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Submitted by LittleBlondeTom 92d ago | opinion piece

inFamous Second Son Left Me Disappointed

Ryan Oehrli from High Score Reviews writes:

'A little over a week ago, some of the writers here at HSR got together and tried something new. Meeting up via a Google Hangout, we discussed our picks for the best games of 2014 so far. Mine was Infamous Second Son, the newest in Sucker Punch Studios’ Infamous series.

I’ve had quite the experience with Second Son. This game was THE reason I bought a PS4. For weeks it was the only thing I’d play on my shiny new system, and because of that I’ve beaten it four times now. I’ve played my fair share, and admittedly enjoyed much of the experience.

But it didn’t deserve my vote for GOTY, and that’s because at the end of the day Second Son was a big let-down. For weeks I flip-flopped between opinions on this subject, but after replaying the Infamous series in its entirety I’ve made up my mind. I’ve finally found the right words to explain why Infamous Second Son left me disappointed.' (inFamous: Second Son, PS4)

allformats  +   92d ago
Ah, whatever. Keep that opinion to yourself. It left me elated and excited for another entry.
Future_2015  +   92d ago
game wasn't as good as infamous 1
MrSwankSinatra  +   92d ago
inFAMOUS - Better Setting
inFAMOUS 2 - Better Story
inFAMOUS Second Son - Better Powers

In my personal opinion of course. If I had to choose one overall it would be inFAMOUS 2.
-Foxtrot  +   92d ago
@MrSwankSinatra

"Better Powers"

Most of the powers in Second Son felt the same at the end of the day. There was only one or two moves from each power which were unique to that power.

I didn't appreciate aswell how the story revolved around gathering powers from core relays, the same moves aswell he should of remembered from the last power. Wouldn't of minded if they were brand new moves.

It was like 70% of the story...finding core relays because Delsin wanted "more powers"...he came off like a junkie.
Boody-Bandit  +   92d ago
@future

I liked Infamous 2 best overall but so far Second Son is my favorite title this generation. I played and completed 5 times and twice 100% good and bad Karma.

The game is simply stunning and the effects of the weapons when they are maxed out blew me away. Next time I want a big map, more missions and better side quest. But for a title so early on in this new generation I thought it was exceptional.

I'm hoping the next one will be even better and can't wait for it to be announced.
garos82  +   92d ago
it wasn't as good as iNFAMOUS 2, and the only reason for that to me is the length and slightly week story.

I loved every second of I:SS albeit the short time it took to finish good/evil stuff
youndamie  +   92d ago
@MrSinatra I think inFamous 1 had a way better story. inFamous 2 story was not nearly as strong.
nix  +   92d ago
@foxtrot:

it's always going to be 70% story on any sandbox/open game. haven't you heard of GTA series?
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-Foxtrot  +   92d ago
Why should he keep it to himself, it's an opinion and a very good opinion if I may add

inFAMOUS Second Son was a disappointment, it was a step back for the franchise and the only thing it did better then the last two was the better graphics/visuals.

Look I know the PS4 is doing very well, I'm glad but it doesn't mean none of the games are "untouchable".
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syne49  +   92d ago
Yeah I was pretty disappointed in Second Son. It wasn't that it was a bad game by any stretch. It was just missing something though. It felt like it had no magic to it. The powers were all so cool in concept but for some reason weren't near as fun to use as in inFAMOUS 2. The story was just... I dunno. It lacked the tension and the sense of impending doom that 2 pulled off so well. I dunno just my opinion on it. It was a good game, but it should have been much more.
-Foxtrot  +   92d ago
In my opinion the only way they got make this story interesting is if they...

<SPOILERS>

Make it so Delsin is actually the real Beast, the one Kessler warned Cole about. Then they can say "Second Son was an origin story of the Beast"...I mean how cool would that be.

Everything in Second Son, through the evil storyline, hints that his power could end up making him into the Beast, especially if like he said he's going to Curdun Cay and SHAKE each conduits hand. Obviously he would of gotten stronger in Kesslers timeline a different way but the time gap makes sense. Kessler was married and had kids when the Beast attacked, he apparently ran instead of fighting him when he was weak which is why he became stronger.

If they did that then I could probably see Second Son in a new light.

For the type of character Delsin is and knowing his backstory...being a slacker with no sense of respect or direction in life makes sense he would be corrupted by power, especially when Reggie, the one person in his life able to make him see sense, died.

I never thought of John White as the Beast, just someone who because of the changed timeline ended up getting "Beast like" powers which Cole mistook for being the Beast.

All John wanted to do was save conduits lifes and knew with the plague humans were doomed, so he was trying to save the people who could be saved.

