ESRB is a generally good rating system, but they kinda slipped up when rating Infamous Second Son. I have beaten the game once and I am currently trying to finish it a second time, and there is a LOT of language in it. The language is really bad in the beginning of the game, yet it is limited to the S word, the D word, the B word, and some other one’s I might not have have caught. On the other hand, please, do not be afraid to get this for a teenager. If you are strict about language there is an option to turn dialogue off completely. Not only does the game have language, but some it also contains violence. Throughout the game, you will fight two different types of enemies: the D.U.P. and some drug dealers. While fighting them, you can either choose to execute the enemy, or subdue them. THERE IS NO BLOOD OR GORE WHATSOEVER. There are two scenes where you kill someone though, but the first scene is the worst because you suffocate someone’s father. The second scene, however is not nearly as violent.
Now back to the dialogue, in order to turn off all talking (there is no “foul language off” command, only a absolute no talking option.) pause the Infamous Second son game. Next, press the triangle button (this is also how to manually save the game). Then, look through the options menu until you reach dialogue, and turn it all the way down. You can press triangle during gameplay to toggle subtitles if you want to read what they’re saying.
The reason you have options to either kill or subdue enemies is because the game works off a karma system. When evil, you try to cause as much pain and destruction as possible. When good, you have a harder challenge - you must protect the citizens (ACTIVIST) from danger while trying to only subdue the enemies (which I find to be more difficult.) I would recommend playing the good side with younger audiences, such as a 12 or 13 year-old. I hope this review will help you understand that Infamous Second Son is a fun open world third person game, that has both upsides and downsides. It has amazing graphics, but foul language. I would recommend this fun and exciting game to any teenager because the language is the only problem, and without the language it is a good game with morals (if you play the hero.)
This review was mainly for parents to understand that ERSB might have slipped up while rating the game, so that you don’t make the same mistakes my dad and I made when we purchased this form of entertainment.