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So I recently purchased a copy of Disney Infinity 3.0 – if you haven’t played this game before, Disney describe it as:
Heroes and villains. Sorcerers and superheroes. Princesses and pirates. For generations, Disney storytelling and Marvel adventures have sparked our imaginations with characters and worlds of magic, action and adventure. Now, Disney Infinity invites you and your family to enter those worlds in game experiences only Disney, Marvel – and your imagination – can bring to life. Click the video below for a glimpse of the excitement you’ll share.
So essentially, you can play in the toybox as any of the characters available to purchase, but you can also play the playsets which hold specific worlds, such as Avengers or Star Wars, which have their own specific characters that can play in them.
And so of course, what with the new release having a huge focus on Star Wars, I decided to go ahead and buy the new starter pack, featuring the Star Wars™: Twilight of the Republic Play Set. This set came with Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano. While this was a nice, sturdy beginning, I still wanted to expand my horizons a little more, so I went ahead and purchased Master Yoda, and Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels as well. When I found out that there was also a play set with Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, I couldn’t help myself, and sourced an early copy from eBay.
Be warned, that the following review does contain some spoiler information for this play set.
This review is for the Rise Against the Empire play set. I have compiled a video of gameplay, locations, and the cool, fun things you can do in this play set. It has a really neat original trilogy feel, while still having the fun Clone Wars style animation. And while it is a very condensed version of our favourite trilogy, it still has all the key moments that make the game super fun to play for fans of any age.
Here is a video of gameplay, locations, activities and storyline I have put together to correspond with this review:
The game is a mix of ground based activities, missions and exploration, and a little bit of flying; you can take to space in your Millennium Falcon or X-Wing any time you like, and practice shooting down Tie Fighters, or make your way back and forth between the planets which you’ve already travelled to. This means that you can play the whole story chronologically, or jump back and forth to explore, or complete missions you didn’t finish on your first play through. This makes it particularly versatile for if you want to play with a friend, who might not have seen one, or all, of the planets you’ve already visited.
The gameplay has two main types: Flying and Ground missions, with a lot of added exploration.
The flying gameplay, as much fun as flying the Falcon is when you’re just zooming around, exploring space; isn’t necessarily as easy as it seems. I’ve never really gotten the knack for flying and aiming at the same time, but dodging and escaping enemies is still an awful lot of fun. Flying the X-Wing has a little more oomph to it, and is a bit easier to maneuver. Overall, while flying is fun, I personally found the missions a little frustrating.
The exploration gameplay, on the other hand, is pretty awesome. It has quite a lot of free roam, and lots of ways to find secrets and hidden goodies. You can climb up buildings, slide along ropes to other buildings and run along rooftops, treetops, and ice glaciers. It has a basic, fun and fluid ‘Assassin’s Creed’ style to it, but gives you quite a lot of freedom to explore these locations that we have already become so familiar with.
The play set takes place in three main locations, all of which are covered in the video above. Tatooine, Hoth and Endor.
Tatooine: Mos Eisley in particularly, but you can also roam around to find the likes of Jabba’s Palace and the Sarlacc Pitt. You can ride around on a Bantha which is really cute, albeit a little slow. But if fast is what you’re after, you can always jump in a land speeder and zoom your way around. This Jawa made me smile with his not so subtle Skyrim reference!
Hoth: There isn’t an awful lot of things to do on Hoth in regard to exploration, but you can of course, you can zip around on a TaunTaun. My favourite part was fighting the Wampas, needless to say I died a few times, those guys are tough! This location has it’s peak as you make your escape and take down the AT-ATs!
Endor: Just as you would expect, Endor is kind of beautiful. It has is such a lovely lush feel after the cold barrenness of Hoth. And of course, there are Ewoks. They aren’t very detailed, more like little children’s Lego figures, but still cute none-the-less. There are some more cool places to explore here, such as the treetops and the Scout Trooper camp. Not to mention, riding a speeder at top speed!
The Storyline sticks somewhat to the original trilogy, but of course is condensed for the purposes of a short, streamlined play set within the larger game that makes up Disney Infinity. But your favourite characters are still their good, old selves, with Leia’s levelheadedness, Han’s contempt and Luke’s whining. For the most part, it’s as you would expect, you shut down tractor beams, you fly the Falcon and you face off with Vadar; but it’s still a hellova lot of good, old-fashioned fun!
The Figurines: There are still several figures that aren’t available yet (in Australia anyway). These include Luke and Leia, who come with the Rise Against the Empire playset, Han Solo and Chewbacca, Darth Vadar and Darth Maul – these are due to be released in Australia on the 8th of October. There is also a limited edition Boba Fett figurine, currently only available as part of the Playstation 4 buddle pack.
All-in-all, I think that this addition to Disney Infinity’s already impressive spread is a very well planned, well made and all-encompassing win; it has most of the things the fans will have hoped for, and is fun and engaging for the new generations as well. I recommend any Star Wars fan to play this game!
You can find all the official information for this play set on the Disney Infinity website, HERE.
You can watch the announcement trailer and see more images of the game HERE .
Images: here, (the screenshots are my own, taken from my own gameplay.)
Video: Created by me using gameplay footage taken from my own play through of the play set. The game, it’s characters, storylines, locations and everything else contained within, are property of Disney.