Space invaders is a fun, retro and well known game throughout the gaming universe and nothing could ever escape the shadow of the beloved arcade style… until now. The arcade machines as we know them maybe lying somewhere in an abandoned garage collecting dust or hopefully, lining a retro passionate gamers lounge. Either way the world of penny slipping coin slots will live on in such titles as Subdivision Infinity DX. SIDX is a homage to the ever popular 80’s style space recreation and to tell you the truth… its about time. Everything is brought to life with a new look, stunning visuals and gameplay. Lets take a second to look a little more in-depth.
“Subdivision Infinity DX by Blowfish Studios is an immersive and pulse pounding, next-gen sci-fi 3D space shooter. Ready your ship and cruise the great expanse of space in over 40 engaging missions spread throughout 5 distinct locales. Hunt down and destroy enemy spacecraft, crush capital ships, mine asteroids for rare minerals, bounty hunt, and find blueprints to craft amazing new vessels. Subdivision Infinity DX features arcade style gameplay, fast-paced space-based dogfights, and dynamic boss battles! Experience an array of optional goals beyond the story’s main missions that will keep you cruising through, and exploring, the wilds of space”
Starting of is pretty simplistic, in-fact the whole game is pretty simplistic when it comes to gameplay – and this isn’t a bad thing. Control styles offer a simple, yet efficient flight system which is very easy to learn. Albeit, the controls are a little reversed and can take a few minutes to lock into the noggin. For example, for me, moving forward means hitting the RT and braking means hitting the LT, basic common controls for driving or flying but no, it seems LT is for moving forward and LB is for reversing. Also the RT and RB are saved for firing and secondary weapon use. No problem, a couple deaths later I was moving quite fluent and surviving with ease.
While cruising through space you have a multitude of missions and levels, including boss fights you need to complete before moving on with the story. Each stages contains five levels giving a nice 40 missions to complete and level up with and man, do these levels look impressive; bellowing with color and atmosphere I was quite surprised. Each area has its own color pattern and space station locations – its hard not to just float and look around for a moment. Speaking of levelling up, as you progress you can earn items and scavenge for more by using tools purchased in the game store. Want to get some ore out of that asteroid next to you? Go for it, provided you bought the instruments. Many more items can be found and collected whether that be scavenging, or collecting from killed opponents. Health, upgrades and ways to evolve or just buying new ships are available depending on your rank and currency.
Subdivision Infinity DX is unfortunately a single player game but with enough attention I could definitely see a multi-player added in the future, it has a vibe of nostalgia and spews arcade in every way. The soundtrack is a brilliant bit of audio too – it must find it’s way onto Spotify one day. These remade 8-bit techno tunes really build you up while blasting ships into a million pieces. The game holds a simple yet entertaining story, most of which contains you talking robots or new buddies you meet along the way. No choices here just read along or skip ahead to heat up the lasers. Very nice graphics here too by the way, I must admit this is what gives the game a punch.
You don’t have to be an old fart to enjoy retro and this just proves it here. A blast from the past remade for this generation, and is as fun to play as it is to look at. Beautiful visuals and a mad soundtrack, this game will be fun for old and new.
This game was tested and reviewed on Xbox One. All of the opinions and insights here are subject to that version.Want to keep up to date with the latest Xt reviews, Xt opinions and Xt content? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.