Parents' Guide to

Infamous: Second Son

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teens opt to be saviors or slayers in dark superhero game.

Game PlayStation 4 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 9+


This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 14+

Great game! Language is a let down though..

I loved playing this game when I first got it. I finished the hero campaign in one day and I'm currently going back through it on a villan campaign. The game is great when it comes to moral lessons, i.e. if you do good, good things will happen and visa versa. The strong language in the beginning of the campaign is honestly a huge turn off though. This game could get a better age grade if only there wasn't such harsh language in the beginning. It's only words like b----, s---, p-- and h--- but they are used so frequently in the beginning that its somewhat unenjoyable in the beginning. It gets better once you get settled into the story and the game is overall fun and bears many positive messages about teamwork, hardwork, overcoming obstacles and acknowledging rights.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (41):

Infamous: Second Son makes great use of the PlayStation 4's processing power, offering players a beautifully rendered city to explore and some eye-popping superhero visual effects. The controls, meanwhile, provide ample opportunity to use the DualShock 4 controller's touchpad and motion sensors when interacting with objects in the environment and spraying graffiti art. Also, its story has the makings of something memorable, thanks mostly to a strong performance by veteran voice actor Troy Baker in the role of Delsin, a young man with a winning sense of humor who, depending on the player's choices, seems to legitimately struggle with the implications of his powers.

Unfortunately, the action suffers from a sense of repetition. Many of the activities players get up to -- hunting down surveillance cameras, looking for audio logs, destroying checkpoints and communications towers -- seem like filler, offering little variation from one sequence to the next. And, although Delsin earns a quartet of distinct base powers through the game -- smoke, neon, video, and concrete -- they're really only variations on a theme. Each comes with similar abilities, such as the capacity to fire projectiles and quickly scale buildings, that really only differ in terms of presentation and efficacy. It's certainly a spectacle and undeniably fun at times, but it also feels as though Infamous: Second Son could have been much more than it is.

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