Despite being nearly 28 years old, something intrigued me with the new Disney video game ‘Disney Infinity’, I’d never say I was a massive fan of Disney, though the entire set of ‘Pixar’ movies are pretty much untouchable. But something about it dragged me in.
When I first viewed the trailer I was in awe, with pretty much an unlimited Disney toy box video game, the possibilities seemed endless. The way the game seems to put itself out is an ultimate show stopper in terms of interactivity with a giant Disney cast. Where each different character had their own world, in a ‘Skylanders’ styled set up where you have a physical portal with actual characters and worlds being available at point of purchase.
The game itself looks like a simple action adventure not too far away from the likes of their own ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘Cars 2’ games. With them being simple enough platform/adventure titles easily accessible to kids and adults alike. It incorporates simple platforming tasks and boss battles etc, with more than enough fun to keep players going for a good few hours at least.
Secondly and more recently Disney have showed us the Toybox mode, which first featured in the Toy Story game, but this time you’re given free reign in which you’re able to create your own games and play as you want to play. Think LittleBigPlanet but with Disney characters. The 2D creativity in LBP people have created some of the most amazing things we’ve seen in gaming in the past few years. Disney Infinity’s Toybox mode brings all that potential to the table but in 3D. In the trailer we’re shown football esq games, baseball games, racing games, among others but with the Disney cast.
Anyway this all might be a giant ploy by Disney to cash in on the success that Activision’s Skylanders has brought to themselves. But looking at the bigger picture, could Disney Infinity be a successful game itself? Potentially yes, Disney themselves already have a stellar cast of characters in their own universe in which they could bring to the table. Regardless of the characters we’ve already seen in the trailer, theres a huge back catalogue of stars there that might have not seen the light of day in a while.
Characters we would like to see in Disney Infinity
Chip ‘n’ Dale; one of Disney’s older set of characters, they were reborn back in 1989 as ‘Rescue Rangers’ in which they were crime fighting detectives, with an excellent tv series behind them there’s definitley some room for the rangers to make a welcomed come back, we’d love to see them return for Disney Infinity.
Scrooge McDuck (Duck Tales): With the summer re-release of Duck Tales the game, it doesn’t look like we’ve seen the last of Scrooge and his grand nephews, with their adventures for treasure as well. Also worth a mention that we’d also include Darkwing Duck in there as he is indeed Launchpad McQuack from Duck Tales. Hopefully Disney Infinity will give them another chance to shine as brightly as they once did.
Basil (The Great Mouse Detective): One of the less spoke of animate Disney movies, Basil drew alot from the great Sherlock Holmes. Disney Infinity could bring a new lease of life and a nice London setting set for some Infinity hi-jinx.
Hopefully Disney Infinity won’t be overlooked as a Skylanders cash in, and Disney can bring together a gaming marvel for people to look into for many years to come. As long as it’s well supported by themselves and there’s a great cast list in which will bring together gamers of al ages. Disney must have their standards set quite high with this being released on all major consoles already available to preorder. Additional characters are also available on launch so we’d imagine they’ll be throwing the sink at us in terms of content, if there’s a good mix of new and old in their we’re sure this will be one of the biggest money spinners of the year.