Videogame: Infinite Space
is a Sci-Fi RPG released in 2009 by Sega
, made by Platinum Games
(ex-Clover Studio) and prominent Dating Sim
creator (and original Steel Battalion
developer) Nude Maker
in an attempt to diversify their output.
Very successful in its original Japan, it has been slightly less praised in other countries but still been lauded for its great characters and enormous scope. The second is especially deserving of mention: this is a massive game, particularly for the DS. There are at least a hundred different ships with impressively detailed 3D models, a hundred different crew members to recruit with separate personalities and portraits and a staggering number of different star systems to visit.
Its main flaws have been stated as it being a little repetitive, having a somewhat derivative story, and possessing a learning curve that will have even the random encounters blasting your ship to smithereens
if you donít know what youíre doing.
The storyline follows the adventures of a young man named Yuri, a "launcher" named Nia, Yuri's sister Kira, and the (rather motley
) crew he assembles after leaving his homeworld of Ropesk.
Has a character sheet
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Not to be confused with series of space exploration/roguelike game
by Digital Eel. Or, for that matter, Endless Space
Infinite Space provides examples of:
- New Game+: Your level and money will be carried over.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Players who believe in mercy will have a very unpleasant surprise waiting for them if they spare a certain villain...
- Also, the imprisonment of everyone who knows about SMC's subjugation by Lugovalos and tries to warn LMC about it, as described by Gen.
- No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: With a few exceptions, most of the superweapons you encounter during the game are never duplicated. Some, like the ZR 2, do include plans, but nevertheless nobody tries to build more of them.
- Nonstandard Game Over: A few. The earliest example is when your fleet was trapped in the Flux Sector, picking the wrong choices will cause the characters disappear into nothingness.
- Noodle People: The characters are drawn in this style in some event CGs.
- Not So Different: At one point, Yuri admits that he's doing exactly the same thing to the Large Magellanic Cloud as Lugovalos did in the Small: uniting it by force of arms.
- The Obi-Wan: Gen, Nia
- Oh, Crap: Everyone who learns of the true numbers of Lugovalian vanguard fleet: around 100,000. It goes From Bad to Worse when they learn the true number of the whole fleet: at least 1 million.
- The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Appears quite a bit in early game, then disappears for a long time...they're the Overlords.
- Optional Party Member: Everyone in the Guild part of the spaceport, and a Bartender (who is actually a better mechanic than Chef). Arguably, 50% or more are optional party members.
- Order Versus Chaos: The war against Lugovalos is partly fought because, while Lugovalos is not evil and has many good points, one of the first things to go under their rule is freedom of navigation and the right to live as an independent Zero-G Dog. Yuri and the Large Magellanic Cloud nations are fighting to protect that way of life, as well as the independence of their nations, and in Yuri's case, personal revenge.
- Pardon My Klingon: "Grus" is used as a catchall swearword, meaning everything from "shit" to "hell", although the characters still use "damn" and "ass" liberally.
- Precision F-Strike:
- Before her death, Katida used the word "hell" instead of "Grus".
Katida: Damn! Damn it all to hell!
- After a melee battle against Lugovalos officers, Dietrich uses the word "Grus" while commenting on their strength.note This is the only time he actually says anything close to a swearword.
Dietrich: I mean, good Grus, those are some amazing specimens!
- Parental Abandonment: Most of the "young" characters' parents are already dead, and the rest are never mentioned. Turns out in Yuri and Kira's case, they have no parents in the first place...
- People Jars: Rubriko's spare bodies.
- Perfect Pacifist People: One such civilization is met by the flagship bearing Galactic Conqueror Emperor Taranis of Lugovalos, greeting his declaration of impending conquest amicably yet professing that they have no desire for war. He genocides them on the spot. The Lugovalos are usually happy to absorb most conquered civilizations into their own without excessive tyranny, but Taranis sees no worth whatsoever in people who forgot how to defend themselves.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Nia and Eremon apparently used to have this dynamic. Until it happened...
