• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 16, 2010
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Even taking the grueling difficulty level into account, Infinite Space is a must-play for any fan of RPGs who has grown tired of overly-cute standard fare.
  2. The technical veneer masks a boisterous heart. Very epic. Very silly. Very good. [May 2010, p.82]
  3. The ship's the star in the most ambitious DS RPG to date. At times the DS cannae take it, but when the engines engage, they really do.
  4. A massive handheld RPG crafted with incredible attention to detail and a real sense of fun. [Apr 2010, p.86]
  5. The space action, although basic, is addictive. The land action, though mostly text-based, remains fun throughout. The storyline, too, is powerful, thanks both to subplots that are complex without being confusing and a vast array of great characters, who shine despite being essentially static images.
  6. This is thoroughly deserving of a place in your DS slot and you’ll probably still be playing this when they actually invent warp drive engines!
  7. The story about the epitaphs plus the open world will not let you stop playing this game. Also it will feed your I-want-to-become-better instinct.
  8. It might take you a bit to get your space legs, but once you do you're in for a great ride.
  9. Those who enjoy it, like myself, will spend the next few months grinding through the game. However, many others will encounter the steep learning curve and stop playing after a couple hours, if that.
  10. If exploring galaxies and deep space combat sounds appealing to you, the hours of gameplay in Infinite Space make it a safe buy.
  11. 81
    Overall, Infinite Space is a tough game to pin a clear-cut review on. Some of its elements like its story and modification system are expansive and enjoyable, whereas the lack of a tutorial is troublesome.
  12. Fat with content, melodrama and fun, few DS games can match its ambitions. [Apr 2010, p.98]
  13. Infinite Space is a fresh RPG not afraid to try new things, that will overwhelm players like a supermassive black hole...
  14. 80
    However, this space journey is a splendid combination of old school adventuring and strategic battling, complete with an absolutely engrossing story and sublime soundtrack that all adds up to an unforgettable gaming experience on the humble DS.
  15. Despite its flaws, Infinite Space will provide many, many hours of epic entertainment for anyone with the patience to plumb its greater depths.
  16. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t deliver the payoff (and neither do the isolated multiplayer battles) after the time you spend on the more exciting ship building.
  17. This is a game for those of us who always wanted to be Captain Kirk or, better yet, to design the Enterprise. [Apr 2010, p.86]
  18. Infinite Space is a complicated game. It's long (40+ hours), it's difficult, and playing is a constant learning process. It's a hell of a ride if you can stomach all of its quirks, but I'm just not sure how many people will be willing, or able, to.
  19. Despite its shortcomings, though, Infinite Space is a thoughtful and addictive space-based romp, with an incredible amount of depth waiting for those who are prepared to put the hours in.
  20. This RPG offers great complexity and a thrilling story. The menu, though, cold have been a bit more user-friendly.
  21. 80
    Infinite Space's flaws are noticeable but do not detract overall from an expansive, addictive game.
  22. Infinite Space is high on content, but falls short elsewhere.
  23. As it is, I can only recommend it to those who have the patience and tolerance to work through significant frustration for the reward of a satisfying story about interesting people.
  24. They were right when they first called Infinite Space an "space opera", because that's exactly what we're going to find on this JRPG - an interesting mix between the traditional RPG and the Strategic genre, with a 'spacial' atmosphere that fans will love. And interesting pick if you love the genre or if you're looking for same 60 / 70 hours of fun gameplay.
  25. Its durability and attractive combination of sci-fi and Japanese animation will please many, but not traditional role playing fans.
  26. 75
    Infinite Space is an immensely satisfying 60-hour sci-fi adventure that does a fine job of presenting a sprawling universe, which is no mean feat for a portable game.
  27. Infinite Space is a good idea, and it does what it sets out to achieve.
  28. Infinite Space is an ambitious title, with a great story and an impressive amount of location to explore. Anyway, even if the battles are well structured, the gameplay is strongly iterative and texts always overwhelm images, to the detriment of cut scenes of more epic narrative solutions.
  29. At 60-80 hours in length, and given the fittingly near-infinite customisability of your fleet, Infinite Space offers a massive chunk of fun for those who can forgive its foibles, but many will find the barriers to real enjoyment too high due to poor usability. A solid game for many rainy afternoons, then, but be prepared to work for your reward.
  30. The battles are entertaining, and the ship customisation is excellent. It's marred by monotonous journeys back and forth between planets with little character, and speaking to the same people over and over and over again.
  31. A few flaws hold the game back from greatness, but JRPG fans with a penchant for space-opera would be wise to check this one out.
  32. It takes a lot of time to learn all the options and mechanics of this RPG, but when this point is reached the experience is quite rewarding and fun.
  33. A fun romp through space and various science-fiction cliches. There is also plenty of customization and stats for number-crunching RPG fans. Some archaic design decisions may test your patience though.
  34. 70
    Infinite Space offers dozens of hours of deep space exploration and storytelling, but the overall package is clunky and inconvenient.
  35. I am a stat-junky, so Infinite Space instantly struck a chord with me. I desperately want to love it. It has a likable cast of characters, an amazing amount of gear to play with, and a story with just enough intrigue to lure you forward.
  36. While there's a good deal to love about Infinite Space, there are an equal number of things to hate about it as well.
  37. Infinite Space delivers an extremely rich plot and numbers that stand out, but while playing we often had the impression that all interactive phases are a mere side dish to a sort of (slightly) interactive cartoon. In short, this is an adventure that RPG fans will love, but in terms of fun it doesn't offer anything special.
  38. My biggest complaint about Infinite Space is that while the game gives you tons of options when it comes to customization, and provides a pretty unique battle set-up, it does an awful job of explaining any of these elements to you.
  39. There's a ton of space butt to kick with your pimped-out fleet of starships, but be prepared to take a beating.
  40. 65
    Infinite Space wonderfully replicates being in command of a fleet of spaceships, but is lessened by poor path-finding and unforgiving and prolonged battle mechanics.
  41. If you long to command your own ship (and its admittedly well characterized crew) then there's fun to be had here. Just don't expect an easy, or thrilling, ride. [Apr 2010, p.108]
  42. Infinite Space's strong story and clever upgrade system manage to just about keep the ship afloat against the poor battle mechanics and torturous learning curve.
  43. This starship sim never reaches escape velocity from the cloying traditions of Japanese RPGs.
  44. 60
    The question, then, is how much you're willing to suffer through in order to get to know your party.
  45. When it clicks, it really clicks, it just makes you work to get to that point.
  46. 50
    So, to summarise, Mugen Kouro is an odd and unique mix of elements. The story holds the interest of the player even if the mundane battles don't. The customisation aspects provide a refreshing break and a more immediate goal. And the spaceships almost look like they're straight out of Star Wars! [JPN Import]
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Aug 30, 2010
    10
    I don't often post reviews but after reading what has been said on this game, I feel that I have to somewhat rectify how it's perceived. As an avid gamer I believe Infinite Space is the one the best games of the decade, and I think any Sci-Fi and/or RPG enthusiast ought to check it out while they still can.

