Wednesday, April 30, 2014

But Wait... There's More!

As many of you may know, Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition will be coming out this autumn... Disney gave us a real taste of what's to come, and let's just say, it already blows the current version of the game away.

Disney Infinity seemed like a real dream come true in video game form, and it certainly did deliver on many fronts. I love the game though I do have some issues with it, from the kinda strict size limit in Toy Box mode or the rather incomplete feel of the game. Play sets, fun as they were, were mostly short and not big enough. The one based on Pirates of the Caribbean was the most satisfying, and even that felt a bit short.

That being said, all of this was overshadowed by the fun gameplay, individual challenges and the Toy Box mode which brought me back to the days when I played Sim City 3000, Zoo Tycoon and Rollercoaster Tycoon. So far, it's a very solid game with so much potential...

Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition looks like it'll pretty much will unleash that said potential... What Disney showed of it makes the current version look like a beta version of the game. Disney Infinity 1.0 was really just an appetizer, this is the main course. Big time!

First off... Marvel.

Given the scope of Marvel's stories and how big the action is, the game needed a significant boost in order to contain all that mayhem. Well, 2.0 looks huge. The "Marvel Super Heroes" play set (the play set piece is shaped like the Avengers tower that can be seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) takes place in a Marvel-ized Manhattan, which looks bigger and much more complex than what we saw in the previous version of the game. It's like the Incredibles' play set's Metroville on steroids!

Of course, the six Avengers will be playable as they showed the figures for them. Each character's abilities were shown off, and the sizzle clip they played prior to this teased Spider-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy (a recreation of the shot in the teaser where Rocket, perched on top of Groot, fires his gun was featured), among others.

More Disney characters were also promised, which is a plus. We can't assume that Disney will just leave all those characters out, just because they're going for the gold first. There are many who are concerned about the developers devoting the game to Pixar, Marvel and live action stuff like Pirates, but they will definitely get to classic Disney characters soon. Yes, I, like many others want more play sets based on classic Disney animated films, and they'll get there. Right now, Marvel is a very hot property. I mean, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already collected $6.3 billion at the worldwide box office, plus there's a TV show, strong Blu-ray/DVD sales and merchandise out the wazoo. That was $4 billion well spent!

Toy Box mode looks a heck of a lot more fun to play in this version, as a lot of the more complicated elements are going to be simplified. They'll also introduce little builder guys who'll put together your world if you want them to, among many other things. One issue I had with Toy Box mode was that there was no undo button. Let's say you wanted to color one block with a certain color, and then accidentally hit the "Theme All" option and all your blocks have that color. Now you have to go back and re-paint them! Hopefully an undo button of sorts will be added, or something that can correct a little mishap like that. Also, I hope that you can make your worlds bigger than they allow you in 1.0.

New challenges and games can be put in your worlds as well (I noticed the big orb collection challenge was one of them), along with several other things. Unfortunately, the live stream is now a private video on YouTube, otherwise I would post it here and further review what they have shown... Anyways, all of what they revealed just looks like it'll take everything that worked with the current version and just better them.

Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition will be for all the consoles, both this generation and the previous generation. I have the game on PS3, and I was happy to hear that all my figures, discs and base will be compatible with this version because I was initially unsure whether this game would just be for current-gen consoles or not.

Suffice to say, I'm pumped. As a fan of this game, I look forward to the improvements that will be brought to the table...

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