The boys played the first Disney Infinity and let's just say they were not huge fans of it. I think the main reason being it was too complicated and confusing for kids, as it had crammed too many menus, different worlds for different characters and some uninspiring game play.
So quite understandably we skipped Disney Infinity 2.0 even though the boys are fans of Marvel superheroes. And then, Disney Infinity 3.0 had to come along with its Star Wars line-up.
And because I NEVER turn down Star Wars reviews, I just had to check out the brand new game... and just for good measure, the 2 boys tagged along as well.
In case you did not know, Disney Infinity is a hybrid toy/video game where players place an actual character figure onto a base which is connected via USB cable to the game console. Using NFC (Near Field Communication) chips - much like the ones in our EZ-link cards - built into the plastic toys, the characters will be 'teleported' into the game on screen and be controlled by the player.
Remove the figure from the base, or replace it with another one, and the character in the game changes accordingly. With so many characters as well as additional play sets to collect, there are tons of new story missions and levels for players to unlock.
And with Disney Infinity 3.0, kids (and parents) will have a wider breadth of content and variety of gameplay than ever offered from Disney Infinity, including not one, but three Star Wars Play Sets, one set in the timeline of Episodes I-III, the second set during the original trilogy, Episodes IV-VI, and the third based on the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
Each of the Star Wars Play Sets offers distinct experiences, with varied gameplay, environments and characters. Additionally, gamers will have the unique opportunity to play with all of the Star Wars characters in all of the Star Wars Play Sets.
Okay enough of the details... just how did the actual game fare in the hands of Ash and Ayd?
They did not get too much play time as they would have liked - about 15 minutes worth each - but from first impressions, they enjoyed it. I was particularly impressed with the lightsaber combat which was realistic and packed with a ton of cool moves to discover.
If you are no Star Wars fan, fret not as there are additional Play Sets including a Marvel Play Set featuring Hulkbuster Iron Man, Ultron, and other Marvel characters AND this.
A Disney•Pixar Play Set based on the film Inside Out with a different game!
The boys also briefly entertained themselves in the enhanced Toy Box - they remarked it is far easier to navigate than the first Disney Infinity! - with two new multiplayer Toy Box Expansion Games, Toy Box Speedway (kart racing) and Toy Box Takeover (action-adventure).
Toy Box is the place where all of the Disney, Disney•Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars characters from Disney Infinity 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 can appear together so one can pit characters against one another in the Toy Box Speedway racing game or save the universe through the six levels from Syndrome in Toy Box Takeover.
Looks like we may just give Disney Infinity 3.0 another shot, eh?
The Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack is already available in Singapore at a suggested retail price of S$99.90 and includes the Disney Infinity 3.0 Base and video game software, the Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Play Set, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker character figures, and a web code card that unlocks content for PC and mobile devices. Additional figures are priced at S$22.90 each.
For more information, visit infinity.disney.com/en-apac.
Disney Infinity 3.0 is available for the PlayStation4 and PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii U system from Nintendo, PC and iOS and Android devices.