Review | Infinity Blade III
When Chair and Epic Games introduced the original Infinity Blade, it was a technology achievement that showcased the possibilities of gaming on the iPhone and iPad. Two games later, Chair finally ends the trilogy with Infinity Blade III, which provides gamers with not only another visual masterpiece, but also one that is deeper and more immense than the previous two games combined.
Once you look past the jaw-dropping graphics though, there also happens to be an engaging story with twists and turns along the way. IB3 continues the story of Siris, who was the hero of Infinity Blade II and is on the hunt for The Worker of Secrets, who plans to kill off what is left of humanity. As you play through the game, you’ll find yourself taking part in missions that slows the pace down, which for me, worked well. Sure, the sense of exploration that you find in the second game is somewhat lost, but it also makes IB3’s quest-style gameplay feel like a bigger journey.
The game’s combat is also relatively unchanged, and that was fine by me, as I didn’t feel there needed to be much tweaking to the formula. Aside from Siris, you can also play as Isa, the game’s female character, though there isn’t much of a difference, since she also can chose from light, standard or heavy weapons, aside from some slight changes in combos. Regardless of whom you choose however, you can now pull off a super move when finishing off a combo, with each weapon having it’s own finisher. Those who enjoy pulling off magic spells will also find more useful moves that can either hurt the enemy or slow then down to allow you to balance things out.
I also want to quickly point out that during the game, you’ll come across a dragon that flies over you and causes trouble, though it only takes a few quick-time events to get it to go away. While at first it felt like an ominous occurrence of something epic to come, the dragon actually ended up being pretty annoying.
Fortunately there isn’t much to complain about with Infinity Blade III. In fact, it’s easily one of the best iOS games I’ve ever played and the new skill system made the game feel like a true RPG. Players will also unlock various achievements, which encourage you to try different fighting styles and the ability to unlock other bonuses or abilities as you upgrade Attack and Health, are pretty cool.
For those who have never played an Infinity Blade game, I do encourage you to try out the first two, if only to get a solid grasp of the storyline, but even if you jump straight into Infinity Blade III, there’s so much to like that story aside, is still a masterpiece, mobile or otherwise, that has to be experienced.
Final Score: 5 out of 5