Titanfall vs. InFamous: Second Son – The New Gen Starts Here

Titanfall vs. InFamous: Second Son – The New Gen Starts Here

It’s crazy to think that both the Xbox One and PS4 have been offering some pretty last-gen experiences thus far, yet have had praised heaped on their launch day offerings. Ryse was beautiful but utterly hollow, and the same could be said for Killzone: Shadowfall. The true next-gen experiences have been waiting–waiting to hit the scene and blow everyone away. And that time is now.

While both Titanfall and InFamous offer completely different experiences in terms of their genre and gameplay, they are both the first killer apps to hit their respective systems in a huge year for videogames. Titanfall has a ridiculous amount of power and thrust behind it, allowing the Xbox One to get some much-appreciated positive attention. It’s essentially carrying the flag for Microsoft’s flagship system–a flag that has been dragged through the mud in the eyes of some, but the negatives seem to be have been forgotten in the dust trail of the Titanfall hype train.

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InFamous: Second Son, meanwhile, has been slightly more quiet in its approach to marketing and promotion. While there is some hype for Sony’s superhero title, it’s definitely not on the scale of Titanfall. The lack of hype could work in Second Son‘s favor by not giving players too much expectations of the game. It will undoubtedly be the biggest and most ambitious exclusive on Sony’s PS4, a far cry from the rather safe Killzone: Shadowfall. If Titanfall is bringing positive attention to the Xbox One then Second Son is validating Sony’s confident approach to the Playstation 4.

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Both games inspire confidence on their respective systems, giving the owners something to get truly excited for. The only real negative is the flames of war that will be lit. The overzealous will inevitably do battle over which game is superior, which is a shame. The positive side is that both games truly kick off the first year of the new systems, and hopefully this will be the year in which we see true next-gen videogames and experiences. Titanfall and Second Son will undoubtedly entice a number of players to the systems they represen. With two exciting exclusives releasing in the same month, things are starting to get interesting on both Xbox One & PS4.

 

Sean Halliday


9 Comments

  1. Dirk
    March 7, 2014, 9:11 am

    While the expectations of Titanfall and Infamous: Second Son are high I don’t know with everything I have seen so far for both games that I would truly call them any better than what has come before on the 360 and PS3. I can tell the graphics are sharper, but after a certain point most people don’t care and that is only 1 aspect of the game play experience that helps with immersion. My conclusions: An Upgrade? = Yes. A Next Generation Game? = Maybe.

  2. Me
    March 7, 2014, 10:14 am

    I recognize that InFamous as 3rd person action game wont sell as much as that ported PC shooter. But InFamous is the game I’m getting, it was made to be on PS4 from the start and I’m very excited about it.

  3. Michael Derp
    March 7, 2014, 4:59 pm

    I watched Infamous Second Son played love on IGN and I am very disappointed. The graphics are pretty but suffer from screen tearing, frame drops, poor textures, and no dynamic shadows…very last gen. The gameplay is generic and repetitive, the missions cliche, and the powers are very predictable. Hopefully the story is ok but I couldn’t tell from the 2 hours of live gameplay.

    I don’t have an xb1 but watched Titanfall videos of the beta. The graphics are ok, not great. But the gameplay….man the gameplay is amazing, so fluid and very next gen. The AI while easy adds immersion to the game, there is always interesting things going on, very cool. No doubt the majority of us ps4 owners would trade infamous for titanfall any day of the week.

    • Mark
      March 22, 2014, 6:47 pm

      As somebody currently playing infamous….NONE of what you said is accurate…Unless of course you study the powers before hand and then…OF COURSE they would be predictable.

      The game is amazing. Don’t listen to people who just want to lie for attention.

  4. medman
    March 7, 2014, 5:00 pm

    Titanfall doesn’t say anything “new gen” to me. 6v6, substandard resolution, and dem clouuudddzzzz delivering bots dumb as rocks. How is any of that moving us forward? Now maybe the game will be entertaining, but it’s not groundbreaking or innovative. Infamous fares a bit better, as it’s a gorgeous open world game, but will it’s gameplay offer improvements over what was possible in Infamous 2? I’m hearing the gameplay is very similar, and the good/bad choices are much the same as in previous iterations. That doesn’t really spell “new gen” to me either. I will be buying Infamous as the world and the open environment has always been the draw of that series, but I’m not expecting this to be the game to reinvent the way we approach gameplay, as I feel a true “new gen” game should. Titanfall is multiplayer only and that in itself is enough to make it a no buy for me. I need a story to drive gameplay.

    • Michael Derp
      March 7, 2014, 5:18 pm

      People will never take you seriously when you act like a childish fanboy making immature comments like, dem clooouuuddzz… While I am a PS4 owner and fan, you are a biased PS4 fanboy. It is idiots like you that give us PS4 fans a bad name. Seriously grow up.

    • Justin Ross
      March 7, 2014, 7:38 pm

      So, what?

      Should Titanfall of been made 32×32 players? Fuck no.

      The devs tested, and played the game determined it’s 6v6. Have you played Titanfall? Have you experienced the systems at play? They set it at 6v6 it terms of how they wanted the game to play. And hell, I’m quite glad it’s taking a unique approach in the FPS genre. The genre is stale as all hell, and Titanfall will fix that.

      Substandard resolution? Have you even seen the game in action? It’s pretty nice looking even on the consoles. This makes me weep for the future of gaming when the only thing that seems to be what people care about are “dem graphics.” A true gamer can enjoy a game, no matter how it looks.

      Hell, most of my favorite games look like crap compared to what we have now.

  5. Aaron Herp
    March 20, 2014, 7:27 pm

    In My Personal View, InFAMOUS: Second Son Is The Better Choice. I Played It At E3 And It Was Amazing. Amazing Graphics, Cool Powers, Interesting Characters, And I Cant Wait To See The Story Of The Game. Do not waste your money on Titanfall. Even If You Have A Xbox Done, Get Thief Or Zoo Tycoon Even instead!

  6. batfink
    March 26, 2014, 5:06 pm

    The AI in Titanfall has been given a hard time saying that the bots and grunts are dumb. Well, yeah they are, they are supposed to be like that. Put a Titan into follow or guard mode and watch it look after itself, this uses the same AI also. Maybe they could have made the grunts as another kind of weaker robot rather than trying to pass them off as humans…
    The way that the story was implemented was rubbish and I wouldn’t have even bothered if it didn’t open up the other 2 titan chassis classes. The pilot guns are a bit of a let down tbh too meaning that there is only a couple of guns that you can seriously consider to be competitive.

    Apart from those few gripes I would say Titanfall is amazing, the amount of action that is going on is insane. The number of times ive run around a corner into a mass of shooting and explosions and said “Oh Sheeee” out loud is truly testament to what respawn have achieved with this game.

    Infamous SS looks great and i’m sure there are plenty of people who will be loving it but the whole “go here and fight, go there and fight, rinse and repeat, yada yada yada” is something that has been done to death and simply doesn’t do it for me anymore. I haven’t played it myself but have watched quite a few twitch feeds and that pretty much said it all. Infamous SS may well have sold really really well but it would be interesting to see how many copies are being traded in already. People are completing Infamous SS within a day of getting it, whereas Titanfall will still be challenging in 12 months time and until the sequel arrives.

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