Sucker Punched by inFAMOUS Paper Trail?

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There’s nothing more disappointing than a cliffhanger at the end of a movie or game, and no word in sight if it’ll be resolved. But despite leaving you wanting more, Paper Trail still is worth the time invested.

As some of you know, when I reviewed inFAMOUS: Second Son by Sucker Punch, one of my major pros about the game was the free DLC of Paper Trail, which spanned six weeks after the launch of the game. Every Friday, a new segment was released with a new batch of clues to follow, diving deeper into the ‘rabbit hole’ of secretive murders that had plagued Seattle in the shadows of Delsin’s more high-profile battle against the D.U.P.

I’ll be honest, when I first opened up my game and saw the flier, I assumed it to be maybe one or two fake websites at most, like early Abstergo projects from Assassin’s Creed, or ‘The Todd Time’ website from the show Scrubs. I was a bit amused at the ‘tests’ you took in order to determine your status as a possible Conduit, and only did the first four steps in order to get some extra karma for Delsin in-game. But the moment I actually hit the first mission, I was hooked. It wasn’t as lackluster as the Cole’s Legacy missions, these were tough brain-teasers that kept giving me just enough information, or just enough of a hint, to make me want more. Pretty soon, I was constantly looking on my map for the next Origami symbol to announce whether or not I had gained access to the next Paper Trail mission. (Forewarning: Part 1 and Part 2 are available at certain points in the story. Part 3 is accessible end-game. Parts 4-6 are all post-gameplay.)

This past Friday, the final segment of Paper Trail was released. Like every segment thus far, Part 6 was chock full of puzzles, clues, brain teasers, and beautifully drawn manga pages folded into the shape of origami. And while I won’t go into spoilers about the ending, I can safely say that Sucker Punch… Well, they sucker-punch’d us. But even though the blow stung, it didn’t feel like the time was wasted. The ending may not have been what we were all hoping for, but there’s enough delicious teasers to make us wonder: Will we see more of the characters introduced in Paper Trail in later DLCs? Or, with rumors of female lead, does the ending of Paper Trail mean the White Rabbit is going to have her own game? (Other theories include Fetch, the Neon-powered leading lady of Second Son, getting her own game.)

There’s no word on whether or not more DLC will be on the way, including possibly one that could give a conclusive ending to the events of Paper Trail. (There are, however, released images about other powers that ended up rejected for the final game.)

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Bottom line, however, is that Paper Trail, despite the frustrating ending, is more than worth the time invested. Having to take on the role of Delsin from your own computer and ‘hack’ into the D.U.P.’s databases, connecting the dots, even sitting here and staring at the screen because you can’t figure out what you overlooked, gave the game a new, refreshing breath of realism. Some of the puzzles were fairly typical, but all of them still had a unique twist that made them special. Nothing was wasted, either. Every number you came across, every name, every little detail, was of some importance for the DLC missions.

And even if the ending wasn’t quite what I wanted, it does leave me asking: Will the events of Paper Trail effect the DLC already in works? Has the White Rabbit become the Jabberwocky? Who can say, but you bet your Conduit selves that I’ll be the first one on Team XBRO to jump on the DLC as soon as it’s released!

 

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Kayla Swenson is an aspiring author and former DJ from Seattle, WA that procrastinates far too much with video games to get a book out. When she’s not gaming until carpal tunnel sets in, she’s working on dreams of being a voice actor as well as a published writer. Follow her on Twitter @beltravi or e-mail her at yunie.swenson@gmail.com. Go, go, TEAM XBRO!

6 comments

  1. I really enjoyed the Paper Trail missions, although I only finished up the first 3. I finished the game before the 4th released and have yet to jump back in to finish it up. I blame Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition and Octodad: Dadliest Catch >.>

    Still, it was something completely different and I look forward to going through the last 3 chapters here at some point, hopefully sooner than later.

    1. I can’t wait til your message of ‘BEL ALSKSKAKSD’ at the end.

      I really hope they send out more puzzles like these. It really was a refreshing set of side missions.

  2. Cliffhangers can be either good or bad. The finale of the original inFamous had me eagerly awaiting the sequel. The Assassin Creed endings on the other hand have killed my interest in the series.

    1. I actually still enjoy the Assassins Creed games but I’m just a glutton for punishment.

      Once I realized the ending of this one I was frustrated til I went back and reread the manga pages you get, then reread the last note. Then I got excited because it was so tantalizing

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