If lots of aimless wandering sound tolerable to you, Infinite Space might be right up your alley
- Addictive ship-building and upgrading, hundreds of quirky characters, huge in-game universe, tonnes to do
- Design flaws that range from puzzling to downright infuriating, vague objectives, all-over-the-place difficulty level, high learning curve, battle system that's only sort of interesting even when it's at its best, starts out painfully slow
Infinite Space has the pedigree to be the next pint-sized blockbuster. It's developed by Platinum Games, the folks behind Bayonetta and Madworld; it's got hundreds of collectible ships, a cast of anime-inspired characters; and it takes place in outer-space, a setting ripe with possibility. Unfortunately, something went wrong during the launch sequence, and as result, Infinite Space doesn't live up to its vast potential.
Price$ 69.95 (AUD)
Despite its RPG roots and its heavy use of stats, Infinite Space actually has a lot in common with the Phoenix Wright franchise. Although the game world is set in the far reaches of outer-space, the gameplay is structured as a series of menus populated with characters that you must converse with in order to advance the plot. Unfortunately, you often find yourself in narrative dead ends, with little clue as to what you should do next. You'd have to be Sherlock Holmes to sniff out some of the obscure hints the game uses to lead you to your next objective. This often forces you to wander aimlessly and engaging everyone you encounter in the hopes that something will happen. Worse still, the game has no quest log to speak of, so if you zone out during one of the game's zillions of crucial conversations, you're out of luck.
Fortunately, all that wandering gives you plenty of time to grind on random encounter battles, which can be a bit addictive. It's also fairly handy since the money you earn can be spent on upgrades for your fleet of ships. The battles lack any real impact or pizzazz, however, and consist of a multi-tiered attack-defend system that's pretty much sci-fi rock-paper-scissors with the occasional super-laser thrown in for good measure. This, in turn, robs the ship upgrade system of any actual meaning; in other words, building your ships is far more enjoyable than actually using them. Some battles can be downright exhilarating but most conflicts are infuriating thanks to an inconsistent and uneven difficulty level.
All of these issues make for a hellish introduction to the game; the first few hours are absolute torture and if I weren't reviewing it, I would have given up on it early on in my playthrough. But I persevered, and to my surprise, the game got significantly better as time went on. The plot picks up momentum, and you eventually meet a quirky cast of characters that serve as the game's main selling point. The level of character interaction isn't as deep as, say, Mass Effect 2, but Infinite Space's cast is undeniably solid.
The question, then, is how much you're willing to suffer through in order to get to know your party. If alternatively frustrating and dull combat, a slow start, a mediocre plot, and lots of aimless wandering sound tolerable to you, Infinite Space might be right up your alley. Otherwise, I'm going to recommend one of the other hundred or so infinitely better RPGs -- Chrono Trigger, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, etc. -- already available on the DS.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Dead Rising 4 impressions: 'Tis the season to BBQ zombies with your flaming sword
- This week in games: Free Titanfall 2 weekend, Star Wars Battlefront meets Rogue One
- Every new game revealed at The Game Awards 2016, from Guardians of the Galaxy to Zelda
- Watch Dogs 2 PC impressions: A smooth-running romp through meme-filled San Francisco
- Hearthstone fans now have a dedicated Skype chat room to challenge its best players
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- Best phone of the year 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- TPBusiness Analyst - RoboticsNSW
- FTSalesforce Solutions Architect/DeveloperNSW
- TPInfrastructure Project ManagerVIC
- CCSystem EngineerVIC
- CCPerformance Test AnalystVIC
- CCSenior Agile Java/Spring/AngularJS Software EngineerNSW
- TPIT Project CoordinatorVIC
- CCJava API Developer - MediaVIC
- FTSolution Architect - Application IntegrationQLD
- FTJava Full Stack DeveloerQLD
- CCIteration Manager / Scrum MasterSA
- FTEnterprise ArchitectACT
- TPHRIS Project Delivery ManagerQLD
- CCTraining Manager - SAP HR/ PayrollNSW
- TP.NET Developer (Sitecore)QLD
- FTSAP Finance Consultant (Consolidations)ACT
- CCCloud Automation Engineer. Work Location - CanberraACT
- FTJunior Data Centre Support Technician - Sydney CBDACT
- CCAgile TesterNSW
- CCSenior Technical Specialist - AIXVIC
- CCMainframe Developer (with ASP.NET)ACT
- CCIT Systems AnalystVIC
- FTSoftware / Web Development ManagerNSW
- CCAd Optimisation ManagerVIC
- CCSenior Security Analyst | 6mth ContractVIC