Some gamers prefer flight simulators while others enjoy arcade racers so for folks who are in column B like me, here's SkyDrift Infinity.
A decade ago, a highly underrated flight-based racing game called SkyDrift debuted for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that it took top spot on my Top 10 Download Only Hidden Gems on PlayStation 3 list. Now, those unfortunate souls who missed out on this excellent racer can enjoy it on more modern machines with the upgraded version that is SkyDrift Infinity.
SkyDrift Infinity is what you would expect from an arcade-style racing game with airplanes. That being said, there sure aren't many of these kinds of games for some reason so you may not expect anything. You control your plane by using both sticks to turn and control your pitch with the left while the right is used to make sharp turns and fit through narrow gaps by entering knife edge position. It's an arcade racer so you can also boost and use item pick-ups that range from shields to various weapons. It's one thrilling racer! 🛩️
Of course, all of these controls are as intuitive as they could be but considering there's much more to keep in mind than your average car racing game, casual gamers may find it hard to adjust to the gameplay and will likely get frustrated after crashing their plane into the environment. However, this aspect is superb for folks who relish a challenge because it feels awesome to weave through dangerous chasms while taking out the competition with a carefully-timed homing missile. Needless to say, I had a ton of fun with it.
When it comes to content, SkyDrift Infinity can either be played solo or multiplayer via both local for up to 4 players and online for up to 8. No matter which way you decide to play, you'll have a great deal of fun. For example, the single player campaign is full of rewarding events with AI opponents that put up quite a fight on the default difficulty setting and you'll end up challenging them to regular Power races, Speed races (without power-ups), and Survivor and Deathmatch events. Plus, retrying only to place better is satisfying stuff.
I also enjoyed the selection of planes and courses which feature environments that range from a tropical lagoon, a frozen landscape, a fiery volcano, and an impressive dam. On the downside, I wish there were more event types because they all feel very similar. Anyway, as you play, you'll unlock medals, badges, and additional planes and skins. However, the only rewarding unlockable are the planes so I wasn't compelled to try and unlock anything except those. Oh, and there's a couple planes inspired by Darksiders which is awesome.
SkyDrift Infinity is such a fun and challenging racer that it makes me wonder why there aren't more games like it. I'm very happy that they resurrected it from the PlayStation 3 graveyard and hope to see more gems from that era resurface.
- + Excellent flying controls that require precision and careful manoeuvring
- + Great selection of planes and courses
- + Enjoyable solo or via multiplayer
- - Casual gamers may find it frustrating
- - Could use more event types
- - Unlockables aren't all that substantial