inFAMOUS: Second Son Review - The Good Son

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inFAMOUS: Second Son Review - The Good Son

Gorgeous and explosive, though a little exhausting.

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Interesting review Jim, it sounds like I will have a blast with it, especially since I loved the first two games with all my heart.

Although I'm a bit worried about the powers.
It only makes me cringe a little remembering how Deslin's power is to take other powers, I think it is mostly my fault thinking that there will be ten cool looking powers or something.

BUT, there may be expansions in the future hopefully, they may add more powers to that.
That would be nice.

With the repetition, I was used to that from the last few games, so no problem there.

So overall, it looks like I will still have fun.
But the only wish I have is a option to take the beanie off Delsin, it just looks stupid to me.
Other then that, I look forward getting it tomorrow. :P

EDIT: Also, dat "Good son" pun.
Now I only hope that the electricity power will be in there. Doubt it though. XD

Welp, now at last I want a ps4. Thank you Sucker Punch, for always delivering.

This is pretty off-topic, but... why use a 5 point scale when you're going to use fractions anyway? Why not just go for a 10 or 100 point scale?

I guess this game is the first real reason for me to consider buying a ps4, although I do still want to play infamous 2 first.

Denamic:
This is pretty off-topic, but... why use a 5 point scale when you're going to use fractions anyway? Why not just go for a 10 or 100 point scale?

I had to kind of bend the star system to my will. It is my hope that we will, indeed, be altering our scale properly in the near future.

From what I have seen the city looks rather lackluster in a Saints Row 3 sort of way.

At least it does have some key locations imitating Seattle

While I liked the first Infamous, Prototype was more entertaining. However, I've yet to play either of the sequels. 2nd son looks pretty damn good but it's not a system seller for me. I'm sure it'll be one of the first games I get but I must still wait until something more appealing comes out.

It's odd that a game that is meant to push a system gets the equivalent of a pretty average score (3.5 stars is ~70/100). Even more so, that it gets such a score while being 'the best inFamous yet.' The series has always been cast as sub par, yet somehow strangely fulfilling, so it makes more sense in context.

It certainly seems inFamous continues to be one of those games that you just have to play yourself to appreciate.

Really looking forward to getting my copy. I really enjoyed the first two, so judging by this review I will really love Second Son. The side missions in the past have always been a little repetitive, but then again I can't really think of an open world game where this isn't the case. Can not wait till tomorrow.

Just one tiny nitpick Jim. In the first game you play as Cole MacGrath not Nathan Cole. Unless that was a shot at the character being too much like Nathan Drake, which I would disagree with.

I kinda wanted to know how power switching compares to the 2nd one. I really liked being able to switch out all my powers and mixing and matching them whenever and however I wanted. Hearing that you have to find a source for your power and just completely switch out to that ability has me a little concerned. Also, does the user created missions make a come back?

Actually, I think the talk of "visual downgrades" was, thankfully in THIS case... FALSE!

I've been jaded after Aliens: Colonial Marines, Watch Dogs, and Dark Souls.
But... look at this:
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(E3 on Top, Retail on Bottom)

To me, it looks BETTER than the E3 build!

As a massive fan of the first two games and the fact you thought those meh, but enjoyed this game. Tells me I'm going to enjoy the hell out of this tomorrow.

Good review as always Jim.

Best in the series only garners a 3.5?

The man defends point-scores but makes a joke out of any sort of consistency?

Elfgore:
As a massive fan of the first two games and the fact you thought those meh, but enjoyed this game. Tells me I'm going to enjoy the hell out of this tomorrow.

That's what I was gonna say.

inFAMOUS 2 kicked ass, so if this one is going to be even better... Hot diggity dog!

Looks like they'll be reusing a couple of assets though, like killing the street musicians, and having conduit enemies that launch themselves into the air by morphing the environment as opposed to giant icicles.

Trishbot:
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(E3 on Top, Retail on Bottom)

To me, it looks BETTER than the E3 build!

Honestly, this doesn't look like a visual downgrade at all, just different TV settings. I can't really see any difference in detail, except that the lower one has a few more lights planted in the background.

This might be the game I get a PS4 for.

I absolutely loved the first two games. Honestly my favourite series out of last generation (and there were some good ones). So I'm naturally hyped for this game. :)

Thank you Jim for this review. I was considering buying this game. Now I know not to waste my money.

While I like my PS4 a great deal, I hate the touchpad! I want my plain old boring select button back.

For those of you who wish to tell me how awesome the PS4 touchpad is... don't. I don't like the touchpad on my laptop and I bet you don't either. It's barely useful on a laptop, and it's even less useful on a game controller. There are lots of things that Sony does right, but this is not one of them.

