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Skylanders get SuperCharged

Oct 1, 2015

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Skylanders: SuperChargersThe baddies can run but they cannot hide now that the Skylanders are SuperCharged like never before.

The ingenious character figure role-playing game that started it all is back with a fresh take on the successful formula.

The evil Portal Master, Kaos, and his inflated ego have returned to give Skylands another big old migraine. Taking control of the portals, he has sealed off Skyland. If that wasn't bad enough he has kidnapped and imprisoned Master Eon, the elite Portal Master.

Kaos is voiced by actor Richard Steven Horvitz known for Invader ZIM and Alpha 5 on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Other veterans voice actors such as Steve Blum (Wolverine in in just about every Marvel animated series, Starscream in Transformers Prime) and Patrick Warburton (Joe Swanson on Family Guy, Brock Samson on The Venture Brothers and Kronk on The Emperor's New School). All the voice talent combined with the witty writing give SuperChargers a light and at times, truly hilarious tone that will give parents and children a few hearty chuckles here and there.

Skylanders: SuperChargersSince Skyland cannot be access the traditional way, taking down Kaos is a job for the SuperChargers, a group of Skylanders who are trained to not only battle but also pilot all manner of powerful vehicles. Whether it be by land, sea or air, the SuperChargers vow to reclaim the portals by traveling to various platforming settings, helping others and eventually cuffing that crafty Kaos.

The SuperChargers Starter Pack comes with that nifty Portal of Power, the physical gateway that allows characters, vehicles to enter the game, the figures Super Shot Stealth Elf (earth element) and Spitfire (fire element) and Hot Streak (fire element) a revved up hot rod racer. Putting Hot Streak and Spitfire on the gateway at the same time allows for Hot Streak to tear into the game.
In the SuperChargers series there are over 40 Skylander figures and vehicles to collect. The good news for parents is the 117 characters introduced since the Spyro's Adventure installment will still be playable in SuperChargers and if the Wii U is your choice of console, there are exclusive Donkey Kong and Bowser figures which double as Skylanders and Amiibo characters.

Skylanders: SuperChargersThe Skylanders format remains very much the same with lots of platforming to be done in all sorts of exotic, lively and colorful environments dominated by kooky bosses such as the outrageous Warden Money Bone, a mustached skeleton and Cap'N'Cluck, the leader of a highly irritating chicken army.

The vehicles are the real stars of SuperChargers though. With them you can enter optional races to win goodies, race against your friends online and much of the campaign requires you to cruise through courses or battle baddies with them. Approximately half the game is vehicle-based racing and combat, so be prepared to be flying, diving or steering your way through danger often. If piloting vehicles is definitely not your thing, there is still a lot of platforming but you may wish to check out other chapters in the series, if you haven't already.

Skylanders: SuperChargersThe one major drawback of including the vehicles is unless you own one land, sea and sky vehicle, some of the side-missions and races remain locked as you don't have the proper vehicle to race or compete. It doesn't hinder your progress in the game at all, they are just constant reminders of missed opportunities along the way.

Taking its cue as many games have in the past from Mario Kart, the battles and races have random power-ups to be obtained and employed, turbo ramps and sections to boost your speed and plenty of obstacles such as a giant fire-breathing dragon looking to barbecue the course and you along with it. SuperChargers is a familiar but polished interpretation of the Nintendo classic that takes the Skylanders series into a new and exciting direction.

Skylanders: SuperChargersSkylanders: SuperChargers
Format: Xbox One
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Vicarious Visions
ESRB Rating: E10+

Official Site: https://www.skylanders.com

Rating: 8 / 10

 
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