inFamous: Second Son is now here to save PS4 gamers from the drought that next-gen systems usually experience during the early parts of its life cycle. Sucker Punch’s newest iteration in the inFamous series not only gives PS4 owners a new main character to run around with, but they’ll also get to utilize new elements such as smoke and neon.
Here are the top 5 reviews you need to read for Sucker Punch’s PS4 exclsuive, inFamous: Second Son.
IGN – 8.7/10
IGN gave some positive feedback on the game’s visuals, combat, elemental powers and character interaction. Their only issue with the game lied in the overall plot and character morality confusion:
Open-world superhero action games are about freedom and empowerment, and in these regards, Second Son is really impressive. Seattle is a big, beautiful playground for you to stomp around in with a set of devilishly fun and powerful toys at your disposal. It plays great, and it looks even better, but its advancements also beg it to be held to a higher standard, one that its overall story and morality systems struggle to reach.
GameSpot – 8/10
GameSpot enjoyed the game’s combat mechanics, graphics, fun side missions, great boss fights and the importance of morality in battle. But they had a few problems with the game’s simple morality system and Delsin (one of the other main characters):
Second Son focuses on pure enjoyment. It communicates that through the excellent combat that forces you to concoct crazy tactics to overthrow the invading forces. It draws you in further through its incredible visuals that not only hint at the PlayStation 4’s impressive power, but employ a sensible artistic touch that makes Seattle a place you want to explore. It uses a complementary score to underline dramatic moments, and the sound effects pop with flair. And yet, for all of the elements in which Second Son excels, the narrative fails to carry its share of the weight. Still, don’t become mired in the negativity as Delsin so often does. Instead, just laugh at the cheesy dialogue and chortle at how extreme the morality system is. Second Son is a great game that knows exactly what it is, and sucks you in with its unfiltered fun.
Game Informer – 8.5/10
Game Informer’s review seemed to point to the same positive factors that other sites heaped praise upon. They had some issues with the side missions and how they’re not incredibly interesting. Plus, they didn’t really enjoy some of the heavier focused open-world combat scenarios:
I like the way that Infamous Second Son splinters off from the first two entries in the series. Delsin’s conduit ability creates uncertainty in the gameplay mechanics, and the choices he makes apply similar levels of ambiguity to the narrative arc. I never really grasped what was coming next from this tale, outside of knowing that the open world activities and encounters would be repeated ad nauseam.
Polygon – 8.5/10
Polygon’s review noted that the game hits a ton of good points on all cylinders, but it disappointed due to the fact that it didn’t entirely revolutionize the way action games are made:
I struggled with feeling let down that Second Son isn’t a brilliant shift for action games. My small disappointments come mostly as a result of undeveloped potential. It had a chance to be a superhero game about more serious issues as well as a showcase for the power of the new generation of consoles. Instead, Second Son is more of the Infamous I already loved last generation, prettier, with more powers and better writing. But Second Son still kept me excited to discover each new power set and happy to shoot fireballs at fascist thugs long into the night. Maybe it’s not so bad to just let go of responsibility and blow stuff up once in a while.
Rev3Games – 3/5
Rev3Games’ video review was pretty content with a lot of the aforementioned factors that other reviewers pointed out. But the reviewer (Adam Sessler) was slightly disappointed with how everything eventually turned out.