[Beyond PlayStation] Inferno 2 Review
Inferno 2 from 2Awesome Studio is a fast-paced twin-stick shooter/RPG on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Inferno 2 review!
Inferno 2 includes more than 80 stages to take on. Based on your performance, you’ll be able to upgrade your ship’s abilities and weapons, so that you can take on the increasing challenge. To make it possible for players of different skill levels to take on this adventure, Inferno 2 offers three difficulty levels to choose from. You can change the difficulty at any time, so you’ll be able to increase or decrease the challenge, depending on how things are going for you.
Since Inferno 2 is a twin-stick shooter, you’ll be controlling your spaceship with the left analog stick, aiming, and shooting with the right one. That’s the basic gameplay mechanic that you will be using during your time with the game, and once you select your starting weapon, you’ll be ready to take on the different enemy types you’ll face. You’ll unlock drones to aid you, extra weapons, different missile types, enhancements for your spaceship, and special overdrive skills that will give you a solid boost.
Anything that is not your spaceship will be out to get you, so you’ll need to make the most of your weapons to destroy everything that moves. Collect keys to open doors, shoot at enemies, avoid touching them, and stay far away from their attacks, and you’ll be on your way to completing the dozens of available stages. There will be spheres that spawn smaller spheres that will quickly move towards your spaceship, others that spawn smaller spaceships, stationary turrets, enemies that will explode when destroyed, and send out bullets in all directions.
Every enemy that you defeat will yield experience points, which can be used to level up your spaceship. With every level up, you will get upgrade points, and you can use them to boost your weapons, missiles, or overdrive. The first upgrade will cost one upgrade point, but if you want to unlock another upgrade for the same weapon or missile, you’ll have to spend three upgrade points, so you’ll need to plan accordingly so that you can make the most of it. You can also trade five upgrade points in a one-time deal to boost one of your enhancements that increase your ship’s armor, active drones, missile ammo, and overall speed.
Enemies, and item orbs, will also yield money, which you can use in the shops you find. In there you’ll be able to pay to have your ship’s armor restored, to add drones to your stock, add extra XP to your count, restock each missile type’s ammo, restore your overdrive’s power meter, or spend s bit of money to switch to another overdrive power. If you have a lot of money, you can also buy an extra key, which could help you unlock an extra door that might lead to a secret bonus stage.
There’s also an in-game achievements system for Inferno 2. You can complete them by maxing out all missile ammo, destroying ten item orbs, being destroyed five times, reaching 1,000 XP, destroying 1,000 enemies, using a power five times, firing 500 missile shots, or collecting 10,000 gold in total, to name some examples. You can check your progress in the Achievements section to see how you’re doing so that you can plan accordingly.
Inferno 2 is a fun twin-stick shooter on Nintendo Switch with plenty of content for its budget $4.99 price. Don’t let its minimalist look fool you, because it offers a solid challenge and lots of things to do, making it a great option for both fans of the twin-stick shooter genre and those that are new to it.
This Inferno 2 review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by 2Awesome Studio.