Infinity Blade II Review
- Unparallelled visual design; environments grow and change with you.
- Iterative concept married perfectly with the storyline.
- Tonnes of customization options; three weapon categories along with gems to further tweak your setup.
- iCloud saves and multiple slots.
- Exploration can lead to wasted attempts; piles up more replays than potentially necessary to finish the game.
- Camera angles can make pulling off combos/parries awkward; swipe direction doesn't always match up.
Infinity Blade II is everything the original wanted to be and a little bit more; it's easy to get caught up in its beautiful visuals, but at its heart beats a challenging and addictive Action RPG just waiting to be conquered.
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Not only did the original Infinity Blade introduce players to a new and cunningly effective combat system for touchscreen-based devices, it pushed the boundaries of what was possible on the iOS platform both visually and conceptually. Its iterative style of gameplay was (for some) simply repetitive, but more than anything else it has opened the doors up to a great story concept, something not lost at all in Chair Entertainment's sequel, Infinity Blade II.
While those who played the original will already be familiar with what's going on it's not a per-requisite to jumping on board, and the game does a great job of setting up your character's current situation. You character is ostensibly an immortal, much like those he has chosen to fight against to free humanity from their tyranny. In order to break the never-ending cycle you must guide him back to the prison of the Worker of Secrets, sacrificing yourself again and again to break the bonds that hold him there.
Blocking your way is an almost endless parade of beasties ranging from lithe ninja-like swordsman to behemoths and giants wielding weapons that would have required entire trees to make the shaft. It's a daunting horror show that requires patience and cat-like reflexes to swipe, tap and gesture your way past them.
Much like the original the combat is broken up in to duels with the player being able to dodge, parry, or block incoming strikes while waiting for an opportunity to unload with a combo, super strike, or magic spell of their own. Instead of the game devolving in to a series of dodge-matches, players are encouraged to mix up their repertoire by mastering the parry and the block to create 'breaks'. Dodging is further penalized by the character becoming exhausted if it's used too many times in a row, though this is offset by being able to 'hold' your place to deal with over-extended blows from the enemy.
To compliment the deeper combat system, players are encouraged to customize their gear thanks to 'gem slots' with special bonuses including resistances to various attack types, elemental effects, basic stat upgrades, and even bonuses to finding various items. The list of available weaponry has also expanded and players can choose between sword and board, two-handed, and dual-wielding weapons, each with their own bonuses and playstyles. For instance, dual-wielding removes the ability to block, but grants players with a third direction to dodge.
Given the scope and variety of the various monsters, the combinations of weapons and armor they can use, and the deeper combat system, players are bound to be enchanted all over again by the simple act of plowing through one enemy after another. Unfortunately this can be marred by the simple act of exploration, causing you to progress no further in the storyline or meeting a dead-end with no real benefit, resulting in moments of fatigue from having to start again and again.
It goes almost without saying that Infinity Blade II is one of the most gorgeous games on the iOS platform to date, though it does continue to cheat its way past restrictions by limiting the camera angles and removing free exploration. Even still, what's presented is simply stunning and exploring the labyrinthine lair is worth it not just to move the story along, but to absorb every inch of its menacing environments.
What's on offer is not all that's left to come either as Chair Entertainment leave the usual promises of additional content, including multiplayer. If the sheer volume of updates on the first title is any indicator, it's going to be a long time before anyone truly masters the depths of Infinity Blade II.
If you have the space and a third-gen or higher iDevice, you need to make this game part of your collection.
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**2011 IGN "Mobile Game of the Year"**
**2012 AIAS "Mobile Game of the Year"**
**Winner of the IMGA "Excellence in Gameplay" and "Grand Prix" Awards**
**Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Video Games of 2011"**
**15 Perfect Scores and more than 20 Game of the Year Awards**
The award-winning Infinity Blade story continues!
IGN - 10 out of 10 - Editor's Choice
TOUCH GEN - 5 out of 5 - Editor's Choice
TOUCH ARCADE - 5 out of 5
USA TODAY - 4 out of 4
G4TV.COM - 5 out of 5
APPOLICIOUS - 5 out of 5
MODOJO - 5 out of 5
SLIDE TO PLAY - 4 out of 4
GAMESPOT - 9 out of 10 - Editor's Choice
IGN - "Infinity Blade 2 is a must own"
Touch Arcade - "An iOS Masterpiece"
INTO MOBILE - "The King of iOS Gaming Continues its Reign."
IGN - "The Perfect Sequel"
USA TODAY - "A masterful mobile epic!"
The God King has been defeated, an unlikely hero has emerged and now you must discover the truth behind the secrets of the Infinity Blade. The continuing journey of young Siris unfolds as you delve deeper into the world of the Deathless tyrants and their legion of Titans. Can you unlock all the mysteries and successfully wield the power of the Infinity Blade in this timeless swordplay adventure of champions and villains?
A Robust & Dynamic 3D World:
Explore beautiful and immersive environments that dynamically change over time during your travels and venture to exotic locations such as the Asian themed Saydhi’s Estate or the medieval inspired Vault of Tears featuring multiple paths to explore.
Featuring 3 All-New Styles of Combat:
Now you can choose from multiple classes of weapons, armor and spells, each with specialized capabilities such as Dual Wielding, Two-Handed and the standard Weapon & Shield class. Learn each discipline by using Infinity Blade II’s intuitive pick-up and play game play style that is easy to use, yet difficult to master!
Infinity Blade’s Trademark Character Customization Evolved:
Create and forge even more powerful weapons with mystical objects you discover and collect along your journey, expanding your overall arsenal with all-new elemental powers & capabilities!
Massively Social Global Challenges:
Jump into ClashMob, an innovative new gaming experience that allows you to earn rewards by participating in massively social, asynchronous global challenges. Post your progress to Facebook and Twitter feeds and recruit friends to your own “Mob” to earn special perks, unlock new achievements, and gain rewards! Note: The ClashMob feature is free and optional and will require you to log-in via your Facebook account.
The Secrets of Your Past Revealed:
Delve deeper into the fantastical story of Infinity Blade as your journey leads you to the realm of the mysterious Deathless Saydhi and discover the truth about the Worker of Secrets and the powers he holds.
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Play across all supported devices - iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 2, New iPad 3, New iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPod Touch 5, or iPod Touch 6 - for a single low price.
- If you are experiencing technical issues with the App, please visit the Infinity Blade II support page at: http://infinitybladegame.com/
- IMPORTANT: It is highly recommended that you upgrade your device to the latest iOS version.
- PARENTS: you can turn off In-App purchasing in the iOS settings.
- The ClashMob social networking feature is free and optional, and will require you to log-in via your Facebook account.
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What's New in Version 1.3.5*Bonus Content - includes ClashMob, Vault of Tears, and Sky Cages expansion packs!
- Supports iPhone 7, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4, and iPod Touch 6 at full resolution - and it looks amazing!
- Fully compatible with iOS 10
- Additional updates & bug fixes