Hello Bandits. Today, courtesy of publisher Blowfish Studios, I’m taking a look at the newly released Subdivision Infinity DX. This new sci-fi shooter has had a complete overhaul since its well recieved release on mobile and you can find the regular review just below, or of course over on PB Facebook or keep reading for the extended review just below
It’s clear from the outset that Subdivision Infinity DX has had a lot of love poured into the visuals, and even on console the planetary backdrops and ships are sleek and shapely. With a decent range of ships to run through, and 25 campaign missions to rally them in, this budget price title gives a fairly decent bang for your buck, even when compared against the similar Rockfish title Everspace.
Sadly the similarities between Subdivision and Everspace can’t really be ignored, and from the visuals down to the control scheme there are a few of them. Everspace does seem to offer more, with different camera options, as well as some exemplary voiec acting and a really nice photo mode, but at roughly half the price Subdivision Infinity DX does offer a different story, as well as easier combat which may still be enough to tempt those who’ve played Eversapce previously.
On its own, for those who haven’t played anything similar, Subvision offers some pretty tight arcade action. As you progress through the game, and levels you’ll be able to buy as well as craft new ships, and weapons and utilities. Upgrading your ship also changes the look which is a nice touch, and with a fair few different ships to look over you’re likely to find a few you like the look of.
One thing which really has come as a disappointment is the lack of different camera views. After looking through the options extensively I’ve not found any option to change to the first person view which we’re treated to in the opening sequence. After considerable time in the first person only Elite Dangerous and switchable Everspace I was really excited loading in for the first time in a nice in-cockpit view was a bit of a tease.
From a parent’s point of view, there’s not a great deal to worry about. The title is rated by PEGI at 12, and by the ESRB at Everyone 10+, but while there is inherent violence in the space battles blowing up your enemies is a purely ship to ship affair, with no gore and simply some pretty explosions on behalf of (hopefully) the NPC.
The Run Down
Visuals – 8: The visuals within Subdivision are pretty strong. The planetary backdrops are well rendered and will certianly be a draw for Sci-Fi fans. I’ve felt a little let down here with the lack of the teased first person view, and there are some frame rate issues when the actions and explosions get super tense, but overall a good showing.
Audio – 8: The title has a great electro soundtrack, which will push you along your adventure with great gusto. The music and sound effects are both well realised, but the lack of voice acting here is a bit of a sticker considering the amount of story they have injected.
Narrative – 6: Rolling along from the above, this would have been stronger with voice acting, but a nice enough story to keep you busy and engaged if you do feel like following it. It’s a fairly linear affair, and if you do feel like ignoring it it doesn’t really change the action, but for a budget and arcade style game it’s nice to see a few thoughts have gone towards the narrative.
Replay – 4: Each of the five areas includes two “exploration zones” which contain resources, materials and blueprint parts which you’ll need to craft new ships for your adventure. If you do want to craft new ships and weapons you may need to grind these out a little but there’s nothing really pulling me back in, and no multiplayer
PB Verdict – 7. Yes If: At a really low budget price Subdivision Infinity DX is a strong contender within the arcade sci-fi shooter genre. The similarities between this and the 2017 Rockfish Title Everspace really cannot be ignored (or stressed enough) and if you’ve played that cracker before, Subdivision may not feel new enough to tickle your tastebuds. The FInal PB Verdict for this is a ‘Yes If’ you’ve not played Everspace previously