The PlayStation 4 gains another big exclusive title this week, as SONY publishes inFAMOUS: Second Son, the third in its openworld super-powered series. Once again developed by series creator Sucker Punch, the game casts players as Delsin Rowe, a young spray-tagging rebel whose life is changed forever when he discovers he's a Conduit - someone with potentially lethal elemental powers. With ruthless government forces treating such "bio-terrorists" as a threat to be exterminated, it's up to Delsin to roam Seattle, increasing his powers until he can take down the corrupt system.
Leading the charge is Destructoid, which comes close to giving the sequel top marks with a 9.5/10 score. "Second Son is by far the best inFAMOUS yet," it says. "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."
It's "the first must-play PS4 title" according to EGM, which gives the game 9/10. "The game excels in its mission variety," explains the review. "Sure, you've got the chase and fetch missions you'd expect from any open-world game, but it seems like Second Son always strives to give you something new to tackle - enemies, situations, and even ways to look at the city around you."
There are high marks from Polygon as well, which gives an 8.5 verdict with extra praise for the game's "Karma Bomb" special attacks, earned by commiting good deeds - or acting like a rampaging villain. "A single ultimate move can handily wipe out a whole battalion of enemies, likely taking out nearby structures as well," says Polygon. "It feels incredible to launch into the air and smash down on enemies like a comet, leaving the area cleared out."
Finally, NowGamer is also smitten, especially by the game's "lovely, lovely graphics" which help propel it to an 8/10 score. "It's certainly a reason to own a PS4", it says, "if not for the graphics, then for the sheer entertainment it can provide."
inFAMOUS: Second Son is out now exclusively for PlayStation 4.