The Infinity Project 2 (universal) is a new first-person shooter from two-man development team Crazy Robot Games, a sci-fi title with lots of action and item-hunting for players to enjoy. It’s definitely not a perfect title, but gamers looking for something a little closer to Half-Life than Halo are going to enjoy this intriguing little title.
It’s kind of hard to explain the plot of Infinity Project 2 in concise terms, but it definitely involves time travel, aliens, and a battle for both the past and future of mankind. In other words, calling it ‘epic’ might be an understatement, with a large cast of characters and events for players to follow through. It’s definitely not anything revolutionary, never hitting any unexpected notes in its plot, but there are a lot of cinematic cut scenes and dramatic sound effects to add some atmosphere for the energetic but shallow plot.
One of the hardest things about adapting a FPS to the touch screen is the lack of joysticks for camera movement, but the controls in IP2 do a great job in creating an easy to grasp gaming experience. Two separate sticks control player movement and shooting direction, with a touch and drag anywhere else on the screen adjusting the player’s eye sight level and direction. There are other small icons placed about for crouching, throwing grenades and the like, but it never felt over cluttered or difficult to recall certain actions when quick reaction is needed.
Along with the game’s lengthy campaign mode, the game features single-player survival mode and an online multiplayer mode for deathmatching across the internet. Problem is, most of the servers are fairly empty, so finding a well-populated game to play is hard to do right now. The survival levels are largely hit and miss, starting off strong with the intricate opening level, but quickly regressing into small, linear sandboxes void of any kind of strategy. It almost feels like the developers ran out of time, and rendered a couple quick, thoughtless maps to fill out the feature set before release.
What really impressed me about Infinity Project 2 was how well it emulated the experience of slower-paced first-person shooters on consoles, even though Crazy Robot doesn’t have the benefit of having hundreds of employees at their disposal to find bugs and write code. And because of those limitations, parts of IP2 are lacking, most noticeably the idiotic AI, the lackluster presentation of text conversations, and utter lack of any voice work in the game’s cutscenes.
The Infinity Project 2 (universal) is a high-quality first person shooter with high-definition visuals, fast-paced gameplay, with an impressive interface and hidden gems for players to unearth by searching every nook and crevice of the world. A great game for FPS enthusiasts and sci-fi fans looking for some first-person action in the depths of space.