• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Mar 21, 2014
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 90 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 90
  2. Negative: 1 out of 90
  1. 100
    Second Son is easily the best game Sucker Punch has ever released, easily the best game available so far on the PS4, and easily the one game that every PS4 owner should purchase.
  2. 100
    Visual splendor and gameplay brilliance frame a memorable story with expressive characters. inFAMOUS: Second Son is a PS4 masterpiece.
  3. Mar 24, 2014
    95
    The benchmark-setting graphics aren’t the only impressive aspect of the game, either. It’s also one of those ultra-rare titles that, once I finished it, I immediately wanted to jump back in and play again.
  4. Mar 20, 2014
    95
    Second Son is by far the best inFamous yet. If you're a fan of the series, then checking this one out is a no-brainer, and if you're not, consider jumping in with Delsin. You don't need any prior knowledge of the franchise to do so, and if you have any appreciation of open-world superhero games, you'll enjoy it.
  5. Mar 20, 2014
    94
    inFAMOUS: Second Son is a title you need to own. It exemplifies what is to come from next-gen while keeping the game rooted in pure simple fun. I have played several games throughout my career, some have been glorious train wrecks, and then there are a few which scratch the surface of extraordinary. Second Son doesn’t scratch the surface, it blows a damn hole through it, and you will enjoy every time a new hole is made.
  6. Mar 20, 2014
    94
    A phenomenal game, and a must-play for any PlayStation 4 owner. If you don’t own a PS4, it’s worth buying one just to play Second Son — that’s how good it is. If you’re looking for an open-world game with lots of side quests, a satisfying story told through groundbreaking animation, and an arsenal of one-of-a-kind superpowers, Infamous: Second Son has it all.
  7. Mar 31, 2014
    92
    Second Son is easily the best game in the franchise that not only contains superior gaming mechanics but it has some spectacular graphics and special effects!
  8. Mar 20, 2014
    91
    Sucker Punch seems to have found the ideal blend of enjoyable, super power-infused gameplay, stylishly striking visuals, and an open world sandbox setting.
  9. May 3, 2014
    90
    A blast to play either way, Infamous: Second Son's only detractor is its rigid morality (and floaty imprecise climbing mechanics). Let us swim in the muddied waters. [June 2014, p.55]
  10. Apr 7, 2014
    90
    There he is, and says he's better all around. In what, concretely? In everything! A new hero may not be to Cole's fans at their likings at first, but besides that he comes up to your expectations with power of the new platform, without breaking the original inFamous' spell. We are witnesses of an unusual humbleness and brute force combination.
  11. Mar 20, 2014
    90
    The perfect example of what is waiting for us in the new generation. More than just serving as a visual reference in PS4, Sucker Punch made an entertaining game that is awesome and addictive; however, it doesn't have a matching plot and doesn't offer very interesting or different missions.
  12. Mar 20, 2014
    90
    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.
  13. Mar 20, 2014
    90
    inFAMOUS: Second Son is a great start for Sucker Punch on Playstation 4. Gorgeous visuals and great combat mechanics, these are the best pros of the game.
  14. Mar 20, 2014
    90
    Infamous: Second Son wears its rebellious heart on its sleeve. Brimming with attitude, unrelenting and massive to take in, the game never forgets the most important aspect of game design however, and remains consistently fun.
  15. Mar 20, 2014
    90
    While previous Infamous games were often frustrating during their later campaign missions, Second Son maintains a steady growth in difficulty throughout, allowing players to rise to the challenge by progressing through its skill tree at their own pace.
  16. Mar 20, 2014
    90
    This new-gen installment of the inFAMOUS franchise offers a new hero, a new city, and tons of new powers. But this is still inFAMOUS at heart, and it’s filled with familiar—if refined—open-world gameplay. Protagonist Delsin Rowe’s story is more interesting than former leading man Cole MacGrath’s, and his powers are more fun to use, too. As far as I’m concerned, this is the first must-play PS4 title.
  17. Mar 26, 2014
    88
    I’m not a fan of the annoying protagonist and the story could’ve been better, but the gameplay keeps you coming back for more. You’re always riveted to the action and you never feel shortchanged or stymied. The environment welcomes your insanity and the game rewards those who love to play games with reckless abandon.
  18. Mar 20, 2014
    88
    Not only the best inFamous game yet, it's also one of the best PlayStation 4 games you can get right now. Newcomers won't miss a thing thanks to the introduction of hero Delsin Rowe, and they get four powers instead of one this time around. inFamous: Second Son is a joy to play.
  19. With new and unique powers, solid morality choices and fun gameplay, Second Son raises the bar far above its predecessors.