The Beast Kessler mentioned was a maniac who killed everyone who stood in his way
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drpepperdude  +   92d ago
I don't think they should combine the story line of the first infamous game and second son in my opinion. What I think would possibly make a good story line in a sequel is if they follow the evil storyline of second son and continue that into the sequel. Delsin is the bad guy and we play as his brother Reggie who we thought was dead but ended up gaining powers. Then he has to come fix all the wrong doings Delsin has done. I didn't really like Delsin so he fits in more as a bad guy. But if he is not a bad guy in the next big infamous game than I would rather they make completely new characters instead of continuing Delsins storyline.
InTheLab  +   92d ago
The author loved the game enough to run through it 4 times. I wrapped up the evil side and haven't touched it since.

Disappointing doesn't mean it's bad, only it does not live up to expectations, and in this case, does not match or exceed inFamous 2.

While I enjoyed Second Son, I wish they would have added a bit more content and made the shard hunt more challenging. Also, no user created content was a huge step back.
XiNarutoUzumaki  +   92d ago
I loved the Evil path and the ending.
I Loved the power
I like Delsin more than Cole.

I think Sucker Punch did a really good job within the time they were given with this entry in the series. the next one will be even better.
OtakuDJK1NG  +   92d ago
** opinion piece **
gapecanpie  +   92d ago
From what I seen on twitch Infamous ss is one big meh... its basically infamous 1 and 2 but with better graphics. The new chacerter just seemd so bland to me and his powers doesn't make any sense and they are lame.
SlapHappyJesus  +   92d ago
"Ah, whatever. Keep that opinion to yourself. It left me elated and excited for another entry."

It's an opinion piece . . .
You could have done both sides a favor and kept YOUR opinion to yourself. You didn't have to read it.
thorstein  +   92d ago
What's really sad is that this guy writes flamebait, and he thinks it's an original concept.
The_HarryEtTubMan  +   92d ago
I thought the first Infamous was ok, didn't try the second. This bored me to tears and I also just didn't care for the characters. It felt like a really empty, shallow tech demo for PS4. My bro made it a few hours further but he too said he got bored and didn't care to see the ending.
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e-p-ayeaH  +   92d ago
Leaves room for improvement but its a good fun game.
psforward  +   92d ago
Agree completely, I would give it an 8 out of 10. Previous entries were overall better, but this one was still a lot of fun in my opinion. Love the idea people have of making Delsin the new Beast and having Cole come back.
e-p-ayeaH  +   92d ago
Or in the next game we could see Cole turning into Kessler maybe?
ErazorDJ  +   92d ago
Infamous Second Son is a mediocre game with good graphics and good gameplay ....worst infamous series
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DJustinUNCHAIND  +   92d ago
Gorgeous game with super-repetitive side missions. The neon power should have been given last, since it's the most useful of the 4.
GW212  +   92d ago
Completely agree with you. I was using neon pretty much exclusively until the final mission.
lonelyplayer  +   92d ago
Agree. I use the neon power all the time just because it's faster to move around the city using it.
I also think the spray controls could have been using in different and fun ways.
zsquaresoff  +   92d ago
The only thing lacking in Infamous second son is the game duration. Story should've been longer. Awesome game tho.
lelo  +   92d ago
It was a good game (bit repetitive). I would give it a 7,5 or 8.

All those 9's and 10's reviews are exaggerated in their score.
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sckipt  +   92d ago
If it gets a 7.5 or 8 then I think Titanfall deserves like a 7
SpinalRemains138  +   92d ago
One power would have made the game vastly better.
mcarsehat  +   92d ago
Because it was style over substance like Ryse was, no thought was put into the story.
PockyKing  +   92d ago
Sorry but having played both, Ryse's story was much more interesting that Second Son. There were plot twists and felt like there was actual meat to the story. Second Son was just so repetitive, and just had a straight A-B story. There was no twist. You set out to do one thing and that's what the story did.

All my opinion of course, but there was much more though put into Ryse's story than Second Son.
Speak_da_Truth  +   92d ago
After reading this comment i'm speechless but hey everyone has an opinion
mcarsehat  +   92d ago
No i agree, Ryse was 10x better. It had suspense and shock whereas second son's was just telling us how it was going to end, i don't like too much forced exposition. Both games were tech demos but Ryse had a better story if compared to second son.

Plus i doubt any of the people that have disagreed even own an xbox one and ps4 together so i wouldn't take it as gospel.
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PockyKing  +   92d ago
Speak_da_Truth,

Speechless about what? That I said something good about an Xbox One game? Shoot me.

