Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition
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The second version of Disney Infinity has refined half of the experience into something even better than before. The Toy Box mode is more fun in this second edition, layered with more gameplay elements while making it easier to create fun worlds. As for the other half, the Play Sets are a little underwhelming after last year's more interesting options. It's fun to be Star-Lord, Iron Man, and Spidey, but sometimes their own stories aren't engaging. You're much better off making your own awesome Disney Infinity environments (or scouring the Internet for others) in Toy Box instead.
Fabulous figurines and expanded creation tools make Disney Infinity 2.0 a sensational if inconsistent toybox. We'll probably have to wait until 3.0 for the playsets and core gameplay mechanics it deserves, but a little imagination can go a long way here.
In almost every way Disney Infinity 2.0 earns its sequel badge as it has improved on the original. Disney Infinity 2.0 has improved on level building with in game helps, templates and automation (optional) the ability to download other player's creations, added RPG elements with the ability to level your characters and make them more powerful (including characters from the original game) and added a couple of new gameplay types (which I hope to see more of in the future). While some gamers might dismiss it as a kids title or choose to give it a pass because of the collectible figurine aspect are missing the point. Sandbox games are popular with gamers because of the fun players get to experience due to the freedom they allow. Infinity offers the same sort of freedom of play but does so with a cast of characters that are well loved and instantly recognizable to fans of all ages. The cost for the upgrades might seem as a barrier to entry, which was off putting for me at first but the amount of enjoyment my whole family gets out of the Infinity series has completely erased that concern. Plus who wouldn't want to control and play with the stable of Disney characters? Things will really get interesting when the Star Wars sets hit the market as I am pretty sure the tag team of ObiWan and Stitch will be a force not even the Avengers could compete with.
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes is a solid update to the existing game. It mostly adds polish and new content to the existing gameplay, and it does a good job. The biggest flaws are in the game's somewhat-inconsistent level design and the poor balance between characters. The latter is particularly egregious in a game where you have to spend $15 per character, and it's very possible to end up with a dud. It's a solid game for kids, and it features a whole lot of content and a fun Toybox mode that really sets it apart from Skylanders. Assuming you're willing to shell out the money for the experience, any Disney-loving kid will have fun with this title.
Infinity 2.0 shows that the franchise is on the right track, and it might just wind up on top.
For as much as I loved the direction the Disney Infinity team went with the Marvel Super Heroes characters and Play Sets, it doesn't give you that warm and welcoming Disney feel.
The physical quality of the figures have remained outstanding and focusing on Marvel should bring in a whole new group of collectors and gamers alike. It may not revolutionize, but Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes 2.0 Edition firmly establishes the property in the gaming landscape.
If you can commit to the search for your favorite characters and are willing to shell out the extra dough for more gameplay (through new figures and playsets) then Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is the game for you. However, if you're only interested in the core game that comes with the starter pack, you will see the need for more characters pretty quickly. But overall, there is plenty to keep even the most ravenous Marvel/Disney fan busy for a long time.
It's here, in the Toy Box, that Disney Infinity 2.0 thrives. The game suffers from a few technical hiccups in frame rates and broken quests, but there's a wealth of content here waiting to be unleashed by your own imagination. On the surface it looks like Infinity 2.0 is offering less (with its one play set compared to last year's three), but the truth is the opposite. With a focus on improving the creativity tools matched with a wider selection of characters and settings, there's more game here to sink your teeth into.
Disney Infinity 2.0 is lacking in content, even after you have paid out in excess of ~120 for all the available playsets, and sadly what content there is is bland, repetitive and generally uninspiring. The toy box is the package's saving grace, offering a Minecraft like experience chock full of your Disney favourites. Kids will nag their parents to buy it and the figures themselves are really well made collectibles, it's just a shame that if dad grabs the pad for some split screen co-op he's going to be highly annoyed at the value for money the package represents. Fun, but far too brief and as a result very expensive.