- Point of No Return: Plenty of them. Unless you don't care about completion that much, it's best to get everything available in each chapter as soon as possible.
- Portal Network: Void gates.
- Princess for a Day: Nia disguises herself as an important figure from Lanco Warship Manufacturing at one point. And turns out she WAS a princess...
- The Promise: Yuri regarding Katida's insistence to travel with him. And boy does it affect her so much later...
- Put on a Bus: A few characters receive this before the end of Act 1.
- Rage Against the Heavens: Taranis and Valantin's ultimate plan. Probably successfully carried out in the end.
- Ragtag Bunchof Misfits: Your crew, lampshaded several times throughout the game.
- Ramming Always Works: Subverted. Novikov tried to ram his ship into Lugovalian flagship as Elgavan fleet is being destroyed. Eremon only felt a slight bump. Also, Eremon tried to ram your ship after losing the second fight, only to bank left at the last second, scraping your ship.
- Played with when Emperor Taranis rammed the Dyson Sphere at the end of the game, from which his ship weapons could finally do some serious damage.
- Random Encounters: For extra fun, the game allows you to set the encounter rate to "High".
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Novgorod Pirates loves to do this (on the first two, at least). Ditto for other pirate groups.
- Reality Is Out to Lunch: The Flux.
- Reality Warper:
- All the observers, and possibly the trackers, but only in The Flux.
- The Overlords, with unclear limitations.
- Recycled In Space: The Magellanic Clouds' military dynamics are more-or-less directly transplanted from the navies of World War II.
- Redemption Equals Death: Arguably, Ensign Delis.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: Minas, also has a skill of the same name (minus the "reluctant" part, of course). Leo is a Reluctant Mad Engineer.
- The Republic: Regeinland, which is one of the more technologically advanced nation in LMC (only rivaled by Zenito and Nacio) and not in friendly terms with Libertas, the nation that is closest to The Federation trope in the game.
- Ret Gone: In general, anyone who wanders into The Flux (see Non-Standard Game Over). Kira after she tried to hack into the Overlord's system. Yuri reverts this in the end.
- Reverse Mole: Galkin, Zakhar.
- The Rival: Cico seems to think he's this for Yuri. Yuri, for his part, never expresses any strong competitive feelings about anyone.
- Robot Girl: Dr. Minas modified a broken HELP android into a combat droid with female appearance, 4000 degree Kelvin cutting blades for hands, and eye lasers.
- But he didn't change the personality. Apparently he needs a good reason for that one.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Visani brothers. Also Princess Glorinda.
- Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Torlo is said to have been a bully when he was younger, and the first thing he does when you meet him is try to steal your Epitaph.
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: In full effect here. The backwater colony that is Yuri's homeplanet and is only 40 years old? Over a billion people. Some planets have several TRILLION people on them. Fleets of the nations are disproportionately small (Elgava only has total of 50000 ships) for nations spanning the greater part of entire galaxies with these massive populations, and all ships have crew counts that are also really small.
- Relative numbers also suffer from this. Lugovalos is shown having a total military force about 4 times greater than that of the LMC, but the SMC and LMC are puny, puny dwarf galaxies, and Lugovalos is supposed to control multiple galaxies. Even if Lugovalos only controlled half the Milky Way, they should easily have the resources to put together a battle fleet thousands of times larger than what the combined strength of both the LMC and SMC would have been able to produce.
- It also makes little sense for the first human colony ship to arrive in the LMC to have been launched from Earth itself, an important plot point. One would not expect colonization of the LMC to begin until the Milky Way itself had already been substantially colonized, and the initial exploration of the LMC would much more likely have been initiated from somewhere else in the Milky Way.
- The Solar System is about the same size as a mid-sized sector, many of which are stated to have more than one star system.
- Screen Shake: Your ship's bridge will shake on the lower screen whenever your flagship takes a hit in combat.
- Selective Condemnation: Literally billions of faceless crewmen and planet-bound civilians will die in this game, but sympathy is only ever given to characters with Nominal Importance.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: The game has pretty good potential for various self-imposed challenges. For example, not using fighters at all.
