No good deed goes unpunished, and when it comes to crafting a great game, that goes double in this industry. With Activison having a massive hit on their hands with the Skylanders franchise, it was only a matter of time until someone saw else got themselves a slice of that young market. Disney is the first real such competition in the toys to life genre. And by copying someone else, this is the most original work that the house of mouse has unleashed in several years.
I spent my weekend playing around with Disney Infinity, and I’ve pretty much enjoyed the experience so far. While I still need to prepare a review for that game, I also need to prepare my bank account so that I can grab more of those figures. And if Disney ever releases these characters, well then I might have a spleen or two for sale soon.
Disney Infinity may have launched already in the good ol’ US of A, but surprisingly, few sites have actually reviewed the game. I’m forking out some of my own cash for a starter pack, so expect videos and impressions soon. If you can’t wait for my humbly influential opinion though, here’s what those other websites had to say about the game.
Disney has been forced to adopt a strategy of "intelligent diversification" to counter the advanced disruption in the market - this means making "smart bets" on projects. Sounds more like an excuse to stick their fingers in a lot of pies, and lose any form of focus that they once had.
I really dig the Disney Infinity toys. Sure, they may be made of powdered Skylanders, but they’re actually pretty darn cool to just have. Heck, I’ve got a Captain Barbossa figure that is sitting on top of my Xbox right now. But there’s more to Disney Infinity than inaction figures. There are power discs as well. Lots and lots of power discs. While you prep your wallet for them, here’s how they’ll work.
After eight years of current-generationing, Microsoft is finally ready to move on and look towards the future. With Nintendo having fired the first shot in the next-gen war with the Wii U, Sony hit back with the Playstation 4 earlier this year. And from the rear, comes the Xbox . We’ll be updating as news arrives, so stay awhile, and listen!
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the console generations of our lives. While Playstation won me over with the first and second generations of the modern console era, over the last eight years, I’ve unashamedly felt that Xbox had the best console this generation. Even though when it came to exclusive games, it had about as many of those as Star Trek had good sequels. Time to change all that then, as Microsoft has something up its sleeve for the upcoming future.
I don’t envy the Skylanders team right now. They’ve hit on a great gap in the market, and it’s one that appeals to the demographic with the most cash to spend: Kids. And by money to spend, I mean the funds belonging to their parents. Still, Skylanders isn’t that bad financially speaking, and you know what you’re getting when you buy a new ally for your team. Disney plans to move into that territory though, and they’re bringing with them franchises that range from Pixar to Marvel. But it’s going to cost ya.