  20. Mar 20, 2014
    88
    Second Son is visually stunning with rocking dynamic music to boot, but with its repetitive side-tasks, the finely crafted Seattle streets feel a bit lacking in things to do. Nevertheless, the game's characters and core story arc holds strong. The varied and eccentric powers give you a lot to experiment with, and you truly feel like a super-hero with the city at your fingertips.
  21. May 11, 2014
    87
    inFamous: Second Son is not a bad sandbox game at all! Serves as an interlude while waiting the heavy hitters to arrive. [Apr 2014]
  22. Mar 20, 2014
    87
    Quotation forthcoming.
  23. Mar 20, 2014
    87
    It plays great, and it looks even better, but its advancements also beg it to be held to a higher standard, one that its overall story and morality systems struggle to reach.
  24. Apr 4, 2014
    86
    Forget working on my backlog this next month or so; I’m going to soak in as much inFAMOUS as I can.
  25. Mar 31, 2014
    86
    Casual fans would get the most out of a rental, while die-hards will definitely be able to get their money’s worth out of the game at full price.
  26. Mar 20, 2014
    86
    By focusing on getting a smaller number of key elements right, Second Son delivers an experience that oozes quality of design and execution in most of the right places. Yes, the character and story could have done with some fleshing out, but that’s less of a problem when playing as morally-questionable mutant is this much fun.
  27. Mar 25, 2014
    85
    Second Son's sky-high production values do most of the heavy lifting, but beneath the flash are solid systems and a well-acted story that's easy to recommend to franchise fans and newcomers alike.
  28. Mar 22, 2014
    85
    Whether you choose to help the citizens of Seattle or fry their brains, you'll probably be having a good time. The first time around, at least. Oh, and did we mention the graphics are absolutely stunning? Well, there you go.
  29. Mar 21, 2014
    85
    With a certain lack of new games since the launch of the PS4, there was some pressure on inFAMOUS Second Son. This new installment is the first in the series to become a symbol of a new generation of consoles. If the game isn't error-free, it's also exhilarating once you get a rather large range of super-powers. Like the former episodes, Second Son offers a very powerful feeling of freedom. Added to beautiful visuals that generate lighting and particle effects all over the place, you can say InFAMOUS Second Son is the handsome guy of the PS4.
  30. Mar 20, 2014
    85
    A very good action game, with great visuals, and the best chapter in the inFamous series, even though it's not particularly original.
  31. Mar 20, 2014
    85
    Quotation forthcoming.
  32. Mar 20, 2014
    85
    Second Son really provides that next-gen sensation with graphics, acting and action. A somewhat lackluster story and a lack of variety don't make Second Son less fun to play in any respect.
  33. Mar 20, 2014
    85
    With its fluid sandbox gameplay, action-packed situations and astounding graphics, Second Son is the first essential PlayStation 4 release.
  34. Mar 20, 2014
    85
    It's a solid experience, with superb graphics and a truly stellar battle system. If the A.I. weren't so unbalanced Second Son would have been the best inFAMOUS game to date.
  35. Second Son is a blast to play and offers a remarkable open world for a next generation platform...Sucker Punch can save the serious innovation for next time.
  36. Mar 20, 2014
    85
    I like the way that Infamous Second Son splinters off from the first two entries in the series. Delsin’s conduit ability creates uncertainty in the gameplay mechanics, and the choices he makes apply similar levels of ambiguity to the narrative arc. I never really grasped what was coming next from this tale, outside of knowing that the open world activities and encounters would be repeated ad nauseam.
  37. Mar 20, 2014
    85
    I struggled with feeling let down that Second Son isn't a brilliant shift for action games. My small disappointments come mostly as a result of undeveloped potential. It had a chance to be a superhero game about more serious issues as well as a showcase for the power of the new generation of consoles. Instead, Second Son is more of the Infamous I already loved last generation, prettier, with more powers and better writing. But Second Son still kept me excited to discover each new power set and happy to shoot fireballs at fascist thugs long into the night.
  38. Mar 28, 2014
    81
    Despite the neat ending afforded by the epilogue, here’s to hoping Sucker Punch will give Delsin a sequel that addresses some of the detractors of Second Son and builds on the awesome foundation it’s laid down for the future of the series.
  39. Jun 28, 2014
    80
    It definitely isn’t one of those games you talk about years after its release, but it showcases PS4’s capabilities well and in contrast to Killzone: Shadow Fall also does something else – guarantees fun from the beginning till the end. [CD-Action 05/2014, p.58]
  40. 80
    Fun romp, beautifully rendered and executed. Fantastic superpowers make up for the lack of depth. [Issue#241]
  41. While its visual splendours cannot be denied, a few fumbled design decisions hold this back from true greatness. [May 2014, p73]
  42. Apr 7, 2014
    80
    Infamous: Second Son continues Sucker Punch’s super hero/karmic choice formula well.
