Second Sight GameCube

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
Buy On
  1. 65
    Here's the problem: both the action-packed style and the stealth style show promise, but neither is fully polished.
  2. games(TM)
    60
    Second Sight's fair share of nice touches (such as weapons handling and level design) demonstrate terrific attention to detail. It's a shame, then, that these minor good points seem to be offset by the game's failings in several more important areas. [Oct 2004, p.110]
  3. Crisp of cut-scene, blessed with a refreshingly light touch and low-key compared to the po-faced chest-beating of its peers, Second Sight could well be a high water mark in storytelling through games (as opposed to storytelling around them). [Oct 2004, p.104]
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    65
    Technologically well crafted, with good controls, graphics, and story - but without the freedom of superior mentalist "Psi-Ops." [Nov 2004, p.130]
  5. 70
    The story is solid, the looming sense of the unknown is engaging, and the sheer, mind-bullying fun of building up "psi-ence fictional" powers make Second Sight a rewarding game.
  6. The fine melody upon which Second Sight is structured is, at its core, exquisite, but the accompaniment is less so and can ruin the brilliant ideas on show. To all purposes, Second Sight is a conceptual masterpiece, but the execution is, at times, dreadful.
  7. 70
    There is never a break in the action, and even with the obvious emphasis on ESP, the bullets never stop flying.
  8. Sadly, the often cumbersome controls and sometimes lackluster execution of its psychic abilities means the excellent narrative has to carry the bulk of the title's weight.
  9. It looses out to "Psi-Ops" in the battle for 2004's greatest psychokinesis-3rd-person-action-adventure in a big way, taking a solid idea and inventive story-telling then butchering it with wayward controls, lame combat and weak as piss gameplay.
  10. The auto-targeting control scheme simplifies things greatly, but it's a nuisance in the heat of combat.

Awards & Rankings

#39 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
#20 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2004
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 11, 2012
    9
    An fantastic game that gives you an awesome selection of psychic powers and guns for you to use. The story alone makes this worth picking up,An fantastic game that gives you an awesome selection of psychic powers and guns for you to use. The story alone makes this worth picking up, and the excellent gameplay makes this a must play title. And the game allows you to play it the way you want to. You can blow through the enemies with your psychic powers and guns, or you can sneak your way past enemies without them knowing you were even there. The controls are also fantastic and tight, although the lock on system is sometimes a tad annoying locking on to items scattered around and not your enemies, but those problems are few and far between. An engrossing plot will have you dying to see every new cutscene. Some of the voice acting is kind of cheesy/bad, but that doesn't detract from the story at all. This is a must play game that's so fantastic it needs to be experienced by any and all gamers. Full Review »
  2. May 28, 2012
    5
    Game was decent.
  3. DylanP.
    Jun 7, 2007
    10
    Second Sight is one of the true overlooked gems of the most recent console generation. An innovative, realistic targeting system was Second Sight is one of the true overlooked gems of the most recent console generation. An innovative, realistic targeting system was implemented alongside useful, diverse psychic powers. All of this is used to tell one of the best, most coherently-told stories ever to grace a videogame. When thinking about the future of games as a storytelling medium, this is the game that comes to mind for me. A true gem. Full Review »