Monday, 14 September 2015

Disney Infinity 3.0: PS4 Review

Disney Infinity 3.0: PS4 Review


Platform: PS4
Released by Disney

The Force may not be awakening until December this year, but the merchandise certainly had a rude awakening already.

So it is with the rather brilliant family orientated Disney Infinity series which sort of spluttered a little with the Marvel SuperHeroes set last year - but there was certainly a lot more excitement when the news was released that Star Wars would be finding its way on to the platform this time around.

Granted, you'll have to wait until a little later in the year to play an original Luke, Leia and Han set adventure, but this starter pack that's out now is certainly making all the right noises in a market place which is already somewhat crowded, with this franchise, Skylanders and in a few weeks, LEGO Dimensions (bring on the Doctor Who element already!!)

Twilight of the Republic is the major starter pack piece, and the cartoony approach that Disney Infinity brought with their art style, certainly works wonders with this given how it's set in the Clone Wars Universe. In fact, this execution is nigh-on perfect with the ducking and diving, fighting - and you can see how it's come from the same developer as Devil May Cry. Using the light sabres never loses its thrill either - and to be honest, kids of all ages - particularly dads and their sons - will get a lot out of the adventure. Playing as Anakin or Ahsoka, there are different skills to master and different ways to play. But with the wonderfully realised statues on hand, the boundaries to this is as much as the imagination will allow.

And the Toy Box makes a welcome return too - using the if you can build it, you can play it mentality and ethos, there's still plenty to do. The core concepts of the development are the same, but thankfully, the community's embraced this way of gaming already and there's plenty of options to experience what others would create early on. But that's the great appeal of the Toy Box, worlds are created and you can access other people's work; it's a boon to the lazy and the restless - and it's a joy to see others bring it to life.

The thing with the Disney Infinity Star Wars iteration is its perfect amalgamation of gaming and the imagination. Star Wars was always about dreaming, of shooting and playing with light sabres in a galaxy, far far away and now this set has brought that to life. You'd have to be a curmudgeon to not fall for its charms, though it's understandable that given the number of characters to collect, your budget may feel a great disturbance over the coming months.

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