Forgotten Game Greats: "Second Sight" (2004)
- by Ninja Ross, 8 January 2014
You wake up in a hospital with no memories. No idea who you are, no idea how you got there and now idea where THERE even is. And then you start throwing stuff around with your psychic power, sneaking around government labs and unravelling a plot involving evil scientists and psychic experiments. I know what you’re thinking (I HAVE PSYCHIC POWERS!): "But Ross, what game could be this cool?" Second Sight is this cool.
In "Second Sight", you follow amnesiac John Vattic as he wakes up in a government hospital. After overhearing orderlies discuss how he’s a murderer, he escapes in order to find out just what the heck is going on.
The gameplay styles are switched up between the past and the present, too. The past has more of a run and gun style, with a little stealth, where you’ll spend more time looking down the sights of a gun than anything else.
The shooting isn’t incredibly great, though; it feels a bit flat and never seems to have any real impact. You also don’t get any psychic powers in these sections, which isn’t too bad since it’s the story you’re playing for here. But the action works well enough that you shouldn’t get too frustrated at any point, and it’ll keep you entertained.
While the more action-orientated sections are fun enough, you’ll definitely want more of the stealthy psychic sections. There are some pretty great level designs here, too; most notably the asylum early on in the game, where you rescue one of the team members. It’s dark, a little spooky and full of great stealth sequences.
As I mentioned earlier, the story is a pretty big part of this game. It’s full of twists and turns, doing a better job of keeping you interested and engaged than most modern action films. It’s a bit predictable in places and there are a couple of clichés, mostly when it comes to the Russian enemies, but the faults are easily overlooked.
So, it has great gameplay, good level design and a fantastic story. Does it look good, too? Yes. Yes it does.
The game was developed by Free Radical Design (now known as Crytek UK), who developed the Timesplitter series. And boy, can you tell! The style is very similar to that of "Timesplitters", with some of the characters looking like they’ve been traced over. It’s an excellent style that helps hide the age of the game, making it look pretty darn stylish. Unfortunately, Free Radical went into administration a few years ago, before being bought by Crytek. Now they’re making things like Crysis and Homefront... Hey, a job’s a job.
The game is well worth getting. It’s not available digitally, as far as I can tell, but it’s available second hand. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand to Amazon or EBay you go!
Have you played Second Sight? Got any suggestions for the next instalment of Forgotten Game Greats? Let us know!