inFAMOUS: Second Son previewed in NYC, screenshots
posted on 11.11.13 at 06:40 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Delsin's blast becomes bright light with new neon power.

PlayStation Blog has gone up with a hands-on preview and new screenshots of inFAMOUS: Second Son from today’s PlayStation 4 review event in New York City.

The game stars new hero Delsin Rowe, a super-powered Conduit with the ability to absorb the powers of others and employ them for his own use. The demo shown today features Delsin and his brother Reggie, a cop, as they attempt to pass through a Department of Unified Protection security checkpoint. But while attempting to pass, Delsin’s powers trigger an automated warning at the checkpoint, resulting in the Department’s attack against them.

From here, the game becomes playable. And there were two powers to mess around with at today’s event.

“The first power on display is smoke, which gives Delsin some great ways to move around,” said PlayStation Blog social media specialist Ryan Clements. “Our hero can burst apart into gouts of red and black, whipping right through obstacles and towards targets. All it takes is a press of the Circle button, but the momentum this move generates is exhilarating and practical, providing Delsin with much needed control of the battle space.

“Like past inFAMOUS games, Delsin can also leap up onto cars and launch off of them with more inky explosions, gaining additional height and tactical options. In fact, explosions (and, more specifically, their remnants) fuel Delsin’s smoke abilities — much like Cole’s beloved electricity. By standing near a ruined car or fire that’s belching smoke, Delsin can absorb it into himself for some extra super juice. A fine meal for any smoke-powered protagonist.”

“Delsin can move around all day, but he still has some very angry DUP soldiers to deal with. Using his chain and shots of smoke, Delsin chews through the opposition with style. Each tap of the Square button peppers targets with sizzling blasts that come in both light and heavy varieties. The heavy, ‘shotgun’ blasts are capable of tearing down guard towers, along with any unfortunate soldiers staffing them at the time of demolition.

“Delsin has a few more tricks up his sleeve, however. Our hero can drain the humming charge of neon signs and take on those powers for himself. Yes, ‘neon’ can be a power, and it’s rad from top to bottom. Delsin’s blast becomes a bright streak of light, and his new, neon dash can send him flashing up the sides of walls in a glorious display of color. Sucker Punch is tight-lipped on the other applications this power will provide, but the mind races at the possibilities.”

The demo closes as Delsin comes fae-to-face with a “hulking soldier” and his chain gun-wielding ally. But Delsin takes them out with his tentatively named Karma Bomb, in which he shoots up into the air and fires his way back down in a “screen-wide” attack.

View today’s new screenshots at the gallery.

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  • Kougeru

    looks MUCH better than it did at E3. I thought it was a PSV game back at E3 because the textures and such look so terrible. Awesome progress

    edit:By terrible, I meant in comparison to what I expected for a PS4 game. It looked great for a PS3/PSV game which is what I thought it was when I was watching the live stream until they said it was PS4. Another factor could’ve been the poor bitrate of the livestream. I was obviously pretty disappointed but it seems they’ve put a lot of care into it.

    • Sal Romano


      the E3 demo looked gorgeous

      • Kougeru

        Not on the live stream. Just watched the separate upload and it looks quite a bit better than the live stream version. But they’ve still improved quite a bit.

    • HighBrowDrifter

      ????……..PSP/PSV?????……textures and such = terrible????
      I don’t know what you’ve watched…..but it most definitely wasn’t InFamous:SS. You gave me a minor headache just by reading your comment…..uhh….I am going to bed. Good night.


      • Kougeru

        A minor headache caused by differing opinions? You might want to avoid the internet. PSV games pretty damn good too, you cant argue with that. I wasn’t saying the game looked BAD, it just didnt look anywhere near as good as I expected a PS4 game to look, now it’s much better.

    • shogunknight

      Haha, was it infamous you actually saw? Maybe it was something else

      • Budgiecat

        Akiba’s Trip 2!

        • shogunknight

          The mere thought of mistaking akibas trip with infamous baffles me

        • Kougeru

          Never heard of it

      • Kougeru

        100% sure what I saw. It was the live-stream though so the bitrate was pretty bad, that may have been a huge factor.

    • Zackasaur

      Are you insane?

      • Kougeru

        I knew I would get bashed for this comment, even though I was complimenting the game.

  • Invisbin

    Fae to face

    • HighBrowDrifter

      I don’t always take something to the face,

      but when I do….it’s Fae.
      Stay Facey my friends.

      Sorry, couldn’t resist.

      • Invisbin

        I giggled

  • Raiyu

    This will be my reason for picking up the PS4 in February.

    • Bryce Blalex Douglas

      This is one of my reasons for buying it at launch and not wanting to deal with the hassle of finding one when this comes out.

  • bloodiOS

    Meh, I hope it at least runs at 60fps because this looks like something right out of the PS2 era. 

    • DrForbidden

      Dude, if you think this looks like a PS2 game, you need to actually go back and play some PS2 games.

      • Zackasaur

        Even PS3 games don’t approach this. lol

      • Elvick

        Or he needs to put that magical PS2 into a museum.

    • Shō Ryuken

      troll lvl 99

    • GhostNomad

      Annie are you okay? Are you okay?…. Are you okay, Annie?

    • shogunknight

      This patient needs to be rushed to the Gamer Hospital, he has a graphics fever

  • Elvick

    Neon sounds awesome.

    • Gigus

      I know I might get flamed for this but I’m curious to find out if his neon powers can give him a rave ability XD. Make people dance. It would be pretty funny if they did that just to give an homage to ratchet and clank’s weapons lol.

  • Gigus

    I wonder if he can combine powers? That would be cool. I’m still waiting to see what an evil or good delsin looks like.

  • chroma816

    I like the smoke powers a lot but god damn if I don’t want to blast some 80’s retro chillwave while Neon dashing.

  • Budgiecat

    Why again isn’t this a launch title? They don’t wanna be famous for being a top notch launch release?

  • bloodiOS

    Hmm… only this many down-votes after all this time? Wow, that’s a much weaker reaction than I initially expected xD

    That said, I do hope to see the game running at 60fps, or at least uncapped like its predecessors. Playing a gorgeous game at 60fps simply feels much better.

  • tokyobassist

    The more I see this game, the more interesting it’s starting to look. Delsin doesn’t seem to be tied down by a specific element or power so I think they could do more creative stuff like the neon powers. I’m going to still approach with caution though.

    Repetition kind of runs in the family. I think it’ll be easily alleviated if they keep the many story missions exciting and cinematic. I just hate how open world games have the most sorry ass side missions ever. Almost always you’re an errand boy or something on those lines. If they can’t think of anything outside of something tedious to lengthen the game, I’d rather them just make less but longer missions or ton of missions but shorter. Either which would be fine by me.

    This game will probably be pushing PS4 here in the States. I wouldn’t count out these 3rd party multiplats like Destiny pushing systems either.