Infinity Blade II: 40 New Locations, 10 Million Hitpoint Baddies And More, More, More

Infinity Blade II: 40 New Locations, 10 Million Hitpoint Baddies And More, More, More

Some people count down the days until Christmas, but for me, Christmas is coming early this year with the December 1st debut of Chair Entertainment’s Infinity Blade 2, their widely-anticipated sequel to a game I still think is an elegiac action masterpiece.

I’ve only got another three weeks to wait, but in the meantime, Justin Davis over at IGN got a chance to take Infinity Blade 2 for a hands-on. What to expect? Don’t expect just a couple new areas, a few new helmets and a cool new sword or two. This isn’t just a phoned-in sequel, it’s a generational leap at least four times beefier than the first game… already one of the most sizable titles on the App Store.

Davis says:

It’s impressive what Chair has been able to pull off. The original Infinity Blade launched with about 10 combat locations. The sequel has over 40. It seems virtually every element of Infinity Blade 1 has been blown out. The company has aggressive post-launch plans far beyond just adding more swords and football helmets, as well. Clash Mobs are one teased feature. Players might fight an enemy with “10 million or more” hit points. If Infinity Blade players around the world whittle down the shared health pool, all participants can be awarded with special bonuses.

Oh man, I can’t wait. I’m especially intrigued by what graphical refinements Chair has in store for us now that Apple’s A5 SoC is standard. The first Infinity Blade pushed Apple’s A4 chip to its utmost limits; I’m eager to see the A5 similarly put through its paces rendering giant ogres and mechanical monstrosities.

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  • GregsTechBlog

    I always thought that Infinity Blade required a bit more freedom. It feels too linear. Other than that, it’s a great game. 

  • iDaBoss

    agreed

  • AriRomano

    let’s hope that this one isn’t going to be pay-to-win like the first part…

  • Matt

    You had to pay to beat the first one?  I didn’t.

  • firesign

    Pay to win? Only if you really sucked at it, I suppose. I played through without buying anything extra.

  • AriRomano

    no, but you could buy in game gold to get stuff faster than other players (and also rank up faster in the highscores)

  • Sabina Krasnov

    Will I be able to play it on iPhone 4 or is just for the 4S?

  • CBR1000 Racer

    Donald Mustard, from Epic Games posted the following a few days ago: “For those asking, Infinity Blade 2 will run on all the same devices as the first game (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, iPod Touch 3rd Gen 8GB+, and iPod Touch 4th Gen) as well as the new iPhone 4S!”.
    http://www.facebook.com/Infini

  • SpanishTeacher

    I played it to beat it. Not to rank up faster.  The gold thing is for people who don’t have the patience or skill to do things the right way. 

  • Racerx2005

    Donald Mustard, from Epic Games posted the following a few days ago: “For those asking, Infinity Blade 2 will run on all the same devices as the first game (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, iPod Touch 3rd Gen 8GB+, and iPod Touch 4th Gen) as well as the new iPhone 4S!”.
    http://www.facebook.com/Infini

  • ErrorJustin

    Thanks for spotlighting my IB2 write-up!

    In the future, can you please provide a link, so your readers can make their way back to the original source?

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