Disney INFINITY Starter Pack
Fun for the whole family
Disney Infinity captures the essence of the Disney world, in that each play set isn't the same play with different characters. EVery play set has unique dynamics to it. Incredibles is more of a heroic, hand to hand battle superhero game, while Monsters University has more scavenger based missions with the elements of stealth, and Pirates brings in sailing and ship battles, along with sword and gun play. Basically you have three games in one to start with and that's not even mentioning the Toy Box. Toy Box is great because if you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can't imagine it though or are having a tough time with the building you can always download pre-built toy boxes to enjoy and explore. The only true downside is that if you want to play multiplayer in the play sets you have to buy extra figures, but the easiest way to solve that problem, especially on a budget is to save up and buy a triple pack (Sidekicks or Villains) and then you're good to go.
I always loved the idea of Skylanders, the concept seemed fresh and origingal. However, I could never get into the game. There always seemed to something lacking in the gameplay. Then I saw the announcemet for Disney Infinity. I saw all the videos for Infiinity. I read the articles. Infinity from Disney, yea, that seemed like a fantastic idea. I finally broke down and purchased it for me and my family and we quickly grew in love with it. The character pieces are experly crafted and look they could be just an epic collectible set from Disney that stand on a shelf for people to admire, yet, behold, they are playable figures for a video game. The world sets I've explored so have been really well done and imagined in a creatively great way. The toy box is epic in and of itself. Build your very own world to play in and fill it with pieces you unlock as you go. Build race tracks to race on, cliffs to scale. You can even spawn enemies to battle against. In the worlds you are locked to only characters from that world to play co-op with. The toybox however allows for two player to be any charactger from anyworld. This means they can participate in basic advengtures together as any character. Sulley's paintball can be played as Sulley and Mr Incredible. A cars race can have lighning mcqueen vs jack sparrow. What makes the co-op even more amazing in the toy box is the fact that players aren't forced to stay together in order to play. Each player can roam as far apart in the open toy box as they want only coming together when it's time to engage in an adventure. It's amazing. My only grip with the toybox is the fact that for something that's supposed to have infinite possibilities the limit to the amount of pieces that you're allowed to place in the toybox sure comes quick.Now comes the reason why I didn't give infinity a higher score. Infinity had one major bust in my opinion and that is with the way the characters work. Most games, if you have multiple users on the same console will create and save individual files for each player to grow and level up characters in the game on their own. Stats can be kept for each individual user. Infinity works a little different. Now, I understand that with a game like infinity the developers just want to make money. However, what Disney did was a blatant form of money grubbing that tops even the basic greed inherent in having people buy different characters and different worlds in order to get a full experience. What disney did was make it so that each individual figurine could only have one save file per console....not per user. If you spend a desired amount of time leveling up Jack Sparrow and earning new abilities as well as watching his awesome statue in hall of heroes change with the levels and your daugther decides to log onto her profil and take control of jack sparrow.....well the level up for that character will completely start over, not just for her but for everyone. the next time you use Jack Sparrow you'll have to start your levels from scratch as well as erase the experience level save of the person who played before you. That is a blatan way of Disney getting consumers to buy multiple versions of the same character and I believe it's wholly greedy and not the least bit fair. I could see if you took the character and went from a ps3 console to a 360 console or even a new ps3 console that of course the information would be deleted, but each individual user on the same console should be able to have their own experience save per character just as it would be in any normal game. This missing factor was almost enough to make me want to get rid of the game....the fact that my family loves it and my toybox kept me latched to infinite fun this game has the potential to offer.
Final Rundown before launch
Ok, for those of you out there who have never played Skylanders or Minecraft, and even those that have, this should help explain allot about the game. Yeah the game and components are a little expensive, compaired to Skylanders, but there is a good reason. Yeah the game has allot of similarities to Skylanders, like collecting little figures that you can place in the game using the portal/pad, that's about the end of the similarities.
-Skylanders characters have different elements that have their own abilities and can unlock areas of levels, Infinity you can play the same character is just about every area and they even get their own story if they are in their own homeworld area.
-Infinity will be adding more worlds along the way, each world is kind of like its own story and the characters that are part of that world and each world is expected to have about 6+ hours of gameplay per world, Skylanders just plays 1 story using different characters.
-Both franchises have player-vs-player modes, and 2 or more player co-operative modes. (that still hasn't been specified as to how many players can play at the same time)
-The major difference Infinity has over Skylanders is the ToyBox mode, this is how it compairs to Minecraft. You can collect items, characters, vehicles, texture coloring, ext, from the various worlds and then you basicly can throw whatever you want together to make your own worlds, kind of like LEGOs when you buy different sets and then throw the random pieces together to make a weird house/car/monster/machine/whatever. You can creat a giant pinball arena that your characters can run around in, score soccer goals in a playing field, football-basketball-maybe even golf kind of games.
