inFamous: Second Son

  • inFamous: Second Son
81
Based on 18 scores, 19 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    9
  • Good:
    4
  • Average:
    4
  • Bad:
    1

Pros:

  • Exclusive for PS4.
  • Dynamic, fast-paced combat.
  • Amazing graphics.

Cons:

  • Exclusive for PS4.
  • Black-and-white morality is overly simplistic.

Expert reviews and ratings

By HardcoreGamer on 80

It isn’t just the amazing visuals that make inFamous: Second Son feel so good, but also the varied gameplay and rich open-world of Seattle. The story and morality system may not be up to par with the previous inFamous games, but Second Son excels at everything else it tries to do.

By GameSpot on 80

Still, don't become mired in the negativity as Delsin so often does. Instead, just laugh at the cheesy dialogue and chortle at how extreme the morality system is. Second Son is a great game that knows exactly what it is, and sucks you in with its unfiltered fun.

By Joystiq on 90

Second Son is polished and refined enough to make previous series entries feel dated in comparison. It represents a great leap forward both in terms of gameplay and in graphical fidelity, and establishes a high standard for what players can expect from the PlayStation 4.

By Metro UK on 60

The graphics are a great advert for the power of the PlayStation 4, but in terms of gameplay and story this hasn’t moved on at all from the previous generation.

By Kotaku on

That feeling is testament to how much the game pulls you in. Second Son feels like a game made by a studio reaching the peak of its own powers, on a new console that it's helping come into its own.

By Polygon on 85

But Second Son still kept me excited to discover each new power set and happy to shoot fireballs at fascist thugs long into the night. Maybe it's not so bad to just let go of responsibility and blow stuff up once in a while.

By GameTrailers on 88

The varied and eccentric powers give you a lot to experiment with, and you truly feel like a super-hero with the city at your fingertips.

By GameInformer on 85

I never really grasped what was coming next from this tale, outside of knowing that the open world activities and encounters would be repeated ad nauseam.

By GiantBomb on 80

If you're looking for a sprawling open-world with a billion little things to do, this isn't going to float your boat, but Second Son's tight, focused approach definitely still holds plenty of appeal.

By NowGamer on 80

InFamous as a series finally hits its stride with InFamous: Second Son by focusing on gameplay mechanics rather than over-the-top storyline nonsense.

By GamesRadar on 70

The gameplay itself isn't all that revolutionary, but the stellar presentation and enjoyable characters assure you'll enjoy your trip to Seattle--even if you'll wish there was more to do there.

By Edge on 70

By the time you’ve gained the full suite of powers, though, it’s easy to forget its shaky first steps and impossible not to share Rowe’s vocal enthusiasm each time he does something spectacular. And Sucker Punch provides plenty of opportunities to do so.

By EuroGamer on 70

As pretty and playable as it is, in no sense is inFamous: Second Son a post-Grand Theft Auto 5 open-world game. It's just a tidier, shorter and shinier one. It's easy to enjoy and has a winning personality, but it's reluctant to deviate from a stale streetmap of game city. It's no rebel, then. In fact, it's a conformist.

By Destructoid on 95

Second Son is by far the best inFamous yet. If you're a fan of the series, then checking this one out is a no-brainer, and if you're not, consider jumping in with Delsin. You don't need any prior knowledge of the franchise to do so, and if you have any appreciation of open-world superhero games, you'll enjoy it.

By God is a Geek on 70

Infamous proves that if you look good, sometimes you can get away with things other’s cannot. It’s not the best game in the world, and it’ll frustrate you at times, but the visual splendour is such that you need to see it for yourself to believe it.

By IGN on 87

Seattle is a big, beautiful playground for you to stomp around in with a set of devilishly fun and powerful toys at your disposal. It plays great, and it looks even better, but its advancements also beg it to be held to a higher standard, one that its overall story and morality systems struggle to reach.

By The Sixth Axis on 90

While the narrative might not have the same impact as previous games, it’s somewhat more of a down-to-earth tale of an ordinary man with extraordinary powers, and that’s an exciting new direction for the series to take.

By Wired on 90

Infamous is a highly accomplished game that combines a tremendously fun premise with well-acted characters, next-gen graphical flourishes left and right and an open world of activities that makes Sucker Punch's Seattle shimmer with believability.

By BGR on 90

Despite some stumbles in the story department, Infamous provides some of the most enjoyable, fast-paced combat in the history of the series and sets up a bright future for Sucker Punch on the PlayStation 4. Infamous: Second Son is a thrilling adventure that shouldn’t be missed.