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  • Summary: Combining an atmospheric, psychological thriller narrative with stealthy exploration and intense shooter action, Second Sight gives players control of a character endowed with incredible psychic abilities. The game offers multiple approaches to completing levels either via stealth, dramaticCombining an atmospheric, psychological thriller narrative with stealthy exploration and intense shooter action, Second Sight gives players control of a character endowed with incredible psychic abilities. The game offers multiple approaches to completing levels either via stealth, dramatic gunplay, psychic powers or a combination of all three. The ability to psychically influence characters and remotely manipulate objects and individuals provides for a totally fresh gameplay dynamic. Second Sight opens with John Vattic, the player-controlled lead character, as he awakens from a coma in a U.S. medical facility where he has been subjected to traumatic surgery and experimentation. He doesn't know his name, he can't remember his past, all he knows is that his only hope for survival is to escape and unravel the mystery that has led to his imprisonment. Haunted by flashbacks, which are experienced as fully playable episodes within the game, and shocked by the discovery of his own psychic powers, the player takes Vattic on a search for his past and uncovers a fatal chain of events leading to a sinister conspiracy. As Vattic explores his present and past, the game weaves between these two different time periods, which run through the game as a dual-narrative. The player-controlled actions of the past Vattic have consequences in the present -- allowing a unique interaction between the player and the narrative of the game as Vattic's destiny is changed. [Codemasters] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Play Magazine
    91
    Fantastic little touches abound, adding up to a firmly cohesive, engagingly structured, marvelously imagined setting to explore. [Oct 2004, p.67]
  2. 85
    It's just fun, in an admittedly creepy way, to telepathically grab guys by the throat and slam them into walls and ceilings!
  3. While the game does many things well, it doesn’t do anything particularly remarkable.
  4. The combination of a fantastic story, clever puzzles, strong (albeit psi-lite) combat overcome any gameplay nitpicks or deficiencies.
  5. I personally like "Psi Ops" better as it was faster paced, had a more realistic look, and easier to control. Some gamers may like Second Sight for its open ended-ness and better-written dialog.
  6. The story is cool, the voice-acting & music superb and the action sequences intense. The visuals are merely serviceable though, and emphasizing firepower over psychic abilities lessens the impact of the latter.
  7. It’s almost unfortunate that the first couple hours of Second Sight are really good. You won’t care that the action is too easy or that the A.I. is dumber than Teddy Ruxpin because the plot is good and the characters are interesting. But by hour six or so, the plot loses its mystery and the gameplay holes become increasingly frustrating.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. TrevorO.
    Jul 11, 2005
    10
    One word : OUTSTANDING! Best game I played last year by far! Good graphics, great gameplay and, stone me, what a story!
  2. Jan 1, 2011
    10
    I still look back at this game years from now when my dad told me to buy it, best money ever spent on a game...free radical really did a goodI still look back at this game years from now when my dad told me to buy it, best money ever spent on a game...free radical really did a good job on this game honestly I liked the storyline and the gameplay had just enough action. Expand
  3. Oct 24, 2018
    10
    Menuda flipada de juego con los poderes, historia itneresantísima, me encantó.
  4. M.Black
    Jan 14, 2005
    9
    I've bought about 20 games (give or take) in the past year; Second Sight is one of the best among them.
  5. JeffS.
    Jul 7, 2005
    9
    I deducted one point for outdated graphics. This game puts others to shame in terms of story and gameplay. There are a few minor bugs with I deducted one point for outdated graphics. This game puts others to shame in terms of story and gameplay. There are a few minor bugs with the game, but nothing you can't work around easily. As a developer, I play a lot of games, and after returning armloads of games after a day's play, it's refreshing to run across one that was actually fun to play. Expand
  6. Jun 8, 2013
    8
    Released at about the same time as Psi Ops (that also featured the use of physic abilities) Second Sight is the superior of the two largelyReleased at about the same time as Psi Ops (that also featured the use of physic abilities) Second Sight is the superior of the two largely thanks to the quality of its storytelling. The player takes on the role of John Vattic who awakes from a coma to find himself trapped inside a government facility with no memory of who he is or how he got there.

    As the game progresses he gradually discovers that he has a number of psychic abilities and these of course play a huge part in the gameplay whether it be in solving puzzles or defeating enemies. The fact that these powers can be used pretty much as often as you like does arguably make the game a little easy but since it is such fun to test out each new power it doesn't really matter. Aside from the odd difficulty in highlighting the correct target when using your abilities the controls are also well implemented and after a bit of practice become quite intuitive.

    Alongside the psychic abilities the game also features a selection of high powered weaponry such as shotguns and machine guns. These are a little too easy to come by at times and the game can often be played as a straight first person shooter but that would really defeat the purpose.

    In the end while Second Sight may have the odd flaw the interesting story and excellent implementation of the psychic powers makes it a game that is certainly worth playing.
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  7. KeithL.
    Apr 13, 2005
    1
    Worst game I ever played. Really bad. The game controls really bad. If you want a good game with psychic powers get PSI-OPS: Mindgate Worst game I ever played. Really bad. The game controls really bad. If you want a good game with psychic powers get PSI-OPS: Mindgate Conspiracy. That a good game. Expand

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