Experience with inFamous: Second Son (PS4):
- Obtained Platinum trophy
- 25+ hours of game time
Being a fan of the franchise, I’ve been looking forward to Second Son since it was first announced. My initial few hours were underwhelming, but by my own doing. I tend to do side missions as they’re available and search out collectables before progressing the story line in any game. As I did so, I was stuck with Delsin’s smoke powers, which are similar to Cole MacGrath’s electric arsenal from the first two games. After progressing the story a little bit, you attain more powers that really open up the game. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the powers you get are pretty interesting and fresh.
The game looks fantastic and I can’t wait to see how far this generation pushes the PS4 hardware. It runs really well and there’s a lot on screen to please the eyes. Overall, this is definitely a next generation title in terms of visuals.
The story is fresh and takes place several years after InFamous 2, but there are lots of throwbacks to what happened in the previous games and the events that took place before Second Son. Despite the game being written extremely well, I didn’t find myself as captivated by the main character (Delsin) or the story line in general. I feel the previous games had much stronger narratives. Perhaps the weakest narrative occurs during an Evil play through. Delsin’s character is much more believable as a hero. Instead as a villain, Delsin makes split-second choices that haphazardly lead to death and recklessness. He’s more mischievous than anything like a little child holding a wet paint brush.
During my first playthrough, I collected all of the collectibles, sprayed all the art and took over every district as a hero. It was standard fair with moderate challenge. Once complete, I started a new game on the highest difficulty for my Evil play through. Honestly, I didn’t notice any difference in difficulty. There were a few minor changes, but for the most part, the game was still easy.
And this happens to be my only issue with the game. I like my games to have a rewarding experience. In order to feel rewarding, it needs to be fresh, engaging and challenging. If I didn’t struggle to overcome the odds, I don’t feel like I’ve achieved anything. I know there’s only so much you can do with computer AI, but making the player take more damage or throwing more enemies our way doesn’t equate to a challenge.
When the token “ding” of my Platinum trophy sounded, I didn’t feel proud of my accomplishment. I didn’t sit back in my seat and reminisce over what was Second Son. Instead, I popped the game out, put it in its case and sold it on eBay. Second Son is perhaps the best game the PS4 currently has to offer. It’s also an exclusive and only exists in the current generation. Even though the game has so much going for it, why did it feel like a throwaway experience? A tale for another time, perhaps?
The bottom line: I highly recommend picking up Second Son. You can beat it in two weekends, but it’s definitely worth checking out even if you haven’t played any of the previous inFamous titles. Who knows, maybe you will be inspired to go back to the beginning to see how Cole MacGrath whooped some ass.
What I liked:
- Beautiful visuals
- Fun and interesting powers to play with
- Acting was great and the dialogue was well written
- Collectibles were fun and easy to hunt
- The game wasn’t impossible to platinum
What I didn’t like:
- Hardest difficulty didn’t feel…well, difficult
- Delsin’s Evil persona felt like a raging emo who was angry at his parents
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