Getting into Disney Infinity through Star Wars: my first day review.

A few nights ago, I wanted to pre-order some Star Wars Infinity items. I was on the fence. The game seemed cool but the added expense on the eve of Force Friday wasn’t something that made me really happy financially. I worked late on Saturday night and slept in on Sunday. My wife woke me up and said “Lets go get it all. ” I don’t need much pushing to spend money on Star Wars. I jumped in the shower and we were out the door.

I wish I could make the rest of this seem really fast. But it wasn’t. I went to Best Buy because they have a deal where if you buy three items, you get a fourth item free. We got the starter pack, two figures, toy box add-on, and the content discs. Yoda and Obi-Wan were picked up there along with the starter pack which included Anakin and Ahsoka.

I went to Gamestop. “I’ll take your finest Zeb.” (Zeb is the exclusive there.) They didn’t have it. The dude was cool though. He called around. He got another store ten minutes away to hold it for me. We drove over. We passed by a Walmart. They have the Kanan exclusive. I stopped by there first, risking losing my Zeb if I took too long. They didn’t have Kanan. Mission failure. Rushed to Gamestop. Got Zeb. Success!

Then we drove to Toys “R” Us. We picked up their exclusive Ezra. That was easy, they had a lot of him. I remembered another Walmart was near there. I went in. They had a BB-8 shirt. They weren’t supposed to have that out. Then I found Kanan. They had about five of him left. Success!

Thanks to an event, I was already gifted the Sabine figure which is a Target exclusive.

So as you can see, just getting the Star Wars Disney Infinity content was a lot of work taking up about half the day. But we did it!

Now, I have never played Disney Infinity other than a few demo sessions as E3 and D23 and those weren’t really comfortable for me. You’re standing up, someone is watching you play, people are waiting for you to move so they can play, and I’m just trying to note what’s up so I can talk about it on a podcast. Anyways, I had no idea what to expect.

I plugged the base into the Xbox One. I put two figures on it. The base holds two figures, one for player one and one for player two. However, there’s a strange bug that occurs when you try and use Twitch with the game where the base keeps saying it needs to be connected. After messing with it, it worked. On the base you have to have a figure and a “game” the weird hexagonal look thing goes on the base and opens up your adventures with levels and content.

The game itself is very much your basic hack-and-slash game. In Twilight of the Republic, the starter pack I purchased, you’re on a Clone Wars adventure. So as you can imagine, you’re Ahsoka or Anakin a lot and you fight battle droids. Simply remove the figure from the base and put another figure in its spot and you’re that character, provided you’ve unlocked the character in that adventure. I unlocked all the Rebels characters except for Sabine because I never found her token. However, characters like Obi-Wan and Yoda that are specific to that era of the story come unlocked by default. Some characters like Ezra aren’t unlocked until later in the game.

The game itself isn’t super long, but it wasn’t so short I felted shorted. You battle the Separatists first. You end up going to the Jedi Temple which has a lot of little mini-quests you can do around Coruscant. You go to Tatooine and there’s a podrace and lots of missions out in the sandy town of Mos Espa. You also end up on Naboo to stand off against Darth Maul and his crime syndicate.

There’s space missions and combat as well. To get to each planet you have to travel there. Usually before you can land on a planet you will have to fight some enemy ships. I found this all very fun. I loved the podrace mini-game but I found the controls to be really difficult to master and I’m generally very good at podracing games. It took me three times to beat it the first time which was embarrassing in front of my pals on Twitch!

Another cool thing I didn’t really understand was that it has a “Toy Box” mode where people can make levels. Disney made Hoth, Death Star, Endor, and Tatooine maps you can download and have more fun with. But you can also make your own or download maps people made. That means a lot of added content for free if you get the quality stuff. Most of the orbs you pick up in game are to buy content for your builder account. I bought characters, Endor trees, and stuff like that for my builder.

Also if you link your Disney account with your game you unlock Hera and the Ghost!

I had a really good Star Wars experience with Disney Infinity. I can honestly say I look forward to the next addition that includes Luke and Leia. I love the figures. All of them. They look fantastic. Overall I am generally pleased and excited with what Disney Infinity did with Star Wars. 

The collection:

Infinity Stuff

You can order a lot of these figures on Amazon.com right now. The timed exclusives will become available in a few months everywhere. You can also get the PS4 version that comes with Boba Fett, Luke and Leia, and another adventure as well.

Check out the launch trailer and additional details on the release below.

*Side note: This isn’t going to replace Battlefront for you or anything. But it will give you a fun Star Wars adventure. 

DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 EDITION LAUNCHES IN NORTH AMERICA

Star Wars™, Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel Join Forces to Bring Families and Fans of All Ages the Ultimate Family Gaming Experience

 BURBANK, Calif. – (Aug. 30, 2015) – Disney Interactive today launched Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, the latest installment in the highly successful Disney Infinity “toys-to-life” franchise, bringing together Star Wars™ with Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel for the ultimate family gaming experience.

