GAME NAME: Infinity Runner
PUBLISHER(S): Wales Interactive
PLATFORM(S): PC (Reviewed), Ps3, PS4, and Wii U
GENRE(S): Action, Indie
RELEASE DATE(S): July 14, 2014
Werewolves in SPACE!
When you see the term werewolves in space as a feature, you can’t help but wonder what type of experience you’ll have. After playing Infinity Runner, I will have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Now, right off the bat you’ll notice this is a first-person Runner kind of like Temple Run or BIT.TRIP Runner, but in first person. Although they describe it as Mass Effect meets Mirror’s Edge, which I don’t necessarily agree with. I love those two titles and they have so much more than Inifinity Runner has to offer. Infinity Runner is also Occulus Rift compatible and I was able to try that out as well so we’ll talk about both. You’ll notice that this is fast paced and exciting game, however, it can’t outrun the possibility of being compared to many similar games that precede it.
Let’s start by talking about controls. You are automatically set a running speed, which you cannot control, there is no walking only running. It would honestly be great if you could have the ability to slow down your running or speed it up as that can help you memorize paths or problem solve and keep fluidity to playing the game. You’ll encounter various obstacles that you’ll need to jump over, slide under, and strafe to the left and right. To slide you right click the mouse button and to jump you left click the mouse button. To strafe around objects you use the A or D key. I will have to say moving around corners feels extremely unnatural and feels buggy. Out of the controls this is the only aspect I hope the developers address in a future patch. If this was patched I would say the controls would be super solid.
The story starts off with you waking up in a cryo chamber or prison isolation chamber and someone contacts you to help you out and slowly reveals secrets and your story unfolds. You are the main protagonist and the game is played in a first person perspective. The challenge is to escape from this huge spaceship prison while other mysterious things happen. That’s all I say about the story as I don’t want to post any spoilers. The story is okay and is paced fast although you will hit some slow spots but it progresses the further you move along the ship.
In terms of graphics, the style if quite cool and futuristic feeling. I get this Aliens vibe from it which is a franchise I absolutely love so I did wind up enjoying all the environments. I will have to say the Oculus Rift experience was the best way to play this game. The movement and going around corners felt more natural in the VR experience than it did without it. It was extremely immersive and the motion tracking was excellent. Infinity Runner also supports multiplayer of up to 32 people. You can play online opponents and go to head to head with them. In total the game has 14 levels which is pretty nice, there is a story mode and also arcade mode. The one thing I found lacking was the objective of collecting data files. Yes they add up to be points for you but I would have made that a feature to award money and let you be able to customize or upgrade your character and costume that could have potential gaming perks or power ups. I feel like that personalized aspect of the game was missing and kind of made collecting data files irrelevant to me, other than that I found it enjoyable.
Oculus Rift Gameplay
If you are looking for a fast paced unique adventure game I would totally check this out. Don’t expect a huge ground breaking story, it’s good but it didn’t leave me wanting more. This game has a little replay value with the multiplayer facet. Although Infinity Runner lacks the unlocks and upgrades feature, it’s still fun to play. If you have access to a Oculus Rift headset I would totally check this out as it is very worthwhile experience. If anything I would say pick this title up if you are into VR and want a fun game to play.