Disney Infinity 2.0 kicks things up a notch from the original. There’s a lot to cover here so for a better tutorial on how the game works, check out the accompanying video on ReActionExaminer. With that said, let’s dive in.
At its core, the new edition comes with an improved infinity gate, two power discs, the game, the Avengers play set and 3 figures: Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow. The Avengers story revolves around Loki summoning an army of Frost Giants to destroy New York. Players will run around the environment taking on missions from Nick Fury, Wasp, and others in a GTA like manner. The story is minimal and what’s there is cheesy, but decent thanks to a good supporting cast. It won’t take long to finish, but thankfully there are other modes awaiting players.
One of the power discs unlocks a tower defense like game while the other is sort of like a Diablo clone. They’re nice distractions from the key components of the game plus both are great for grinding experience. The main mode of Disney Infinity is the Toy Box. Here any character can run around premade environments, or create their own in a sort of LittleBigPlanet manner. It’s a bit daunting to jump right in and make a level, but it’s fun nonetheless even to the unskilled.
Let’s rewind a second and talk about how the game actually plays. Disney Infinity is essentially a beat’em up, platformer. Put a character on the gate, punch a few dudes, swap out characters, and repeat. Heroes progress via the aforementioned experience and can be upgraded through a rather diverse skill tree that stands up against major RPGs. Every character has a distinct advantage as well. Iron Man can fly and excels at long range whereas Black Widow is limber and better up close. What it lacks in variety in terms of gameplay and enemy variety, it makes up for with the sheer amount of joy it is to play. Add a buddy and that joy doubles.
Disney Infinity 2.0 may not be for everyone. It’s not perfect due to its repetitive nature, glitches, and not to mention the hefty price tag on the game plus multiple figures. Putting the parent’s nightmare aside, it’s an awesome game that caters to both hardcore gamers and kids. At the very least no one can deny how gorgeous the statues are.
Score: 4/5 Stars
Special Notes: The publisher provided a review code for the game. This article was originally published on September 23, 2014 via my Examiner account before the website shut down. Check out the supporting video review on the accompanying YouTube Channel, ReActionExaminer.