|Cole gains new abilities as a vampire, including the ability to see the veins of his victims.|
It's a simple enough premise, one which doesn't have to be more complicated to be enjoyable. The player character has an immediate goal, one which generates drama, and that can be understood with a minimum of explanation. Economy of storytelling is something that too many games get wrong, making stories too simple or complex in turn. The fact the DLC is framed as an in-universe story also avoids any continuity issues gamers might have with the premise. Personally, I have no problem with the idea of vampires being the result of Conduit abilities. Without spoiling, I'll also say the framing device has one of the funniest endings in video game history (at least to me).
|The comic book art cutscenes are as enjoyable as always--adding to the sense this is a dramatization of a superhero series.|
Part of what I enjoyed about Festival of Blood is the karmic choices of the DLC actually have a gameplay effect. Cole can choose to feed on the prevalent citizens or stake the far more difficult vampires in order to "recharge" himself. The constant need for blood is something which stimulates the gameplay and forces Cole to choose to eat the innocent or hunt the Undead Most Dangerous GameTM. If you're committed to Cole being an exemplar, the game actually tests you and provides you with a challenge.
Cole's "Blood Conduit" abilities are extremely fun to play, providing our hero with the power to fly by turning into a swam of bats. I also loved using the Barbed Cross, Cole's weapon for destroying the undead and a reference to Castlevania's classic whip. The harpies and vampire enemies are also a welcome change against the monsters and militia of the main game. In a way, I regret these abilities and the storyline weren't a part of the main game since the weirdness of this DLC was the major thing I felt was absent from the second game.
|Bloody Mary is the star of this story and one of Infamous' best characters.|
In conclusion, Festival of Blood is a great addition to the Infamous universe and I wouldn't be upset to see more vampires in the setting. Sadly, I don't see that as happening. The setting seems to be getting less wacky as opposed to more so, which I think is a mistake. This DLC improves on Infamous 2, though, and I heartily recommend it.