2014 Most Anticipated

#2 InFamous: Second Son

Phillip Costigan

Contributor

on December 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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If there’s any game that deserves to be in our top three most anticipated titles, it’s absolutely InFamous: Second Son. As the third entry in Sucker Punch’s superhero/super-villain third-person action series, there’s a hell of a lot of hype behind it. Mainly because it looks bloody incredible, but it’s also because it’s potentially the next big PS4 exclusive. There’s a lot riding on it, and Sucker Punch as a lot to live up to.

Thankfully then, from what we’ve seen so far, they’re certainly on their way to doing just that. The story of new main character Delsin Rowe takes place some time after the events of InFamous 2, and while the game does consider one of InFamous 2’s endings canon, I won’t spoil it for you just in case you fancy going back and playing some of the best action games on the PlayStation 3.

The game is set in Seattle, Washington and sees Delsin, a conduit, absorb the powers of other conduits. Some of these powers include the ability to manipulate smoke and neon, as well as the I’m sure staple powers like fire and ice. What’s perhaps most interesting about the story is the relationship between Delsin and his brother, who works for the authorities. They seem to have some odd deal going where Delsin is allowed to absorb the powers of other conduits even when his brother is there.

Troy Baker voices Delsin, which is always a good sign. Baker has been a staple voice actor in the videogame industry in recent years, voicing characters like Final Fantasy XIII’s Snow, Bioshock Infinite’s Booker DeWitt and Persona 4’s Kanji Tatsumi. He’s a quality voice actor, and I can’t wait to hear more from Delsin Rowe.

I’m a huge fan of the InFamous series; I feel like it’s one of the few times where a game has delivered on the concept of you being a superhero or an anti-hero. The series always gave you real choice in how to approach situations, and had a really interesting karma based system that rewarded you with powers as you played either for good or for evil. I’m interested to see how much of the karma system Sucker Punch implement.

Whatever new things or old we see in inFamous: Second Son, it’s going to be awesome. I trust Sucker Punch to make a great game, and it’s certainly one of my most anticipated games of next year.