Racing, in whatever format is enthralling and gets the heart pumping. If you have a vested interest you’ll scream, jump up and down, and beg for your racer to win. What happens if you are the competitor? How does your demeanour alter when you are vying for that gold medal position? Skydrift Infinity allows you to answer that question as you take to the sky in a plane laced with weapons.
Developed by Digital Reality and published by HandyGames and THQ Nordic, this is a deadly racing, flying title. Set in a random parallel universe, Skydrift Infinity demands that you put aside your morals and win every race using any method possible. You’ll dodge projectiles, shoot your foes, and boost past enemies. It’s enthralling and you’ll love the fast-paced action.
Skydrift Infinity sucks you in with its simple concept.
Like in most racing games, Skydrift Infinity uses a simple concept. Effectively finish first, or dodge missiles and survive the longest. However, things are mixed up a little because of the introduction of a class system and different modes. There are five different races to select from, sixteen planes and eight-player multiplayer events.
All of this action is taken up a notch as you are no longer defined by a 2D plane. Soaring through the air, skimming the ground, and swooping through crevices got the adrenaline pumping. The claustrophobic stages have you performing death-defying moves as you twist and turn around the winding courses. You may think, “why risk your life? Just get on and race!” The answer? The more stunts you perform the more energy you gain to help fill up your afterburners.
It’s not all mindless racing.
Fans of the genre will know that racing games are all about skill and memorising the tracks. Skydrift Infinity is slightly different, however. Arming yourself with the correct power-up for any given moment is essential. With six to choose from and the ability to carry only two, you must think wisely. If you lead the race, you’ll want to think defensively: shields, EMPs, and repair kits are key. Deathmatch and elimination battles change your thought process and you’ll grab homing missiles, machine guns, and bombs.
Weapons are all good, but finding the correct plane is essential. With an array of stats that vary per vehicle, finding the right one for you is easier said than done. Will you blast through the air with your rapid plane, or soak up the missiles with a slow but heavily armed vehicle? The choice is yours, so think wisely and consider the track you are racing on.
Skydrift Infinity will test veterans with its tight stages and various locations.
I’m not the biggest fan of traditional racing games as I tire of the similar track layouts. Yes, I love the realism and I see why fans adore it, but it’s not for me. Fortunately, Skydrift Infinity is different! It has run with its fantasy roots and created wild tracks for you to enjoy. You’ll race through canyons, across icy tundra and above molten lava. Combining this with tight racing lines made a fast-paced game, faster still.
I also enjoyed the ship designs, the array of unlockable liveries, and the clean UI. The visual presentation is super smooth and enhances the gaming experience to no end.
A futuristic fantasy racer was always going to be infused with high tempo music. The hard-hitting beats push you to go faster and are only bettered by the booming sound effects. Machine gun fire fills the air as bombs and missiles explode. Listening to this through high-quality headphones was fantastic and completed the aggressive experience. The audio is great but predictable. This isn’t a bad thing because the options available to the developer are limited in this genre.
So much to do, but easy to do it!
As I loaded in, I jumped straight into the tutorial. Here I was met by a wall of information and I thought I was in for a complex nightmare. I chuckled within seconds as I quickly realised it is super easy to play and I shouldn’t jump to conclusions. You’ll master the fundamentals of accelerating and braking in moments, and the twin-stick controls are intuitive. Firing your missiles was as simple as aiming and pushing a button and with a little practice, you’ll be competing for first place and challenging the online community.
I was shocked by how much there was to do. Badges and medals are unlocked during races and this enables new skins for your planes. There are plenty of stages to try and of course, there is the thrill of online play. A challenging achievement list will take ages to complete so replay value is at an all-time high.
Skydrift Infinity is a glorious and aggressive experience.
If you tire easily of traditional racing games but love the thrill of the chase, Skydrift Infinity will be right for you. The fast-paced action and aggressive combat demands you keep playing and you’ll love the tight yet varied stages. It captured my attention and I recommend you to buy it here! Pick your plane, choose your power-ups, and race for the gold medal.