Available at a suggested retail price of $64.99, the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack includes the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition video game software and base, the Star Wars™ Twilight of the Republic Play Set piece, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker character figures, and a web code card that unlocks content for PC and mobile devices.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition is the only video game that brings together the most iconic stories and characters from across The Walt Disney Company, offering a family gaming experience unlike any other,” said James Pitaro, Co-Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media and President, Disney Interactive.

In addition to new, original true-to-property experiences in the Play Sets, Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition features an updated and improved Toy Box mode where families can mix and match some of their favorite Star Wars, Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel characters and play with them together. A newly enhanced Toy Box Hub makes it easier for players to choose from a wider selection of gameplay experiences – including platforming, racing and farming simulation games.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition completes a multi-year introduction of Disney Infinity, which is now positioned to serve as Disney’s family gaming platform for years to come,” said John Blackburn, SVP and General Manager, Disney Infinity.  “This year’s edition offers one of the most complete Star Wars gaming experiences ever created, as well as a wider variety of gameplay than any previous edition of Disney Infinity.”

 

The following standalone Play Sets and figures are also available today for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition:

  • Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out Play Set with Joy and Anger character figures included (MSRP: $34.99)
  • Disney•Pixar Inside Out character figures Sadness, Disgust and Fear (MSRP: $13.99 each)
  • Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set (MSRP: $34.99) for players who choose to digitally download the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Software
  • Star Wars Twilight of the Republic character figures Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi (MSRP: $13.99 each)
  • Star Wars Rebels™ character figures Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren and Zeb Orrelios (MSRP: $13.99 each)
  • Disney character figures Mickey, Minnie, Mulan, Olaf, Sam Flynn and Quorra from “Tron: Legacy”  (MSRP: $13.99 each)
  • Star Wars Saga Bundle (MSRP $114.99) – Sony Exclusive
  • Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Power Disc Pack (MSRP $9.99)
  • Tomorrowland Power Disc Pack (MSRP $9.99)

Additional Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Play Sets, Power Discs and figures will be available later this year.

Fans who already own Disney Infinity and Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition), but want to play Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, will once again have the option to purchase and digitally download the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition video game.  Disney Infinity players with an Internet connection can digitally download the game on their PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, the Wii U™ system from Nintendo, Xbox One and Xbox 360 and use the Disney Infinity base, figures and Power Discs that they already own with the newly improved Toy Box 3.0 without having to purchase a new Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack. The digital download for the video game is available for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

To expand the experience, players can also purchase separately all of the available Play Sets, Power Discs and figures for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition. Additionally, user generated content is now available online for free download in the newly enhanced Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Toy Box mode.  Players can continue to expand their Disney Infinity experience with Toy Boxes created by the Avalanche Software development team, Toy Box Artists and the Disney Infinity community.

The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack is now available in major North American retail stores for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One and Xbox 360 and the Wii U™ system from Nintendo.  Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition is rated E10+ by the ESRB and developed by Avalanche Software in partnership with Ninja Theory, Sumo Digital, Studio Gobo and United Front Games.

All character figures and Power Discs from the 1.0 and 2.0 editions of Disney Infinity will be compatible with Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition in the enhanced Toy Box 3.0.

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About Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity is an interactive gaming platform where players have unprecedented freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring the beloved characters from across the worlds of Disney. Building on the success of launching Disney Infinity 1.0 and 2.0, Disney Interactive announced its latest installment to the best-selling “hybrid toy/video game,” Disney Infinity 3.0. In its third iteration, players will again utilize real-world interactive figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of popular Star Wars franchises and create new adventures with a variety of characters from Marvel, The Walt Disney Co. and Disney•Pixar properties in the Toy Box mode. Disney Infinity 3.0 is rated E-10+ by the ESRB and is available now. For more information, visit Disney.com/Infinity.

For additional information, please visit www.disney.com/infinity and www.youtube.com/disneyinfinity, join the Disney Infinity Facebook community (Facebook.com/disneyinfinity) and Google+ community (https://plus.google.com/+DisneyInfinity),  and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/disneyinfinity) and Instagram (instagram.com/disneyinfinity).

About Disney Interactive

Disney Interactive is the digital entertainment part of The Walt Disney Company. As one of the world’s largest creators of high-quality digital experiences, Disney Interactive produces interactive entertainment for the whole family including multi-platform video games, online short form video, mobile and social games and digital destinations across all current and emerging media platforms.

Entertaining guests of all ages, Disney Interactive’s key products include the video game platform Disney Infinity, top virtual world for kids Club Penguin, popular mobile franchises like Frozen Free Fall and LINE Disney Tsum Tsum, top online destinations for kids, parents and fans including Disney.com, Oh My Disney, and Babble.com and the Disney social network reaching more than 1.5 billion guests on Facebook.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit marvel.com.

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