inFamous: Second Son Review Roundup

The critics judge Sucker Punch's third inFamous title. Is it PS4's first AAA must-have for 2014?

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My, how things have changed. When I was growing up the closest thing we had to a good superhero game was Batman Returns on the Master System. Fast forward 20 years and it's a golden age for powers, and now Sucker Punch has delivered the first taste on PS4 with inFamous: Second Son.

As I'm sure you can tell from comments threads surrounding the title, Delsin Rowe's jaunt through a futuristic Seattle is also Sony's first big game for the PlayStation 4 since the console launched last November. It's an important title for Sony. But does it sparkle in the eyes of the critics, or has it left them fuming? Here's what they have to say:

GameSpot -- 8/10

"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." [Full Review]

IGN -- 8.7/10

"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." [Full Review]

Destructoid -- 9.5/10

"Second Son is by far the best inFamous yet. If you're a fan of the series, then checking this one out is a no-brainer, and if you're not, consider jumping in with Delsin. You don't need any prior knowledge of the franchise to do so, and if you have any appreciation of open-world superhero games, you'll enjoy it." [Full Review]

Game Informer -- 8.5/10

"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." [Full Review]

Kotaku -- "Yes"

"Second Son doesn't just do shinier versions of the things previous Infamous games did. It multiplies and extrapolates on those things, letting them intertwine in really satisfying ways. So you get some skills that have choice built in, like sniping that lets you automatically go for headshots (evil) or hobbling (good.) You're a hero—or anti-hero, if you so choose—who can change the nature of his super-ness on the fly." [Full Review]

CVG -- 7/10

"As one of the first major first-party releases for PlayStation 4, Second Son leaves a lot to be desired. Disappointingly, it's a game that clearly has one foot still planted firmly in the last-gen. This isn't the InFamous the PS4 deserves, but the one fans need right now." [Full Review]

Edge -- 7/10

"As an open-world game, Second Son feels emaciated. There’s little to do in the way of side missions, and what is here becomes repetitive, unlikely to sustain interest beyond a single playthrough. Approach it as an action game that just happens to be set in a nonlinear environment and it makes more sense, but its not-inconsiderable achievements take effort to uncover. By the time you’ve gained the full suite of powers, though, it’s easy to forget its shaky first steps and impossible not to share Rowe’s vocal enthusiasm each time he does something spectacular. And Sucker Punch provides plenty of opportunities to do so." [Full Review]

Right now, inFamous: Second Son has a Metascore of 81 on GameSpot sister site Metacritic, with 57 critic reviews tracked at time of writing.

Discussion

248 comments
blackzio
blackzio

i'm loving this game, i didn't like infamous 1 enough to finish so i was a bit scared to buy this.

but damn, it's awesome.

one thing that no one mentions is the music and sounds in the game. i even put them louder, they create a very cool environment during battles. that + awesome powers + steady gameplay + gorgeous graphics are making this my favorite ps4 game. 


I love a good story-game, i know this isn't one, but it's fundamental and it works. 


the only cons is that i can't crouch or hide, this sucks a bit, and i don't know, the game could have more random interactions, going inside buildings, a bit of a gta 5 touch, i'd love to interact more with the city, doing more side-quests and stuff. 


i'd give it a 8/10 as well. 


nikon133
nikon133

For me, this is the best "super-powers" game so far.


I loved original inFAMOUS, 2nd one was too much button-mashing, chaos-on-screen game like Prototype.


SS is back to slower, more tactical gameplay (at least in early stages where I still am), and super-power batteries are draining even when using basic ranged attack... which enforces more careful approach to each fight. It also improves on every technical aspect, and - let's face it - stories were never strongest point for Sucker Punch, I think that SS has the best story so far. And less cheesy, over-the-top, one-liners dialogues.

In short, the game improved on all the good aspects of previous inFAMOUS games, and lost most of bad aspects - again, much as I am concerned.

Regarding main character's attitude. I'm not having problems with him. Yes he is not the most likeable character ever invented, but I think he holds his weight well enough. Being descendant of native American tribe, he has some excuse for his brooding, don't-give-a-crap rebellious-ness he is exhibiting. He is also showing his soft side, especially toward his people and Betty (grandma matriarch character). Or when passengers don't want him in the bus right after he helped them - he is being hurt and it shows.


Likeable or not, I think he is much better formed character than Cole or, God forbid, Zeke.

monicker
monicker

I thought Tom McShea was talking about himself in the opening moments of yet another one of his idiotic reviews. That said, so happy to see the Infamous series back and in fine form. Can't wait to pick this bad boy up - Infamous 1 and 2 are still sweet and I've found my my self revisiting them from time to time as well.

