[Review] InFamous Second Son

 

InFamous Second Son is an open world action-adventure game developed by Sucker Punch Productions. The third installment has a new protagonist in the form of Delsin Rowe voiced brilliantly by the exceptionally talented Troy Baker. You may remember him from his performances as Booker Dewitt in Bioshock Infinite as well as Joel from the Last of Us along with many other roles.


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 You cannot deny how visually appealing this game is,  even if the game was on the PC , in its current form it would be considered stunning. The graphics are particularly pleasing when gliding around the city of Seattle. The lip sync and motion capture is among the best I have seen,  and because of such quality techniques it made me enjoy Bakers performance that much more. The dialogue for the most part was brilliant, this is what helped make Bakers performance truly memorable. The relationship between Delsin and, his brother, Reggie, (played by Travis Willingham), was truly unique. It contained everything from arguments to brotherly humor. The main villain within the game came across as psychotic as Vaas from Farcry 3. For the most part Augustine feels like the female equivalent to Vaas, who I consider to be one of the best villains in video game history. The mechanics are also great, it is truly enjoyable beating up enemies, whether it be a boss battle or beating a common guns man to within an inch of his life. The abilities you gain throughout the course of the game are all pretty fun, however they do take a while to get used to. InFamous also has great replayability due to the different decisions you make throughout the course of the game, these decisions determine whether you are a true hero or infamous. Also seeing a different ending is just another reason to lose yourself all over again in Seattle.

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The story was very simple but intriguing; I wanted to see how it would develop. Unfortunately it never establishes itself as anything more than average. This, along with some odd morality choices, are my only real complaints. On the odd occasion there are choices that are considered good, but in my opinion are actually wrong. What also impacted the morality system negatively is the way Delsin’s script is written. It is clear from the opening hour or so that Delsin Rowe does not want to hurt anyone, unlike some of the other conduits you meet throughout the course of the game.

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Normally I remember games for their story more than their gameplay and exploration. However in this generation I believe stories are no longer as important. So far this gen the only two games I have really enjoyed have just better than average stories, the two games I have loved this generation are Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag and inFamous Second Son. To say the least this game is incredible if the game had a better story I would consider the third installment a masterpiece. I can’t wait to see what Sucker Punch do with the series next and hope whatever they choose to work on next is fantastic game. I truly loved playing this game all the way through and rarely had a negative experience. For this reason I will be giving inFamous Second Son an outstanding 9.2 out of 10. This in my opinion is the best game so far on the PlayStation 4.

Greg Cowan, writer and video game connoisseur.
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