Second Sight

a game by Codemasters
Platform: XBox
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 2 votes
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Produced by the same team that gave us Timesplitters and Timesplitters 2, Second Sight seemed to be an exciting new title that'd give me not only some exciting psychic gameplay, but also promised a new stealth experience. While this game does look particularly good and seemed to have entertaining gameplay, it's got an incredibly painful learning curve. All in all, while the game does get better in the long game, it isn't what I'd call a good game for full price.

As for the game's traditional gameplay, you're playing from a third person perspective using a targeting reticule to fire weapons and other targeting. The reticule works well for the most part, but in crucial circumstances, tends to not work properly, forcing you to rely on a little dot that doesn't show up past a few feet. As far as enemies go, in most levels, you'll have to deal with infinitely spawning guards that have a nasty tendency to possess the amazing psychic power to see you coming even if you're crawling through a ventshaft and they've got their backs turned.

Second Sight's main feature is its host of psychic powers. In comparison to the most recent psychic game to come out, Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy , Second Sight requires a lot more care and attention to strategy, as the powers are much more difficult to use properly early on. The main powers you'll come to rely on are your psychic blast, projection, and charm powers, supplemented by telekinesis and healing. Projection lets you take control of an enemy, while psi blast knocks them out and charm lets you hide from onlookers. These powers each start out relatively inadequate, and most unfortunate, in the scenarios when you're introduced to the new powers, they're hard to use. In particular I'm referring to how some of your psychic powers can automatically fail, costing you your entire psychic power reserve.

Ultimately, this game has its merit, as it makes for a decent story and some entertaining psychic powers, but poor gameplay makes for an extremely frustrating game, until you're pretty far along.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP