Infected is not an unoriginal game, or really even a particularly good one. It takes place in New York City, with a virus transforming normal folk into foaming, hungry zombies. You play Officer Stevens, a man immune to the virus, who attempts to take down the zombie horde, and who can actually use his own blood to harm the zombies.
The gameplay is very routine; you take on zombies with an uninspired array of weaponry, using your blood to finish them off. There are a few interesting ideas, such as a balancing system, whereby your weapons will lose their pep if they are not used efficiently, and also a risk and reward system by which you can wait longer to kill enemies and then string them together to get power-ups. There is also a monetary skill system, but this part isn't balanced enough, resulting in you amassing too much money too fast and becoming wildly overpowered by the end of the game. Though there are these superficial attempts at depth, the game ultimately isn't much more than the repetitive blasting away of zombies and spraying them with blood.
Graphically, this is a good looking game, and there's a fair amount of detail for a gaming that could have probably got by on basic on-rails shooter graphics. The environments and character models are slick looking, but there's the feeling that a better game should've benefitted from it. Aurally, the soundtrack is fun and cheesy enough to befit the tone of a zombie game, and the voice performances are also surprisingly decent.
Is Infected dire? No. But is it worth buying? No also. It's brainless (no pun intended), and there's nothing here that hasn't been done better elsewhere. It's got some good ideas but nothing that is especially well executed, and aside from the visuals, there's a reason you probably haven't heard of it.
The story of infected zombie is standard fare with a twist. It takes place in New York before Christmas, turning people into flesh-hungry zombies as a vicious new strain of mad cow disease sweeps through town. You are sent out to deal with threats when you are infected himself. But you have developed an immunity against the virus, and not only is your immunity to protect you from viruses, but it is so potent that the blood when it comes into contact with contaminated blood, will cause the blood boils and zombie to explode in the fleshy bits . You get a Viral Gun, a gun connected to one of your veins to shoot blood-filled bullets. But it is not as easy as simply shoot your gun at anything that moves, it is an honor to your normal weapons, which are used to soften a zombie before the blood bullet could penetrate the skin and turn up zombie. The man who investigates the infected (Dr. Schaeffer) and the Commissioner give you briefings as you are dispatched to each section in NYC for a mission.
Infected by Majesco, the same studio that brought you Bloodrayne and Bloodrayne 2, brings you another horror/action title but this time for the Playstation Portable. Infected places you in the role of rookie NYPD officer Stevens as you seem to be the first person discovered to be immune to the zombie infection that is spreading and mutating across New York City.
This game was an early title release for the PSP and thus sports less than stellar graphics, but this is an added advantage as the sheer number of enemies rendered on screen, let alone the map, would cause even the PS2 to slow down, yet you feel none of that during gameplay.
The music, on the other hand, is a mix of hardcore heavy metal and techno music from bands such as Slipknot and Chymera, the band members actually are playable characters in game.
Infected features a great reward system allowing you to customize not only your type of weapons, but also the damage they do, the powerup drops you receive, and your appearance.
Avatar customization is where this game soars, allowing you make your Officer Stevens anything from a NYPD Beat Cop to a Chainsaw wielding Santa to Bloodrayne herself.
The game also features a spiffy online score board and global "infection" map tracking system that allows you to keep track of your online deathmatch stats. The best part is networked multiplayer matches where you and up to 7 friends can go at it in a giant Zombie infested deathmatch or team arena throwdowns that get all the more interesting when bigger and badder enemies come into the midst of your duels.
Overall, this game is a 3 out of 5, due to its rather short playthrough time. But if you're a completest or a zombie fanatic it has alot of replayability and cutting edge soundtrack.