- + Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars offer an unbeatable combination of properties
- + Extra Play Sets cater to a variety of fans
- + Toy Box is a full of extra content
- - No mixing of different properties in Play Sets
Want to look beyond the score? Check out the full review below…
Start Replay: “Disney Magic”
Travelling to Disneyland Orlando is one of my fondest childhood memories. At the innocent age of 6 I was thrust into a colourful world full of characters I knew and loved. Even today I still squeal at the sight of Woody from Toy Story, or newcomers such as Mr. Incredible or the dog from Up.
Finally getting to play in Disney’s toy-to-life world was pretty exciting, after all, their character roster is one of the most diverse, full of recognisable faces from every major Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and even Star Wars movie.
Whereas both of its competitors — Skylanders and LEGO — present one main campaign that features a host of different characters, Infinity provides “Play Sets” that focus on individual universes across different properties. These include levels for The Incredibles, Toy Story, Spider-Man and many, many more. In a similar vein to LEGO’s Level Packs, self-contained story extensions offer a more enticing reason to fork out extra dough on figurines.
Purchasing separate characters is all good fun, but you can’t mix and match different people in story Play Sets. This means the likes of Mr. Incredible can’t enter the world of Star Wars, for instance. It’s a bit of a shame considering that LEGO Dimensions doesn’t feature such a restriction, but at least it helps each campaign to focus entirely on the property within its world, not melding it with others. That said, in the Toy Box it’s a whole different story, quite literally.
The Toy Box sets the scene not only for player-created levels and customisation, but also plenty of experimentation. Though not nearly as limitless in creativity when compared to LittleBigPlanet, players do have the chance to build entire levels via pre-existing assets; building entire worlds from a mixture of assets. It’s an incredibly powerful tool, and seeing different worlds gel together is pretty neat. Purchasing expansions can take you into the action with a mash up of characters; either battling through different worlds or participating in a dedicated racing mode.
In a bid to help bring people together, online multiplayer features heavily in the Toy Box. Playing community creations is a nice way to engage with others and dive into original game modes. Whilst I personally don’t have the time to invest in such a mode, I appreciate the chance to play a ton of different work by people far more creative than me.
While Skylanders ultimately aims itself entirely at kids, Infinity and LEGO present characters and situations a wider audience can enjoy via more popular licenses. I still think Dimensions is the better of the three due to its portal’s integration into gameplay, but I’m eager to experience the myriad of different Play Sets available. Star Wars is a great introduction to 3.0, but with a vast back catalogue I want to make up for lost time.
Disney always know how to inject magic into the things they create, and their game series is no different. Presenting a robust selection of fantastical characters and stories from some of the best licenses to date, results in nostalgic gameplay for both kids and adults.
Since 3.0 marks my first time with Disney Infinity, I’ve had fun exploring the magical world of Disney license. It presents infinite possibilities in the Toy Box, alongside campaigns that are tailored around entire properties. Whether you like Disney, Marvel or Star Wars, there’s something for everyone here.
*Disney Infinity 3.0 was provided to Start Replay on PS4 by Disney