PC gaming goes psychic as Codemasters confirms a PC edition of Second Sight from Free Radical Design.
Already acclaimed as one of the most original and gripping games of the year, Codemasters today announces that a PC edition of Second Sight, the stealth action epic from Free Radical Design, is coming in late November.
It's a great moment in PC gaming – Second Sight will be the first PC title from Free Radical Design, creators of the TimeSplitters series. The PC edition follows the success of the console edition, which achieved a top 5 chart placing in the UK.
Second Sight gives players control of a character endowed with incredible psychic abilities. The game offers multiple approaches to completing levels either via stealth, dramatic gunplay, psychic powers or a combination of all three. The ability to psychically influence characters and remotely manipulate objects and individuals provides for a totally fresh gameplay dynamic.
Second Sight opens with John Vattic, the player-controlled lead character, as he awakens from a coma in a US medical facility where he has been subjected to traumatic surgery and experimentation. He doesn't know his name, he can't remember his past, all he knows is that his only hope for survival is to escape and unravel the mystery that has led to his imprisonment.
Haunted by flashbacks, which are experienced as fully playable episodes within the game, and shocked by the discovery of his own psychic powers, the player takes Vattic on a search for his past and, in doing so, uncovers a fatal chain of events leading to a sinister conspiracy.
As Vattic explores his present and past, the game weaves between these two different time periods, which run through the game as a dual-narrative. The player-controlled actions of the past Vattic have consequences in the present – allowing a unique interaction between the player and the narrative of the game as Vattic's destiny is changed.
Vattic's telekinetic powers enable players to shift objects and terrify on-looking guards. As the game progresses and his self-awareness increases, additional abilities develop and existing powers are refined.
Basic telekinesis is upgraded beyond simply moving objects, enabling Vattic to lift enemies and smash them against the scenery as they scream for mercy! This revelation of psychic powers makes for a highly compelling journey, and invites experimentation with the newly acquired abilities.
Further psychic powers are revealed through play: Healing (using psychic power to replenish health), Projection (send your spirit out of your body, with the ability to possess another character), Charm (alter the mind of individuals, fooling them you're not there) and Psi-blast to send a destructive shockwave toward your enemies.
Vattic's psychic powers can be mixed with an exciting arsenal of weapons – there are 13 weapons in use through the game including pistols and a sniper rifle.
As a new landmark in stealth action and an exceptional project from Free Radical Design, Codemasters will publish the PC edition of Second Sight in late November. See what the future holds on the game's website at www.codemasters.co.uk/secondsight
ACCLAIM FOR SECOND SIGHT (PS2, Xbox, NGC)
"A psychic thriller that's going to blow your mind", C&VG
"Most ingenious stealth game so far this year" PSW
"Second Sight is a blast. A psychic blast" Nintendo Official
"An instant hit.... brilliant stuff" Official Xbox Magazine
"So compelling... One of this year's best adventure titles"
"It's not one to be missed... like a glimpse into the future of gaming" Xbox Gamer, 9/10 "Awesome... bizarre and entirely unique" Xbox World, 9/10 Game of the Month
"Intelligent, engaging... one of the finest Gamecube games of 2004." NGC 90% Star Game
"Second Sight is a great story told with class, style and beautiful looks." Official PlayStation 2 Magazine
Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience on current and future gaming platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company's dominant brands include Colin McRae Rally, TOCA Race Driver, LMA Manager, the Club Football range and Operation Flashpoint. The company is headquartered in Southam, Warwickshire UK and maintains European operations in Germany, France, Spain, and Benelux. The company has its US headquarters in New York. More information about the company and its products is available online at http://www.codemasters.com
ABOUT FREE RADICAL DESIGN
Founded in 1999, Free Radical Design Ltd is a wholly independent videogames developer based in Nottingham, UK. Recently, Free Radical Design was the winner of Develop magazines 'Best Independent Developer' Award, and TimeSplitters 2 received 5 nominations for the 2004 BAFTA Games Awards. Second Sight, TimeSplitters and Free Radical Design are trademarks or registered trademarks of Free Radical Design Ltd. More information about the company and its products is available online at