Infinite Space Review
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System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: PlatinumGames 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: SEGA 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Mar. 17, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Infinite Space has no real online mode, but it does allow two friends to connect and play against one another using their Wi-Fi connection. While this limitation might seem puzzling, Infinite Space has such a robust single-player campaign that the lack of online playability feels like a complete non-issue.

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All gems are colored by their flaws, and Infinite Space is no different. One "old school" touch is vagueness concerning where to go or who to find next. This does not happen frequently, but when it does, you'll find yourself filled with a nostalgic sense of frustration. Also, combat can be very difficult. Even random encounters are deadly, although this can only be considered a fault if one grew up playing the kind of RPGs in which non-boss fights are all about button-mashing and repetition. The first boss of Infinite Space is a complete sadist, and the GAME OVER screen will find you again and again until the basics of combat have been mastered. Some amount of grinding is necessary, so it's at least fortunate that Infinite Space has an interesting battle system.

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Even taking the grueling difficulty level into account, Infinite Space is a must-play for any fan of RPGs who has grown tired of overly-cute standard fare.

By Kyle B. Stiff
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.7
Graphics
Provides an excellent example of the capabilities of the DS. Despite limited technology, Infinite Space has a singular and unique artistic vision that puts it in a class by itself. Dark, sedate visuals, interesting character designs, and adequate 3D ship models make it easy to forgive the absurdly simplistic hand-to-hand combat graphics.
4.3
Control
The control scheme is only difficult to grasp because there are so few games similar to Infinite Space. I'm sure even Captain Kirk probably got trapped in the Enterprise's bathroom early in his career, so once you brave those first few gameplay hurdles, you'll find Infinite Space to be expertly and efficiently organized.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
A great soundtrack with a wide emotional range. The occasional bit of voice acting is also a joy to experience.
4.5

Play Value
A vast collection of ships to modify and destroy, planets to explore, an epic story to uncover, and a unique experience all around. High difficulty level means some level-grinding is required, which also pads out the already-extensive campaign. Two players can even pit their fleets against one another in the simple combat simulator.

4.7
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Over 150 ships, a vast collection of ship modifications, and a huge cast of characters ensure infinite possibilities for customization.
  • Unique visual style, quality soundtrack and voice acting, and deep combat system set Infinite Space in a category by itself.
  • Mature themes and challenging gameplay give players a break from the usual DS fare.


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