Infinity is the latest experiment for Disney Studios. The game takes on Activision’s Skylanders’ series with regards to collectible figures and a video game. The largest difference being a humongous library full of properties only Disney can pull from. Even with all of these well-established worlds it begs the question: Does it work?
In order to play the game you’ll need the starter pack, which is available for Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii and Wii U. I recommended you purchase the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions as the others are gimped in one way or another. The starter pack includes the game, 3 figures (Jack Sparrow, Mr. Incredible and James P. Sullivan.), a World Disc, a random Power Disc and the Infinity Pad.
For collectors out there the Disney Infinity figures are very well designed, well-built and beautiful. The paint jobs of each character are well done with almost no paint out of place – it’s something a little unusual for mass-market figures. Kids should easily be able to throw these around and not break them, though I don’t really recommend that.
The Power Discs are random – even in the starter pack – and give your characters and worlds unique items, powers or styles for the Toy Box. For example, the Pieces of Eight disc gives the character it’s equipped to a chance to obtain more loot. Unless you are a hard-core collector, these discs aren’t really necessary. Even with Pieces of Eight helping me to afford different in-game items I could very well live without it.
Once the game disc is popped in you’ll be introduced to Disney Infinity. The interactive introduction – complete with images of characters you’ve yet to own – is presented in such a bright and tantalising way that only Disney can pull off. It reminds me slightly of Fantasia. Slightly.
Infinity is comprised of two main game modes: Story and Toy Box. Stories are accessed through World Discs, which are also placed on the Infinity Pad. These unlock different worlds based on the characters and each includes a full story, side-quest and many, many collectibles (used in Toy Box mode). The stories are different for each world with the Incredibles having you stop Syndrome, Pirates has you chasing after a legendary treasure and Monsters University will pit you against Fear Tech. Each story should take 2-4 hours to complete, but more if you’re after all of the unlockables. Yes, it can be childish, but still very fun.
In order to play co-op in a specific story you’ll need characters native to that universe. Do you want to play co-op Incredibles? You’ll then need 2 Incredibles characters as Sully isn’t allowed to join in. What it really lacks is a mini-map, which boggles the mind as to why this wasn’t included.
Toy Box is whatever you can think of. The mode is a blank canvas that allows you to build your own worlds, games and more. Think of it as a more expansive Incredible Machine – or an easier Minecraft – but with Disney properties. There’s a limit as to how much can be place on-screen at once; a meter to will fill up to your left and notify you of this. The game does come with several pre-built adventure to show off what can be done, and allow you to play multiplayer and earn more goodies. I had a chance to co-op paintball, which was incredibly fun even if basic.
Even with a mish-mash of different properties in one, Disney has opted for a universal art style for Infinity. Some characters may appear a little strange – Syndrome comes to mind – but it actually works. Everything has a uniform look, but in a good way.
The individual words carry over their own quirks from the movies they’re based on and actually feel unique. They’re also populated with characters from that world, which adds to the overall aesthetic. My only gripe is the Incredible universe which is a bit on the bland side; it’s also the only universe that feels like you’re playing with toys.
Infinity’s graphics engine does wonders with each Disney universe, and most of them are captured perfectly, but it can suffer some slow-down when traversing through these worlds. It’s not too surprising.
There isn’t much to say about the controls other than they’re simple and easy to use. At times in can be frustrating finding areas to climb – with the camera not always knowing where it should be – but you’ll soon be on your way putting Ezio to shame.
Characters have their own abilities as well; Jack Sparrow is able to fire a gun and Sully roars at opponents. I had a chance to use Mrs. Incredible who has stretching attacks unlike her brute force husband.
The original voice actors aren’t used, but the stand ins are decent enough. Every second vocal line manages to sound like the original, but others just fall short. It’s a little strange.
Overall, I can highly recommend Disney Infinity to kids and adults alike. There’s enough content in there to keep everyone happy, even if the initial investment is on the steep side.
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