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Disney Infinity blasts off with Star Wars adventure

Sept 17, 2015

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Disney Infinity 3.0: Twilight of the RepublicWhen it first was released Disney Infinity set a new standard for action-adventure sandbox fun. Featuring fully-fleshed out escapades of The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean and Monsters Inc., the original Starter Pack release was really three games in one and a magnificent value considering you could purchase supplemental characters. The follow-up release, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes was overwhelmed with repetitive, unimaginative gameplay setting the series back.

With Disney Infinity 3.0, the series is securely back on track thanks to an out of this world Star Wars adventure - Twilight of the Republic - for kids from 4 to 40.

Disney Infinity 3.0: Twilight of the RepublicAlong with the game, figure base and the Twilight of the Republic set piece, the Star Wars Starter Pack comes with the fantastic Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker's apprentice who grew to become the standout hero and fan favourite of the Clone Wars series and Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader 1.0, himself.

Like the original Disney Infinity, Twilight of the Republic is an extensive, comprehensive campaign with plenty of recognizable faces from the Star Wars universe including Yoda, Obi-Wan, bounty hunter Cad Bane, General Grievous and Darth Maul, who returned in Clone Wars, complete with a cyborg torso and his equally evil brother, Savage Opress.
Taking place shortly after Attack of the Clones, the Jedi are on the hunt for the mysterious mastermind who activated a droid army base on that smoggy planet of Geonosis. Taking a few cues from Star Wars: Battlefront, you battle planet-side and in outer space.

Disney Infinity 3.0: Twilight of the RepublicThe combat system and gameplay have gotten a major and welcome overhaul. The simplistic, button mashing Disney Infinity combat system has been beefed up with various combos, an emphasis on defensive maneuvers. The foes are diverse as well with smaller lackeys and minor bosses. Some foes are shielded and some have the ability to knock you down and out for a short bit requiring you to bash 'X' to get to your feet. You can use your force powers as well to interact with the environment or on your enemies.

Characters have their own fighting styles too. While Anakin deals more deadly powerful attacks, Ahsoka is more fluid and precise.

You don't have the luxury of infinitely respawning your way through the game this time around. Now, if you perish enough, you not only have to use a new character but you may be forced to go back to the previous checkpoint instead of just appearing where you last left off. This approach certainly increases the difficulty making the game more of a challenge.

Disney Infinity 3.0: Twilight of the RepublicWith a new hub, the Toy Box feature has also returned allowing players to create their own playsets and share them with others. While I understand the value of having more levels to play, the series as a whole would be better served by releasing more Disney produced DLC adventures as they would be far more intricate, fulfilling and complex.

Unlike Marvel Super Heroes which seemed to be very generic and didn't really tie into the comic books or Avengers tone and hallmarks, Twilight of the Republic is a genuine Star Wars experience. From the opening credits to the chase scene cribbed from Phantom Menace, to all of the characterizations, Twilight is an authentic piece of the Star Wars universe.

Disney Infinity 3.0: Twilight of the RepublicDisney Infinity 3.0: Twilight of the Republic
Format: PlayStation 4
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios, LucasArts
Developer: Avalanche Software, Ninja Theory
ESRB Rating: E 10+

Official Site: https://infinity.disney.com/

Rating: 8.5 / 10

 
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