Game Title: The Force Awakens
Game System: Disney Infinity 3.0
MSRP: $34.99 starter playset, $13.99 additional characters – Kylo Ren and Poe Dameron
Genre: Action-adventure 3D environment
Favorite Part: Flying the ships from The Force Awakens including Poe’s new X-Wing
If you’re like most people, you just can’t get enough of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and now you can bring it home with you! Sort of. Disney Infinity’s newest playset recreates the thrill and fun of the movie without all of the gravitas. As John Boyega said when interviewed about recreating the role of Finn for the game, “The characters in Disney Infinity are more like the child-like versions of the characters in the movie.” Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron and also reprises his role for the game, added, “It is a slightly more energetic, amped-up version.” While no seriously major plot points are revealed as you play, many of the films cheerable moments are brought to life – Han’s “Chewie, we’re home” among them. Warning though: If you want to avoid any spoilers at all and want to be completely surprised by the movie, keep the game in the box until you see it!
The Force Awakens playset is a fun romp through the worlds created for the new movie. Thanks to the folks at Disney Interactive, I had the opportunity to preview the game and found it to be probably the best in the series. Just as in past Star Wars Infinity sets, this one plays a little loosely with character interaction. It’s not a moment-by-moment re-creation of the film, but it is a lot of fun! Each character made for the set has its own set of unique moves and special powers and as in previous sets, as you make your way through the story, you can find medallions that let other characters from the Star Wars universe enter into this playset. Everyone from Kanan to Darth Maul to Luke Skywalker can help you take down Kylo Ren or explore the world of Jakku. The missions are challenging but not so difficult you can’t complete them. But if you do find the missions too easy, there are options to make it more difficult.
This Star Wars Infinity playset is more like Rise Against the Empire than Twilight of the Republic. Rise Against the Empire which featured the classic characters like Luke, Han, and Leia was a walkthrough of episodes IV, V, and VI while Twilight of the Republic was an original adventure taking place during the Clone Wars saga. But The Force Awakens playset has unique qualities of its own including holotable mini games. These are a ton of fun and remind me of old tabletop games of the 80’s like Galaga and Asteroids. The missions flow very smoothly and have the right level of fun without being frustrating or too repetitive. I’m anxious to go back and play it again even after finishing the story. If you have a love of Star Wars and love Disney Infinity, this is a great addition to your collection!