inFAMOUS Second Son Hands-on: Great Power, Great Responsibility

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inFAMOUS Second Son Hands-on: Great Power, Great Responsibility

Delsin Rowe strolls down a shadowy length of docks with ample confidence. Caches of illegal drugs have been hidden among the houseboats moored there, which is a disagreeable notion to our super-powered, rough-around-the-edges hero.

But with eye-searing neon and seething smoke at his disposal, Delsin has little to fear from the drug peddlers peppering him with gunfire. Bullets ricochet off the flashing neon light around his head as he flinches — they’re more an annoyance than a danger. As he leaps into the air to greet his enemies, powers flaring to life, he can destroy them or subdue them. And that’s up to the player.

Choice has always played a vital role in the inFAMOUS series, and inFAMOUS Second Son is no exception. Amidst all the open-world action that developer Sucker Punch has set in its own Seattle, Delsin can enter combat as a careful hero or a ruthless force. These methods of play not only affect how each battle scene is approached, but how Delsin’s powers manifest themselves.

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Smoke and neon, the two powers Sucker Punch has revealed so far, can cater to either play style. Players unconcerned with the lives of civilians can wreak havoc without fear, weaponizing the environment to destroy enemy APCs, or plunging into the ground to unleash devastating shockwaves that don’t differentiate between enemy DUP agents and innocent bystanders.

But Second Son also empowers heroic players in this digital playground. Players can modify Delsin’s basic neon blast with a slow-motion aim that highlights an enemy’s leg, tangling them in glowing binds. Subdued, they’re no longer a threat to Delsin, but they needn’t lose their lives to his super-human barrage.

When Delsin gets in close to stunned enemies, small prompts on screen allow players to choose between executing and subduing their targets. With one button press, Delsin can vaporize an enemy soldier in a flash of glittering light, or leave him struggling on the ground with a battered ego.

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Like past inFAMOUS games, these choices dramatically alter the way players perceive each scene. Crowded tunnels teeming with civilians may be a challenging test of patience and skill, or a gleeful shooting gallery. Regardless of a player’s preference, Delsin’s powers encourage both styles of play. Even traversal skills like the smoke-fueled dash can be turned into a lethal attack or an exercise in restraint.

But the choices presented to Delsin don’t all erupt in the heat of combat. When he catches up with the hot-headed Conduit known as Fetch, Delsin can take her under his wing and redeem her, or encourage her violent tendencies and corrupt her. These choices not only alter the course of the narrative, but change the mission sets presented to players afterwards.

With so much power at his fingertips, Delsin can save a lot of lives in inFAMOUS Second Son… or he can leave a long trail of bodies. Ultimately, that choice is up to the player when Second Son launches for PS4 on March 21st.

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  • Preordered through Futureshop for 39.99. The only downfall is that the digital download people will get it a day earlier :-(

  • Game looks dazzling.

    Ryan, any info on enemy variety, BOSSES, monsters or any evil masterminds in the game?

  • Firstly, BEYOND! Secondly, I can’t wait for this game. Ugh, this needs to come out ASAP. Great post Ryan, looking forward to digging into this one in just over a month! Can’t wait to get more info in regards to what has happened in the inFamous world post IF2.

  • Will be eagerly waiting in front of my local shop keeping the eye on every UPS truck.

  • I hope you guys add in the mission creation you had in place for Infamous 2.
    That would be the only online initiative I would need.

  • Don’t have a PS4 yet, but I’ll be buying one for this game! Just waiting to see if that rumored PS4/Second Son bundle will be announced… :P

  • I always play good on easy, then bad on hard. Might swap things around for a challenge!
    Also, im totally hoping inFamous: Second Son 2 has more options than good and evil. Doing a mix of good and evil choices should give you “neutral” powers and make people indifferent to you! (I doubt we’ll ever see an inFamous with as much detail as the Lawful Good through Chaotic Evil D&D system)

  • PSN pre-ordered the week it was up! Havent been this excited for a game for a long time!

  • That sucks i don’t own PS4 just yet due to first PS4 i got was not working right. I’m holding off for 3 games i want until may for on PS4 and i would have more money save up for extra things on PS4.
    1. Final Fantasy 15
    2. InFAMOUS Second Son
    3. Watch Dog’s

    I’m waiting for PS4 to be 100% bug free from problems on hardware and software that was miss. :)

  • I have been looking forward to this game for a long time. I loved the first two and managed to play through both as good then evil. Unfortunately it will be a long time since I don’t have the new system. It is at the top of my list however. All in good time I suppose. Waiting sucks!!!!

  • Definitely looking forward to this! Can’t wait!!

  • I have given these people my sweat and blood as the hero…. and they repay me by killing cole off and not even letting zeke get a vita game….. and now…… its time to let anarchy rain hell uppon them all…

  • Huge fan off this game can’t wait played 100% on the other two and just loved the storyline and exploring everything.

  • hey ryan, since we both have the same name do you think they thould make psvita game whose main charector is zeke and he gets into the mob of new marie because of all of the trama he went threw when his best friend (Cole) died and becomes the new crime lord of new marie or he makes his one clan of superheros like kickass to clean of the streets of new marie , and both of these can be apart of the carma choosing in the infamous franchise , so do you think this is a good idea ? if so seal it and make a game out of it!

  • Preordered it yesterday from Best Buy and took advantage of the coupon I had pending. Cant wait after beating the first 2.

  • Hnngh! I can’t wait for this game. I’ve loved all 3 titles in the series so far, and SS is looking stunning. This was the main reason why I bought a PS4 on launch, and it looks to be worth the wait. Sucker Punch has done a killer job with this game.

  • Will be getting the Limited Edition of this along with a new PS4 real soon. Will definitely be evil first as it’s the most fun, then will be a hero on Hard Mode. I did this for both Infamous 1 and 2 and that will NOT change.

  • I’m so excited for this game. I beat Infamous 2 at least 7 times and wait to do so witg Second Son. The Legacy Continues!

  • i loathe over my second son poster at work everyday, trust me…ill be there day 1. it’s beyond how detailed the graphics look…

    i can’t wait until my first encounter with a boss, a mini boss, something big…it dont even matter

  • Can you download this on the midnight of release through PSN? Please answer. Thanks.

  • I pre-ordered Special Edtion!

  • please somebody call sucker punch.we want a demo to play.everyone on press can play the demo,but we the player cant?dont you care about us? i cant wait on 21 march.please give us a short taste of the game :(

  • Will there a ps4 console bundle with this game?

  • Hey Ryan!
    Is the game native 1080p and does it run at 60FPS or 30?
    I don’t have money. Really looking forward to buy the disc. I love collecting them.

  • Any news on that inFAMOUS: Second Son PS4 bundle that was “leaked” last year?
    The game is coming up on us, and it will be the game that gets me to buy a PS4.
    Just waiting on news of that.

  • The game looks amazing. Since it’s Seattle, I hope there is some sort of ode to Frasier in this game. That would be awesome!

  • I cannot believe this…My first PS4 game, and the game I buy a PS4 for, comes out on the 21st March…the day of my birthday! Moreover, my first PS3 game was InFAMOUS, so this must be a sign of fate…can’t wait for this to come out!

  • is this an open world game and how big will the world be in seattle??

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