Since inFamous’ first outing back in 2009, the series has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the PlayStation’s flagship titles. inFamous Second Son offered a whole new experience, with some noticeable differences. Were they for better or worse?
Cole MacGrath, inFamous’ original protagonist, was replaced with Delsin Rowe, a much more arrogant and immature character. With this came the electric powers also being ditched and switched for a whole new array of superpowers.
Personally I’m a big fan of inFamous. Whilst I didn’t have a great deal of fun with the sequel, I thoroughly enjoyed the original game, the subsequent spin off Festival of Blood, and of course, Second Son.
I really took a liking to Delsin and his comical relationship with his brother, but more so to the variety of powers he could utilise – the neon powers especially. However, the whole experience was over far too soon for me. With uninspiring side missions and few enemy patrols to fight on offer after completion of the story, I now find Second Son’s Seattle a little dull to say the least.
Blair reviewed the game for TSA, scoring it an impressive 9/10. He praised Sucker Punch’s efforts when it came to the explosive gameplay saying “the interplay of the powers is brilliant, and abilities varied enough to make this extremely enjoyable, while the destructible environments add a further sense of power to the mix.”
Although critical of a few design choices, such as the lack a of dynamic day cycle, Blair did say the visuals were “absolutely sublime”, with the sunsets making for “some incredibly stunning vistas”. In terms of the story “Second Son tells a rather straightforward tale” that “hurtles forward at an alarming rate”.
Second Son is very much an inFamous game. It doesn’t stray off the series’ beaten path too much, but there are enhancements in terms of gameplay and some stunning effects put to good use to create the PS4′s most fun and best looking game yet.
While the narrative might not have the same impact as previous games, it’s somewhat more of a down-to-earth tale of an ordinary man with extraordinary powers, and that’s an exciting new direction for the series to take.
Now it’s over to you. Did you enjoy the series’ new direction, or would you have rather opted for another Cole adventure? Also let us know if you’re planning on getting First Light. Remember to give inFamous: Second Son either a Buy It, Sale It, Plus It, or Avoid It rating. Be sure to get your comments in by Sunday evening for a chance to be included in next week’s verdict article.