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First Light runs faster than Second Son - will those enhancements roll back into the original game?

In our recent inFamous First Light performance analysis, we made an interesting discovery - the standalone DLC runs noticeably faster than Second Son, with an overall 12 per cent boost in frame-rates in the like-for-like test we've reproduced below.

Performance Analysis: inFamous First Light

When inFamous Second Son was released earlier this year, the game's developer, Sucker Punch, delivered a strong technical showing that clearly demonstrated the advantages of the latest Sony console. Unfortunately performance wasn't quite where we would have liked with an unlocked frame-rate coupled with inconsistent performance and occasional dips below 30fps. With inFamous First Light, the standalone downloadable episode, Sucker Punch has been given another shot to further refine its already impressive tech. The question, then, is to what extent the developer has decided to tackle performance - if at all.

With Second Son, our testing suggested an average frame-rate somewhere around 35fps during a normal run of play, producing noticeable judder on a 60Hz. We weren't so happy with the decision to go with an unlocked frame-rate at the time but thankfully, as with Guerrilla Games and Killzone Shadow Fall before it, Sucker Punch implemented an optional 30fps cap, giving gamers the chance to choose between raw unlocked performance and a more consistent update. Keeping this in mind, let's take a look at the latest episode.

First Light takes place predominately across the first of the two islands available in Second Son while also offering a slew of indoor areas within the DUP containment facility. Prior to testing, we had hoped that, by utilising more confined environments, we might actually see frame-rates improve, perhaps even closing in on that 60fps mark. That turned out to not be the case at all, however, with the average frame-rate during these sections remaining mostly under 40fps. While the visuals in these sections remain quite detailed and impressive in their own right, it does suggest that their engine is not entirely bottlenecked by handling large environments.

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inFamous: First Light review

When is DLC not DLC? When it's also a standalone game. That's the case for First Light, in which you play as Abigail "Fetch" Walker, a character you met in inFamous: Second Son - unless you didn't play it. This game doesn't really mind one way or another, and although the broader context of inFamous' world of Conduits and DUP will be hard to discern from this bite-sized spin-off, there's no reason it can't serve as your introduction to the series.

Price and availability

11.99, released today in North America, tomorrow in Europe

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Sony confirms "reduction in workforce" at inFamous dev Sucker Punch

inFamous and Sly Cooper developer Sucker Punch Productions has suffered a round of layoffs, Sony has confirmed.

It's as yet unknown how many staff are now without a job, although a Sony statement indicated that long-term team members who worked on the studio's Sly Cooper series are among those affected.

"SCEE can confirm a reduction in workforce has taken place at Sucker Punch Productions," a Sony spokesperson told Eurogamer.

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inFamous: First Light expansion will be released on disc too

inFamous: First Light expansion will be released on disc too

Physical launch due a few weeks after downloadable version.

inFamous: First Light, the upcoming standalone expansion to PlayStation 4 game inFamous: Second Son, will also be available as a disc-based release.

Boxed copies will be available in the UK from 10th September, PlayStation Europe announced via its Twitter.

That date is a couple of weeks after the expandalone's initial launch as a digital download - on 27th August 2014.

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