Infamous: Second Son Review
Second Son, First in our hearts
With the PS4 out and dominating the video game market, I’ve been less than impressed with the “Made for PS4″ game list. I mean, let’s be honest here, Knack?
Resogun? These games have been less than steller and are not only lacking in full use of the PS4’s hardware, but it isn’t making anyone want to buy PS4 on those
alone. Queue the singing angels, PS4 finally gets a game that makes me want a PS4…again. Infamous: Second Son. Not only does it use the full power of the PS4, but
also the full power of heart (not the band…or the little dude from Captain Planet)! So lets snap those gloves on, turn off the Katy Perry, and lets delve into Second Son,
Trauma Ward style!
Now first things first, If you havent played Infamous on PS3 you should do your best to get that done. Its an amazing game and second son does it proud.
That being said, you don’t HAVE to play the first one to enjoy the second one, but comparing the two would be like comparing a red apple to a green apple.
Different tastes, same family, tho I was sad to not see the comic book style the first one had in this iteration, but we’ll just leave it at that. Second Son does
however use the full power of the PS4 and guess what? IT IS GORGOUS! Full 1080p open-world epicness set in Seattle Washington (FUN FACT: Suckerpunch
went out and got the permission of local places in Seattle to put them in the game, true story) that all starts with our hero; Delson. I know what your saying tho,
“What about the story!? Is it any good?” My answer to that is deffiantly, YES! The story of Second Son is not only rich and exciting, but it makes you want to go
again just to see what its gonna be like going through it as a good/bad guy.
Delson is the main charactor in Second Son. He’s the new guy on the conduit (People with super powers are called conduits) scene and he’s actually quite believable.
I wouldn’t say he’s your typical hero but he is a typical mid twenties dude who, given superpowers, would probably act the same way; cocky and almost narsistic but
this guy knows where the line is between good, and evil, the rest is your choice. This is one of the very few drawbacks to the game. In game you can make choices
throughout your gameplay that will give good points to Delson or bad points, both are congruent with your power direction ie: bad powers aim on actual killing,
good powers foccus on disabling. wether your going good or bad (Yes i had to beat the game twice for this review) I never felt like he was ever going to hurt somebody
on purpose. At least not inside the extreamly well put together story/cutsceans and seemless gameplay that is integrated into said scenes. He’s really the only one I ended
up caring about. You’ll meet quite a few charactors that have huge potential to make the story even bigger, but they are usually short lived and seldom heard from, aside
from Delsons brother and I guess we’ll call her his love interest, Fetch. They get more time than most, but its only a few minutes of actual game time. This didn’t kill the
game for me, but it would have been nice and unltimatly more fluid in the overall story to see more of them.
Now the open world aspect is spot on for a game that has super powers. Seattle is beatifly done and so is Delsons motioncapture and powers. The fire looks like fire, the
concrete looks like concrete, the neon looks like neon, and the Snozzberries taste like Snozzberries! Delsons moves/skillsets activate so smoothly, eventually your redifining
what parkour is and you’ll say, “Why dont they do this in Assasin’s Creed!?” That’s kind of the last thing that really bugged me about Delson in general; he just knows parkour,
for no real reason… BUT So much is destroyable and anything that moves is killable. Obviously at a cost of going to the dark side but there are plunty of options to make up
those good guy points. You can always revive civilians, or spraypaint “Street Art” or “Graffiti” to the uncultured…on walls and building sides, as well as free people from
jails/prison camps or maybe you want to kill off those pesky picketers or teri-bad guitar player. Yes Second Son has anything a growing super hero needs to go good or go
bad, including up to four powers, a very extensive leveling system for said powers, and a masive amount of achivments ingame and through the Playstation Network Trophy
So with all this being said, is Infamous: Second Son worth the $60? Absolutely. I’d buy it again in a heartbeat. Delson, the story, the graphics, the PS4 being used at what we think to be its
potential? NO, this isn’t even its final form! All of this and more are what make this game the game to finally put PS4 on the list of “Systems that have epic games” and finally
get it out of that rut of boring mediocre multi-platform titles being bridged between PS3 and PS4.