inFamous: Second Son

inFamous: Second Son Preview for PS4

On: PS4
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7Out of 10
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inFamous: Second Son screenshot

In terms of sheer graphical grunt, Infamous: Second Son is one of the best-looking titles I've seen here at Gamescom. The lighting model and effects are excellent: Seattle looks good when either bathed in light or illuminated by man-made sources (there's a lot of neon going on), and the character transitions between human and smoke forms is very well executed.

Aesthetically, it looks great. But in terms of how it plays, and the story that Sucker Punch is trying to tell, I'm yet to be convinced by it. Maybe it's the fact that the trailers for it - along with lead character Delsin (DELSIN) Rowe's design - make it look like every single Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park video smashed together. Or that the whole 'oppressive fascistic government/reluctant superhero' angle has been quite played out.

Which wouldn't matter, really, if the game itself didn't look quite dull. Jumping around the world, shooting fire of your hands does look like fun, but beyond that there's been nothing to convince me - including this presentation - that this will be anything more than a nice launch window distraction with pretty graphics.

Game director Nate Fox described the world as a "three-dimensional jungle gym", and there does seem to be a lot of nice architecture to scale, free run and explode out of. But there's not that spark in the combat yet that makes it feel like you'll enjoy using this world for anything other than a brief bit of free-running before popping the disc out and putting something else in.

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HallicHicks's Avatar


Let me stress, I'm not a fanboy. I have both a 360 and a PS3. It just became apparent to me from reading the gamescom coverage on this site that it was pretty much all pro microsoft. Anything Sony was either negative or dismissive. Show me on article on anything Sony that wasn't that over the past few days because I cannot find it.
Posted 21:00 on 23 August 2013
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thedanyrand@ Mike11585

You are right, it was more of suggesting what the gameplay is but it just reads like they are doing a nicer looking version of the same game. This is a perfect example to me of a game just pumping out a copy of the previous version with better graphics and hoping that is enough to get people to buy it. Thats just the impression I got from this preview though so I could be wrong.
Posted 14:46 on 23 August 2013
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Mike11585@ thedanyrand

Also this is his opinion,which he is entitled to say.I already have my Ps4 paid and i will be picking up Infamous SS.
Posted 03:19 on 23 August 2013
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Mike11585@ thedanyrand

I disagree this reads like a fanboy article.Seems like a fanboy bashing.He didn't even talk about the gameplay.
Posted 03:17 on 23 August 2013
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I love Sony and I enjoyed the other Infamous games. That being said if you read what he said and dont put the Xbox/ Sony hate spin on it, it makes sense. He isnt bashing Sony by saying the anti hero is a bit overused, which it is, or that the character design is a bit generic, which I also think it is. It seems like he was saying this is a shinier version of the previous games. If you loved them Im sure you will be into this but if you didnt it probably isnt going to be enough to sell you on a ps4.
Posted 16:23 on 22 August 2013
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Steven. I don't want to insinuate that you're an Xbox fanboy, but what you've written over the past couple of days makes it hard not to....but its not just you. It seems other editors on this site quite like to dismiss Sony and what they have to offer for next gen.
Posted 02:47 on 22 August 2013
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Have you not played the previous Infamous games,they were great and are regarded as one of the better ps3 exclusives,why do you think this is going to be less,with all the new stuff they can put in now its a shoe in for a great game.
Posted 19:04 on 21 August 2013

Game Stats

Release Date: 21/03/2014
Developer: Sucker Punch
Publisher: SCEE
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 826 15
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