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Disney Infinity 2.0 - Guardians Of The Galaxy Playset Review | Racket Raccoon

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Action Games, Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Sandbox games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Disney Infinity 2.0 - Guardians Of The Galaxy Playset Review | Racket Raccoon

Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 | Wii U | Xbox 360 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: Avalanche Software | Ninja Theory (combat)

Publisher: Disney Interactive

Guardians Of The Galaxy deserves a good game. This isn't it.

We were initially thrilled at the news that Disney Infinity 2.0 would be doing the heavy lifting when it came to Guardians' movie tie-in. Instead of a terrible Activision-published atrocity, we were promised a lengthy piece of fanservice including high quality miniatures and production values, boasting a story from none other than Brian Michael Bendis himself, available for £15 alongside the Star-Lord and Gamora figures. What a fantastic idea.

And what horrible execution. Disney Infinty 2.0 ultimately triumphs despite its issues, but the Guardians Of The Galaxy playset is one of the worst games I've suffered through in years. Other sites seem to have included this expansion in their reviews for the base game, but I'd like to discuss what is effectively a DLC pack in detail so you can be forewarned against throwing bad money after good.

Or, in other words, buy the Rocket Raccoon figure and steer clear of this sorry shovelware.

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Disney Infinity 2.0 Review | Marvellous Toybox, Perilous Playsets

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Action Games, Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Sandbox games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Disney Infinity 2.0 Review | Marvellous Toybox, Perilous Playsets

Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 | Wii U | Xbox 360 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: Avalanche Software | Ninja Theory (combat)

Publisher: Disney Interactive

There's no such thing as a "good game for kids." There are only good games, some of which are more accessible than others. Take Minecraft, designed to encourage experimentation and creativity regardless of age. Or Mario, beloved by millions despite punishing each pitfall with instant death.

Half of Disney Infinity 2.0 gets this absolutely right. The toybox mode is utterly fantastic no matter how old you are. Create your own levels, invite some friends and then watch your favourite Disney and Marvel toys come to life. It's genuinely magical.

Disney Infinity 2.0 Review | Marvellous Toybox, Perilous Playsets

Sadly the other half displays the same lazy level design, shonky mechanics and lack of care that typifies so-called kids games. "Who cares? It's just for children."

Fun fact: everyone deserves quality software. So thank goodness that Disney Infinity 2.0's better half is also its biggest by far!

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VIDEO INTERVIEW | Everything you need to know about Disney Infinity 2.0!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, Gamescom 2014, Interviews

No, really: pretty much everything.

After showing us the latest build of Disney Infinity 2.0, producer Jason Moffitt was on hand to dish the details on the Guardians Of The Galaxy playset, new figures, new characters, new features, new toybox tools and even the possibility of Star Wars coming to the franchise. If you've already sampled our hands-on preview and developer walkthrough, it's high time you armed yourself with all the intel you'll need for the upcoming September release.

PREVIEW | Skylanders who? Disney Infinity 2.0 assembles Avengers & guards the galaxy

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, Gamescom 2014, iOS games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

PREVIEW | Skylanders who? Disney Infinity 2.0 assembles Avengers & guards the galaxy

Rocket Raccoon vs Donald Duck

Disney Infinity 2.0 has big plans. The original may have been relatively successful, attracting millions of players and holding its own against the established might of Skylanders, but arguably lacked a little bit of pizazz and a sense of the epic. Thankfully, few franchises can bring the epic quite as comprehensively as Marvel comics, which is now neatly under Disney's purview.

Let the crossover commence! Rocket Raccoon, meet Thor, Stich and Donald Duck.

PREVIEW | Skylanders who? Disney Infinity 2.0 assembles Avengers & guards the galaxy

Avalanche Software brought two new Infinity 2.0 playsets along to Gamescom this year, showing off the new Avengers and Guardians Of The Galaxy campaigns. On the collectibles front, the new line of toys are much more solid and sturdy than their predecessors; feeling impressively weighty and hard-wearing. The new Venom and Hulk figurines are utterly enormous, almost twice the volume of previous figures, while the level of detail is seriously impressive when it comes to the new Rocket Raccoon and Stich models. Shame they'll be standalone, really, as opposed to included in the starter packs.

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VIDEO | Disney Infinity 2.0 Developer Walkthrough

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, Gameplay footage, Gamescom 2014, Interviews

Spider-Man, Manhattan & Toybox Tools

As associate producer of the Disney Infinity franchise, John Day certainly knows his stuff. So he made the perfect guide to chaperone us around the latest build of Disney Infinity 2.0, showing off the new characters and combat to expect in the Spider-Man playset, alongside brand new automation and building features to use in Toybox Mode.

In effect, he does whatever a spider can. Stick around for more Disney Infinity 2.0 coverage this afternoon, including a hands-on preview and interview!

Disney Infinity 2.0 will add Marvel characters, but where's the classic Disney content?

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Disney Infinity, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, Marvel

Disney Infinity is getting a superpowered overhaul later this year with Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes.

