops were encountered. It was up to Cole and Zeke to lead the way and take out any enemies that tried to stop them. Once everyone made it along the first half of the bridge, Cole opened the final gate to unveil a wall of machine gun fire. All of sudden, all of the civilians were met with an untimely fate, and were killed by the barrage of bullets. However, Zeke and Cole managed to leap through a side gate. Zeke fell down into the river below, but Cole made it through to a detention room to the right of the wall.
When he came around, Cole found himself in a detention room, with an FBI agent by the name of Moya Jones sitting behind protective glass. She explained to Cole that she was in search of her husband John White, a spy working for a shadowy organization called the First Sons. They were responsible for the creation of the Ray Sphere, the so-called "bomb" that gave Cole his powers. Moya had lost contact with John the night of the blast. She promised Cole his freedom if he was to find John and recover the Ray Sphere.
Leaving the room via a trapdoor, Cole made his way back to the city using the pipes under the bridge. Given the state of their newly formed partnership, Moya took the opportunity to clone the frequency on Cole's phone, that way she could hear everything he says. She also warned Cole not to go back on their newly formed partnership, or there would be consequences. As Cole traversed the unstable pipes, he spotted several Reapers busting up some of them up, causing and once he informed which Moya found interesting and worth investigating. Upon reaching land, Cole reunited with Zeke, who was glad to see him in once piece, leaving him to question how Cole managed to live through the massacre. Cole told him he would fill him in on everything back at the roof.
After Cole explained everything regarding the Ray Sphere, Zeke grew excited, and knowing what the Ray Sphere could do, he insisted that Cole brings the device back here. Cole broke away, saying he had things to do. Moya then contacted Cole, telling him to follow the coordinates she uploaded to his phone, as she has found a couple of leads for him to investigate.
Upon starting the mission, the player must approach Stampton Bridge, where the crowd of angry protestors. A group of riot cops block the entrance to the bridge. The player is then presented with an karmic choice. They can either choose to attack the cops single-handedly (for good karma), or start a riot by hiding within the crowd and firing at the cops (for evil karma).
After the decision is made, the player must then use Cole's Lightning Bolt to charge up the battery, that way the gate will open, and then everyone can pass through. The player will encounter several riot cops, as well as machine turrets, which must be disabled by first taking down the enemy controlling it, then getting behind it and pressing . As the player continues pressing forward, they will continue to fight more cops and turrets. Zeke will also advise Cole that he hangs from the containers to avoid fire from the turrets, as it will make him a harder target. The player will eventually approach a second charge, which must be opened by charging the battery. Once open, a cutscene triggers, leading to the next segment, which simply involves helping Cole return to town.
The player must get Cole back to town by crossing a series of weak pipes and poles, which must be shot down first to grab hold. Midway through, the player will find a few Reapers and their first blast shard. Upon collecting it, all of the other shards will become available to collect, and will allow Cole to gain extra battery cores. After crossing underneath the second half of the bride, the player will then return to the city, ending the mission.
- There is a glitch that you can perform if you keep jumping to the left of the blinking LED light. You will end up jumping through the box without having to charge it, but the gate will open anyway.
- There's also another glitch at the end of the mission, where if you reach the end of the bridge, shoot Zeke to death, and get onto the street before the mission fails, the mission will end, and the camera will move as if Zeke is running towards Cole. From there, Zeke and Cole will engage in their normal conversation, but Zeke will be standing on the other side of the street, though his voice can be heard talking. If you reach him a little later, then the screen will go gray with the death music, but the mission will still end, and the same thing happens, albeit much slower.
- Cole doesn't have to shoot the riot cops for Evil Karma; shooting or hitting the protesters will count.
- Cole's karma rank will be at Thug if the evil choice is made, even if Cole made the good choice in the previous mission.