If you can explain to me how Second Son has a better story I'd be much more inclined to listen to you.
Pro_TactX  +   92d ago
Expectation is the leading cause of disappointment. I didn't expect it to be anything more than what it was, and I probably enjoyed it more because of that. If you don't want to be disappointed, try curbing your expectations. At the very least, make sure your expectations are realistic.
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Clown_Syndr0me  +   92d ago
Second Son is the only Infamous I've played.
While I did enjoy the game (and it was very pretty to look at) I still dont understand the hype. It was very, very average. Repetitive gameplay, a dull lifeless city, poor side missions and short story.

There were positives ofcourse - the visuals, the voice acting, the simple but effective use of the DS4 features etc.

I'd probably play the next one in the series, but I think some of the hype was purely because there wasnt much else to be hyped about around that time.
iistuii  +   92d ago
Yeah I agree, it was my first InFamous & I forced myself to finish it. I found it dull. I wouldn't play another one in the series after that.
psforward  +   92d ago
Play the first two if you get the chance, they are better in most respects except graphics.
Shadonic  +   92d ago
It was the first one I owned, I watched some walkthroughs of the second and first one and played a bit of them, Second Son is the worst especially in story which felt like it could of been a fan fic submission.
Sayburr  +   92d ago
It was my first Infamous game also... played in on my son-in-laws PS4 in a weekend. I thought it was an OK game, like you said "very, very average". I still am not sure why it received so much hype either.

One playthrough was enough for me, I only finished it to see how the story ended.
strickers  +   92d ago
I really liked it. Powers were great and actually influenced play style. It lack some of the more impressive story moments of 1 and 2, but had better acting and more character depth. It had less of the tooth grinding irritating bits from the others but suffered slightly from being a touch short. That's what happens with early gen games that have that much polish.
jcnba28  +   92d ago
I liked it.
lemoncake  +   92d ago
Great graphics but the gameplay brings it down, I would probably stick it just above watchdogs as the powers eye candy was more impressive than the visual effects of hacking and the character was less boring.
76erz24  +   92d ago
The Infamous games have always been good but never great. Each game had its own set of flaws that held it back. I would say that this is because Sucker Punch just isn't a top tier developer. Not to knock them for all the hard work but none of their games have been imo a must buy. All have been good but highly flawed games that while fun, shouldn't be on anyones game of the year lists.
typittt69  +   92d ago
How dare is he criticizing a PS4 exclusive. It runs at 1080p hence making it the best game he's ever played. Shame on him.
Spotie  +   92d ago
Are you that bothered by the XB1's inferior performance that you have to make such silly and sad comments?

I wonder what it is about Xbox fanboys and trolling that just seems to go so well together?
Corpser  +   92d ago
Look at who's the first to talk about Xbox in an infamous article
typittt69  +   92d ago
Since i own both consoles, no i am not bothered at all by the xb1's weaker hardware and i actually enjoy it quite much as well as my ps4. Infamous second son was good, not great. Infamous 2 was way better in my opinion. It's just ridiculous everytime there is an article talking negatively about a ps4 game all the fanboys come to the game's defense and talk shit about the author voicing his or her opinion. And everytime there is an article talking about xb1 games, the playstation fanboys come in again to attack it with their comments about weaker hardware and resolutions and framerates when sometimes all you need is great gameplay. Reading all this crap is actually great entertainment and I thank you for that.
shammgod  +   92d ago
i loved it...looking forward to the DLC
RichardDawkins  +   92d ago
The first infamous was my favorite.
Darkfist  +   92d ago
the only thing that disappoint me is the short story, cant wait for First Light though
goldwyncq  +   92d ago
My main gripe with the game is that it was over way too fast. An open world game campaign taking only 9 hours just doesn't feel right. The gameplay itself is polished but the story is obviously rushed, with each of the main conduits only having 2-3 missions related to them, hardly having any opportunity to show substantial character development.
cbrcsg2001  +   92d ago
I thought the game was good.. just too easy & kinda short.But I enjoyed it.. Cant wait for the DLC next month..
ravensly  +   92d ago
its one of the exclusives i seriously wanted to play on pc.
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elda  +   92d ago
I enjoyed Infamous:SS as I did the others,all I need is 2 more trophies to have my first platinum but I don't feel like playing another time on expert...lol!
funkybudda  +   92d ago
the game was entertaining, I would give it a 7/10 or 8/10. But to be "disappointed" is quite an overstatement.
Sayburr  +   92d ago
Yeah, 7 would be about where I put it... well, maybe 7.5 because it was beautiful. But, my "disappointment" comes from expecting more. Guess I just got caught up in the hype machine.

I got caught up in it with TitanFall also, another 7 game that just didn't live up to the hype for me.

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