Whilst some may once have scoffed at the person that suggested having console-level graphics in a mobile game, it is becoming more and more commonplace these days for games to push the absolute limits of mobile gaming and the hardware on which these games are played. Games like Asphalt 7 and Real Racing 3 are notoriously stunning in the visuals department, with graphics that look like they shouldn’t even be possible on anything smaller than a console. Infinity Blade is to action RPG games what Real Racing is to Racing games: the absolute peak of genre perfection. The original stunned players with its graphics and surprised those that assumed it was all show and no substance: it had incredible gameplay, challenging battles, and a huge array of items to help things along and accompany the RPG-like progression of your character. Infinity Blade 2 is the kind of sequel sceptics hate because it proves nay-sayers wrong about any criticisms or reservations they may have had. This sequel is markedly improved in almost every way, re-modelling, re-shaping, and re-presenting us with an entirely better Infinity Blade than the first
How it Was, How it Always Shall Be
Chair Entertainment ’s Infinity Blade 2 is much like the first in its format and is a battle-based game that follows an RPG-like progression whereby you earn experience points from battles and items and use your fingers to swipe the screen in order to attack your enemies. It is an on-the-rails game which means that free movement isn’t possible since the game moves you through the environment and directs you to where you need to go. Weapons and items can be found and purchased, and earning experience allows you to go on to level up and upgrade your character, which is necessary because enemies get tougher as you get further into the game. In all, it’s pretty much the standard procedure seen in the original Infinity Blade.
The battle system is also based on the same premise. You use the on-screen dodge buttons or tap to block in order to avoid enemy attacks. Alternatively, you can parry which allows you to deflect enemy attacks and smash them up with a counterattack, inflicting heavy damage. Attacking is simply a case of swiping the screen, using your device’s touch-sensitive capabilities to make you feel as if you are right in there with the action. This is how Infinity Blade always was, and hopefully this is how it will always be.
Changed Without the Short
A few critics have panned the game for being too similar to the original, but we haven’t been short changed here: improvements and additions have been made across the board. You’ve got two new styles of fighting, dual-wielding or heavy weapons, which both change up the battle interface a little. Heavy weapons involve very direct manoeuvres and can deal lots of damage but limit your movement somewhat; dual-wielding is probably the most fun since you can deal huge damage and make some devastating combos, but because you can’t hold a shield, you cannot block and therefore must parry enemy attacks carefully using skill and attentiveness during battle. Weapons have of course been added such as a huge range of swords and axes including the gem axe and a range of other devastating weapons.
More changes are seen in the way enemies move and their responsiveness during battle. Foes are more challenging this time around and respond to your movements more intelligently, making them difficult to defeat but ensuring greater satisfaction when you manage it. Graphics wise, the enemies and indeed the scenery around you looks utterly breath-taking, making you occasionally forget that you’re playing a mobile game and putting similar titles like Blood and Glory: Legend to shame. Though you don’t get to roam freely, the level designs are well-thought out and look ridiculously good as well.
All Good, Little Bad
The fact that you can purchase in-game currency with your money to afford various things can leave a bitter taste in one’s mouth, but I’ve managed to complete the whole thing without spending any of my real-life money, so it’s really just an optional extra if you wish to indulge yourself. Infinity Blade 2 is simply a substantially better game than the original, building and improving on every aspect to make for a familiar but fantastic sequel.