Infamous: Second Son
Four years ago, Infamous Second Son was released during the PlayStation 4’s first year. I had never seen anything like it at the time and thought the game was fun and amazing. I enjoyed the destructibility of the environment and the fluidity with which Delsin moves about with the smoke dash and later on, his neon dash. I was all set for Infamous to be my first PS4 platinum when tragedy struck.
One night of marathon gaming while playing Second Son I had unlocked several trophies and when time came for me to call it quits from exhaustion, I went to sync my trophies only to be met with an error and was forced to start over from scratch re-unlocking everything that I had already done. At first I was horrified thinking that all the trophies were glitched and that my efforts were in vain, but once I started re-unlocking everything that I had done it put my mind at ease. I had finished 2 playthroughs in a row: one as good Delsin on normal difficulty and one as evil Delsin on Expert difficulty. The good playthrough was the one where I “lost” some of my trophies and had to start over from scratch. This was also the point where I just totally ragequit the game altogether.
Fast forward to 2018. Since I am riding on the natural high from collecting all 900 Korok Seeds in Breath of the Wild and solving all 120 Shrines, I figured I might as well go back and finish one of the things in my backlog that’s bothered me since it happened. I’m currently at good karma level 3 and working my way toward the first trophy I need – reaching level 5 good karma – fairly quickly. The only other trophy I need is where I redeem Fetch once I find her.
As far as gameplay goes, this game isn’t as glamorous as I remember it. Delsin still moves about rather fluidly, but I had forgotten that he’s not indestructible when it comes to combat. I also had forgotten just how janky his movements are when it comes to climbing up walls. This rendition of Seattle is just as cool as I remember it, and I still wonder why the city is rarely used as a setting (the only other thing I can think of right off the bat that used Seattle as a setting is the Shadowrun tabletop RPG). I was stoked this time around because I found the infamous wall of chewed gum!
I like how the weather and time of day changed based on the chapter you’re on in the main story. The first chapter with rain was rather relaxing and the second one where the sunset is perpetual is pretty.
After a few hours, and a little bit of a scare (I thought I had progressed far enough to unlock the trophy but I hadn’t), I managed to unlock one of the two trophies I needed for the Platinum.
I love Fetch’s power! But trying to subdue enemies with it is still as irritating as I remember it being. I also love the infinite running at the speed of light ability. It’s so fluid and quick. It definitely has me ruined as far as traversal powers/abilities in other games are concerned. I mean, it’s not often that you get the ability to straight up run up a wall, am I right?
After reaching something like the game’s midway point in the story and a little more grinding, my for year long quest was finally at it’s end:
Platinum trophy #8 is finally mine. Until next time Seattle, stay cool.
- % of trophies at the time of writing according to PSN: 100% including the Platinum