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inFAMOUS: Second Son (PS4)

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  • New to the trilogy
  • Short main story for a single player game
  • Repetitive
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      02.07.2017 18:29
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      • "Improved combat"
      • "Graphically impressive "

      Disadvantages

      • "Uninteresting story"
      • "Binary moral choices"

      Binary moral choices in a next gen collectathon...but not awful.

      This game was set centre stage to be a PS4 hard hitter, so how did it go? Well I would say that this game succeeded in the goal that it was intended for: showing of the potential of the Sony playstation 4 system. this game is graphically definitively "next gen" which helps to carry it throughout it's story and gameplay. So how does this hold up story wise when compared to it's PS3 predecessor? well unfortunately not great really. The characters are much less interesting then in infamous 2, a real problem when the game expects you to care about how your actions effect them. Our new protagonist, Delsin Rowe, has a personality attempting to be "cool" but comes off even less charismatic then Cole from the previous titles. And the villains are little better seeming to be a notable step down from the threats faced before.

      So if the story is mediocre then how is the gameplay? well the PS4 allows the abilities to quite simply look far better and have better physics, this makes the combat enjoyable and impressive to watch...that is until you see the exact same special move that you have seen 100 times before and take far to long to complete it's animation. This is made only worse by the repetitive nature of of the games side missions which attempt to find ways to justify the console's controller having motion sensors. And if you are are someone who like playing till you get %100 then have fun climbing all over assassin's creed style for collectables with little to no effect on the game in any way.

      But this game says that how you use your powers is more important that what they are, so how is the innovative next gen moral system? exactly the same as last gen, your options for the whole game are blue or red, be a good guy or bad, there is no moral commentary of interesting in depth thought just the same old binary moral choices. However that somehow made this system feel even more watered down this time around, in Infamous 2 the "evil" choice felt bad, I felt guilty murdering all of the characters I had got to know (I'm still sorry Zeke...) but in this game the cardboard cutout characters are meaningless, just mow them down get your points ad be done with it.

      Despite all of that I believe that this game can be an enjoyable experience if you look past it's many flows, a simple power fantasy with little thought. I can't recommend it at a triple A price but as a discounted game for your spare time it is not the worst option.

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      29.04.2016 08:21
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      • "Great spin off game"
      • "Emotional "
      • "New to the trilogy"
      • Narrative

      Disadvantages

      • Repetitive
      • "Only one power at a time"

      Imagine having all the power in the world, but not being able to use it.

      Infamous Second Son provides a new take on the series, and the genre together. It creates its atmosphere along with its universe in a distinct new way of story telling from the original two games. What was once thought of for the second game, multiple powers, is implemented in this game, allowing the player to fully thrash out enemies in a variety of ways. This game provides excellent new ideas, making it a definite standing point for coming to the PS4 when it did.

      Unfortunately, no great game comes without flaws. This game has a few, not too many. What works well is the different powers. You feel like a fresh new person when you get new powers, able to take on the world. Unfortunately, you can not switch between them easily. You have to find a source of one of the powers to be able to absorb it and use it. It ruins the idea of being such a powerful character in the game. After everything you had just gone through and you have to be a weak person in search of power, yet again.

      The game, overall, creates a new outlook, and really caught my eye from the beginning of development. Being someone who has beaten the game and replayed it on countless occasions, I can highly recommend this for anyone who is a fan of the series, or anyone looking to play something in this type of genre. It is a game changer for the series and I hope the studio continues to make more.

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      17.09.2015 09:19
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      Advantages

      • "Smooth game play and a lot of super powers"
      • "100 % utilization of PS4 control lay out"
      • "Next gen graphics."

      Disadvantages

      • "Enemies are very repetitive"
      • "Story is plain"

      Great game for the next-gen console, but it seems rushed.

      Second Son is something fantastic, that all inFamous fans (me included) will truly love. Graphically it's stunning, from the textures to the lighting/particle effects, everything looks crisp and beautiful, this, however, tanks the PS4s limited hardware, and causes frame rate issues from time to time. The controls are tight, and the climbing is significantly better than inFamous 2's.

      The story is pretty okay, and the SR3-like territory system is right at home here though. The upgrade system is vastly improved, and the ability to switch between power-sets is very impressive. The gameplay is very good, with loads of story missions, many things to do on the side, and a massive open world to explore. However, this game still has it's drawbacks. It has it's fair share of pointless bosses, as well as numerous camera issues, and I even got stuck in the terrain once or twice. Overall, Second Son is a must have for any PS4 owner, and one of the most immersion console experiences to date (The online stuff is pretty cool too, honest).

      At times, Infamous Second Son delivers great fun with its combat mechanics, yet a repetitive formula, combined with some hiccups and balancing issues, ultimately can't be ignored. It's an entertaining and visually beautiful piece of software, but it could've been much more.

