Just like the movies, Disney’s latest game appeals to a wider audience than preschoolers.
Okay, so I have something that I need to get off my chest. A little secret that I’ve kept quiet since its announcement, that I haven’t told anybody yet. I think Disney Infinity looks amazing. Phew.
It’s a game that knows about your collection of model figurines and syncs them into its virtual world. From there, as the title suggest, the possibilities are endless. Maybe it’s the child in me that’s desperate for one more playtime or maybe it’s my love of all things Disney that refuses to die, but one thing’s for sure, I’m desperate to play this.
I can’t be the only adult to harbour such feelings towards the title. While most serious gamers will mock it for being nothing more than a carbon copy of Activation’s incredibly popular Skylanders: Spryo’s adventure, they need only look to the rich history of all things Disney to realise that Infinity will be a roaring success and appeal to gamers of all ages.
Activision claims to have sold over 30 million Skylanders toys since its global release and yet despite it offering an almost identical concept to Infinity, I never once took an interest in it and thought of it as little more than a child’s fad. The Disney tag changes everything though.
Everyone has grown up with Disney. Pretty much from birth we know all about the weird and wonderful worlds and the characters who reside in them. We’ve all been glued to our cinema seats watching Woody and Buzz quest to find their way home to Andy’s room. In the past year we’ve watched Wreck-it-Ralph game jump and visited Monsters University and learnt what it takes to be a Scarer. And now we’re being handed the tools to re-enact these memorable moments or make our own by combining a console, a figurine and the infinity base.
But it’s not just the thought of reliving classic Disney moments that captured my attention, it’s that the game will be open world with each individual set and character bringing something fresh and new for the player to explore. Gamers will be able to mix and match objects, weapons and worlds all the while retaining that loveable Disney enjoyment.
Then there’s toy-box mode where you “can make your own worlds, create games with your own rules, or build places that only exist in your imagination. When you’re done, you can knock it all down and start again.”
It all looks pretty awesome to me.
The reveal trailer has already shown what chaos and pleasure can be had when the likes of Captain Jack Sparrow, Mr Incredible and Sully from Monsters Inc get together. And there will be plenty more characters available from release, with the likes of Lightening McQueen, The Lone Ranger, Mickey Mouse and Jack Skellington to name but a few.
Yes it might be a bit cheap for Disney to cash in, yes it might be almost identical to Skylanders, but as it says on the cover: Infinite possibilities, Endless fun.
It’s out on 23rd August, which is tomorrow.
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