STAFF REVIEW of Skydrift Infinity (Xbox One)

Thursday, August 19, 2021.
by Heather Webster

Skydrift Infinity Box art Take flight in Skydrift Infinity! This remastered action-packed arcade flight racing game comes from developer THQ Nordic. Skydrift Infinity was developed with the purpose of focusing on the pure experience of flying a variety of cool vintage, modern and fantasy based planes in a variety of races and tracks. Choose from 16 different with four unlockable liveries to choose from for each.

The name of the game is to be first and best overall! By any means necessary, overtake your opponents or shoot them down if need be. Take part in Deathmatches, Armed Races, Power Races, Speed Races and Elimination Rounds using a wide range of aircraft maxed out with everything from speed to armor and weaponry. Challenge your friends, against the computer or find an unknown challenger from anywhere in the world. There is also an option to explore around islands used as venues for races, making use of an arena mode where you can let loose and fly between races.

Experience bright and colorful scenic views while racing through canyons, tundra and tropical islands, however there are not a lot of different courses to race. There are five different game modes to play by yourself, against the computer or online against up to 8 participants, if you can find anyone other than your friends online, or on the same system in split screen mode. Don’t let all the multiplayer options fool you though because with the lack of player count we encountered, Skydrift Infinity feels very much like a solo player game at times. The online leaderboards almost prove how few are playing this online unfortunately.

While in Power Races there are six different power-ups available. You can capture and use up to two different powers in your plane’s arsenal, then collect a second of the same power-up to increase the strength of your existing items. While these power-ups are good and helpful in battle, some have way more power to them like the rockets and the guns, while others seem to make less of a difference overall. You also have the option if you need a speed burst to keep your lead or are just not happy with the power up you grabbed, you can absorb your power-ups to refill your speed boost meter.

In 2011, the original Skydrift released on Xbox 360 which only had eight planes to choose from and only three game modes. I never played the original Skydrift, but it looks nearly identical in terms of gameplay. Oddly, you can sue the Right Stick to tilt and bank your plane to try and make it through some tight spaces, but this created a few issues for me. When using the Right Stick to tilt your plane the controls used to fly the plane do not change. An example of this is if you pull down on the left stick, it makes the plane fly upward. In most other flight games, if you turn completely sideways, then pull back on the stick to go “up” it's supposed to bank the plane super hard in relation to "up" for the cockpit. This isn't the case here though, as Left Stick never changes your "up" and "down", regardless of your aircraft's orientation.

The battle throughout the races I found to be exhilarating and fun. Especially when you get blown up and hopefully get revenge on the mother trucker who blew you up in the first place. As always, I thoroughly enjoy when I get the chance to battle my friends and hopefully destroy them in games, as it brings out the competitor in me. This game is great as a multiplayer game, and I think I would have been rather disappointed if it had not had that option. So, this is definitely on my list of recommended multiplayer games if you can get a few friends to also pick it up.

I found the controls to be really easy to understand and figure out which meant I could spend less time trying to figure out how to play and a lot more time and fun shooting my opponents down so I can come in first place and be the best of the best. Well, at least in my dreams I am. Guess I need to practice more before I can be the top gun. Overall, Skydrift Infinity is a bunch of fun and minor frustration rolled up into one really entertaining game if you have some friends to play with online.

**Skydrift Infinity was provided by the publisher and reviewed on an Xbox Series S**

Overall: 7.0 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 8.0 / 10
Sound: 7.0 / 10


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