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

Also, does anyone else see a bit of a resemblance between Delsin and Breaking Bad's Jesse? Surely I am not the only one

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

Got it last week and been enjoying it so far; looks great with amazing lighting and draw distances. The game play feels faster and more focused then previous titles with movement being very fast and fluid. The inclusion of different powers you can change out on the fly is great, adds a lot of much needed variety to the combat.
So far so good, will probably be finished fairly quickly but will be replaying it to get both sides of karma coin. Kind of annoyed that there's no sign of giant monsters to fight though, they were cool in InF2 even if they did get repetitive.

poopinpat
poopinpat

kotaku has the best rating system

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

Why are we so amazed with mediocre games? This game does nothing special at all... WAKE UP GAMERS!

SacredGray
SacredGray

Fantastic game. I played the other two Infamous games to death and this one just knocks it out of the park -- it's truly the first genuine console gaming experience that feels next-gen.

GothicGangsta
GothicGangsta

I've played it through once so far.

It's good but nothing more. I don't really like Delsin or his look. The story isn't very good. The enemies types are too few and too similar. None of the powers are particulary interesting or varying and you always feel underpowered even when all powers are unlocked and maxed out, in the previous games you were almost unstoppable when Cole was maxed out. The city is pretty, but pretty boring. The side quests are really boring. And last but not least you still can f'ing fly, even though sucker punch has admitted that it has been the most requested feature since the first infamous.

I know that was a lot of negatives and I stand by them all, but it still is a pretty good game, I'm just a little disapointed that it had so much potential to be amazing, but didn't take it all the way.

Hopefully they do better with the next infamous, and bring Cole back.

gannon27
gannon27

This game makes me want to go out and get a PS4.

bourne714
bourne714

RUMOUR HAS IT THAT TOOL WILL BE RELEASING A NEW ALBUM THIS YEAR!!!!!  

Blazen702
Blazen702

So this game is only 30fps and Sony fanboys with their heads up Sony's asses don't complain yet if this was xbox they'd be here in the 1000's to complain about it. Pretty sad that Sony's only AAA game isn't even next gen.

Blazen702
Blazen702

Wow 80 metacritic is horrible.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

This is D00M 3 all over again.


Despite its positive success, (mostly for putting the hardware to good use) & though it's just my opinion, I feel this should really be a re-wake up call for both graphic tech-head fanboy'girls and developers on what really matters. 


Gameplay! 


Let's be honest, if you sold your PS3 to grab a PS4? I bet your kicking yourselves right about now.


Cool as Infamous 3 is for its fanbase, (I'm sure they love a Infamous 2.5 with PS4 slickness) it's for a set following. For everyone else who isn't a hero sandbox fan? (If they're expecting GTA? Infamous never was) this is an excuse purchase to make the leap seem worth it. & it really isn't.


With that said, I hope the PS4 does strive to exceed expectations, but it will not be found here. .

Slvrshot
Slvrshot

7.5/10 for me.


No it is not a must have game. 

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

damn this game looks great. Definitely getting it. But, also Killzone Shadow Fall is an important game for Sony and it was great aswell. I really enjoyed it

relapse_au
relapse_au

I bought the game yesterday in Australia and so far I've invested about three hours into it.  The game starts brilliantly, but once you actually hit Seattle, the game literally turns into a Crackdown clone.  Unless things dramactially improve it's going to be a very boring and repetitive experience.  If you enjoyed Crackdown on the 360, you'll enjoy this, but dont expect anything more than Crackdown with fancy graphics and super powers.

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

Can't wait to play this later today. For those that are hating on the game, cool, you don't have to buy it. For those that claim you bought it and hate it and everything PS4, just sell it if it's that bad, plenty of people looking for one.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

I like the Kotaku review system. They just say yes or no lol. We need more of those people take numbers way too fucking seriously.

dipdish
dipdish

The game looks AMAZING.

monicker
monicker

@kovaras1984 CVG's review is moronic. The reviewer obviously doesn't understand how generation jumps work. Expecting everything out of new games on a new generation is ignorant. It'll be a year or more before we start really seeing what these new systems can do. Comare the ugly, god awful Uncharted to the gorgeous ground breaking Uncharted 2.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Metallicwolf29 I feel you must live in a cave or something if you really don't see what all the fuss is about?


For someone like me it shows two things one positive, one negative.