      It doesn't stray off the series’ beaten path too much, but there are enhancements in terms of gameplay and some stunning effects put to good use to create the PS4′s most fun and best looking game yet...While the narrative might not have the same impact as previous games, it’s somewhat more of a down-to-earth tale of an ordinary man with extraordinary powers, and that’s an exciting new direction for the series to take.

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      25.08.2015 21:31
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      • "entertaining "
      • fun
      • "action "

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      You would be amazed if you give it a try!

      I have played all of the infamous games, but you definitely have to try Infamous second son. Its an awesome action game that you will have interest in. Infamous: Second Son is, in many ways, a large step away from the comic-book roots of its predecessors. Don't misunderstand – Second Son is very much an open-world superhero action game first, and an excellent one at that. Its flashy powers look and feel great in battle, and that’s really what games like this are all about. But I didn't expect to enjoy the weightier, more realistic tone of the characters as much as I do. It’s a change that initially surprised me as fan of the franchise, but one that ultimately pays off. Despite failing to believably marry the player's moral choices with the protagonist's own sense of right and wrong, Second Son hits some big high notes in both character interaction, and most importantly, open-world game play. It didn’t take long for Second Son's remarkable lighting to leave me staring slack-jawed at my screen. The power of the PlayStation 4 is evident in every street-side puddle reflection and in every swirling tuft of smoke that left my flaming hands. The city of Seattle is beautifully and diversely realized, but it never looked better than when I was blowing everyone and everything around me to bits. Serene city streets turn into fiery disaster zones with gleeful regularity, and both the before and after are great to look at, despite occasional stutters when the effects get out of hand.

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      24.03.2015 12:18
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      • "good storyline"
      • "great graphics and sound"

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      Must buy!

      A must buy for anyone who has a PS4. I have never been into these types of games but was I played the first inFamous game after being recommended it and I enjoyed playing it. I then bought Second Son not long after it's release and it was a great purchase. It has a good storyline, is easy to follow and great controls. It also uses the touch pad on the PS4 controller to good effect. One of the best PS4 games I have played and well worth it.

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      14.01.2015 14:05
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      • "Easy To Control"
      • "Good Storyline"
      • "Good Graphics"

      Disadvantages

      • "Gets Very Boring Half Way Through"

      A Good Story Line To A Game That Turns Sour

      The problem with the PS4 is that there arent to many games released just yet. Infamous second son was a much anticipated game and I was very eager to buy it. After switching the game on I found myself hooked with the smooth gameplay, the graphics and the ease of control. The story line to the game was also very compelling. As the game progressed and the new powers were gained I thought that this is a game that I had to complete. It was also something new in which you could get from the ground to the top of a building within seconds via the drainpipes, move faster than the average person etc but as more powers were gained I started to get bored of it. No longer could I shoot up drain pipes in a split second but I could run and jump further with a light trail behind me. As the game got further in the new powers I had in my possession because more and more weaker and boring so I decided to stop playing and it as not been back in my console since.

      It may just be that this game did not appeal to my criteria as it progressed on. The game itself has earned rave reviews and a new one is on the way but for me they didnt do enough to keep the gamer hooked as other games would have.

      If you are looking for a good story line to a game with some amazing graphics then I would highly recommend this game but if like me you tend to get bored of easily then this one could potentially send you to sleep.

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      24.09.2014 19:56
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      • Original
      • "Next Generation"

      Disadvantages

      • "A little repetitive"

      A solid showcase for the PS4

      I picked up a PS4 in August after putting off upgrading from a PS3. Whilst I was gagging for the upgrade in graphics - there were just not the games available to warrant splashing out when the console was launched.

      Browsing Gumtree I spotted a bargain I couldn't resist and quickly snagged it.

      One of the two games included was inFamous: Second Son - it didn't sway me convince me buy the PS4, I just saw it as a bonus.

      As I type, September 2014 there are not a huge amount of next generation only games - most are upgraded versions of PS3 games. This is a shame, but understandable. It's not going to be worth developers time and money until enough people upgrade and encourage strong enough sales. For now it makes sense, but it is a bit disappointing that there isn't a huge choice of games taking advantage of the increased power behind the PS4.

      inFamous: Second Son is not such a game - this is game specifically produced for the PS4, and goes someway to showing off what the unit can do.

      Graphically, I wouldn't say the graphics are mind blowing - but they almost are. Its not the leap into the future I was expecting but its a great showcase for what the PS4 is capable. At times does verge on jaw dropping but never full smacks you round the face.

      The game is a fine blend of sandbox and platform. A blend of action adventure gaming that seems to becoming the norm more and more, to progress in the game you need from A-B, but you can swing by C if you like and how you get there is increasingly unto the player.

      inFamous: Second Son has graphics that showcase the power of the PS4, has a style playabilty wise that appeals to a wide audience and ensures hours and hours of engrossing game play - but what is its unique selling point?

