Infamous Second Son Review

Once you start playing, you won’t be able to put it down.

Infamous Second Son is triple-A title that Sony Entertainment Studios has released exclusively for the PlayStation 4. Second Son was developed by Sucker Punch Studios and is the third game in the Infamous Franchise. Infamous as a whole is a story about Conduits or basically “people with special powers”. The story began with Cole MacGrath the protagonist in Infamous 1 and Infamous 2. If you are unaware of his story, he is basically the root from which the Conduits came to be. Spoilers aside, the first two Infamous games go into more detail of Cole’s journey as well as how his story has effected the world.


Infamous Second Son tells the story of Delsin Rowe, a young man in his late twenties Delsin is thrusted into the world of Conduits by accident. This encounter will be the pinnacle of the story and will also be the driving force for most of what Delsin does for the entirety of  the game. The story in Infamous Second Son is much more dialed back then the previous Infamous titles, the games story is very simple and to the point. I feel Sucker Punch wanted players to jump in and not worry about if they had played the other titles to understand the plot in Second Son. The developers really wanted to embrace the new hardware of the PS4 and let the player explore the vast Seattle landscape and enjoy the powers you are given throughout the game.


Gameplay is king when it comes to Second Son. During my two play throughs, once on evil karma and once on good karma. I kept coming back to one conclusion….. Damn this game is fun to play! Anytime I was a little put off by the story or maybe even one of the characters started to bother me, Delsin would gain a new power and almost instantly make the game play experience just that much better. The best example I could use, would be when you play as Mario and you obtain “Star Power” or “Fire Power” you as the player instantly feel more powerful and daring to explore new parts of the game. This is exactly what made Second Son so much fun to play, each time Delsin received a new power you felt compelled to explore Seattle in more depth.

Second Son seems to explore the new architecture of the PS4 extremely well. The graphics are stunning and show real promise for what is to come in future Sony titles. My favorite aspect of the PS4 is the new Dual-Shock 4 controller, I just love the way it feels. The new triggers and the touch-pad are so fun to use and truly feels like the next generation is here. So while playing Infamous Second Son I was curious of how they would integrate the touch-pad into the game play experience ? To my surprise, not once did the touch-pad feel forced or gimmicky. Every time Delsin would drain a new power I felt a true connection with the drain, making the experience truly immersive.


Second Son has been by far my favorite experience on the PS4, granted there hasn’t been much to play on the new platform. Of the games that are available I truly believe anyone that owns the PS4 should give Second Son a chance. This game is downright fun and with the addition of the Karma system, this game begs to be played more than once. So whether you decide to play as Evil Delsin or Good Delsin I can guarantee that you will have a blast doing it!



The 5 Reasons you should be excited for Infamous Second Son

With next-gen consoles on the horizon we have all become a little eager to play some new games. Some of the games we are all looking forward to are Killzone: Shadowfall, Dead Rising 3, Drive Club and the highly anticipated Titanfall. But I’m here to tell you about one game in particular that should be on your radar. The game I’m referring to is Infamous Second Son and here are 5 reasons why this third installment in the Infamous franchise should blow your mind!

1. Those Next-Gen Graphics look amazing!

From E3 to Gamescom there has been one constant with Infamous Second Son and that is that the game truly looks like a Next-Gen experience. Sucker Punch studios has come out swinging with their first PS4 title and have integrated a Mo-Cap studio into their game development to really capture the realism of Infamous Second Son. 

2. Voice Actor Troy Baker

Having an enjoyable gameplay experience in games is super important. But if you are trying to convey a compelling story, having the right voice actor is essential. Delsin Rowe, the protagonist in Infamous Second Son, will be voiced by experienced voice actor Troy Baker. Some notable games that Troy has worked on in just this past year are BioShock Infinite, Batman Arkham Origins and potential game of the year candidate The Last Of Us. Troy Baker is arguably the best in the industry at the moment, and it makes it that much more exciting to see his performance in Infamous Second Son. 

3. The use of the Dual-Shock 4

Change scares us all and especially when it involves our video games. But sometimes change is what we need to make us experience new things. Sucker Punch’s studio director Nate Fox said early this week on Podcast Beyond! that the Dual-Shock 4 has made some vast improvements from the triggers to the introduction to the touch pad. He also made many comparisons that the touch pad on the new Dual-Shock 4 will feel very similar to the common smart phones we use today.

4. A Seattle setting

The original Infamous took place in Empire City and Infamous 2 took place in New Marais- both were pho-cities depicting New York and New Orleans. In the third installment, Second Son will take place in Seattle which is fitting because Sucker Punch’s headquarters is also in Seattle, Washington. Seattle is full of great landscapes from the Space Needle to the Jimmy Hendrix Museum. So one of the most tantalizing aspects of Infamous Second Son is how Delsin will make his way through the rainy city. Will Delsin take the parkour route like Cole or will he rely heavily on his smoke powers to get around Seattle’s rugged terrain?

5. Delsin speaks to a younger generation

Delsin isn’t your classic or even conventional video game character. From what we know about Delsin Rowe he is anything but conventional. He embraces his new powers, and from the trailers we have seen, it looks as if he is having a kick-ass time being a superhero. From the red beanie to the jean jacket, Deslin definitely has a punk-rock look that may connect to a younger generation of fans in a good way. Every Infamous game plays with the idea of having a karmic destiny and gives the player the option to either play as a villain or a hero. There have been rumors and speculation if the tattoos on Delsin arms will have something to do with your karma, similar to the tattoos in Farcry 3. Whatever the case may be, Sucker Punch is great at making us care about characters, so there is no doubt Delsin will evoke the same fan base as Cole did.

Infamous Second Son has not been given a release date yet, but the studio and Sony have gone on record as saying Second Son will be ready in February of 2014. The PS4 will be launching in the U.S on November 15th of this year, so we will have to wait to get our hands on Infamous Second Son, but from the looks of things it will be worth the wait.