-If you collect all the different characters from a single world you unlock something special. (unknown what kind of thing is unlocked and also unknown if all the worlds have the special unlock because some worlds have more characters than others)
I have the first Skylanders game(Spyro's Adventure) it was cool, but once you have at least 1 character of each of the 8 elements you can unlock any area, there are also some worlds that they added in the first game to give more short story areas. I also have Minecraft, which I still play, its kind of like LEGOs on your computer. You have to survive in a world, make items by combining resources you gather, and there are some pretty easy monsters to watch out for. There is even a sandbox mode where you get unlimited resources so you can build anything, like having every LEGO set in the whole toy store.
But I highly recommend this game to anyone who loves to create, yeah everything is Disney franchises and the stories wont be these super-long marathons that you play for days with no sleep, but the creative mode and multiplayer is what makes this game different from Skylanders. If you are hesitant to preorder or purchase, just find a friend who gets it and try it out.
I am so excited! I can't wait to jump off the highest building (or cliff) and see what happens when I land... and I don't care if that sounds weird I love doing that in videogames when I can.
SkyLanders Eat Your Heart Out!!
This game will smash skylanders to the ground if gamers understand the concept correctly.Everyone thinks their copying skylanders but hey, AT LEAST YOU CAN JUMP IN THIS GAME!!This game is not copying skylanders,Disney was just inspired,plus this game is brings a new playing experience that alows you to mash up and play with all things Disney.
For those hardcore Disney people
I bought this game for my son, and sat down with him while he played it for 90 minutes. I was bored very quickly. From what I can tell, the main focus of this game is on the toybox mode. That is where you build your own area. I have never cared for those games, which is why my friends could never get me into farmville. The missions, or adventures as this game calls them are really easy. If you are going to do the toybox thing you must play those and pick up the parts you need to build. The only people I can see liking this game are the hardcore Disney fans, and those that like playing games where you build your own world. I already want to take the game back. I don't have my PS3 hooked up to the internet, and it seems you need that to really get anything out of this game. In order to get more people into this game, Disney is going to need to add way more to this.
I was looking forward to this as game that could make Skylanders step up a bit in their future games. However, Infinity has disappointed me. The camera can be a bit annoying at times. Also, jumping on ledges is very annoying from time to time. The one review on here says that the characters can be used almost anywhere which is not true. In the actual story mode they can only be used in their worlds. You can not take Sulley into The Cars playset. Which is a big let down. On Skylanders they can be used in any level. I would really try this somewhere before you buy it.
Bugs Galore!!! Wait a few months first.
Just got the game. Installed everything. Started it up. NO SOUND! Played through the intro stage with no sound. Figured it was just that part. Nope. Loaded a playset and still no sound. Did a quick search online and this was the least of my problems. Various problems over all platforms. PS3 - Sound issues, game crash, and corrupt save data. XBox - Sound issues. Wii - Sound issues and single player toy box only. Not only did the game sound not work, it completely killed the sound for my PS3. Nothing in the PS3 menu makes sounds now. I tried setting up my sound options on the PS3 menu, still nothing. Resetting the PS3, nothing. The game is broken and it broke my PS3. For now I'm not gonna play it until a "fixed" update is available. Do not buy the game until this update is available. Really disappointing.
bought for two players, can't use it
We paid $75 for this game. It claims you can play two player and I wanted to play with my son, but when we tried it with the characters it came with it said we had the wrong character. It only lets you use characters of matching stories and conveniently doesn't include two that match one of the stories it comes with.
I really wanted to play this game. It has been unable to sway my opinion that this is a shameless Skylanders rip-off. I purchased the starter, both adventure packs, two packages of power discs, a strategy guide and a stand-alone character. The retail for everything was $200.00. I have had to sit through the five-minute intro four times now because my saves are all corrupted. I suppose it really doesn’t matter, since I haven’t actually been able to play the game since it crashes REPEATEDLY. Of the eight crashes I experienced, I was able to load a save twice only for it to corrupt on subsequent play attempt. There is no tech support number. I found the number to Disney Interactive (The game part of Disney) only to find out their tech support is only Monday – Friday. I’m not sure why they chose not to staff their tech support ON THE DAY IT IS RELEASED! When I tried to use the internet help function at Disney.com/infinity, I did not receive any confirmation. Of course I opened all $200 worth of product, so no one will return this piece of junk. I just found out Disney posted on Facebook that the PS3 version has been broken by the latest patch. It’s a shame I don’t have a facebook account! No way for me to get this information. They should’ve posted this on the Disney Infinity site instead of on Facebook.