previews\ May 24, 2005 at 8:00 pm

Infected - PSP - Preview

E3 Preview 2005

From Planet Moon Studios, the creators of Giants Citizen Kabuto and Armed & Dangerous, comes Infected, the first zombie shooter on the PSP. On the show floor, Infected had a lot of promise. The action was fast-paced and fun, and while the gore level was pretty high, the game still had some of the dark humor sensibilities familiar to other Planet Moon Studios games.

In Infected, you are a New York cop whose world gets turned upside down when a mysterious virus begins to infect people, turning them into zombies. Fortunately for you, you are immune to the virus, and your blood can even kill zombies infected with the virus. You are then given a gun that fires your blood at enemies, killing them on contact. Aside from that, you have a meaty arsenal ranging from machine guns to rocket launchers to help you defeat the zombie threat and annihilate the virus.

As standard weaponry alone won’t kill your enemies, you’ll have to use your weapons in conjunction with the viral gun. You weaken the zombies by unloading some bullets on them, and then finishing them off with a blast from the viral gun. Doing so causes them to explode, making a chain reaction where all of the infected zombies within the blast radius are damaged. If you shoot enough enemies in an area and then top them off with the viral gun, you can take out several at once, linking up a combo and getting more points and power-ups.

The multiplayer mode looked very impressive, as the action is very intense. Plus, there is an “infection” feature in the game, where you will actually “infect” your opponent’s PSP with your own custom skin if you beat them. This will show up whenever they play the single-player mode, only going away once they complete certain goals.

Infected is a great game, one with lots of action and an interesting concept. Plus, the multiplayer matches are a blast, making this one title that PSP owners looking for their next great multiplayer fix would do well to check out. Look for it this fall.

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