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4.0 out of 5 stars A great continuation of the inFAMOUS franchise, 25 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: inFAMOUS: Second Son (PS4) (Video Game)
One thing I always loved about the first two games is that they gave the ability to control a character with super powers but let me decide whether he uses them for good or bad, this game continues in that direction.

With a new character Delsin Rowe which I think is much more fun to listen to than Cole Macgrath as in the first two games, you get access to four different types of super powers:

Smoke, Neon, Video and Concrete. Each one is similar but forces you to approach a large battle differently especially due to the upgrade paths. For example smoke and neon both have abilities to subdue enemies quickly with a headshot or hitting the legs, whereas video and concrete allows you to run in and continuously blast them with machine gun type fire power.

Its not just a case of fire rate variations either, each power as a different method to enhance your navigation of the world, with smoke you can smoke dash through vents and walls, with neon you can run round the city like The Flash, with video you can fly (short bursts) like an angel and finally concrete allows you to surround yourself with rock and sprint forwards knocking stuff out of your way.

One interesting gameplay element is the hero or menace theme, in games like Batman Arkham City or Spiderman 2 no matter what you do you are the hero, but in InFAMOUS Second Son if you want to be a hero you have to act like one, which doesn't just mean choosing the heroic options during the story, it also means you have to restrain yourself from unleashing your full power on your enemies or you may kill them or even worse kill citizens around them, it makes for a great gameplay and role playing.

The open world itself is quite sizable and visually pleasing, in fact the graphics of this game are excellent, especially the way the light bounces off buildings. However when it comes to interactivity with the city nothing has really changed, there are side quests and collectibles as one would expect but nothing new has been done in this respect.

The game offers quite a bit of replayability given that you can play the 8ish hour long story twice one with a good approach and the other evil. as well as the the core missions with side missions I would say you can easily get 20+ hours out of this game.

As for the story itself it is quite basic, but I do like is that while this is a continuation of the InFAMOUS franchise the story and characters are fresh enough so that you don't necessarily need to play the other two first, but I do recommend it because it is nice to understand the various easter eggs when they come along.

There are slight problems with the game there is the already mentioned lacking of open world interactivity, some small camera issues like if you rotate the camera and a car or fence is behind you the camera will not move forward or make the object transparent thus the object behind you is blocking your view, there is one issue with traversing the map which is things like balconies stop you from just flying up the side of a building with your powers so you have to go around the balconies or ledges that protrude from the building.

Overall I would rate this a 7/10, if you have a PS4 and love superhero themed games I would definitely recommend this one.
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