Pro- This game as far as polish and performance, cannot be done on a PS3 so in that regard fully shows what kind of quality we can presume in the future for PS4 exclusives, if not superior quality from what you see here.


Con- Sucker Punch have not really outdone themselves in the gameplay regard, which concerns me that future Sony first party games will care more about the presentation over actually improving the actual gameplay. 

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@SacredGray  It looks and flows seemlessly as a next gen game does, fully agree on that. 


But the actual gaming experience is not really a big difference to previous Infamous titles. It's a more slick last generation game.

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

@GothicGangsta  

there is potential, just play it on expert as good Delsin... 

(and you do feel overpowerd against certain enemies, or when you recharged the nuke..,.. sometimes you're the predator, sometimes you're the hunted..)

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

@Blazen702  

30 fps? (still looks better than anything on the XO..)


on a XO, if possible at all, it would run at 15 fps....

PS4TrumpsXbox1
PS4TrumpsXbox1

Would most likely be 800 or 900p at 30ish fps if on xone....

christie_
christie_

@Blazen702  What a mature comment. It's clear you are not a M$ fanboy, right? 

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

@RSM-HQ  

you didn't even play and talk about gameplay.. lol... (just play it on expert as good Deslin, then come back and talk about gameplay..)

gameplay: no other superpower game nor next gen game motivates so much to try to get headshoots.., 

the area battles in the city, where you're sometimes the huntend and have to feel over buidling walls (wallrunning, jumping, air gliding, boost catapulting into the air ect. ect..), trying to recharge or change the set of powers, depending on the situation or enemies..., having to take care of civilian casualties, or you lose karma (or have to recharge the nuke again)..., 

or you become the predator, taking out easy bait, to recharged the nukes and build up karma...; besides having fun searthing for upgrade shardes of purusing superpowered fleeing hidden agents 

ect. ect. ect. ect. ect. ect. ect....


so just shut it or play it.. and play it on expert, which gamespot even recommended..

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

@Slvrshot  

unless you play it on expert, and it IS a one time experience... (unless you try to speed run it on normal as evil Delsin... but yeah, most games become boring, if you speed run them on settings to easy for experieced core gamers...)


Infamous SS on expert is about as great to play as Far Cry 3.... (and hell a lot better than Saints Row or Crackdown...)

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

@kitmeep  I thought it was cheesy. But its all in the eyes of the beholder, I suppose.

thebastardsword
thebastardsword

@relapse_auLike a broken record this guy, lol Just trade it in. let me know what your favorite game is currently, and I am sure I can think of a "clone" and add with ____ to it.

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

@RSM-HQ @Metallicwolf29I think SP were playing it safe here all along (at least I hope that) they've basically made a bigger and prettier version of PS3's Infamous games and will deliver a more next gen experience down the track.
I'm enjoying I:SS right now and glad some new games are finally showing up on my PS4 (besides all those free games on PSN)

shawnnopes
shawnnopes

@christie_ @Blazen702 He may have a PS4. He's just spouting the same garbage you guys do for all the xbox games. How can it be called mature when you guys do it? But "He's" immature because he said it about your game. Ah, Console war arguements make me get a raging boner.

Blazen702
Blazen702

How so? Just pointing out facts

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Wej_accept_it  We also have SteamWorld Dig now, having a blast with that. But over games out on PS3 it'll be awhile before I put some serious hours into my PS4 ;)

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Wej_accept_it Fully agree, the standards of PS4 customers are extremely high, and I don't think making a masterpiece sandbox game was ever Sucker Punches goal. 


It was all about showing what they can do with the tech. Sort of, 'what the future holds, & what other Sony exclusives can push on the PlayStation 4.

awesomeexo
awesomeexo

PS4 fanboy logic at its finest. It's the most next gen games because it looks the best. So... PC was next gen 5years ago...

I guess when all you're exclusive games get mediocre ratings, you have to use the 1080/60 landing cushion... Even when the 60 is a 30.

blee575
blee575

@Blazen702  This is the most ''next-gen'' game on the market right now, by far. There is no game on Xbox1 or PS4 that can match its graphics. The ''30-60'' FPS arguement is valid when you are comparing the same game for different consoles.
 
If I want to make a game with absolutely perfect graphics (like this one) I can lower the FPS, that's a choice to be made by the developers. But if the SAME game runs on 60 FPS on PS4 and 30 on Xbox1, it's clearly an indication that Xbox1 is underpowered.

Of course you are a fanboy, lad. You just called the game with the most beautiful graphics ever made for any console ''not next gen''. That's a fact too, your comment is up there.