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Subdivision Infinity DX

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Space shooter with likable but sometimes reckless hero.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Themes of duty and bravery run through the story, which suggests one can stand steady and achieve success even in the face of overwhelming odds.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hero's a courageous pilot-for-hire who frequently jokes in the face of danger. He's likeable and noble, but also reckless and eager to fight.

Ease of Play

Smart, simple flight controls make piloting in three-dimensional space easier than most flying games. Other activities, such as mining and crafting, are similarly basic, though finding cunningly hidden objects in exploration missions can be a frustrating chore. Players can select between three difficulty levels, the easiest of which makes the game accessible even to those inexperienced with the genre.

Violence

Human-piloted spacecraft do battle with guns and rockets. Ships explode in bursts of flame. Text dialogue includes people talking about dying and getting killed, but no deaths, blood, or gore are shown onscreen.

Sex
Language

The word "damn" appears occasionally in text dialogue.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Subdivision Infinity DX is a downloadable space combat game for the Xbox One and Windows PCs with simple elements of mining and crafting. Battles involves ships shooting each other with guns and rockets, causing them to burst into flames. Players learn about characters dying via text dialogue, but don't ever see any bodies, blood, or gore. The hero's a pilot contractor who loses contact with his employer and is forced to act on his own, fighting off criminal elements with a mix of bravery, humor, and reckless abandon, until he's joined by reinforcements. Parents should also be aware that dialogue includes infrequent mild profanity, such as the word "damn."

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What's it about?

SUBDIVISION INFINITY DX takes place in a far future in which humanity has taken to the stars and can travel swiftly and safely around the galaxy at faster than light speeds. It focuses on Rebel One, a pilot contractor who has lost communication with his employer while on a mission and is forced to defend against hostile criminal elements while waiting for reinforcements. Helped only by a dry-witted robot that provides guidance, he flies around asteroids and mining platforms on missions that involve reconnaissance, exploration, recovery, and combat. During these missions, he collects resources and blueprints that players can use to purchase new and more powerful stock fighters, as well as craft exclusive ships from scratch. Exploration missions allow players to freely roam the game's areas, fighting random battles while hunting down ship blueprints and using special mining gear to harvest rare minerals from nearby asteroids. You can also use the currency you collect to purchase new weapons, which can be equipped to ships and upgraded to improve their performance.

Is it any good?

This is a good starter experience for players who are interested in space simulation games but intimidated by the overwhelming scope and complexities of larger space-based adventures. Subdivision Infinity DX's missions are straightforward, typically last no longer than 10 or 15 minutes, and are filled with action that, while often thrilling, never becomes chaotic or incomprehensible. Flight and combat controls are intuitive, designed to help rookies keep from losing orientation in the game's zero-G environments, and side activities such as mining are a snap. In fact, players simply press one button to scan for minable asteroids and another to begin drilling and collecting resources. The basic yet engaging story plays out in linear fashion via short narrative sequences, with missions and objectives following simple steps, ensuring players always have a clear picture of what's going on and why they're doing what they're doing.

The player's reward for all of this combat and exploration is the promise of better ships. Once you've collected the required resources/currency/blueprints, spacecraft can be purchased or built with the tap of a button. In addition to looking pretty cool, these new rides also typically feel great in the cockpit, providing immediately noticeable improvements to shields, speed, maneuverability, and cargo capacity. Weapons -- purchased and equipped separately -- follow their own upgrade paths, but offer similarly satisfying increases to power and effectiveness. As a decidedly indie game, you can expect small issues that tend to get ironed out in bigger productions, including grammatical slip-ups in text and occasional frame rate hitches, but nothing that should put up too much of a roadblock for casual players. Subdivision Infinity DX isn't aiming to be competition for more ambitious space fighter simulation games, but it's instead more of a fun and affordable introduction to the genre.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen time. Subdivision Infinity DX is broken into quick missions some of which can be completed in as little as just a few minutes, so how many of these missions makes for a satisfying play session?

  • Does the idea of existing in an artificial environment in the perilous vacuum of space inspire and excite you, or does it make you feel anxious and afraid? What types of personal qualities do you think astronauts need to have in order to be successful in space?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
  • Price: $14.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Microsoft
  • Release date: August 8, 2019
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Topics: Space and Aliens
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language
  • Last updated: August 23, 2019

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