Reviews: Second Sight
The Final Say!
- reviewed by Andrew B
Review Date: September 2004
is Codemasters latest stealth/action game that puts gamers into the
role of John Vatic, a man who awakes in a hospital with no memories
of his previous life at all. Although John knows nothing about his
former life, he is soon plagued by flashbacks and clues that gives
him a vital pieces to his puzzle. Vatic soon learns that he
originally worked for the military that was in charge of monitoring
Russian psychic experiments and as you progress through the game,
John soon discovers that he has psychic powers of his very own.
The gameplay of Second Sight is extremely reminiscent of Psi Ops but
unlike the other game, Second Sight contains a much more intense and
strange storyline that gamers of all ages will find compelling. As
you progress through the game, Vatic soon learns to master his
psychic powers and your first power in the game is telekinesis that
allows you to move objects without touching them.
Apart from telekinesis, Vatic also discovers that he has the power
to heal, turn himself invisible and throw psychic energy at his
opponents. In order to balance the game with non-psychic characters,
your character is also limited to his use of psychic powers that is
shown by a blue bar on the top of the screen.
Fortunately, the developers have included a variety of weapons that
can be used by Vatic that include your stock-standard action game
variety such as sniper
rifles, pistols and machine guns to name a few. Unfortunately with
the good comes the bad and the enemies in the game are like the
phoenix that just keep on re-spawning which does make the game a
little hard at the best of times.
Although there is a
plethora of items and psychic powers in the game, the best mode of
gameplay is stealth and if you run around like a Hollywood action
movie star, then the game will become either extremely frustrating
or you will give up completely... so caution is recommended. The
game's storyline, although a little clichéd, revolves around Vatic
discovering himself and engaging in a variety of missions that
eventually leads him into becoming one of the world's most powerful
Graphically, Second Sight is a visual masterpiece on the PlayStation
2 and features some extremely impressive in-game graphics from
extremely realistic and well-textured characters to some impressive
looking backgrounds that go hand-in-hand with the objects and
characters of the title. However, the game comes into its own when
Vatic uses his psychic powers that contains some very impressive
special effects such as the eerie blue glow, Vatic warping time
itself or when Vatic goes invisible.
The musical score of Second Sight has been professionally done and
suits the game perfectly with its Hollywood-style soundtrack that
helps immerse the gamer into the world of John Vatic. Apart from the
cool musical score, Second Sight also contains some professional
voice acting and of course a variety of sound effects such as Vatic
using his psychic powers or the sounds of fire fights, flames and of
course your foes being dispatched.
In conclusion, Second Sight is a very entertaining game that mixes
stealth, action and the world of the supernatural that nicely comes
together in one bundle. Whether, it's Vatic being the soldier that
he once was or the new Vatic who is empowered by supernatural
powers, the game delivers in just about every area. If you are after
a game to take your mind from things for a few weeks than I would
suggest that you check out Second Sight. This may be the sleeper hit
of the year!
- Andrew B
Copyright ©2004 www.impulsegamer.com