Star Wars joins the Infinity universe! It started with 1.0 and the introduction of the Infinity system. That early system featured a variety of playsets and what Disney called the Toy Box. The Toy Box offered free play in the Infinity world where you could build your own environment (within the confines of the system), while the play sets gave you cool additions to the Toy Box and guided adventures similar to what you’d find in other 3D environment games. But 1.0, while expansive, only included Disney and Pixar animated characters. When Disney created Infinity 2.0, they expanded the universe to include Marvel characters which opened up even more new environments and more Toy Box options. So how were they going to follow up with 3.0? STAR WARS!!!
Now you can play as all of your favorite characters from the Star Wars universe. From the Clone Wars to Rebels to the original trilogy, there are figures available from every era. Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie are joined by Ahsoka Tano, Darth Maul, Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, and Sabine just to name a few. There are even Star Wars villains in the Infinity line up. It’s a little weird to see Darth Vader and Darth Maul on the side of the angels, but even more weird is having Anakin defeat his future Sith Lord self.
Game play on the new Infinity is fun. The motion is fluid, the controls easy to understand, and each character has impressive moves. There are so many different ways to play, too. You can go through the missions and see the story unfold before you, or you can go back over and over to finish all of the challenges throughout the game. Some of them require you to finish a mission as a specific character or within a certain allotted time. There are literally hours of game play involved in each playset. Plus, playing them over and over will open up new skills, powers, and secrets. My daughter, who is our family Infinity expert, loves the new system.
On the downside, as with most 3D environment games, the camera isn’t always reliable, suddenly shifting positions if you are near a wall or at the edge of the game’s boundaries. Because the angle can shift, it’s not always easy to control your character or ship. Controls seem more sensitive when you’re piloting a ship or a podracer and that makes maneuverability difficult in those missions. But as with any game, time and practice make it easier. There have also been a few times where the game will suddenly seize up and freeze and the only recourse you have is to restart the game, so remember to save often!
Overall, the addition of Star Wars characters, settings, and themes makes the game that much more interesting. The ability to play different Star Wars characters in the playset also adds more fun and variability to the game (although the cut scenes still feature the primary characters from the playset). Not only that but there is already a great array of different characters you can play in the Toy Box! And all previous characters are compatible in the Toy Box as they were for Infinity 2.0. At the suggested retail price of $64.99, you end up getting more bang for your buck than in previous sets. So what are you waiting for? Go add some Star Wars to your game!
Thanks so much to the folks at Disney Interactive for giving me a review pack to be able to share with you all the great stuff about Infinity 3.0!