Infinite Space - Nintendo DS
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It's got almost everything you could want in such a game. An epic, galaxy spanning plot. A huge cast of memorable characters that really grow on you as the game stretches onwards. An amazingly huge world that will have you exploring for hours on end! And the game itself is incredibly long! Expect to spend over 60 hours on the game unless you're skipping everything to race for the end.
What the game doesn't have is a decent in-game tutorial, and it shows in a lot of the reviews you read here, and even in the professional gaming media.
Lots of frustrated gamers and reviewers complaining about the game's steep difficulty, how even the random encounters on the way between planets wind up being grueling. People claiming that battles rely too much on luck, with most of their shots missing entirely. Many people don't know about the fatigue bar, individual weapon ranges, character skills, fleet formations, and everything else that the battle system is built on. Crucial information if you want to get very far in the game.
To be fair, all that information is in the instruction manual, and in tutorial trailers released by Sega prior to the game's release, but let's be honest. Most people don't read the manual, and most people who get frustrated aren't going to go looking for a YouTube tutorial video. They're just going to assume that the game is insanely difficult. The game would be receiving much higher review scores if it had a proper in-game tutorial to explain everything you need to know.Read more ›
Graphics: Sure, there's some anime before the main menu, but don't expect any impressive graphics. There are NO character cut scenes. You see characters in full-body portraits and illustrations (like Fire Emblem), but you don't see them move, ever. Pictures and sound effects are used theatrically (imagine a picture book with audio and an occasional bump for emphasis). There's a lot of feeling and detail, but you will be reading most of it. There are 3D spaceship cut scenes, though, so you'll see your share of action when it's necessary.
Learning: The battles and customization are unusually technical. There's a help section in-game, and the manual explains everything you need to know, but it takes a while to get the hang of it, even if you consult HELP over and over again. Fortunately, the game is so long, learning time ends up being insignificant; just pay attention to your battle readouts/performance, and you'll figure it out.
Content: There are a two (2) serious fight scenes, swearing, and one (1) sexual reference that I remember. Swearing only gets as bad as d*** and h**l, and an expletive this game invented: grus. I'd say the content is fine for anyone 14+ (coming from someone who won't play some T-rated games).
Technicality: The planets you stop at aren't expansive; you get one menu for the planet's space station, and one for the surface. No 3D exploring, and no visiting surface locations until they're revealed.Read more ›
Anyway, I'll kick the review off with what I didn't like: Space battles are ugly. I mean real ugly. They should have gone with 2D here rather than opt for polygons since battles are quite literally one dimensional anyway. You still get that Front Mission sense of satisfaction watching your attacks initiate and seeing them smack into the enemy but focusing on 2D with a pleasing aesthetic rather than 3D on the DS would have made for a much more satisfying experience I think. Especially since the game is technically one-dimensional.
Yes, 1D. The only thing that you really control spatially is the distance between two fleets composed of up to 5 capital ships each (if you have the speed advantage). The 1D factor is actually not really a negative. It really doesn't need to be more complicated since much of the game is prep and strategy anyway. Tactics are more about when to come out of your dodge status to open fire and at what range so far (I'm not up to fighters or the need to really kill off the other guy's crew yet).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wanted to like it, but the whole random rock paper scissors aspect of combat turned me off.Published 8 months ago by Nelson Fernandez
one of the best DS games ever right up there with the remake of Chrono Trigger. If you have never played it then you have really missed out.Published 11 months ago by Jckeil
One of the best titles for the system. Unfortunately has one of the highest learning curves I have ever encountered in a video game. Read morePublished 17 months ago by potzo
This game is not for everyone. It is slow and has a very deep game system. But for me, this is hands down my favorite title on the Nintendo DS. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
For whatever reason, this game has received a very low print run. I've acquired the German version (which is region-free) and it is entirely in English. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by ZeeZee
I like the game, the only problem is that the story is very rigid and does not leave much to play with it.Published on August 20, 2013 by Raftover
This game had an excellent setup and style. It was, however, difficult to understand the gameplay and there were too many Point-of-no-return moments leaving you regretting your... Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Greenjm32
Infinite Space is genuinely a remarkable RPG. However, I'm writing this particular review to convince you to buy this game used. Why? Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by here2go