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  • Summary: inFAMOUS Second Son is an action adventure game in which, surrounded by a society that fears them, superhumans are ruthlessly hunted down and caged by the Department of Unified Protection. Step into a locked-down Seattle as Delsin Rowe, who has recently discovered his superhuman power and is now capable of fighting back against the oppressive DUP. Enjoy your power as you choose how you will push your awesome abilities to the limit and witness the consequences of your actions as they affect the city and people around you. [Playstation] Expand
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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Mar 25, 2014
    75
    InFamous: Second Son is good but unmemorable — essentially the diner food of video games.
  7. 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.

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  1. Negative: 76 out of 548
  1. Aug 17, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Infamous: Second Son has been heavily hyped as the reason to buy a PS4. This is in no small part due to the fact that it is a sequel to a popular Playstation series, has a unique set of gameplay altering abilities and (probably its most important hype grabber) is absolutely beautiful. So, is Second Son the essential purchase that everyone has made it out to be? In short, yes. In long, here's why.

    First and foremost, the story is utterly gripping. The first two games had an alright protagonist in the form of Cole. He was likeable enough and began to get better in the sequel, but most of the time he had the personality of a wet sponge. Delsin Rowe is easily better, yet this isn't highly apparent as you begin the game. He seems to be a bit of a hipster and the way he talks to himself and drops one-liners reminded me of Jason from Far Cry 3- he was the only thing I didn't like about that game. However you will soon warm to him, as he begins to understand how serious his situation really is. This is helped by Troy Baker's excellent voice acting (he seems to be in everything these days). Delsin is part of a Native American tribe and his adventure begins when he absorbs the powers of an escaped Conduit. With his tribe members sickened by evil DUP leader Brooke Augustine, Delsin needs tto travel to Seattle and absorb more powers if he is going to have any hope of defeating Augustine and her loyal band of soldiers. The story is more relatable than the original games' whole Beast "thing" and Travis Willingham does a fine job alongside Baker as Delsin's kind- hearted brother, Reggie Rowe. The story only gets better as you get deeper, meeting more conduits and absorbing more powers (of which there are four). This is a nice sep up for the series.

    Content wise, you can get around 25 hours out of the game, with both sides taking around 12.5 hours to 100%. The campaign consists of 20 missions and after that you must clear out all of the 13 Seattle districts from DUP control. The activities required to do this are repeated and the side mission structure of the previous games is pretty well gone. However, I didn't mind the new approach. The control centres are hard to beat and the collectibles are all marked out. The various secret agent and camera activities test your reactions and the graffiti minigames are surprisingly fun and are a good showcase of the controller's new abilities. In fact, the controller gets a bit of a showcase, with the touchpad used for draining and switching powers, the triggers used for shooting and the back light used for the representation of the morality you have chosen.

    The open world itself isn't massive, but it is dense, realistic and very, very beautiful. The particle effects are absolutely stunning and while the game rarely takes you into interiors, sometimes you can even see into certain buildings. This gives a sense of a three dimensional space and is more effective than the 2D fronts or the empty lighted windows. Seattle probably isn't the most exceptional open world of all time, but it is technically stunning.

    Gameplay wise, the game is fine tuned and an absolute blast to play. Delsin's power is to take other powers (kind of like Rogue but without all the comas and sickness). You get four powersets across the course of the game, with smoke being the first one. It's similar to Cole's electricity and is like the assault rifle/ shotgun combo of Delsin's powers. It's good enough, but it is neon where things get really good. It plays out like the sniper class and while it may not have the best Karmic streak attack (these are clearout moves and smoke is the best btw), it is a beautiful power and when fully upgraded, will enable you to get around in no time due to the Quicksilver like super running. Video is still the best power though, due to its SMG qualities. The summoning of angels and demons is crazy, but cool and the quick move option is enjoyable. As for the rocket attack- it's deadly and instead of grenades, you get to turn invisible. The final power is given when you defeat the final boss. Concrete is a rehash of the previous powers and is fairly disappointing. The traversal isn't as smooth as what we had with Cole, but the quick move options with the powers make up for this and the melee is finally sorted out, making you feel like a Conduit Kratos.

