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Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Superheroes Review


So Disney Infinity 2.0 is here, along with its included characters Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow. Of course there are more characters than that if you wish to spend extra, such as Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Hulk and more. But we'll stick to those included when you buy the game for an easier life.

Anyway, before I start, it's clear to me that kids love this game. My children have been playing the original title from its release all the way up until now. They played it so much in fact that they broke the disc and I had to beg Disney customer services to replace it, which they kindly did. So now comes Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Superheroes and those last words alone should be enough to ensure any five year old would be badgering their parents until they finally cave in and buy it.

To me Disney Infinity 2.0 is probably the perfect Christmas present. Sure it'll mean that the kids will hog your PS4/Xbox One from then on, but if you still have a Wii U, PS3 or Xbox 360 kicking about, then you could always buy it for them on that, because to be perfectly honest it's not exactly a shining example of the latest hardware. Graphically Disney Infinity 2.0 is a bit of a let down on PS4, in fact from what I can tell it seems to be on a par with the original on PS3 game and even if it is better, it's only just.



To be fair though it's not really about the graphics or the gameplay for that matter, because if it was then this wouldn't be a very positive review. Instead it's all about the children and the fact is that they love this game. Sure the story is a little lame, but there are some fun moments which bring a smile to your face, plus all of the previously mentioned characters are both present in the game and there for the kids to touch and play with in the shape of the real life figures. If you feel that it's all a bit of a cash in then you're probably right, however what price do you put on a game that, despite its many flaws, the kids will love?

It has to be said that the toys themselves beautifully designed and well made, which is just as well knowing my kids. Once you've placed the toy on the base then it's time to begin. Something you'll notice immediately as you take on the enemy is that once a character dies, they don’t respawn immediately, meaning you can either swap that character out or wait for then to come back to life. In multiplayer, you can resurrect, so that at least keeps things going. This is a change from the original game and at least make it a little more challenging in that you need to keep your character alive.

The mission itself sees Loki arrive at Avengers tower with a legion of frost giants and plunge the city into a deep freeze. This is where the game starts as you unfreeze all of the characters and then go about saving the day. It's a bit repetitive at times, with fetch missions and the like, but as I've said before, the kids seem to enjoy it, so perhaps that's all that matters.

Away from the story, Disney has included the popular Toy Box mode, allowing you to fully customise the world, compete in missions and challenges and even build your own. There is a lot to Toy Box, allowing for different characters, play styles and literally infinite possibilities when it comes to using your imagination. You can build buildings, weapons and vehicles and use your imagination to create a world of your liking. You can have clear objectives in your levels or just have them open for messing around. You can also download pre-made Toy Boxes.

You can also visit the Hall of Heroes to check on progress and chuck other characters around using R2 (maybe that last part was just me).



One of the things I haven't mentioned is that you can level-up your characters by earning skill points. This allows you to unlock new moves from a skill tree, meaning that you can personalise them to suit your play style. No only does this allow you to play the way you want, but because there are many characters within the game, it adds a little variety too.

As with most games there are collectables and there's the ability to explore a little in the main missions, thanks in part to you unlocking a motorcycle near the beginning of the adventure mode. I mainly used this to knock cars all over the city (maybe I'm more of a kid than the kids sometimes).

I do think a little more effort could have been put into the presentation of Disney Infinity 2.0, but once again my kids don't seem to care what it looks like, so in that respect, who am I to argue about its quality? Perhaps one day the game will feel as premium as the figures, but for now at least it's just about passable.

Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Superheroes is out now and while you may not be overly impressed, it's not aimed at you, so don't be too down heartened. 

Words by Joe Anderson.
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/Xbox LIVE: wotta

(Version Tested: PS4)

Pros

+ Great for kids
+ Fun co-op
+ Well made figures


Cons

+ Presentation Disappointing
+ Story is a let down

Edited On 19 Sep, 2014

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