      SUPERPOWERS!

      I won't spoil the plot of this game too much - but, and you know this from early on, you have super powers. Throughout the game you develop new powers, improve existing ones - and with each bump up you're given new and exciting ways to approach how you play the game. Again, its up to you how you go from A-B but as the game progressing the options for going one place to the next is increasingly varied.

      The basic premise of the game is age old - our superpowered up main character needs to beat the bad guys who have the city in lockdown. Luckily for inFamous: Second Son - its a family well crafted age old premise. The voice acting is great, story is great and well paced.

      Overall, a great introduction to what the PS4 can do. Its not the mind blowing showpiece it should have been - but it is a solid, above average introduction.

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      23.06.2014 23:36
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      Advantages

      • "age appropriate"
      • "Great characters"
      • "Brilliant sound quality "
      • "This game has brilliant graphics"

      Disadvantages

      • "Should have more characters"
      • "Story mode can be a bit slow"

      must buy

      inFamous is a fun, engaging, and refreshing experience. Everything in this game feels perfectly designed. The controls and overall movement/fight mechanics are spectacular. Huge battles and action are extremely well done, always fun. The only gripe I have with the mechanics is that later in the game when you''re used to the controls, sometimes you''ll find yourself latching onto things like railings or building sides when you don''t want to, becoming frustrating - but this is just a little tiny thing in the grand scheme of things. One more thing I didn''t like was not being able to see objectives of the current mission you''re on, but that was literally never a problem as everything is very clear throughout the game. I highly recommend this game to all players. Never before I felt like a city, in a video game, is that alive. The NPCs in inFamous seems emotional, more real than ever before. I never been able to hurt them or leave them dying (while not in combat) knowing that I have the power to save them. Plus, the control is intuitive, answer fast and is fun to use. The city is huge, does not lag and is beautiful. But above all, running on buildings, throwing cars at bad guys and saving citizens is awesome. The only things keeping it from perfection, is a little repetitiveness and the electric only super power types. After beating the game once, as a good character, I never been able to make it to the end as a bad character. First of all, I felt bad killing the NPCs, witch isn''t a bad thing, but I also felt bored pretty fast. So if you like sand box or super heros, or action/adventure games, inFamous is a great choice. Didn''t know what to expect stepping into this game. After about an hour of play I found myself seeking out the optional side missions to extend the game. Also...pretty cool that the player really struggles with the choice of whether to be "good" or "evil". A solid title that makes me long for part 2. This is a spectacular game. Although this game recieved good reviews, it still did not get the scores it deserved. The best way I can describe it is "GTA with superpowers." It''s a full open world city, and you can literally climb on anything and go anywhere. The movement and control are spectacular and it is a blast to jump from building to building and grind along power lines. The powers are fun to use and the missions are diverse. This is one of my favorite games of all time. It rivals GTA 4 in terms of pure fun and freedom. I would say it it even better than Uncharted, because the world is much more open and you are free to go anywhere, as opposed to being limited to predetermined pathways (like in Uncharted). I only have 2 complaints. buy this game immediately, ienjoyed it very much ! !

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      04.04.2014 23:30
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      Advantages

      • "Big and open world"
      • "Lots of replayability"
      • "Great and different gameplay"
      • "Fantastic graphics"

      Disadvantages

      • "Short main story for a single player game"
      • "Side missions are repetetive"

      To sum up it's a must buy for everybody who owns a Playstation 4. 9/10

      This is one of the best exclusives available on Playstation 4 so far.

      The graphics are great. The characters and objects a very detailed. One of the most beautiful games to date.

      The gameplay is also great. In Infamous 1 and 2 you had only power type: electricity. In this game you have 3 power types: smoke, neon and gamer. The powers have their own attack types and super attacks which deliver devastating damage to enemies around you. Another important element of the gameplay is the parkour mechanic which helps to climb buildings and other constructions for faster travel, view points or a good strategic position.

      The choice of good and bad is also back. You can chose to play good or bad which provides different missions, cut-scenes and ending. This creates replayability!

      The plot provides an original world of super heroes with unique superpowers. You take a role of a teenager called Delsin Rowe who suddenly finds out that he has super power, although there is an organisation called D.U.P.(Department of Unified Protection) which hunts down and captures people with superpowers, also called conducts. Delsin is going to stop D.U.P. as he, the people from his home town and other conducts are in great danger.

      The game has a big open world. Much more bigger then in the previous games in the series.

      The things I really didn't like is that the main story is quite short. It takes like 6 hours if you go straight without side missions. As well as some side missions are repetative.

      All-in-all this game is a real example of a next-generation game!
      My score is 9 of 10.

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