Disney Infinity 3.0 moves the focus onto Star Wars. This review will be based on the core starter pack, which includes the Twilight of the Republic play set and Anakin and Ashoka figures. It’ll also touch on the other toys Disney included in the review kit. That aside, let’s begin.
With every new entry Disney Infinity gets better. The biggest improvement with 2.0 was the character skill tree. This edition may not be as groundbreaking, but it’s a more rounded and overall smoother experience. For example, the game begins with short demos of the new play sets and modes that will be available for 3.0. Again, they were short, but it was still a nice taste. It then places players into the Toy Box Hub where the options from there are seemingly infinite.
There are various tutorials set up for each construct of Disney Infinity such as combat, platforming, building, online modes, and so much more. It’s simple, yet refined and caters to all types of players whether they just want to mess around with Disney worlds, or create their own magical wonderland and share it with others. Players can also jump into any content loaded onto their base from here so with that said, let’s get to Twilight of the Republic.
This play set takes place during the Clone Wars. Anakin, Ashoka, Obi-Wan, and Yoda are tasked with shutting down General Grievous’ factory, which then leads them on a wilder goose chase to find out who’s behind it all. The story is brief, with snippets of funny dialogue here and there, but it feels rushed and more of an after thought, a trait this writer has felt with every play set. It is primarily aimed for kids after all, but one hopes for something bigger.
Unlike last year’s roundup of superheroes, these Jedi feel too alike. Sure Yoda is a bit faster than everyone else and Ashoka has two lightsabers, but it’s not enough. This may be more of a comment on Marvel vs Star Wars in general as Jedi are Jedi, no matter what, and superheroes can be seemingly anything. Still, it’s a worthy complaint to note. Differences, or lack thereof aside, it still plays great. Slicing droids, or other villainous scum to toy shards is priceless. Plus it has space battles and Star Wars Battlefront won’t even have that.
The coolest part of the play set is exploring familiar worlds like Tatooine and Coruscant. Each planet has a hub filled with a variety of quests from carving out statues of Jabba to escorting civilians around. This is a nice step up from last year where The Avengers set their world up in New York, a fairly bland city by game standards. In this case, nostalgia is a great asset for Star Wars. And while it may lack in powerful graphics, it makes up for in design and dedication to the lore.
Disney Infinity 3.0, like all toys to life games, is a hefty investment. The best part about the whole thing are the figures, which are still the best compared to the competitors. This writer recommends one of the Star Wars Rebels, like Sabine, as well as one new Disney character like Quorra, Tron Legacy, to supplement the experience. Also pick up the Toy Box Takeover add-on, as it’s a cool little Diablo style game, merging the multiverses together akin to Kingdom hearts. It’s still not the perfect crossover game for what this writer wants and it’s a little rough around the edges, but it’s getting there. Adult or child, solo or co-op, it’s a fun little romp.
Score: 4/5 Stars
Special Notes: The publisher provided a review copy. This article was originally published on September 5, 2015 via my Examiner account before the website shut down. Check out the supporting video review on the accompanying YouTube Channel, ReActionExaminer.