inFAMOUS: Second Son’s Times of Day Compared: How Masterful Lighting Can Transform a Game’s Mood

on April 18, 2014 8:01 AM

The inFAMOUS: Second Son’s Patch released yesterday added the much requested ability to change the time of day after finishing the game, and this gave us a chance to compare the game’s looks bathed in extremely different lighting conditions, from bright sunlight to gloomy and rainy darkness.

The results are astonishing, and seeing the screenshots in sequence exposes the striking differences in the mood of every scene even better than just playing the game. Shadows placed differently affect the way we perceive the environment, and the bight neon lights revolutionize the surrounding when they’re turned on at night.

Below you can see eight galleries showcasing eight different scenes from the game bathed in the light (or darkness) of all the seven available times of day included in the new patch. Of course you should click on the thumbnails to see them in their full 1080p glory.

Each file is saved in lossless PNG for the best visual result, so they’re fairly big. Make sure to allow them a few seconds to fully load.

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When we play a game it’s often very easy to overlook just how much lighting affects the beauty of the environment around us, and the mood of a scene we’re watching or playing in, but thanks to Sucker Punch we can now gain a deeper appreciation of that visual process.

What’s your favorite time of day? Personally, I’m partial to “Early Morning” (the 7th in each gallery). Let us know your preference in the gallery below.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.