InFamous: Second Son Is All Bright Lights And Explosions
The pair of inFamous games are not the biggest or best that the PS3 had to offer but they formed one of the console’s core franchises and they were both great for different reasons. I personally love both games. Yes, I’m an inFamous fanboy to the point where I too dabble in speaking like I’m gargling gravel. If you’ve played the previous games then you’ll get that joke, if not then you’re in luck because despite its name, Second Son starts things afresh.
As is the trend with every franchise that seems to have made the jump over to the new generation.
Before we get started I have a question. Who is the first son? Maybe that gets answered somewhere in the narrative or it’s the prequel DLC.
Developer Sucker Punch has decided to take the ‘good’ ending from inFamous 2 as canon for Second Son which means Cole is dead and the Conduits have not risen up as some supreme force. If you’re not familiar with any of this, fear not because the developers are essentially starting anew so there is no background knowledge required. For the sake of information though, Cole McGrath was the protagonist of the first two games but he’s now dead. Deal with it. Conduits are superpowered beings. Cole had electric powers, some have ice powers but new lead character Delsin Rowe takes a leaf from the Peter Petrelli book of heroics and is able to absorb the powers of others.
Delsin is an average guy in his early twenties and not really good for anything. He also likes beanies.
Second Son takes place in Seattle seven years after the events of inFamous 2, in a world where Conduits are hunted and rounded up like lepers. In fact, anybody displaying abilities is termed a bio-terrorist. The main antagonistic force comes in the form of the DUP. Essentially a military force specifically equipped to deal with Conduits. The irony? Their elite soldiers are Conduits too.
Expect there to be a variety of other enemies as well although thus far all we’ve seen is the DUP.
The core plot really revolves around Delsin dealing with his powers and whether he chooses to help those around him or look out only for himself. Yes folks, this game is going to have some token morality system. Let’s hope it is half-decent. the core narrative, regardless of your choices seems to be taking down DUP. In Seattle at any rate.
If you want to know what happened to Cole and in the interim between inFamous 2 and Second Son then you’d best pre-order the game to get the day-one DLC titled Cole’s Legacy. Groan.
inFamous games have always been about making the player feel powerful. You could literally rain lightning down upon your enemies in previous games. It’s no different here. Delsin is able to dispense of enemies with fluidity and ease using much the same moveset as Cole.
I’ve always described inFamous’ combat as being like a third-person shooter. You’ve got your melee (Delsin brandishes some badass chains) and then the more conventional stuff. They may come in the form of various power-based attacks but they boil down to grenades, long-range shots, standard shots, heavy shots and a devastating area effect attack. That’s what the moveset boils down to regardless of what power you happen to be wielding.
Thus far we have seen only two powers in action. Delsin’s standard smoke and fire based powers which are powerful and destructive as well as neon powers which are far more colourful but also faster yet weaker. There’s always a trade-off. Using neon powers also allows Delsin to navigate Seattle at incredible speed (almost like a slower version of the Flash).
With any power that Delsin takes on he is able to project, manipulate and even become that substance. So when using smoke powers he can dash forward by briefly becoming a cloud of smoke. He will also draw more power from that specific substance. So neon powers are fueled by draining lights and smoke power are fueled by lighting up a pack of Marlboros?
A problem with the first infamous that was improved in the sequel was movement. It felt like getting around took some time but with Second Son Sucker Punch has sped things up and made it far more fast-paced. Delsin can turn into smoke to launch himself through vents and up onto rooftops or up high over the city. It’s intended to make navigation far more fluid as you dart around between some of Seattle’s most notable landmarks.
The other big selling point of Second Son is that it looks absolutely gorgeous. The weather, lighting and particle effects make the game look great in any conditions. Meanwhile action sequences are vibrant and alive. The level of detail is incredible and it’s all happening in 1080p. It’s only 30 frames per second but make of that what you will.
This is currently my most anticipated game for PS4 but really it’s shaping up to be a safe release from Sony and Sucker Punch. It’s something different but not all that different from its predecessor. The gameplay looks very much the same albeit still fun. The game looks visually magnificent though. Let’s hope that the narrative is something worth remembering.
Very little mention has been made regarding the narrative or indeed the sandbox environment of Second Son. They could both be barren or rich and full of life. At present those are big unknowns.
Regardless though, this is the only thing PS4 owners have to look forward to while Xbox One owners get Titanfall.
Suspected Selling Points
- The fresh start welcomes newcomers to the series
- Everything fans of the series love is still there (except for Cole)
- There isn’t much else to choose from if you own a PS4 right now
- It looks incredible
- The series has always had a problem with token karma systems, this will likely be no different
- Very little seems to have been changed in the overall mechanics since the last game
inFamous: Second Son may not be a game-changer like Titanfall but it’s been made with love to ensure that it really uses the technology the PS4 has on offer while also holding onto the series’ identity and ensuring the same level of high-intensity entertainment. It might not be enough to warrant buying a PS4 but if you already own one then there is no reason to not consider getting it.