    Many feel that the game has a dated morality system. After the Witcher's "grey' style this is a little true, but being good is still a stragically fun experience as you try to avoid casualties and being bad is a blast! As for the choices- they're pretty harrowing and will certainly make you feel sorry for Delsin when h only has too options. The new karmic opportunities are also cool and the powers slightly change depending on your allegiance.

    Second Son isn't groundbreaking, but it is a beautiful, enjoyable adventure that provides a cool protagonist, a great story and amazing gameplay. Now I eagerly await the fourth game.
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  2. Mar 22, 2014
    10
    Great storyline, insane graphics and a beatiful world to explore. Must buy for a ps4 owner

    btw ignore the negative reviews, obviously they
    are from xbox owners who are angry over the fact that they can't play this great game Expand
  3. Mar 21, 2014
    10
    Buttery 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. Expand
  4. Jun 1, 2014
    9
    Although a slight lack of replayablity, but with an interesting mythos, fun gameplay, and great graphics, Infamous: Second son is a winner among exclusives. Expand
  5. Oct 13, 2014
    8
    Начать лучше с того, что я никогда не являлся поклонником, ценителем да и вообще человеком, который бы прошел какую-нибудь часть из серии inFamous. Я играл в демоверсии на прошлом поколении, и игре никогда не удалось зацепить меня просто ничем. Когда я решился таки пройти Второго Сына на новом поколении, я изначально был настроен довольно скептически к игре. Ну а что? Очередной инфеймос, только некстгеновый. Ох как же я был не прав, и я рад, что решился проверить себя на эту неправоту. Во-первых, открытый мир в игре сделан конечно не идеально, но очень хорошо. Бегать/прыгать и летать по нему действительно приносит эстетическое удовольствие. Этакая смесь ГТА, Прототипа, прошлых инфеймосов и чего-то ещё, что вместе сделало город отличным. Во-вторых, это главный герой. Как же я устал от образов "лысых" рэмбо в каждой игре. Огромных, с большими мускулами, этакие копирки с разными причёсками во всех играх. Делсин Роу - это абсолютно первый главный герой в играх такого жанра, который стал мне действительно симпатичен. Это на самом деле молодой парень, я верю разработчикам, что он действительно человек, который удивлён тому, что он умеет! Ну, и наконец в-третьих, концовка этой игры полностью порубила меня на части в хорошем смысле этого слова. Я понял, на что повлиял мой выбор "быть героем" и что было бы если бы я выбрал быть "козлом". Я понял замысел разработчиков, и когда пошли "титры" под кавер на песню Нирваны я сидел минут 2-3 просто без движений. Итог: лучшая из всех Инфеймосов однозначно, одна из лучших игр с открытым миром, замечательная концовка. Из минусов отмечу отсутствие желания играть во "фри-роам", ну логический конец игре есть, хватит уже. И минусом для меня явилось то, что в некоторые моменты игры, в некоторых главах, я ненадолго дропал игру, итого у игры есть небольшие проблемы с удержанием аудитории в напряжении. Отличный экшен, не проходите мимо. Оценка 8 из 10. Expand
  6. Mar 25, 2014
    8
    I liked the story and the characters (not quite done yet, but i'm pretty sure i'll finish it) The graphics are good but its a made for stills and screenshots kind of game....meaning the frame rate sucks and it makes playing it feels choppy and floaty. I would prefer it had tomb raiders frame rate. The combat does kind of suck I guess....I didn't really thing about it until someone else mentioned it. I had more fun with tomb raider on ps4 but this was pretty good. I'm having some fun....but I kinda have to make myself play it....and I always play a few rounds of awesomenauts first. I guess I'm kind of making myself finish it which isn't a GREAT sign. Expand
  7. Mar 22, 2014
    0
    It seems that the game created in a hurry, very flat story with strange characters, which does not feel sympathy, empty dialogue and gameplay variety of tasks and devoid of fun.
    Side quests in the game are made for show: shooting CCTV cameras or useless fight against drug traffickers and gangs do not bring any pleasure.
    Graphics in the SS looks weird. On the one hand across very beautiful and worked on landscapes and on the other cloned buildings with low poly textures and bad LOD in the distance (soap everywhere). Animation characters and facial expressions look too unnatural.
    Infamous SS - game without a soul and imagination made as soon as possible with a focus on future patches and updates.
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