  43. Mar 26, 2014
    80
    inFamous: Second Son is a gorgeous game that will definitely satiate PS4 owners starving for a new title for their collection. I still feel like it falls short of being that system-seller everyone has been waiting for, but those already invested definitely need to pick it up.
  44. Mar 24, 2014
    80
    The story and morality system may not be up to par with the previous inFamous games, but Second Son excels at everything else it tries to do.
  45. Mar 24, 2014
    80
    A 15-hour power trip through the streets of Seattle, where the threat is believable, and the power to stop them rests solely, and gleefully, in the player's hands.
  46. Mar 21, 2014
    80
    Second Son is better than the first two games: it's faster and much more satisfying. It's just a shame that Sucker Punch has not been able to make it the best of the genre due to a few slips and imprecise behaviors.
  47. Mar 21, 2014
    80
    Sucker Punch have delivered a smart, fun and ambitious superhero game that both dares to give the player a lot of powers along with the responsibility that comes with that. Even if the game doesn't exactly shout out next gen, it's in any ways technically impressive and probably the best game yet for the Playstation 4.
  48. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    As a technical showpiece, Infamous: Second Son doesn’t disappoint: it’s an absolutely amazing-looking game, and edges out Killzone: Shadow Fall as the PS4’s most visually impressive title to date. But it doesn’t have quite enough substance to balance out its sizzle, like exquisite icing slathered on a cake that turns out to be lacking an ingredient or two.
  49. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    inFamous: Second Son is the game PlayStation 4 needed. The expectations have been met. At this point it's the best exclusive you can buy.
  50. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    We would have liked to have seen a further evolution of the gameplay or the narrative, but still, inFamous: Second Son is much more than just outstanding visuals and becomes a very enjoyable experience and an example of what next-gen consoles can offer.
  51. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    Sucker Punch has added a couple of interesting elements to the inFAMOUS formula, creating a satisfying mix of action and exploration. The karma system adds replayability value with many hours of new content. inFAMOUS: Second Son is a solid game with awesome graphics, poor AI and a good gameplay. If you have a PS4 you should buy it with no regrets.
  52. 80
    We do not miss Cole, even if Delsin is an annoying brat. When you finally climb up the Space Needle it gives you a brilliant view and shows of the amazing visuals of one of the best looking games on the PS4. A Worthy installment in a great sandbox series.
  53. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    A tad more variation would have gone a long way, but in the end, InFamous: Second Son succeeds in living up to the high standards set by its predecessors.
  54. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    Sucker Punch failed to inject some new power in inFamous Second Son. Neat graphics and some beautiful neon effects barely cover a poor combat system. On the other side the game is still fun and with a good longevity so probably old infamous fans will not be disappointed.
  55. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    InFamous: Second Son is the most beautiful and impressive game on PS4, and it's also a very nice open world game. The revolution is more on the visuals than in the gameplay, as it is quite classical, but this is still the next-gen game PS4 owners were waiting for.
  56. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    inFamous: Second Son is a lot of fun, with a lot of pretty particles and a few smashing super powers, but the somewhat lackluster story and weird karma-interactions hold it back from being truly great.
  57. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    At times, Infamous Second Son delivers great fun with its combat mechanics, yet a repetitive formula, combined with some hiccups and balancing issues, ultimately can't be ignored. It's an entertaining and visually beautiful piece of software, but it could've been much more.
  58. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    Brief, but engaging. The combat itself is interesting enough to cover for some of the repetition in the side objectives and it looks really great. If you're looking for a sprawling open-world with a billion little things to do, this isn't going to float your boat, but Second Son's tight, focused approach definitely still holds plenty of appeal.
  59. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    A solid entry in the franchise, but doesn’t do a whole lot to move the series forward other than presenting a new, far more likeable protagonist capable of harnessing multiple powers in a gorgeous representation of Seattle. It may look and sound next-gen, but its gameplay takes a few too many cues from the last.
  60. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    If you enjoy videogames that aren't afraid to acknowledge what they are, then InFamous: Second Son empowers you with the tools for fun and a gorgeous sandbox environment to unleash them.
  61. 80
    The overarching story is a bit stunted and combat can feel somewhat repetitive. What holds Second Son together is how solidly all aspects of the game were made. You can feel the passion that each person at Sucker Punch has for their individual role as each element solidifies and interfaces into an extremely well made game overall.
