LEGO Dimensions? Check. Disney Infinity 3.0? Check. Broken wallet? Double-check! These days, Christmas shopping may be just as expensive as ever, but at least it’s a little bit easier. And that’s because kids love the toys to life genre. It’s a genre that Activision’s Skylanders not only created, but improved on every year with annual releases adding more characters to the game. The franchise however, has been oddly quiet throughout 2015. By now, a new game has normally been announced in time for parents to take out a second mortgage on their home. And if the rumours are true, it looks like Skylanders is bringing back another forgotten genre of gaming: Kart racing.
The Toys-to-life genre has become insanely popular, and with good reason. Who doesn't want an action figure that can be played with in multiple ways? It's a dream for collectors as well as for gamers. Between Skylanders, Disney Infinity, Amiibos and the upcoming Lego Dimensions, there is plenty to choose from. According to new research, parents don't regret their decisions to invest in gaming like this.
The toys-to-life genre is still pretty much in its infancy. Right now, you have Activision’s Skylanders creating the entire genre and leading the charge every year with a new game and a ton more figures. But Disney Infinity has managed to prove itself a contender over the last two years, leveraging its properties to create a universe that rivals that of Skylanders. According to Disney, the battle for number one resulted in them being crowned the champs this year. According to Skylanders however, nuh-uh bro.
By far the best technical innovation that I saw at Gamescom was Skylanders on iPad. Geoff had already raved about it, but when I saw it for myself I was duly impressed. During an interview, we demoed it so you can see for yourself just how cool it is.
There have been a number of ways that Activision has tried to make the universally successful Skylanders make the jump to mobile, with varying degrees of success. The question that has hitherto remained unanswered is how do you translate the full Skylanders experience to mobile? That question has finally been answered.
With Evolve joining a growing list of games who are now making 2015 the new 2014, you might be forgiven for thinking that October is now going to be an easier month for choosing games. You’d also be completely wrong, because October is still absolutely crazy with new releases.
Out of all the annual franchises that arrive in time for the holidays, Skylanders may be one of the most successful out there. It’s still a young series as well, but it’s certainly captured a fair share of the market with the toys-to-life genre. Now heading towards a fourth game in the form of Skylanders: Trap Team, it’ll see that world increase massively once again.
While we’re on the subject of companies being offered great properties and turning them down, Nintendo could have been the exclusive Skylanders partner.
What could be more decadent than eating potato chips in bed? Playing games at the same time. What, that's my mental image when I hear that Activision and Frito-Lay are in bed together for this latest offer. But in actual fact, it's far less decadent and way more beneficial - you can name a Skylander and win.
People have been worried since Disney acquired Star Wars that it would use the licence in ways intended to extract cash from fans. Worry no more, star Wars aficionados…because that’s exactly what they’re doing.
Can you believe it, we're in the top half of the list! Have you agreed with us so far? Are you excited about the games we've yet to name? Or do you just know we're going to troll you all anyway? Nah, not really. Just remember that these games are selected because they made us happy this generation of gaming - nothing to do with sales, scores, metrics or other mumbo jumbo.
Man, it must be swell to be Activision. They’ve got a ton of studios underneath them, and Call of Duty is a license to print money. EASY PEASY! Except, the company believes that it has taken far more risks lately, than people know about.