We’re going to start this article with a claim that some may find bold, or unsubstantiated, but I assure you by the end of this fine piece both your eyes and your mind will be at peace. Infamous: Second Son is the best looking game on the PS4, and one of the best looking games ever. Oh, hear the community cry with agreement as the hired hitmen of the PC master race encroach from all sides! Doesn’t matter what side you’re on my friends, because it’s time to truly utilize the phrase “Pics or it didn’t happen.”
So, before we dive into the beauty of Infamous: Second Son, we first need to touch upon this photo mode that makes all of the coming screenshots possible.
Here, Have a Free Photo Mode on Us!
The latest update for Infamous: Second Son, the free update I might add, gave us a brand new in-game photo mode. This new mode goes far beyond what the typical screenshot capture has utilizing the Share button on DualShock 4. This added mode gives you tools that let you create custom shots utilizing a number of tools. The concept of a free mode like this came from a combination of fan feedback and the fact that people love to capture photos using the Share button. In a recent interview, the Sucker Punch Senior Software Engineer Matt Durasoff made mention of the mode’s success thus far:
"We know that people love to share photos, we know pausing the clock and looking at the FX in-flight is mesmerizing; we know the game has an insane level of detail. But the magnitude of the response and what people are doing with it has blown us away," said Durasoff over at PlayStation Blog. "I heard a story today that some Sony execs now have fan-made shots from Second Son as their phone backgrounds. Amazing."
The Photo mode is enabled in the options menu of the game. From there, you can trigger it at any time during gameplay. Doing so pauses the action in the exact second you pressed the trigger button. Once you’ve done this, you can rotate the camera all around Delsin, zoom in and out, and utilize a number of other options. For example, you can alter the depth of field, the angle of the camera, and even choose from a series of filters to put over the picture.
Needless to say, this mode unlocks a lot of power for the player. The tools are detailed and varied enough to create just about any kind of screenshot you could imagine. Even just stopping and looking at the detail in any given moment is a blast. Now, it’s time to see what the community has done with this new mode, and the results are incredible. By the second or third picture, you’ll be in total agreement with my opening statement.
Photo #1 by R8TEDM3 via NeoGAF
Oh yes, this first photo comes to us from R8TEDM3 via NeoGaf which has been holding a contest for the best screenshots that the community has to offer. This shot requires some very good timing and from there, it’s all camera adjustments and field of view. A lot of them, I imagine were required to make this shot so perfect.
Photo #2 by Snake29 via NeoGaf
This second photo shows just how deep the details in the game run. The camera here is pulled in tight just as Delsin begins one of his fiery drop attack in the game. The big thing to notice here is how the fire is heating the metal of the chains. The detail here is staggering, and the shot is incredibly awesome.
Photo #3 by Dr guildo via NeoGaf
This photo was posted on NeoGaf with the message “First Blood!” and indeed blood was drawn here. The blood of those who would deny how amazing this game is under the hood. Delsin is up in the top of the shot, and we are treated to a great angle of the raindrops hitting the ground below. The reflections, the detail, all of it is captured perfectly.
Photo #4 by Kane1345 via NeoGaf
I think this is my favorite shot I have seen during my travels to collect this images for your viewing pleasure. The inverted drop with the smoke trails is perfectly contrasted by the dark skies behind him. The city is a blur in the background, possibly with the help of adjusting the depth of field, but I truly love this screenshot.
Photo #5 by Kanuuna via NeoGaf
This is a classic portrait shot, but there are few things that make it stand out. For one, Delsin is dressed in Cole’s jacket which is a nice touch. The way the light reflects off of his jacket and illuminates the tiny details in his skin makes this a very well planned screenshot and another perfect example of the detail present in the game.
Photo #6 by Bluforce via NeoGaf
This photo jumped out because it manages to capture the Neon power in the game in a perfect shot. The fading after images are always there, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen them so flawlessly represented. They happen so fast in motion you barely notice it in the game.
Photo #7 by RuGalz via NeoGaf
Well, I don’t know how he managed this. I mean, I have enough trouble landing on a building, let alone a moving target that isn’t quite bigger than a dinner plate. On top of this, he also managed to get a great shot!
Photo #8 by Shin-Ra via NeoGaf
This photo is another portrait, you can tell this person put a lot of love into the depth of field here. Another great example of the detail on Delsin’s character model here as well.
Photo #9 by xenogenesis via NeoGaf
This makes Delsin look a lot like the villain from the new Amazing Spider-man movie. Honestly, even though we have a Neon power here, this looks almost like a throwback to the days of Cole and his blue lightning, only, ya know, even more awesome.
Photo #10 by dark_inferno via NeoGaf
Our finale photo here is a great scenic piece that overlooks the harbor. Again, Delsin is there, but this piece really shows how incredibly scenic the game can be with its vistas and detail.
So there you have it folks, my top picks of the Infamous: Second Son photo mode screenshots that people have made. You know what though? I think the fans of PS4 Experts can do better. What say you? Show us your best screenshots captured with the new mode, and who knows, you may be featured in an upcoming article!
What do you think of the new mode? do you want to see more games have a mode like this? Tell us in the comments and don’t forget to upload your screenshots to our Facebook page for a chance to be featured in an upcoming article!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert Date: 05/01/2014