inFAMOUS Second Son
INFAMOUS SECOND SON
Craig Broddle February 20, 2015 PS4
Infamous: Second Son, if you didn't get it already, is the third game in the Infamous series and I think many of us were surprised to see this game come along when the PS4 was launched. Too many people had speculated on whether or not there would be a third in the the series after the (SPOILER ALERT) death of Cole McGravel-Voice. But the developer, SuckerPunch, did something that we don't often get to see; they continued with a new story, new characters and new problems within the same universe. As as result, we were treated to a new, bigger experience than what we'd had before with a familiar feel to the whole thing.
Second Son is easily one of the best games on the PS4 and I won't put it down. It's fun, addictive and engrossing. There's still one or two issues with the franchise but SuckerPunch have shown that they know what they're doing.
The parkour system still requires some more finesse. I know no one has perfected this yet (I'm looking at you Unity!) but the climbing system was pushing forward and pressing the jump button... or... STANDING ON A LEDGE AND JUMPING INTO THAT WALL, GRINDING YOUR FACE UNTIL THE NEXT LEDGE!!
Ok, it's meaningless in the grand scheme of the game, eventually you'd run in a continuous stream of neon light, but this franchise has had three outings and should feel more polished than this.
Many of the controls have been revised to streamline what you press in relation to what happens on screen making for a smoother feel in both running around and combat, bringing hovering to the jump button and firing missiles to the triangle button helps to make moving feel easier. Likewise the new Dash function is a blessed welcome, either dashing through vents, running up buildings or gliding through the air brings a new feeling of grandeur to the game. I would dash from a rooftop and I felt as though I could simply run around Seattle forever.
The story is enjoyable as well, you are Delsin Rowe, a thin and gangly delinquent with a knack for graffiti; I love him. There are too many grizzled, generic protagonists within video games and Delsin makes for a refreshing change of pace. He encounters others along his way throughout the game - a junkie, a criminal and a spotty video game nerd (thanks SuckerPunch). Each character breaks the monotony we've endured before and makes the outing enjoyable.
The ending is a little weak and of course, this is Infamous, so there are 2 endings. The problem with that is that I haven't played the alternative ending and I'm not sure I get my money's worth if I don't. However, in doing so, I don't get to play the game I want to play it, because now I'm attempting to be a different person for the sake of a different cinematic.
If you think that Second Son is the Infamous 2 beater, let me tell you now, it's not. The story and characters from Cole's second outing where incredible and Second Son can't beat that simply due to how well established these characters already were.
Don't let that put you off though, I bought Infamous at full price upon it's release and I played it again recently with the same ending. I'm not put off because the story kept me hooked. It's an amazing game a definitely worth your time.
Maybe worth your time twice.