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  • Epic Games Releases Infinity Blade

    Epic Games has released Infinity Blade ($5.99), a visual treat based on the Epic Citadel tech demo that was released a few months ago. Epic Citadel allowed players to walk through a beautiful medieval castle, but the app lacked any game play. It was more of a showcase for the Unreal Engine 3, running on iOS. Now Epic has polished that demo and Infinity Blade is the result.

    Infinity Blade has a simple story, ďFor untold ages, the God King has ruled with an iron fist - his power is incalculable; his followers, legion. Now you must journey to the Dark Citadel to battle his Titans, one by one, until you face the tyrant himself.Ē

    Epic has released this version of the app as a single player game for now, but states that future updates will include ďa fully integrated multiplayer mode, which enables players to battle friends and other players online via Game Center.Ē Battles are fought using swiping motions on screen and players can attack, dodge, block and cast spells.

    Infinity Blade is an ďon railsĒ type of game, so the freedom of movement that was present in Epic Citadel is not available here. Much of the game play consists of battles followed by movie cuts scenes, leading to more battles. Once the player gets used to the dazzling visuals, the game play can become somewhat repetitive, however. Infinity Blade is a gorgeous game, but diehard RPG fans may be a little disappointed with the thin RPG elements and the relatively short game play.

    Infinity Blade has the best graphics of any iOS game currently available in the App Store. Even though the game play may not be what people were expecting, donít let that stop you from enjoying this visually stunning game. Infinity Blade is a solid game, itís just not as free roaming as Epic Citadel.

    This is a universal app so it will run on the third generation (or higher) iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad as well. Because the game is such a visual treat, however, the graphics will look best on an iPhone 4ís retina display or on an iPadís larger screen. Most game developers charge a premium for an iPad version, so itís nice to see Epic release only one universal version of the game. Hopefully, Infinity Blade will be the first of many impressive games to come from Epic.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDvPIhCd8N4&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - Infinity Blade: iPhone Trailer[/ame]

    Source: TUAW
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    Comments 56 Comments
    1. RaiV3R's Avatar
      RaiV3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      Whats the performance like on the iPhone 3GS?
      Runs smoothly, if you ever ran Epic Citadel, its essentially the same performance wise.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Challenging, fun, addictive.

      On the 4th bloodline now, feeling pretty confident I can beat it this time around.

      This isn't the open world RPG people were expecting, but it doesn't have to be. The best gestured-base game on the iPhone thus far and even though it seems repetitive, the enemies get harder and the timing gets more crucial with everything you do, equip, and sustain.

      A must-have, in my opinion.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Man, it looks gorgeous. Good thing I've been waiting for a good game to come along; I'm starting to get bored with the ones I have.
    1. drjk24's Avatar
      drjk24 -
      These one-fight-after-another games are frankly silly to me - but I'm an old guy. As a medieval citadel buff and frequent visitor to Europe, I enjoy just "living" in the city. Maybe they should just populate the city, enable the doors to open, trade to occur, occasional "fire drills" as preparation for battle, etc. Later, after we have had a chance to become familiar with the city and our neighbors (ala Sim City), the next stage could be an actual attack with full defense of the city necessary. The game they devised seems trivial relative to the incredible setting they have devised. btw, it should be "god King" only, not using the capital; this is more than just offensive to many of us out there - I think there is a Commandment about that. Also, I would like some bass in the river, but trout would do.
    1. iPhrost's Avatar
      iPhrost -
      The game play may be repetitive but I think for a first interactive Unreal Engine 3 game it is solid. We are all used to swipe controls for games so I see no need to complain about that. The graphics are amazing, and runs very smoothly on the iPhone 4. I am not so sure a 3Gs could run very smoothly though. Good job Epic Games and Chair.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      This is just stunning. Even if you aren't a gamer I think you can appreciate what they have done here... on a FREAKING PHONE!!!!
    1. Yugo's Avatar
      Yugo -
      nice game
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      The gameplay is not really repetitive. It's all about learning the weaknesses of each enemy, and you learn more every time you fight them. You can actually beat the God King on your first attempt if you are good enough.

      It's a real gamers game. If you are just playing to beat the God King and never play again then you are missing the point.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      This game is absolutely amazing. I get some serious "Shadow of the Colossus" vibes from it which is about the best complement I can give any other game. No trash mobs, just a series of boss obstacles before you take on a god. The bloodlines is a fun mechanic if you can even call it that. It really makes you work harder each time because damn it the cycle of death has to stop sooner than later!

      And yeah, the "simple" gameplay gets really complicated and hard with each successive bloodline. Attacks start coming from multiple directions (4-6 possible ones), unavoidable attakcs that need to be stopped before they hit (stabs), magic/damage resistance and vulnerabilities, and the simple fact that they simply start to attack faster and chain-up combos against you mean you NEED to be on your toes.
    1. gcastro723's Avatar
      gcastro723 -
      i hope epic games releases Gears of War 3 for the iDevice family...
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -

      Looks good but the repetitive game play is boring. 2.99 would of been a better price IMHO.
    1. myung's Avatar
      myung -
      me too
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      How about iPod Touch 2G?
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      For the first [real] game released on the UT3 engine, this is phenomenal. Yes, it's repetitive. Yes it was expensive. But the price was an AWESOME tactic from a business standpoint (Epic KNEW we wouldn't be able to resist, and it passed Angry Birds in hours), and UT3 still has a lot of exploring we can do with it. In my opinion, this is still a preview to what can be done.

      And I've never seen anything look this good and stream this well on a phone, even for an iPhone 4.

      And for those on the fence, just put up the 6 bucks and get it!
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      I hate gaming really and rarely play even tho I have 2 ps3 etc etc. But I have been playing this since I got it and love it. It's cool just to pick up, slash and level up and makes me excited about game centre. This is what mobile gaming is about. Graphics are madness
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by gcastro723 View Post
      i hope epic games releases Gears of War 3 for the iDevice family...
    1. aussiedrunk's Avatar
      aussiedrunk -
      Level 15 I'm Hooked love it
    1. master1's Avatar
      master1 -
      Level 31. Love it....
    1. Macfreak7's Avatar
      Macfreak7 -
      after playing this most other games look like crap! simple, yet fantastic game no doubt. multiplayer is going to be sweet.