All of you know that I am a sucker for Skylanders. What you may not know is I am also a sucker for all things Disney. So, you can imagine, I was extremely excited, and this game stayed at the top of my most wanted list from about the time of the announcement.
My dreams finally became a reality a couple of weeks ago. I just like to start by saying this is a real hard game to review. I’m not sure you can actually put a number on it. If I were to do this justice, I would most likely need to review each play set separately, but then, there is Toy Box mode.
I started out by playing the Pirates of the Caribbean play set. If you are not familiar with this game, each play set is open world. There is the main story line, and there are several smaller missions to complete along the way. As an extra bonus you pick up Toys for your Toy Box Collection. I have to admit I was always looking forward to seeing what I would get next. It was a lot like opening up a package of baseball or football cards.
The main story for Pirates is pretty linear, and if you aren’t into completing all of the missions, it does not take very long to get through, maybe two or three hours. The same can be said for each play set. If you do all of the missions, they say you get eight to ten hours. I really enjoyed Pirates. It had a nice variety of gameplay. I enjoyed the open sea battles.
I next played Monsters University. I really did not care very much for this playset. It felt like more of a grind for me to complete. The missions were short the story was not really that intriguing. However, I really liked the toys that you open. I actually liked the toys more in Monsters than I did Pirates.
The final playset was the Incredibles. I deliberately saved this one for last. I really enjoyed the movie, and I have always wondered why they never made a sequel. You can imagine the excitement when I had heard this was coming with the starter pack.
I know some have not enjoyed it, but I really liked it. It is a lot of big dumb fun, and I like big dumb fun. Is it hard? Not really, but I just love the characters, and this play set stays pretty true to them. Of course, I love the toys in this set to open as well. The glider, hover board, and car are all great to play with. I would say this was probably my favorite, but I am a bit biased.
This brings us to Toy Box mode. I can see many, many blog entries for the things the public comes up within Toy Box mode. They have built Infinity to be a platform across multiple platforms, and they are to be commended for it. There is literally so much you can do with this, and as the game matures and players get more familiar with it, I expect amazing creations.
Is this a perfect game? No. Is it worth the insane amount of money you might spend getting everything? For me, I am okay with everything except the blind pack power discs. There is just too many opportunities for multiples. Am I so hooked that I will be broke by the end of the year? Most likely!
Final Score…a Real Solid 8/10 (I guess you can put a number on this.)