Infamous Second Son tales place several years after the incident in Infamous 2. In a world full of Conduits, the military has enforced a sub-branch, the DUP, to round up the mutants. Enter Delson Row, a delinquent who becomes a Conduit when a bus of fugitives crashes his hometown. In order to save his people, Delson and his brother Reggie go to Seattle to take away Augustine’s, the DUP commander, powers. It’s not necessarily original, cough X-Men, but the acting and small revelations make it interesting to watch.
Delson has the ability to gain the skills of any Conduit he touches. He starts off with the Smoke ability allowing him to whip a chain imbued with embers, shoot fire, and even traverse through vents, making scaling buildings a snap. The next ability he gains is Neon, which gives him super speed, a laser sword, and the ability to slow down time as he aims. This writer could further divulge every power Delson gets, but experimenting and seeing each new skill come to light is an experience worth not spoiling. As powerful as Delson gets the game balances it out by throwing waves of enemies to the point of frustration at times. So he never truly feels invincible even by the end.
While the surface may not scream, next-gen, it’s the little details that highlight the power of the PS4 in Second Son. The particle effects seen from draining smoke pipes and neon sings, or just using skills is astounding. Comprising of two islands, there’s a ton of stuff to do in Seattle from tracking down blast shards to increase powers, or sticking it to the man by spray-painting the city with propaganda. It’s quantity over quantity, which isn’t to say there isn’t fun to be had here, but a few extra story missions would have been nice to flesh out the campaign. As far as music goes, it’s fine and fits the part, but doesn’t come off as memorable either.
Infamous Second Son is great sequel and an excellent showcase for the PS4. Great acting, and amazing gameplay will hook players into this short trip to the rainy city. It’s not without technical hiccups and it may not feel like the true coming of next-gen, but it’s still an excellent game nonetheless.
Score: 4/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on December 2, 2014 via my Examiner account before the website shut down. Check out the supporting video review on the accompanying YouTube Channel, ReActionExaminer.