news\ Aug 26, 2014 at 11:01 am

inFAMOUS: First Light review round-up


When is an expansion of a game considered DLC and when is it considered a standalone game? inFAMOUS: First Light is walking that line somewhere in between DLC and it's own game.

It won't come as a surprise to you that the review scores are all over the place for this game, no one really knows where to place it. First Light's story lasts somewhere around two hours, which is not really long enough to be considered a standalone game (at least not in my book - omitting Journey, it's a different creature altogether), but decent for DLC. 

The scores really reflect how conflicted people are. It seems that if you view it simply as DLC, you will enjoy it  -- but won't if you consider it a standalone expansion of Second Son.


Full stop, inFamous: First Light is more Second Son, which is a good thing. Although I wasn't nearly as invested in Fetch as I was with Delsin's story, this is a great way for fans to return to the super-powered world of Seattle, and an even better way for newcomers to get a taste of the series



Infamous: First Light is a decent story around a better character than Second Son, but its battles don’t have the same scale or superpower variety that Second Son’s do. 



Infamous First Light lacks some of the punch of Second Son in its campaign battles and familiar narrative marks, but is still a welcome addition to the series. Fetch is a fantastically written character, and the conclusion to her origin story is worth seeing in its entirely – even if you already know what happens. 



Infamous: First Light proves itself a serviceable time waster...Given Second Son's greatness, I had hoped for something more than a time-waster, but this Infamous has no bite.


First Light's weird, limbo nature makes it a hard one to pin down. Considered as a DLC add-on, it's pretty generous and fans of Second Son will certainly appreciate the extra backstory and another chance to romp around Seattle. As a standalone game, it earns points for trimming the fat from the open-world template, but is also as generic as they come. First Light is an adequate diversion for fans but unlikely to dazzle anybody else.


Overall average: 7.2/10

So, what do you think based off of these reviews? Buy it or don't buy it? Let me know!

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