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E3 Recap: Disney Infinity 3.0

Posted on June 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm by Stephen Janes

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The Disney Infinity games have evolved from a stand-alone idea into a huge franchise with different components. With Disney’s business plans including popular franchises such as Marvel and Star Wars, Disney Infinity 3.0 has evolved into a much bigger project that actually spreads to different titles.

The focal point of Disney Infinity 3.0 is the inclusion of the Star Wars franchise and the Pixar film Inside Out, each with their own style of gameplay. The Star Wars campaigns focus on the events after Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (titled Twilight of the Republic) and the events during the classic trilogy (called Rise Against the Empire). Each storyline includes the same fun you would expect from any Disney Infinity title. Of course, the selling point here is the ability to play in these sets with any character from the Star Wars universe. I thoroughly enjoyed my time controlling Chewbacca and Han Solo as I took down several AT-AT walkers on the planet Hoth. There is also content coming out for upcoming The Force Awakens film, but nothing else aside from, “It’s coming out eventually” could be shared with the public just yet.

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Two of the play sets you can get, complete with their own story modes.

Some areas in the game, you are required to switch to a certain character class which can be a letdown. As Boba Fett traversing through the Droid factory on Geonosis, there were a couple of roadblocks where I needed to switch to a Jedi. Of course, this is as simple as removing the Boba Fett figure and replacing him with anybody (I chose Ahsoka Tano). Although this was a little disappointing, it was refreshing that each character played differently and as you’d expect. Boba Fett focuses on blasters and grappling hooks, while Anakin Skywalker is more “in your face” melee, and so on.

The combat is another great discussion point as lightsabers make their debut in the Disney Infinity franchise. Studio Ninja Theory (DmC: Devil May Cry, Heavenly Sword, Hellblade) helped design the combat portion of the Infinity games and it’s blatantly obvious how much more fluid and responsive combat is. Lightsabers control the way you want them to and the force abilities are spot on. In contrast to the original Disney Infinity which was basically a button-masher, 3.0 has super abilities, melee attacks, ranged attacks, combo finishers and more.

Driving and transportation was another big display at the Disney Infinity booth. Driving mechanics were designed by Sumo Digital (Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, LittleBigPlanet 3). Driving plays a pretty big part in the Disney Infinity franchise and now has been expanded into its own installment, titled Speedway. Speedway is a racing-focused Toy Box that functions fairly identical to Mario Kart with different race types, difficulties and the ability to have an endless roster of racers and vehicles. All characters from the Disney Infinity franchise, as well as any vehicle power disks, are able to jump in and race almost immediately. The racing controls are concise, tight, responsive and simple.

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These are all you need.

Disney Infinity, to me, was a novelty idea that I bought into but did not invest too much time in. After spending time with 3.0 I feel that I need to re-invest into the product. New characters enter the foray from many different franchises. Marvel now includes the likes of Rocket, Black Widow, Iron Man Hulkbuster armor and classic Spider-Man. Star Wars is not limited to, but includes Chewbacca, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader and Boba Fett (exclusive to PS4 users). Disney also added some new characters of their own, including the physical releases of Sam Flynn and Quorra from TRON: Legacy (previously only available on iOS), Baymax, Olaf from Frozen, Mulan and the cast of the upcoming film Inside Out. Of course, all of your older characters are able to come along in Disney Infinity 3.0.

Disney Infinity 3.0 is scheduled to be released later this year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, WiiU, PC, mobile devices and more.

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