One of the most frequent criticisms lofted at the inFAMOUS franchise is its relative lack of replayability, but superhero spin-off inFAMOUS: First Light attempts to solve that problem with a slew of Battle Arenas. Contextualised in the fiction as training facilities for the Conduits held captive at Curdun Cay, these additional missions essentially allow you to flex your powers across a couple of modes: Survival and Rescue. The former sees you offing a neverending wave of D.U.P troops, while the latter introduces hostage scenarios for you to overcome. In each of these, it’s your score that’s the most important asset, with a place at the top of the global leaderboards up for grabs. But what’s the best way to reach the summit? Here are some tips to supercharge your success.
Keep that combo alive when possible
The most important aspect of the Battle Arenas is your score multiplier. This will increase gradually with each kill that you make, but fail to attack an enemy for a sustained period of time, and it will dip back down. The best way to keep this alive is to make sure that you’re always taking pot shots at your foes, and aiming for their weak points. Hitting a weak point will result in a one hit kill, which will not only help you to clear the screen quicker, but will come in particularly helpful in hostage scenarios, where there are several gunmen attacking your target at once. If you find that there’s a big gap between two sets of foes, one tactic is to fire one of Fetch’s heat seeking rockets, and let it take out one set of enemies while you dash over to the other one. While keeping your multiplier alive is important, though, you should never risk your life over it; as long as you’re still living, you’ll always have an opportunity to rebuild it, whereas reckless play will put a stop to your score entirely.
Use all of your attacks
You’re going to spend most of your time taking out foes using Fetch’s standard neon bolts, but there’s more to the pink-haired protagonist’s arsenal than that. Her melee attack is perfect for a couple of goons, as well as the demons that you encounter later on, while her diving attack assigned to the triangle button ensures a one-hit kill with very little skill. Meanwhile, her heat seeking rockets are great if you don’t have time to aim properly and just want to clear a clump of enemies quickly, while putting foes into stasis allows you to easily target their weak points if they’re not within sight. As you level up your character by completing challenges and side quests in Seattle, all of these moves will become more potent, so learn how to use them, and gradually you’ll find that you not only become better at harnessing the hero’s powers – but she also becomes more effective, too.
Don’t forget your Neon Singularity
Much like Delsin Rowe from inFAMOUS: Second Son, Fetch has a super move named Neon Singularity which can be executed by tapping down on the d-pad. To recharge this, you simply need to kill a certain quota of enemies, which you’ll be doing a lot of regardless of the mode that you’re playing in Battle Arena. As such, you’re going to want to use this frequently in order to clear the screen. We’d advise against holding onto this attack once unlocked, as the sooner that you use it, the sooner that you can power up another one. Instead, use it as a last resort when your combo is about to drop, when you’re low on health, or when you feel that there’s a good number of enemies on the screen. Whatever you do, try not to be too precious about it, as you’ll be able to unlock one of these every two minutes or so if you’re playing well.
Look out for drones
As you battle, you’ll notice drones flying around the arena that are different colours. You’ll want to take these down, as not only do they give you a much needed neon recharge, but they also augment you with some temporary power boosts. These include: unlimited diving melee attacks, an instant score multiplier boost, and supercharged bolts. Using these effectively is crucial to hitting the high scores, as they all give you a significant advantage for a few moments. It’s also worth mentioning here that you should replenish your neon if your battle takes you near a recharge point – especially if there’s no danger of your combo dropping soon. Fetch’s powers don’t drain as quickly as Delsin’s, but it’s still worth ensuring that you have a good silo of rockets on board should you need to call upon them at any point.
What’s your best score in any of inFAMOUS: First Light’s Battle Arenas thus far? Do you have any other tips for securing a super score? Share your words of wisdom in the comments section below.