Sunday, 29 March 2015

Disney Infinity 2.0: PS4 Review

Disney Infinity 2.0: PS4 Review


Platform: PS4
Released by Disney

With Easter just around the corner, and the latest Avengers movie, Avengers: Age Of Ultron waiting in the wings for release, there seems like no better time to take a look at the Disney Infinity 2.0 set.

It's been around for nearly a year with some 20 characters available for purchase and every combo of your faves - from Hulk to Hawkeye, Iron Man to Black Widow - around to purchase.

Following on from the success of the first sets, there's little that's really changed with these sets; except for the fact that the Toy Box has expanded its horizons and given you more to build and more to play with.

The starter pack set comes with Thor, Iron Man and Black Widow and I also got Hulk too to mess around with. The figures are pretty standard renditions of the characters, more blocky than really developed but they have to be able to survive the handling by the little ones, so it's no surprise that they're durable rather than pitch perfect renditions.

It's the similar format too - these figures give life to virtual characters within Infinity stand (a la Skylanders and a la first set too) and then transfer to your screen for fun times ahead.

The play set game sees Loki unleashing the Frost Giants on Manhattan, in a twist on the first Avengers film. It's fun to play and gives you a sense of the epic nature of the set and the push towards bringing the Marvel Universe to life as per the plan of expanding the set out (will we get a Star Wars Infinity set now that they're part of the Disney stable too?) While Manhattan's relatively well transposed to the screen, it's lacking a little life and certainly doesn't have the graphic scope that was around for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. There's definitely a feeling the game skews younger so it's probably one for parents to play with kids and to enjoy that way rather than a seasoned gamer trying to hit all the finishes. Skill points contribute to upgrading the characters, so there's stuff to do as well as fight the marauding ice giants.

But the real push of Disney Infinity 2.0 is to be found in the toy sets, where you can build your own worlds and really bring the Marvel Universe to light in a way which really does set the bar for these games.

Tools, templates and helpers can aid in your creation of a world within and it's certainly the feeling that Disney Infinity 2.0 is going more for an ease of access feel than a full on permanent tutorial. After all, these sets are aimed at families and younger minds, so accessibility and simplicity of use are key factors to ensure the durability and life of the sets.

All in all, Disney Infinity 2.0 makes the idea of gaming and building with these characters fun - with Easter holidays just around the corner, and sales on currently, there's really no excuse not to get hold of these sets and characters.

With a new Avengers film here soon too, it's likely that there will be plenty of awareness - and thanks to the genuine creativity of Disney Infinity, it is a great way to amuse minds of all ages with these sets.

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