Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity Hands-On

Game Factory shows off a near-finished version of its upcoming Code Lyoko action game for the Wii.

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Earlier this week, during a meeting with Game Factory, we were invited to spend some time with a preview build of Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity. Developed exclusively for the Nintendo Wii by Neko Entertainment, Quest for Infinity is an action game in which you'll assume the roles of four of Code Lyoko's key characters as they attempt to save the world from the evil Xana. For the benefit of those of you who follow the animated series, we're told that the storyline is new but that it is closely connected to the events of the show's fourth season.

As we reported from Game Factory's Santa Monica office earlier this year, portions of Quest for Infinity are quite closely based on the Code Lyoko Nintendo DS game that was released in May. We're pleased to report that said levels appear to have been cleaned up quite significantly since we last saw the game, and the "space shooter" levels that we were told about back in July have now been implemented.

Surfaces and items that you can interact with are rarely difficult to spot.

Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity's environments will feature six distinct sectors with the following themes: ice, forest, desert, mountain, volcano, and the futuristic-looking and very blue Sector 5. Your time in each area will include visits to both real and replica versions of the sector in question with different level designs, and you'll travel between the two in shoot 'em-up sequences that take place in the Digital Sea. The gameplay in the shooter sequences is reminiscent of Rez, in that your "Skid" craft has the ability to lock on to multiple enemy targets before firing on them. You control both your craft and your onscreen crosshair simply by moving the Wii Remote, and the action was surprisingly intuitive. The fact that some of the enemies were vulnerable only when hit head-on kept things challenging.

In fact, those of you expecting an easy ride from Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity might be in for something of a surprise, at least based on what we saw of the game today. Sure, it might not be difficult to figure out which playable character you need to use for particular tasks and puzzles, but enemies generally attack in numbers, and the cel-shaded boss we were pitted against today survived all three of our attempts to take it down.

Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity is currently scheduled for release in November.

Discussion

22 comments
duWERT
duWERT

the graphics look really good for a N64 game.. yes, i watched the show, and i was always thinking they should make a game out of it. I could go on and on writing, but i'll just say i agree with "reverendyates" (five down.)

Zsaber24
Zsaber24

I am so mad i live in this small town were nothing ever happens and we have to wate almost a week longer than u guys it is so gay it was supposes to come out today but no not 1 store in this town hasw it but im mad a gamespot for giving it a bad score.

Zsaber24
Zsaber24

This looks amazing but y do they have to keep on holding the relase date back.

parabelum75
parabelum75

Pretty cool. Looks like a winner! I am getting that one! I heard Gamespot is giving away a free Tee-shirt when you pre-order the game.

u_poop
u_poop

bet game spot wil give it a bad review

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

Good character design and creative gameplay is the cornerstone of a good game, without it, there is no value. Look like this game is heading to that direction.

reverendyates
reverendyates

Willy105--It looks like a PS2 game because it's on the Wii, so the graphics are not PS3 / 360 quality. Since it's based on a cartoon show (which I like, since I love cartoons) it's one of those games where 50% of you liking it is based on you liking the show. In and of itself it may not be great.

marioman50
marioman50

god, I hate the character design for this game, I saw an ad for this in a magazine and was like, "wtf is with the humongous foreheads" what do they have, a TUMOR or something? aside from that, it really is too early to say anything about the quality of the game right now (never played it). But I'll look for a review...

phatsy
phatsy

sounds pretty good compared to most cartoon series based videogames

clkidisme
clkidisme

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drogaz
drogaz

Looks like it might actually be decent. I'll be cautiously optimistic about this one.

latchol1Sim
latchol1Sim

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Jkranzler
Jkranzler

Wow, i watched the show once, i puked, and i dont want to see it made into a game

CLeRKSfan4life
CLeRKSfan4life

Looks quite decent. The graphics could be better but I like the style. I've never heard of the show it's based on but...meh

Willy105
Willy105

Look at those graphics. Unacceptable. This looks like a PS2 game!

JiminycricketX
JiminycricketX

While it's likely that this will go belly up, being a licensed game based on a kids cartoon, I retain skepticism. There wasn't much negative said in this preview, though previews are usually fairly optimistic. I recall enjoying the show way back when I bothered to watch TV, so it might be worth picking up if it comes out well.

link631
link631

what the ...? why does this game exist ?

winwinwe
winwinwe

gonna suck kiddie game thats linceADed recipe for crap stew

Dualmask
Dualmask

A licensed game that might not suck? That'll be the day.

Np_Pro
Np_Pro

Surprising. I would have thought this to be incredibly lame.