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‘Infinity’ one of 2013’s best
Sept 19, 2013
By John Powell - G4 Canada
The Walt Disney Company is home to some of the most iconic characters ever to grace our television or movie screens. ‘Disney Infinity’ brings all of those timeless characters together in a game that’s not only one of the best games of 2013 but one of the best children’s games ever developed.
Borrowing from and improving on the ‘Skylanders’ series, the ‘Infinity’ starter set comes with three figures (Captain Jack Sparrow, Mr. Incredible and Sulley) and a flashing Infinity Base to put them on so the characters can be synched to enter the game. The set also comes with a play set piece which contains the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘Monsters University’ and ‘The Incredibles’ adventures and your first Power Disc. Each individual Power Disc unlocks powers, gadgets, themes or combos in the game.
The starter set is four games in one. The adventures themselves are free roaming to an extent. As Jack Sparrow, you can wander around the seaside town trading sword blades with some of the nefarious locals as well as completing missions given to you by various characters. ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Monsters Incorporated” campaigns work in the same way. Each character (except vehicles) can double jump, have a set of simple attacks and a distinct ability. Characters can also be outfitted with gadgets and vehicles if you unlock them or gain enough coins. For example, in 'The Incredibles’ adventure, you can obtain Mr. Incredible’s car and outfit him with a glide pack allowing him to sail through the city.
Developers Avalanche Software have not skimped on the individual campaigns. They are very involved and really capture the essence of the characters and the worlds they live in. In the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ adventure, you will sail a pirate ship, engage other ships on the high seas, swing and slice through the air like a swashbuckler of old. As Mr. Incredible you will make scrap metal out of giant robots, chase down cagey villains and rescue the citizens of Metroville. The adventures in the starter kit will keep you busy for some time to come.
When the main campaigns are completed there are also some timed challenges to keep you busy and there is Toy Box mode in which players can build and populate their own worlds then share them with other players.
‘Infinity’ cost Disney a pretty penny to develop but all of Avalanche Software’s hard work is all there on the small screen. A big positive for parents is that just like ‘Skylanders’, the figures are platform agnostic, so no matter which system or platform their friends, family or loved ones have, they can share and borrow characters and campaigns which can really extend the game’s shelf life. ‘Infinity’ is hours and hours of fun for kids from 5 to 50.
Rating: 9 / 10
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