A magical experience [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) WONDERFUL presentation, colourful graphics and superb tutorials make Disney Infinity a dream come true for avid gamers, writes Talal Musa.
DISNEY Infinity really is something special. Not only does it succeed in offering unparalleled levels of creative choice but it's a wonderful homage to some of its much-loved characters.
Using a similar mechanic to the Skylanders games, an Infinity Base is plugged into the console and figurines are placed on one of three slots. As with Skylanders, these are rigid and can't be moved - but the attention to detail is astounding.
In the Starter Pack, you get Sulley, Captain Jack Sparrow and Mr Incredible and all ooze the charm that made them such favourites with fans. Even Sparrow, arguably the hardest of the three to capture (given he was played by Johnny Depp and not a CGI concoction), exudes that clumsy, cocky swagger. It's a shame that the voice actor doesn't quite nail him.
After the magical introduction, the game is split into two areas - the Toy Box mode and The Play Sets. The latter represents Infinity's character specific campaign mode - but don't expect a bunch of tedious mini games.
Each character's story lasts for around four hours and ranges from battles on the high sea with Jack Sparrow to open-world robot smashing with Mr Incredible in Metroville. But it's Sulley's Monsters University that steals the show - a stealth action game where you have to wreck havoc on the rival campus Fear Tech.
Combat is helped along by responsive controls, even though when you're knocked down, getting back up again is a tad slow. In a way, it's a shame characters from other universes can't join in on the fun - but it's understandable, given how true to the source material Disney want to be.
Fear not, though, as the Toy Box mode goes some way to resolve this. Not only can you build new worlds, but you can design your own games, too. Want to race a customised car around Cinderella's Castle as Jack Sparrow? You can. And Infinity's clever tutorial system makes the process as easy as possible.
There's even a clever magic wand that lets you manipulate the environment on the fly - literally allowing you to move mountains at the touch of a button.
Fitting, given that Infinity has carved its own, beautiful mark on the gaming landscape.
Critics will point out that some classic characters - such as Donald Duck - should be included.
Regardless, Infinity remains a magical experience for children and adults alike, and an enjoyable celebration of their more contemporary creations.
Disney Infinity is out now.
(Xbox 360/PS3/Wii U)
Developer: Avalanche Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Price: STG59 (RM304)
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