- Ship Tease: Bastian and Nia have two brief moments near the end of Act 1... and brutally sunk following their deaths. Also, between Yuri and Princess Glorinda.
- Ship Sinking: Yuri/Nia at the end of Act 1.
- Shirtless Scene: How Lord Roth first appears in the game.
- Shoot Out the Lock: Celina does this when she and Nia are imprisoned in Skantzoura. Except replace "shoot" with "blast with nitro string".
- Shout-Out: Look at the designs of the ships, and especially Corsair with it's High Stream Blaster and wet navy-esque outline, listen to pre-attack chatter, look at naval tactics in general, remember that most of the game takes place in Large Magellanic Cloud. Suddenly you realize that entire game is one large shout out to Space Battleship Yamato.
- Show Within a Show: Anchjo's comic and animated series, "Galactic Yuri". Unfortunately, we never get to see them.
- Silicon-Based Life: Shows up in minor event that opens Nerissa's recruitment.
- Skeleton Government: Demid Panfilov knows Yuri personally, despite being the governor of a planet with over a billion people.
- Slasher Smile: Teodoro's character portrait.
- Sorry That I'm Dying: Said by Dietrich to Yuri after he fires off the exalaser cannon.
- Squishy Wizard: For a battleship, Absoluta-class has rather low durability compared to other LMC battleships such as Agrell-class, but if you set it as your flagship, it will increase the dodge rate and accuracy of your entire fleet. Also doubles as Glass Cannon depending on the setup.
- Space Fighter
- Space Is an Ocean: Sea of Stars, anyone? (Fighters, however, are aircraft, to the point that point-defense weapons are referred to as anti-air guns.)
- Space Is Noisy
- Space Pirates
- Spanner in the Works: Put it basically, the only reason the universe survived is because Kira sacrificed her existence to hack into Overlord system, which managed to gather some extremely important information regarding how to save the universe. Of course, the Overlords never expect this, even their Ret Gone of Kira doesn't work as it should be, since Yuri can remember, after all.
- Standard Sci-Fi Fleet
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Ursula and Merril. Merril simply doesn't have the status or fame to be allowed to court Ursula, so he asks for a command of his own so he can get a great victory and be allowed to marry her. It gets him killed.
- Star Killing: Bastian uses the exalaser cannon to blow up a star, triggering a supernova that annihilates both his ship and the enemy fleet. Ten years later, Dietrich pulls the same action.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: During the "gorilla lady" event, Yuri, Torlo, AND Ian have this line of thought as their reaction.
(She really is a gorilla lady!)
- Stupid Sacrifice: Nia's attempt to kill Eremon was entirely unnecessry, as he was aboard a ship that was crippled and about to blow up in a star system that was about to be obliterated by a supernova. On top of that, she somehow failed, and Eremon survived where hundreds of thousands of others died. Well done, Princess.
- Summon Bigger Fish:
- When invading Spetses Sector, Yuri and Cico lure Valantin into a fight with the Spetses sector fleet. Valantin knows full well what's going on, but he admires Yuri's spunk and lets himself be lured.
- Yuri lures Miles' fleet into where Desmond Gate will appear.
- Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors: "Dodge" makes a mockery of the powerful "Barrage" and Special attacks, but takes double damage from the relatively wimpy "normal" attack. Also: Melee battles.
- Tagalong Kid / Token Mini-Moe: The Garner Twins.
- Take Your Time: Averted in at least two occasions, sort of. You have to travel through the shortest distance possible to avoid getting caught.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: The Schneizer brothers.
- Teen Genius: Ian, Phyllis, Franny, and Alik in Act 2.
- Techno Babble: Up the wazzo during combat and maneuvering. Minas often confuses non-scientist characters with this.
- Theme Music Power-Up: The only vocal song in the game plays when you face Eremon for the second time. Prepare for a burst of Heroic Resolve especially since he killed Nia!!!
- Tomboy: Nerissa.
- Time Skip: A ten year one happens between parts 1 and 2.
