inFamous: Second Son Review

*Warning this review may contain spoilers for inFamous 2 Good Ending so if you want it to be a surprise; Don’t read any further.*

inFamous: Second Son

Developed by Sucker Punch Productions

Published by Sony Computer Entertainment

*Yeah, I’m Told that Hurts*

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The Story:

inFamous Second Son is set in the year 2016; Seven years after the events that took place in New Marais & the death of series protagonist; Cole McGrath. This is where new protagonist & graffiti artist; Delsin Rowe comes in, After witnessing a convoy escape of some conduits; Delsin absorbs the power of one of the conduits during the escape gaining the ability of Smoke and coming face to face with the games’ antagonist; Brooke Augustine who controls Concrete. When she starts slowly killing Delsins loved ones; Delsin & his Brother Reggie set out to the city of Seattle to absorb Augustine’s power to rescue their tribe however as Delsin comes to terms with his powers and as he encounters the other conduits; Will he make the right decisions? Thats up to you to decide.

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The Gameplay:

inFamous: Second Son is an open world action adventure title that retains most of the gameplay elements from the first 2 games in the series. One of these returning features is Parkour which allows Delsin to climb multiple ledges across the city of Seattle however thanks to the multiple powers in the game you can blend your powers into the free running such as going through air vents with the smoke power; running up walls with Neon & using Satellite dishes to traverse the city with the Video power. Also returning of course is the superpowers which for the first time in the series history is a complete change of powers and the best part is there is four of them which are; Smoke, Neon, Video & Concrete which all have different abilities and attacks such as the ability to shoot fireballs or the ability to command Angels & Demons. Also returning in this game is the upgrade system which allows you to get new attacks & combos. One of the new features to the game is the ability to commence in side objectives such as destroying D.U.P. cameras, Finding Dead Drops & of course given Delsin’s talent; Graffiti Art which requires you to turn the controller sideways & shake it like an actual spray can. This game really utilizes the PlayStation 4 controller such as using the touch pad to drain the different energies aswell as using motion controls at certain points in the game.

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The Sound:

inFamous: Second Son has some great pieces of music which really captures the action of the carnage & calamity on screen. The game also features a cover of the Nirvana song “Heart Shaped Box” performed by Dead Sara which sounds fantastic and what I personally think would have made Kurt Cobain proud. The Voice Acting in this game is phenomenal with the ever so talented Troy Baker leading the cast as Delsin Rowe aswell as many other talented voice actors such as Travis Willingham (Knuckles The Echidna) who voices Delsin’s older brother; Reggie Rowe & Laura Bailey (Chun-Li) who voices Abigail “Fetch” Walker; An escaped conduit who helps Delsin on his mission.

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The Graphics:

inFamous Second Son looks stunning on the PlayStation 4 and truly shows how powerful the graphics can be on Sony’s New Console. The characters movements are extremely fluent and look aswell as feel extremely realistic. The characters & city of Seattle look as real as it gets.

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Lasting Appeal:

There is plenty of things to do in Second Son such as finding all of the blast shards to acquire every upgrade the game has to offer aswell as completing all of the side missions, district takeovers and a lot more. inFamous: Second Son is a huge game and one definitely worth playing over and over again.

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Final Thoughts:

All in all, inFamous: Second Son is a fantastic game and reason enough to own a PlayStation 4. My only problem which I have with the game is the fact that even on the hardest mode it feels a lot easier compared to the first two games. All in all, the characters are extremely likable especially Delsin however its still a shame that Cole McGrath couldn’t return in some form.

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My Score = 9/10

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The Good:

  • Fantastic Storyline
  • Likable Characters
  • Familiar Gameplay
  • Fun Side Missions
  • Great Score
  • Fantastic cover of Heart Shaped Box
  • Great Voice Acting
  • Best Graphics on PS4 to date (Until The Order)

The Bad:

  • Easier than the first two games
  • Lack of Cole McGrath

inFamous: Second Son is available now from all good retailers. Thanks go to Sony for supplying the assets used in this review.  Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.

Review by Matt McNamee

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