Light bar watch is one of the more entertaining pastimes in this editor’s embarrassingly non-existent social life. Here at Push Square towers we can’t seem to decide whether the PlayStation 4 controller’s illuminating surface is a slice of genius or a load of old tosh. As such, we’ve committed ourselves to writing articles about each and every release that threatens to turn your gaming cave into a pulsing discotheque.
Sucker Punch’s superhero sequel inFAMOUS: Second Son doesn’t quite go as mad with the irritating extra as Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, but it does make subtle use of it as you play. For starters, the colour of the beam will reflect your karmic standing, cycling between hushed reds and blues to stronger hues as you level up. However, it also has a nifty use in one of the title’s particular minigames.
As mentioned in our review, you’ll be painting a lot of Banksy-esque artwork all around Seattle, and this distraction takes advantage of almost all of the peripheral’s unique features. First you’ll need to hold the device vertically – with your fingers sitting in between the handles – and shake it up like a spray can. The light bar will then change to the colour that you’re about to paint with, and you must use the unit’s motion tracking to leave your mark.
Alright, it’s just as gimmicky as every other title’s implementation, but we thought that it was a fairly novel idea at least. These graffiti minigames do wear out their welcome as you burst towards the title‘s conclusion, but they can offer a nice change of pace if you tire of the constant combat. Has this article coloured your interest in the release, or prompted you to paint all over your pre-order? Tag us with your thoughts in the comments section below.
Someone maybe needs to design a wing mirror for it. Perhaps a dental mirror and tape will do the trick...
It's an interesting use for the light bar but there still isn't anything about it to make up for how distracting I find the shadows it's casts on my walls or how how irritating it's reflection is in the TV screen, particularly in darker games like outlast and metro:last light.
Sammy, you are the master of sub-titles
(PS. Great tune!)
The light irritated me at first but now I'm used to it. I've been playing Second Son non stop since 7pm, haven't noticed that light trickery in the spraying game, I shall have to have a gander on the morn...
P.s. the game is ace.
I've never noticed the light bar during gaming...
I love the sounds from the controller when painting. It really sounds like a spray can. Didn't notice the light though. I'll take a look next time. Infamous second son is awesome!
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