The lights are on
The Infamous series has always focused on messing around
with cool super powers in a giant open-world city. Infamous: Second Son isn't
looking to change that, but so far Sucker Punch has been reticent to discuss
what kind of extraordinary abilities players will have at their disposal.
Luckily, Game Informer's resident screenshot analyst is here to surmise the super powers we will totally maybe see in Infamous: Second Son.
I might not be able to bench press a truck or shoot
lightning bolts out of my hands, but I do have one super ability: the power of
deductive reasoning. I've used this amazing skill to glean invaluable
information about myriad video games in the past, all from the scantest of
clues. I've analyzed Pokémon,
Infinite's enemies, and the fashion
sense of Devil May Cry's characters. I've even used my super abilities to
dig up some little-known
facts about Kratos, assess the potential of Luigi's
solo career, and come as close as anyone to figuring out what
the hell is going on in Tokyo Jungle.
Now I'm focusing my super-powered gaze at some Infamous:
Second Son screens. What kind of abilities will protagonist Delsin Rowe acquire?
Let's take a look.
Super Power #1: Lava HandDelsin's first super power is...having one of his hands catch
on fire? I'm not sure that even counts as a super power; you could easily get
the same effect by sticking your hand in a pool of molten steel. As I recall, that was
pretty much the entire plot of Johnny Tremain
– Sucker Punch should make a video game about him next. On a side note:
Having enough "flair" on your vest to land a job at T.G.I.F.s is not a super power, and shouldn't be attempted
Super Power #2: Arms On FireNow both of his arms are on fire. It appears he's using it
as some kind of rocket jump. Not only does it look impractical, it also must be
super painful. I'm starting to question how good of a super hero Delsin is. Do
all of his powers end with third-degree burns?
Super Power #3: Groin StretchesI'm not sure if this is Delsin in a fancy combat suit or
some other super-powered character, but you can't discount the importance of
stretching before strenuous physical activity. Groin Stretches might not sound like
a cool ability, but imagine how lame you'll look grabbing your crotch and rolling
on the ground after a failed attempt to jump over a skyscraper.
Super Power #4: Invasion of PrivacyLook, just because you're a super hero doesn't mean you can
go around filming strangers with your smartphone. Remember the classic super
hero adage: "With great power comes great responsibility?" I'm pretty sure one
of those responsibilities is not being a creepy jerk.
Coming Up Next: Hopefully some better super powers than the
stinkers we've seen so far...
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