- Took a Level in Badass: Lots of characters did this in the Time Skip.
- Lampshaded by Nikitas when he sees Yuri:
Nikitas: Wow, you really grew into some kind of badass, didn't you?
- Trailers Always Lie / Trailers Always Spoil: The four animated trailers (including the one that is used as the opening in the game) spoiled plenty of the plot points, major or minor (such as Kira gets erased from existence and Yuri's crew storming pirates' base). However, some of them don't appear as how they happen in the game (eg. Celina destroys Kreios' base with her ship's laser accelerator, while in the game she crashes her mobile base), with some characters take different roles (such as Balik being the leader of Kreios pirates and Valantin as the captain of the Elite Phage and is responsible for Kira's erasure).
- Transhuman: The Zenito are only borderline human, since their technology links them into a Hive Mind.
- Trial-and-Error Gameplay: The battle system.
- Troperiffic: Make. It. STOP!!!
- Try Not to Die: During the climatic battle against Lugovalos, Yuri asks Dietrich not to "take unnecessary risks" before the latter stays behind to stall the enemy fleet. Dietrich is unable to fulfill his request.
- Tsundere: Tatiana to Torlo, although she stops acting in that way in Act 2 (they actually get married later in the game). Ian is a male example.
- 2-D Space: Gameplay-wise it's only One-D, but in cutscenes battles are portrayed in Two-D.
- Universal Universe Time
- Unwanted Harem: Yuri has one, apparently.
- Unwinnable by Mistake: See Game-Breaking Bug entry above. Also, it is possible for the battle against Miles' fleet not to occur at all if you don't follow the right travel pattern, which brings up the usual "Depart" screen in the final stop instead of the Desmond Gate's appearance.Incidentally, if you take more than 5 stops but don't stop at the 5th, you are informed that you have missed the event, leaving you to be presumably blasted into cosmic dust after a mission failed message and non standard gameover.
- Also against a boss in the Magellanic Stream that uses Aeriel mines, if you don't happen to have some form of anti air capacity on board, the fight is unwinnable since he is too far away to shoot and the mines will continue to trap you and whittle you away indefinitely.
- Unwitting Pawn: Gino serves as this for his father, Zanetti.
- Video Game Caring Potential: Not as extreme as with other games since the only way to lose a ship permanently is to sell it. Still, when you are at that screen when that same ship was named, built, and customized by you, saw you through several chapters, and was even how Yuri was addressed during that time (Yuri, captain of the [insert name])...sometimes it is just easier to grind the extra hours to earn the money another way.
- Character recruitments (or at least, the routes you take) can qualify as well, since some of them will prevent other characters from nasty fates.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: The first boss, Panvilov, is this for some people.
- Wall Slump: Nia at the end of Act 1.
- Warrior Prince: Teodoro, Cico.
- We Cannot Go On Without You: If your flagship is destroyed, it's a Game Over.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Several characters appear in the story briefly only to be killed the next time they appear onscreen. Bastian is probably the most glaring example.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Taranis goes on conquering rampage to gather the forces to resist the Overlords, Bogd created the Adis religion to prevent humans from fulfilling its job or else it will result in the destruction of the universe.
- Wham Episode: Following Kira's erasure in Act 2, the story becomes much more depressing.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Yuri has this attitude toward LMC nations for their lack of action regarding Lugovalos.
- Worthy Opponent: Probably Cico and Yuri.
- You All Meet in an Inn: A lot of crew members are picked up in spaceport pubs.
- Artistic License - Physics: There's a mineral that gives off an EMP when "in the presence of laser light". You would have to actually hit the mineral withe the laser, but the quest just has you firing a laser randomly into an asteroid field. And changing a weapons-grade laser blast into an omnidirectional magnetic field-with a rock, no less- is impossible.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And green, and white...
Cico: Hey, you! Yeah, you with the white top!
- Younger Than They Look: Possibly the Observers and Trackers. At least in Kira's case, she comes to existence soon after Yuri leaves his home planet.