inFamous: Second Son


By: Alan Bell    On: PlayStation 4
Published: Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 3:00 PM
 
 
This is now my most anticipated game of the next generation Alan Bell
 
 
 
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When I reviewed inFamous back in 2009, I kinda liked it. OK, fine, I raved about it. Looking back, I regret nothing; it was - and still is - one of the best games of the generation. For reasons that escape me, I missed out on the sequel (something I intend to rectify before the next one comes out), but having now seen inFamous: Second Son (game three in the franchise) it's not a mistake I'll make this time around. It is, quite simply, nothing short of mind-blowing.

First, some background. Cole is gone; due to the overwhelmingly popular player choices made in inFamous 2 (I had it ruined for me, but I won't do that to you), there's a new character on the scene. The scene itself is new too; gone is the imaginary setting of the first game, replaced in Second Son by the real world (or at least, a gamefied version of) Seattle - complete with the Space Needle.

Five years ago, and two years after the events in inFamous 2 - in the game's timeline - people with superpowers began to present themselves, and the world was thrown into chaos. Authority fought back, however, forming the D.U.P. whose job is to hunt down and... deal with... people with special abilities. Delsin, the new hero, is - of course - a gifted young man, with abilities that grant him all sorts of advantages in combat; this is particularly handy, given Delsin's agenda is directly at odds with the "dupes."

The section of gameplay we were shown was a chaotic sequence in which Delsin faced off against a sizeable force of dupes at the base of the Space Needle. After sneaking around a little bit, the Sucker Punch developer at the controls cast of his character's anonymity in spectacular fashion, leveraging Delsin's Smoke-based powers to warp straight through a gate and right up to one of the patrolling guards, whom he then smashed face-first into the ground.

After that, the proverbial excrement was flung with some gusto directly into the rapidly spinning blades of a nearby air-moving device.

Delsin's powers, some of which (notably his air jumping and gliding moves) will be instantly familiar to fans of inFamous and the many more that will not, are all executed in spectacular fashion. By jumping, porting forwards, and gliding, Delsin was able to quickly traverse the world's intricate and highly vertical obstacles.

He can climb, too, staying true to what Sucker Punch's Nate Fox described to me as the team's mandate that "if it looks like you can climb it, you must be able to climb it". If you've read my review of the original inFamous, you'll know how impressed I was by the technology in play as Cole explored his world; that's no less true here, as Delsin realistically grips surfaces exactly as you'd expect someone to do were both they and the surface actually real. It continues to give the series real gravitas, subtly connecting Delsin to his world in a way most games can only dream of.

Something else that impressed me about the first game was the graphical showcase it represented; it looked good - real good. Second Son, as you might expect, given it's on the PS4, blows it clean out of the water. Draw distances are huge, the world is incredibly detailed, and the various surfaces and materials are all incredibly realistic looking. Reflections in particular (and Seattle's pretty wet, something the team were eager to replicate in the game) are spectacular and genuinely look the way you'd expect them too across a wide array of surface types.

The pretty visuals are far from static, too, as our demonstration went on to highlight. As Delsin wrought havoc in and around the Space Needle complex, various bridges, towers, and all manner of other objects would crumble under the might of the various attacks and projectiles both he and his enemies would bring to bear. Far from just an interesting effect, it had a real impact on the gameplay, with a keen eye necessary not only to spot opportunities to leverage the destruction to your advantage, but you also have to be mindful of incoming enemy fire too lest the thing you're standing on suddenly collapses. Plus, it looked very cool, adding to the feeling of dynamic chaos the who game exuded.

Enemies, for reasons that weren't explained, also had some level of special powers; described by Delsin as "leaping", this ability was represented by enemies launching themselves away from our hero on a column of rock which then crumbled into non-existence a few seconds after it appeared. At one point, one of the enemies even created a little platform on the side of the building above Delsin, a perch from which he then continued his previous machine gun assault. You may have played plenty of third-person action games before, but you've never played one like this.

While we got to see loads of Delsin's smoke-based powers, this - according to Nate - is just the tip of the iceberg. There's loads of other stuff to be revealed about the game too, but they're keeping quiet about that stuff for the meantime.

What they can't keep quiet is just how amazing it all looks in action; that cat is well and truly out of the bag now. The combination of skills - even those few we've seen - look exciting to leverage, the enemies look like fun to beat into the ground, and the world is very much the kind of place I want to explore. It's rich, engaging, and the narrative - an oppressive government and the rise against it - is representative of both the comic books that clearly serve as the game's inspiration and the worrying headlines of our very real newspapers.

Based on what I've seen so far, combined with the enthusiasm Nate himself exudes, I can already tell it's going to be worth the wait. By far, this is now my most anticipated game of the next generation, and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

inFamous: Second Son, exclusive to the PlayStation 4, is coming early next year.