  62. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    Bursting with more attitude than a high school hardcore band, this out-of-control excursion effortlessly nails the sensation of possessing superpowers. It may put its plot forward a little too forcefully at first, but persevere and you’ll be richly rewarded with an appetising roster of outlandish abilities. While it does little to push the open world format forward, this is still a series that’s very much in bloom.
  63. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    Infamous: Second Son is the first real reason to jump completely into the next-generation of consoles. If you wanted to show someone what next-gen can do, this is the game to show them, with great image quality and amazing lighting/particle effects on display.
  64. Gorgeous, and instantly satisfying to control, inFamous: Second Son shimmers across the screen in a way that simply wasn’t possible on PS3. The core missions lack sparkle, but this sandbox yarn is heroic in full-flow.
  65. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    For all of the elements in which Second Son excels, the narrative fails to carry its share of the weight. Still, don't become mired in the negativity as Delsin so often does. Instead, just laugh at the cheesy dialogue and chortle at how extreme the morality system is. Second Son is a great game that knows exactly what it is, and sucks you in with its unfiltered fun.
  66. Mar 20, 2014
    78
    If what you’re expecting is a much, much prettier version of Infamous 2, albeit with a frustrating mechanic of switching between your powers, then you’ll likely be happy with what you get in Second Son. If you’re thinking that a leap to a new console generation should mean more than just a leap in graphical fidelity, then I welcome you into my boat.
  67. Apr 7, 2014
    75
    A very safe sequel powered up with a likeable protagonist, fun combat and cool traversal. [May 2014, p.74]
  68. Mar 25, 2014
    75
    InFamous: Second Son is good but unmemorable — essentially the diner food of video games.
  69. Mar 20, 2014
    75
    The foundations are fun, however inFAMOUS Second Son suffers from a lack of variety when it comes to combat and the missions become dull after a while. Aside from the gorgeous new updated visuals and impeccable performance, there are no signs of game design evolution. Next time, we want to interact with the beautiful city in a way worthy of the new generation of consoles.
  70. Mar 20, 2014
    74
    Sucker Punch plays it safe. Compared to its predecessor there is almost no progress. Of course the visuals are better – sometimes they are plainly brilliant. But at its core it could have been so much more.
  71. May 7, 2014
    70
    An open world game devoid of meaningful content will be forever remembered only as a tool for making astonishingly beautiful screenshots.
  72. Apr 8, 2014
    70
    Sucker Punch have managed to boil down the essence of the series whilst retaining the most enjoyable elements, all topped off with a level of polish and detail that, for now at least, helps justify this new generation of hardware.
  73. Mar 21, 2014
    70
    In terms of gameplay mechanics and story progression inFamous: Second Son is like a typical sandbox game from the previous generation. The most important thing about it is the graphics - they're amazing, and Seattle in this game outshines every other virtual city. Second Son is "just" a good TPP shooter that shows the power of PS4 - but there will be lots of better and prettier games for this console in the future. Buy it only if the graphics are the most important thing for you and you need to test your expensive new equipment. Otherwise wait for a price drop.
  74. Mar 20, 2014
    70
    Moving about the impressive cityscape with the help of your miracle powers is a boon. But Second Son is lacking in plot, characters and worthwhile side missions, to be something genuinely impressive. Instead, it's a bit too content to tread well-known paths.
  75. A strange hybrid of a game: It delivers just enough to be enjoyable, but not nearly enough to shine.
  76. Mar 20, 2014
    70
    The city is the true star of Second Son, and for that alone it is worth playing. However, you need to go in knowing that this is a refinement of the series, and not a revolution in terms of gameplay. The fact that Delsin can absorb other people’s powers means that you’re always getting new toys to play with, and Sucker Punch smartly avoid trying to be ultra serious.
  77. Mar 20, 2014
    70
    The best in the series to date, inFAMOUS: Second Son tells an amazing story and gives players a ton of relishable power to play with. It's held back by some outdated and formulaic ideas, but overall it'll keep players happy.
  78. Mar 20, 2014
    70
    If you're looking for a next-gen showpiece to demonstrate the power of PlayStation 4, inFamous: Second Son will definitely do the trick--it looks great, plays well, and gives you a dozen or so hours of city to explore. The gameplay itself isn't all that revolutionary, but the stellar presentation and enjoyable characters assure you'll enjoy your trip to Seattle--even if you'll wish there was more to do there.
