Sunday, 6 December 2009

Second Sight

As you've probably all realised, I'm a pretty huge fan of Free Radical's games. Timesplitters is by far my all time favourite mutiplayer experience.... but Second Sight is probably one of my all time favourite games.

I physically can't comprehend how much this game has been overlooked. It might have something to do with the fact that it was published by Codemasters instead of EA (and at that time... well if you weren't published by EA, Ubisoft or Activision you were screwed) but I think one of the main reasons was that it was released at exactly the same time as a game called Psi-ops which is often considered as... well better.

But unlike Psi-ops, which was a grizzly, gory, telekinesis man fest, Second Sight was a charming and inspired piece of work that could have only been developed by Free Radical. It was dark, it was terrifying. It could be considered one of the first "Troubled Hero" stories regarding super powers which has been culminating in the past few years (inFamous, Watchmen etc.), as it's story centered around a one John Vattic, drafted into a special operations unit and sent to hunt down a man experimenting on mild control potential in young children. The game is mainly played through flashbacks, as the game starts in a secret underground hospital where Vattic discovers his powers.

If you've never played it, you're seriously missing out and I would urge you with all my being to go out and find a copy. It's probably going cheap, and it's worth every penny.

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