At a Glance

The Good: It looks amazing in action

The Bad: We've still got a long while to wait yet

The Ugly: Some of Delsin's powers are going to cause major carnage

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twisterjamz
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 3:30 PM Posted by twisterjamz NZGamer.com VIP
For those who haven't seen it, there is a gameplay video posted in the thread in the forums

This is one of my highly anticipated games for PS4, the smokey teleporting power looks so good and the SUPER super power is just amazing
 
 
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kiwiatlarge
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 4:31 PM Posted by kiwiatlarge NZGamer.com VIP
It's probably my most anticipated launch/near launch exclusive.. Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to Killzone, but Killzone lost it's uniqueness after KZ2, and FPS games are.. well... FPS games at the end of the day..
 
 
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SilverFleat
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 4:48 PM Posted by SilverFleat
Gotta love infamous :D this game is my main incentive to buy a ps4
 
 
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joshdrought
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 5:01 PM Posted by joshdrought
platinumed both infamous titles lets see about a third
 
 
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NickJacques
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 5:04 PM Posted by NickJacques
Never played much of the other games in the series. Always looked fun though.
 
 
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fifamessi
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 5:30 PM Posted by fifamessi NZGamer.com VIP
12 June 2013, 03:30 PM Reply to twisterjamz
For those who haven't seen it, there is a gameplay video posted in the thread in the forums

This is one of my highly anticipated games for PS4, the smokey teleporting power looks so good and the SUPER super power is just amazing
That gameplay video in the thread is insane, made this game jump nearly all the way to the top of my most wanted list.
 
 
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Helbringr
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 5:31 PM Posted by Helbringr
started the first a month or two ago and pretty happy with it so this should be epic
 
 
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Fallin133
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 5:58 PM Posted by Fallin133
This looks pretty amazing! Great series and this looks like a great example of how much more a "next-gen" system can bring the franchises we currently know. From the gameplay they've shown online, it's the amount of destructible environments that impressed me the most.
 
 
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kiwibadboy
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 6:08 PM Posted by kiwibadboy NZGamer.com VIP
So pumped for PS4!!
 
 
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stealthmonkey01
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 7:06 PM Posted by stealthmonkey01
Looking forward to this :D
 
 
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ssjroneel
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 7:33 PM Posted by ssjroneel
12 June 2013, 03:30 PM Reply to twisterjamz
For those who haven't seen it, there is a gameplay video posted in the thread in the forums

This is one of my highly anticipated games for PS4, the smokey teleporting power looks so good and the SUPER super power is just amazing
i love teleporting powers, make combat so awesome. Loved it in dishonored.
 
 
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Bank
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 7:52 PM Posted by Bank NZGamer.com VIP
smokin.

i immediately thought of smoker from one piece and his logia power seemed pretty original at the time.
 
 
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SpeediePetey
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 9:54 PM Posted by SpeediePetey NZGamer.com VIP
'The power to take other conduit's power'. Sounds delightfully OP
 
 
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dynamite-13
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 9:59 PM Posted by dynamite-13
This could be the reason i get a ps4 near launch, looks awesome
 
 
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tom_nz
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 8:44 AM Posted by tom_nz NZGamer.com VIP
Wow! That gameplay footage is enthralling. I have to get my hands on this one when it releases.
 
 
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nevski11
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 11:41 AM Posted by nevski11
The Seattle setting and the teenage protagonist makes it feel like a bit of a rip-off of the movie Chronicle.
 
 
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Kiwi08
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 3:32 PM Posted by Kiwi08 NZGamer.com VIP
This game has jumped to the top of my wishlist!
 
 
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FlatPitch
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 4:26 PM Posted by FlatPitch
I always wanted to play like Nix from Infamous 2, I finally can know!
 
 
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JojoTheRain
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 6:20 PM Posted by JojoTheRain
Ooh, I hope there's a lot more customisation with all the powers.
 
 
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Seraphim
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 6:29 PM Posted by Seraphim NZGamer.com VIP
Played and completed the first two even tho I don't own a Ps3. Now that I'll be getting a PS4 I can't wait to get my hands on this.
 
 
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LoftyDog
On Friday 14 Jun 2013 10:30 AM Posted by LoftyDog NZGamer.com VIP
anyone know how they will tie this into the universe...you know given the endings of infamous 2 are not exactly compatable with it
 
 
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skhar7
On Friday 14 Jun 2013 12:08 PM Posted by skhar7
I can only say one word.... "YES".
 
 
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nos4r2d2
On Saturday 15 Jun 2013 4:43 PM Posted by nos4r2d2
Looking forward to the release date.
 
 
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imonthenet
On Monday 17 Jun 2013 9:53 PM Posted by imonthenet
14 June 2013, 10:30 AM Reply to LoftyDog
anyone know how they will tie this into the universe...you know given the endings of infamous 2 are not exactly compatable with it
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2013/05/10/bridging-the-gap-from-infamous-2-to-second-son.aspx?PostPageIndex=2

Provides all the info needed to bridge the gap, if you're interested in the game it wuld also pay to check out the rest of the articles from the GameInformer hub
 
 
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