  79. Mar 20, 2014
    70
    As an open-world game, Second Son feels emaciated. There’s little to do in the way of side missions, and what is here becomes repetitive, unlikely to sustain interest beyond a single playthrough. Approach it as an action game that just happens to be set in a nonlinear environment and it makes more sense, but its not-inconsiderable achievements take effort to uncover.
  80. Mar 20, 2014
    70
    The novelty alone is worth a punt.
  81. Mar 20, 2014
    70
    I was left satisfied. This is an Infamous game through and through, and I'd like to have seen Sucker Punch venture further from its comfort zone. Still, Second Son holds its own as a fundamentally sound entry that makes great strides in presentation thanks to a new console.
  82. Mar 20, 2014
    70
    Locomotion in an open-world game is oftentimes the most enjoyable part of the experience, but don’t expect Second Son to totally revolutionize the brand or the genre. I’d have liked melee combat to get a bit more involved with lifts and longer strings of attacks, but zipping around to recover health or blasting a helicopter out of the sky with an elemental missile feels perfectly entertaining for the early adopter set.
  83. Mar 20, 2014
    70
    This is a marked improvement on its predecessors, both narratively and gameplay-wise, and it’s a huge amount of fun to play from start to finish. However, without trying to sound like a dick, it’s a game much like its protagonist: absorbing until you come into contact with something more appealing.
  84. Mar 20, 2014
    70
    As pretty and playable as it is, in no sense is inFamous: Second Son a post-Grand Theft Auto 5 open-world game. It's just a tidier, shorter and shinier one. It's easy to enjoy and has a winning personality, but it's reluctant to deviate from a stale streetmap of game city. It's no rebel, then. In fact, it's a conformist.
  85. Apr 11, 2014
    60
    It’s genuinely fun once you hit that sweet spot and shows off the PS4’s potential in a big way, it’s just a shame that it plays it very very safe throughout.
  86. Mar 22, 2014
    60
    It’s enormously frustrating. Second Son feels so close yet so far to being the PlayStation hero Sucker Punch and Sony want it to be. It’s likeable, fizzy and nearly always moderately entertaining, but is held back by the mundanity of its missions and a lack of the ambition needed to make it great. A diverting superhero adventure that just isn't adventurous enough.
  87. Mar 21, 2014
    60
    Second Son comes off as gorgeous, carefree fun, but a disappointing next-gen entry. The combat is as fast-paced and open to experimentation as it's ever been, but there is never the same sense of real power that the previous games delivered. Sucker Punch clearly wanted to create a big-hearted hero in Delsin, but there's a surprising lack of soul in everything else.
  88. Mar 20, 2014
    60
    Infamous: Second Son looks great and plays well enough, but ultimately, the combat, world and story never proves gripping enough to come back for more.
  89. Mar 20, 2014
    60
    The graphics are a great advert for the power of the PlayStation 4, but in terms of gameplay and story this hasn’t moved on at all from the previous generation.
  90. Apr 8, 2014
    40
    Second Son looks fantastic and from a technical perspective, it’s a pretty impressive feat especially given that the game is out less than six months from the release of the Playstation 4. Unfortunately the gameplay isn’t up to par with the light show. Like the neon that Delsin channels, it’s all light and no heat.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 2408 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 84 out of 626
  1. Mar 21, 2014
    10
    Buttery smooth action, intelligent AI, well written story and script, decent choices to make, beautiful graphics, vibrant city. Each infamousButtery smooth action, intelligent AI, well written story and script, decent choices to make, beautiful graphics, vibrant city. Each infamous seems to improve on the last. Well worth the money. Full Review »
  2. Mar 21, 2014
    9
    Infamous is ALWAYS a game seen as mediocre, when in fact its the exact opposite of that it is amazing. From the characters to the smooth flowInfamous is ALWAYS a game seen as mediocre, when in fact its the exact opposite of that it is amazing. From the characters to the smooth flow of platforming and the beautiful visual experience. The game is totally new from the previous 2 and still lovers of the previous games are bound to enjoy this. What I like most about it is the fact that we can see the developers put their passion into this game and produce something totally unique and always an amazing experience worth every cent of the full R.R.P. Also you can play it twice because you can go evil or good and this alters the story line (although these choices aren't exactly too accurate)

    Aside from a few problems this game is a SOLID 8.5-9
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  3. Mar 21, 2014
    10
    Infamous second son has a great story and the graphics really look good, it's a shame other consoles struggle to have good graphics in a game.Infamous second son has a great story and the graphics really look good, it's a shame other consoles struggle to have good graphics in a game.
    If your one for a good story, fun gameplay and great graphics then buy Infamous.

    If you prefer a shooter with 7 maps and no depth whatsoever then buy something else.
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