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When you talk about iPhone franchises with impressive graphics, two come to mind. The first of these is Real Racing, which offers some staggering level design with some of the most beautiful vehicles I have seen on any platform, and most definitely on the iPhone. There is another franchise that is known for its mind-blowing graphics. Instead of racing, this franchise is a hack and slash adventure in a rich, vibrant world.
Have you guessed what game I am talking about yet? That’s right, Infinity Blade is the franchise in question (maybe the title gave it away). Specifically, I am talking about Infinity Blade II. [No Longer Available] It certainly rivals Real Racing 2 in terms of pure graphical fidelity, and arguably, it surpasses Real Racing. Not only that, the game is a ton of fun to play. It truly is the total package in terms of mobile gaming, and it is a game that every single iPhone owner should have installed on their device. It’s been given game of the year awards on all kinds of video game websites, and it most certainly deserves it.
The quickest way to describe the gameplay in Infinity Blade II is to call it advanced Punch Out. You fight a series of beautiful looking enemies as you try to make your way to the final boss. You will be blocking, parrying, and dodging enemy attacks and you must learn their tactics so you know which way to move when they swing at you. The ultimate goal is to beat each enemy in line and make it to the final boss. However, that is impossible on the first try.
In Infinity Blade, you will die, and when you do you can start over at the beginning of the game as your offspring, or load from your last save. If you die at the final boss, you automatically restart at the beginning. You level up and earn money to buy more powerful weapons. After enough runs through the game, you will make it to the final boss, and eventually, your skill will have increased enough for you to crush him. Unlocking new items and seeing your character grow stronger is a ton of fun, and it gives you a real sense of accomplishment.
Audio and Visuals
Infinity Blade is powered by the Unreal Engine, and as such, it offers console and PC quality graphics that you can take with you on the go. As I said from the onset, this is one of, if not the best looking iPhone games on the App Store. It features a silky smooth frame-rate, beautiful environments, and stunning characters and monsters to fight. The equipment you unlock as you play through the game looks fantastic to go along with all the other beautiful elements of the game.
The music in Infinity Blade II makes everything feel all the more epic. Parts of the game are also voice-acted which is something you rarely see in an iPhone game. Not only is it voice acted; it is voice acted well. To see that kind of detail on a platform that is best known for simple puzzle games is truly impressive, and it just shows that developer Chair was willing to take the game the extra mile.
On the App Store, where many games are free or $.99, Infinity Blade II coming in at $6.99 is certainly on the high side. However, it offers a ton of gameplay with the re-playability of going back to try and power up and make it through the game. There are tons of unlocks to keep you enthralled. The game has an interesting story, which is something that will make you want to keep playing your way through it.
Infinity Blade is worth every penny of the asking price. It’s clear that a ton of money was spent on the development, and it delivers a console level experience on the go.
Infinity Blade II is one of the best games ever made on a mobile device. It is a ton of fun, and it is a game every iOS owner should have on their phone. It comes with everything you need from a game; great visuals, fun gameplay, and a great value proposition. Download it. You will love it.