    Let me start right away by saying that the game is austere. It's impossibly grand in scope and runs on the least powerful of all current platforms, so concessions were made. And it's got a pretty steep learning curve. I think that's what turned off most of the people who didn't like it. When I read that the game is "extremely hard," I take it the person just didn't have the patience and tenacity to learn all the subtleties of the game. Because it's deep and rich, but once you understand how it works, it's incredibly accessible and not any harder than most of the games of this era.

    But what's bad for some can be good for others, and one thing I've enjoyed about Infinite Space is that it doesn't hold your hand. It doesn't hammer plot points or tutorials on you; if you miss something the first time it shows up there's a chance you've missed it for good. And it also treats your wannabe character as he ought to be treated. The downside is that it can be unforgiving if you aren't quick to "get it". For example there's a very well done Help Menu, but it's up to you to go check it, as the game won't go over every little detail for you. I can get behind this philosophy myself but it might not be for everyone. It's old school.

    To briefly mention the gameplay, you play as the captain of a fleet of space ships. You'll start out with one, and over the course of the story come to command over a maximum of 5 ships at once. You'll fight enemy ships in battles involving a maximum of 5 enemies at once. To do so there are a wide variety of different strategies you can use, and you can fashion your fleet in very different ways depending on your preferences (e.g. favoring carriers that use small fighters to attack enemy ships, investing in heavy duty battleships, focusing on fast and agile cruisers, etc.). There are tons of possibilities and combinations, and well over a hundred models of ships.

    Aside from battles, an important part of the game is the management of your fleet. There are two sides to it: managing the ships themselves, by having new models built and equipping them with dozens of modules (a surprisingly fun, challenging and addictive activity), and managing the crew, by recruiting new members and assigning them to various posts depending on their faculties (count over 35 posts to fill and over 60 available crew members).

    Last but certainly not least, the game's plot is absolutely brilliant. Many games nowadays use their story merely has a means to put the player in a battle situation, but not in Infinite Space. The plot is very well crafted and rather complex (space politics!) and the characters behave like you'd want them to most of the time. In other words it vastly outclasses most video games in that department. If you like Sci-Fi or just good stories in general you'll have a blast playing this.

    In conclusion, I believe this game has been unfairly and somewhat hastily judged by most "professional" reviewers because of its low profile release. I highly recommend to experienced gamers and I give it a 10/10 simply because it does to perfection what it set out to do. Games of this caliber are much too rare nowadays.
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  2. Jan 3, 2011
    10
    Really charming game, you really feel like you traveled to the unknown. Distracts your attention for hours.
    Has a bit slow gameplay, so that
    you can't recognize how long are you playing for. The difficulty level alternates between an easy-like and a very hard level, and sometimes you will need a walkthrough if your maiden language is not english, even if you speak it well.
    I recommend this because of the outstanding story and dialogues!
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  3. Nov 3, 2010
    10
    Infinite Space, while sadly overlooked by many, is an astounding masterpiece that manages to mix an high profile, long and extremely rewarding sci-fi plot reminiscent of Tanaka and Clark, well written dialogues and a believable, painstakingly characterized setting with a battle system capable to simulate the struggles of your growing space fleet (up to four ships on both sides). There is an astounding potential for customization (dozens of ships, modules, weapons, recruitable characters to assign positions in your army), and the battles themselves rely heavily on movements, weapon range and logistics, managing to retain their charm even when you hit the 60-hour mark.If you have even a passing interest in space-operas you ought to play Infinite Space as soon as possible. Full Review »