Casual Shinji:

Trishbot:
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(E3 on Top, Retail on Bottom)

To me, it looks BETTER than the E3 build!

Honestly, this doesn't look like a visual downgrade at all, just different TV settings. I can't really see any difference in detail, except that the lower one has a few more lights planted in the background.

The lightning is much better in the final build. There's also additional details and geometry in the final version (such as Delsin's jacket having buttons near the sleeve, more stuff in the background such as an added watchtower, a much better draw distance, better surface reflections, better ambient occlusion and shadows...). This is far more than just TV settings. They re-lit, rearranged, and improved the whole scene. It's an improvement over the E3 version, the total opposite of a downgrade.

I found Infamous leagues better the Prototype and I'm really hoping that this game still has what made the first two good and isn't just catered more to your taste.

Question. Does this game every explain how there are any Conduits?

MASSIVE inFamous 2 spoiler

Sniper Team 4:
Question. Does this game every explain how there are any Conduits?

MASSIVE inFamous 2 spoiler

I'm guessing the latter. I don't like it but I don't think it ever explicitly said that

I'm sorry, but I am conditioned to believe that 3.5 stars means it is unplayable crap.

/sarcasm

Hope there's a PC port at some point in the future... this does look really good.

antidonkey:
While I liked the first Infamous, Prototype was more entertaining. However, I've yet to play either of the sequels. 2nd son looks pretty damn good but it's not a system seller for me. I'm sure it'll be one of the first games I get but I must still wait until something more appealing comes out.

inFAMOUS 2 is superb, really build on the first and has a pretty good story line with some memorable characters (The protagonist Bertrand being a highlight for me)

Oh and I don't care what any one says, I like Cole, the chemistry between him and Zeke made the second game!

Good to hear the series is still good. I loved the first two and while I agree with Yahtzee that inFAMOUS 2 had enough closure that a third isn't really necessary, I don't mind there being another if it's executed well enough, which it sounds like it has been.

Shame it's only on PS4, though I appreciate what the system does for the game and considering it's a flagship Sony series, I can't really expect much else. It's just that I can't justify buying another system for one interesting exclusive when I'm already saving up for a Wii U. I guess if someone I know gets a PS4 down the line, I'll borrow theirs like I did a friend's PS3 when I played the first two.

Hell, maybe once streaming PS4 games on PSNow becomes a thing, I'll see what devices I can get it on.

I'm with you there, can't even tell much about what's going on in the former picture.

OT: This looks like a pretty interesting game. The environments look gorgeous and so does the quality of the motion capture.

Haven't read the review yet but I'm am deathly afraid, since all this years supposed big games have been dalliances into the fields of meh. Really hoping that inFamous justify's my mothers purchase.

EDIT: I'm okay with this and pretty much what I was expecting, but Jim SPOILERS. Didn't know what the third power was, sounds nifty, but hey.

So... This is supposedly the best game of the series, and it get's 3,5/5? Wow Jim, I didn't follow you in your Destructoid years, but did you really thought the first two games were average at best? Geez, I'm almost scared to play this one, because you did like this one, and the more I see of your reviews the more I feel that our gaming tastes are on the completely different ends of the spectrum...

Oh well, nevermind. I loved the first two games. I have a platinum trophy in both, even though I usually don't care about them, so this was (and still is, getting my copy tomorrow) an insta-buy for me no matter if it would get 1/10 or 10/10... Especially since my PS4 started crying from the lack of use after I finished AC IV: Black Flag.

And suddenly, just like that, I want a PS4.
That gameplay during the review looked rather entertaining.

TheMadDoctorsCat:
Hope there's a PC port at some point in the future... this does look really good.

It's a Sony game, they wont be porting it ever.

OT: Thanks for the review Jim, I got a message saying my copy was waiting and EB and was just waiting to see what reviewers think before I pick it up or cancel it, glad to hear it's the former :-)

Wait, so you're telling me that the neon powers will essentially let me play out my fantasies of being a gender-swapped Jubilee? SOLD!

Seriously, though, excellent review. I was already strongly leaning towards buying this, but I think I'll move from maybe pile to the surely column.

If anybody else had written this article, the score would have been 4.5 or 5 stars. Not at all a complaint though and I'm actually kind of surprised by how few people seem to mind the score being 3.5...Anyway, stupid numerical rating system aside, THIS is one of the games I was waiting for. Now that it's out there are...well it's the second game I want that I can only get on the PS4. I really liked inFamous but Delsin being so damn happy to have his powers is the most refreshing thing I've seen in gaming for a while. Once I do eventually get a PS4, I'll likely grab this to go with it. Great review Jimmothy, Thank God for you!

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