Disney Infinity 3.0 Review (XONE)

Disney Infinity 3.0 screen
Disney Infinity 3.0 screen. Disney Interactive

Even if you have managed to resist the toys-to-life games so far, eventually they'll attach a license and characters you actually do care about (LEGO Dimensions is going to be downright devious in this regard) and then you'll be hooked just like everyone else.  For me, that license is Star Wars, which instantly piqued my interest in Disney Infinity 3.0.  Disney Infinity is a kid's game, no denying it, but the treatment and use of the Star Wars franchise here is nearly flawless which ensures fans both young and old will have a great time playing it.

  Our full Disney Infinity 3.0 review has all of the details.

Game Details

  • Publisher:  Disney Interactive       
  • Developer: Avalanche Software
  • ESRB Rating: “E10" for Everyone 10+
  • Genre: Action
  • Pros:  Fun story campaign; great figures; nice presentation; Toy Box is incredible
  • Cons:  Expensive; a little evil; maybe; creation tools can be overwhelming

Features

Disney Infinity 3.0 is, obviously, the third entry in the Disney Infinity series.  All of your previous Disney Infinity 1.0 and 2.0 figures and power discs will work with 3.0, but the play sets will not.  Likewise, any new figures or playsets labeled with "3.0" will not work with previous versions of the game. 

Disney Infinity 3.0 comes with just two figures, Ahsoka and Anakin, and the Twilight of the Republic playset.  This is slightly disappointing compared to previous Disney Infinity starter packs that included more figures and playsets, but the price is slightly lower here at just $65 for the game, portal, two figures, and one playset.

  Additional figures, power discs, and playsets are all available to purchase separately.  Keep in mind that they can get pretty spendy, though.  Toys-to-life games are an expensive hobby, so try not to get too hooked on them if you can help it.  You can beat all of the story and side missions in Twilight of the Republic without needing to buy extra toys, so there is no constant pressure to buy more stuff like some games (cough, Skylanders, cough).

 

The Twilight of the Republic playset is set during the Clone Wars TV series, but there will also be playsets and characters released in the future that cover "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" as well as the classic trilogy.  It might be a letdown for older Star Wars fans that the "good stuff" wasn't included with the starter pack, but this is a kids game and most of the target audience is probably more familiar with the prequels and Clone Wars than the classic trilogy, so it seems like a smart decision to me.  It is also important to note that while it is definitely aimed squarely at Star Wars fans, Disney Infinity 3.0 will also have other playsets besides just Star Wars-themed ones, such as one based on the upcoming "Inside Out" movie.  

Gameplay

The actual gameplay in Disney Infinity 3.0 is similar to the rest of the series, just with the Star Wars theme.  Similar to the LEGO series of games, you bash objects scattered around the world and fight enemies with simple combat while exploring with basic platforming.  The game is really easy to play, which is great for kids.  Disney Infinity 3.0 is, of course, Star Wars-themed, so the combat is all lightsabers and blasters and is really, really cool even if it is simple.

  Each character can be leveled up and customized, which is then saved to the figure itself.  The Twilight of the Republic campaign itself is surprisingly decent and takes you to several recognizable locales from the TV series and is easily one of the better story playsets the Disney Infinity series has had yet.  It is pretty short, though, as you can easily finish it in an afternoon. 

Toy Box

Along with the story-focused playsets, the other main attraction in the Disney Infinity series is the Toy Box mode which lets you create pretty much anything you want.  You can create huge areas to explore with platforming or action or racing gameplay and you can even set A.I.

routines for enemies and NPCs so they behave how you want them to.  The sheer amount of possibility in Toy Box mode is very impressive, though it can be overwhelming.  There is a lot of stuff to learn before you'll be able to make anything decent, but the game includes surprisingly in-depth tutorials that show you exactly how to use all of the tools at your disposal.  You do still have to unlock all of the best parts and most interesting stuff to build with in Toy Box mode, but that's okay.

A nice new feature is Toy Box Takover power discs that let you play new pre-made story levels in the Toy Box mode.  While the normal story campaigns in these games make you use only the characters from that franchise - so you can only use Star Wars characters in Twilight of the Republic, for example - Toy Box Takeover lets you use any combination of characters from any series you want.  Yeah, you can use all of the Disney characters along with Marvel and Star Wars together. 

Building your own levels or playing things that other players have made in the Toy Box is easily the main attraction in Disney Infinity 3.0.  It is a fantastic building tool that is surprisingly robust.  And, dare I say it, but it's better than Microsoft's own Project Spark game since the Toy Box is easier to use, less laggy to navigate, and lets you do a lot of the same stuff. 

Graphics & Sound

The presentation in Disney Infinity 3.0 is quite nice overall.  The use of the Star Wars license is expertly done with all of the sound effects and music sounding exactly like they should, and all of the familiar locations and characters look fantastic, though they have a distinct Disney Infinity extra-cartoonish style to them.  Disney as a company has always been fantastic at showing off its properties in the best possible ways, and the Disney Infinity series is a great showcase for that attention to detail and polish.

Bottom Line

All in all, Disney Infinity 3.0 is another great entry in the series.  The gameplay and level designs have steadily improved over the three games and the Toy Box mode just keeps getting deeper and more fully-featured and more interesting, and 3.0 really shows all of these improvements off well.  The addition of the Star Wars license is also really, really, undeniably appealing, which makes 3.0 stand out even more.  Star Wars fans young and old will have a great time with Disney Infinity 3.0 so its pretty easy to recommend.  

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