I am now convinced that there will not be a compelling reason to buy an eighth generation console for at least another year. I knew they would need to build up a head of steam just to matter, but I didn’t realize it would take this long. Since I adamantly refuse to buy a Playstation 4, no, I have not actually played Infamous Second Son. If you think this admission vacates the integrity of either myself or this article, go ahead and click away now.
If you’re still with me, I’d like to explain something: The “Should You Buy” series is intended to give some games a more tentative recommendation than “You Should Be Playing.” Usually, I save it for games that I believe will be best for a limited or niche audience. In this case, the niche audience is “PS4 owners.”
So when I pose the thesis implied in the title, which is “Should anyone buy the new InFamous,” what I mean is “Does buying this game in anyway justify a Playstation 4 which has already been purchased?” Is this the game which will finally give you the full experience of a fun game on a piece of superior hardware?
If the question were “Should you buy a Playstation 4 just to play Second Son?” the answer would be a swift, decisive no in about fourteen languages. Buying a console to play one game is unwise, to be generous. Wait another year, or even a few months, and the console should have an additional set of next-gen games, with some exclusives like the Uncharted sequel.
As for the game itself, I can only make a few cursory judgments, and judging it really wasn’t what I wanted to do. But here goes: The game looks quite fun. Honestly, when I eventually get around to the next-gen games, it’s top of my list. If you already own a PS4, I say get the game if you haven’t already.
I do have a question, though: They’ve quite obviously scanned their three main actors in as the faces of their characters. I can tell the cutscenes have been mocapped, and the three actors also provide the voices. So, Sucker Punch, why didn’t you just make a movie? I would have been quite happy to see Laura Bailey, a personal favorite of mine, on screen in all her glory.
If there is one thing you can say about all new-gen games, it’s that they certainly look very good. The graphical improvement from the last generation is certainly not infinitesimal, but I do wonder how long that will hold appeal as younger gamers grow perpetually more used to snazzy graphics.
As with all things of the new generation, I’m content to wait it out and watch.