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The only two games for which I have PlayStation 3 platinum trophies are Sucker Punch's super-powered Infamous and Infamous 2. You might imagine that I was interested to get my hands on the first PlayStation 4 entry in the series, Infamous: Second Son.In the short demo I played, new protagonist Delsin Rowe has just arrived to Seattle. In order to enter the city, he needs to get past Department of Unified Protection (DUP) guards. The world of Infamous: Second Son is one of paranoia, and everyone coming into the city must be tested for conduit powers (activated by players putting their finger on the DualShock 4 touchpad). Unfortunately for Delsin, he not only trips the sensors, but he's identified as a "prime conduit" (which isn't yet explained).Because of this, DUP guards shoot first and ask questions later. This gave us a chance to take combat through its paces. The most important takeaway is that Second Son feels right. The controls have been changed, though. Jump and melee attacks remain on the same buttons (square and X respectively). Firing smoke bolts moves to R2, but Delsin can fire from the hip (aim mode is still in for more precise targeting, though). The smoke blast can also be charged for a more devastating effect, and I was able to take down guard towers with ease.You do not need to be in aim mode in order to blast enemies.This keeps Delsin more mobile, and in combination with his dash, he can easily burst into a fight and retreat back when things get too hot. There are hints of a karma system in the demo, and Delsin can choose to subdue or execute some enemies. Sucker Punch wouldn't divulge more than that, though.At the end of the Gamescom trailer, we saw Delsin seemingly absorb a new ability. We got to take another of his powersets out for a test drive. The neon abilities weren't fully unlocked for us, but we did see how absorbing that element impacts traversal.By holding the dash button (circle) Delsin will move in a straight line at high speeds. He isn't bound by gravity, and can quickly run up walls or away from a fight.After playing around with that for a bit, we switched back to smoke to test out the different traversal types. Both have versions of Cole's static thrusters from Infamous 1 and 2, but the smoke ability also gives Delsin quick exits when near a vent. He can zip through them from ground level to the rooftops in seconds. As we pushed ahead to our final battle, we encountered DUP guards with some super powers of the their own. This felt familiar, as fighting other conduits often posed some of the more interesting moments of open world encounters in the previous two titles.Finally, we destroyed a large DUP vehicle while under assault from dozens of guards. The demo ended with an enormously powerful explosion caused by Delsin rocketing into the air and slamming back down to earth. At the apex of his jump, his character shines through as he gives the camera a too-clever grin.Infamous is slated for a February 2014 release. For more, be sure to read our coverage from the June 2013 issue.
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I can't wait for this game its going to be so insane. Sucker punch has evolved into this all star studio with infamous.
I hope Sony puts up the demo of Infamous: Second Son after the launch of PS4....or at least in any demo station.
Game is really intriguing.
I want to play this so bad! Only a few months until it comes out definitely looking forward to it.
OMG, so close...just wait a little longer...e_O a little longer...aaonbsnbswfbebfeju...........................
This game is already looking as insanely good since I first laid eyes on it. It might very well be the PS4's first definite next-gen experience and no doubt people's GOTY contender, you just know it might. I'll be sorely tempted to get a PS4 for it alone, though I probably won't. Cheers to those PS4 owners who put it in their machines in February.
I love Infamous.
Too bad I'm not getting a new console any time soon (at least until the PS4 slim comes out) cos this is looking really awesome. Infamous 1 and 2 were some of my favorite PS3 games, and this is looking much better than both of them combined.
It's really gonna suck to have to wait to be a giant evil bugger (I suck at non-swearing), kill helpless civilians for their energies, commit every renegade choice in the story and hopefully destroy the entire city at the end.
Playing Cole as a bad guy was so much fun, hopefully this will be, too.
TBH, if it wasn't for Second Son, I wouldn't pre-order PS4 and would just wait till June/May. Can't wait!
To Bad I am not getting a PS4 for the foreseeable future. Oh well.
I recently got back into Infamous. When the 30% bonus trade-in Sunday came around last week, I went back and Platinum'd Infamous 2 before I turned it in since all I had left was to finish the good story...helped me remember why I bought the game in the first place and renewed my interest in the series.
this is why i want a PS4!!