The game is set to release later this year as part of the Disney Infinity 2.0 package, which will come in the form of a new disc rather than an update to the original set. It'll be appearing across last-gen consoles and also arriving on Xbox One and PS4, featuring characters from The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Let's make no bones about it... this is something we have been clamouring for. When the original game was announced, Avalanche said that there'd been discussion about Marvel and Star Wars characters (you'd better believe that Disney Infinity 3.0 will be all about a galaxy far, far away):

"As a developer, I so want that," Avalanche Software's Blackburn said at the time. "When Disney bought Lucasfilm, I was like, 'Holy crap! This is awesome!' But at this point in time, there's been some discussions about that, there's just been no decisions made."

Disney Infinity 2.0 will add Marvel characters, but where's the classic Disney content?

Well, on the Marvel side of things, decisions have most definitely been made. But I can't help but feel that Disney's own back catalogue could use some love and attention. There are 29 characters from 12 different series available right now, but that list includes Cars and The Lone Ranger, which both sucked. Sorry, but they did.

There are some far better films and franchises for Disney to hit up in the meantime, and so we've put together a little list of possibilities to help them out:

Aladdin

Disney Infinity 2.0 will add Marvel characters, but where's the classic Disney content?

This one is a no-brainer. The Mega Drive classic was amazing. It was a brilliant platformer that is still one of the best film tie-in games ever made. The range of possible characters is brilliant too, Aladdin and Jasmine could be standard characters, but think about the gameplay opportunities that could be presented by the likes of Apu, Iago, Jafar, and (deargodpleasemakethishappen) the Genie. Disney, you have all of the money. Get Robin Williams onboard now!

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Five New Toy Boxes Arrive For Disney Infinity

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive, DLC

Disney have released five new Toy Boxes for Disney Infinity as free DLC, with the pick of the bunch lookig like Tron Highway, in which you'll be able to muck about with a Light Runner.

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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Preview | Magic In Motion

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, Disney Interactive, Gamescom 2013, Harmonix, John Drake, Motion Control, Music games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Preview | Magic In Motion

Platform: Xbox One | Xbox 360

Developer: Harmonix

Publisher: Disney Interactive

Going into the press session at Gamescom, I had limited knowledge of Disney Fantasia other than the fact it was being made (oops) but it was hard to ignore the talent behind the development – Harmonix. The team responsible for bringing Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Dance Central to life have more than proved their ability to create a unique and, more to the point, fun music-based experience for years now, and so to learn that they were approached by Disney to bring one of their most famous music-focused films to the world of gaming was no surprise.

We were invited to join John Drake, director of communications at Harmonix, for a press presentation of the game in action to learn more about what the game will be about, how it ties into the Fantasia brand, and how the developers plan to take motion-scanning to the next level with their latest project. We also had to chance to ask Drake a few questions after the presentation was done, but with this preview being as giant as it is, we’ll be posting his responses later today. So, let’s begin with a bit of a history lesson…

Drake began the presentation by letting us know how the project started, when Disney Interactive approached the music game genre pioneers to bring the world of Fantasia to life, “Disney came to us two and a half, three years ago,” Drake began, “and they wanted to make Fantasia The Music Game and they wanted us to do it, and we were like ‘That’s awesome.’ And then we spent like a year trying to figure out what the hell we were going to do because it’s a really weird movie.” The 73-year-old film is definitely a hard one to pigeon-hole in terms of what it is exactly, but Harmonix were given a helping hand by Disney to overcome this problem – by being granted access to Walt Disney’s personal archives for the film. “Walt Disney had a lot of money after Snow White, which he made all its money in the theatres, so he hired this army of secretaries to follow him around and write everything that he said down,” Drake said.” So, for Fantasia we have all these notes about story, and art style, and music, and technology, so that was a huge inspiration when trying to figure out what we would be making that [fit with] Walt’s vision.”

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Preview | Magic In Motion

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Disney Infinity Toy Box Trailer Replicates Columbia

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bioshock Infinite, Columbia, Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive, trailer

Disney Infinity allows you to assemble your own levels in Toy Box mode, and this latest trailer illustrates some of the more outlandish - and perhaps even litigious - results. While Star Wars and Tron both receive a homage, Disney have also assembled their very own version of BioShock Infinite's floating city of Columbia, odd since the franchise is owned by 2K. Still, we can't imagine they'll mind the free publicity too much.

Disney Infinity Trailer Explains Power Discs

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive, Trailers

As a transmedia experience that slots in somewhere between videogames and toys, Disney Infinity allows you to power up your characters by collecting physical power discs. A new trailer explains how this works, while also showing us more footage of the Toybox and Play Sets in action.

Brendan recently got hands-on with Disney Infinity, reporting that it allows user-generated content to be shared between all of its myriad platforms. It's an exciting concept, and we hope that it's backed up with solid gameplay. The game and first wave of toys releases next month.

Disney Infinity to Allow Cross-Platform Sharing

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Cross-platform, Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive

Disney Infinity to Allow Cross-Platform Sharing

For the first time in the gaming industry, user-generated content created on one console will be available to download on the other formats too, thanks to the upcoming Disney Infinity.

As I detailed in my hands-on preview earlier this week, the game allows players to create their own stages, minigames and racetracks in the Toy Box mode to be shared online. The revelation means that from here an Xbox 360 player would be able to submit a creation to the Disney servers and once it has been approved for publication, players on the PS3 and Wii U will be able to download and play it for free. As the game's Producer John Day told us, "[This] has never happened before in the game industry."

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Disney Infinity: Toy Box Adventures Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive, Trailers

Disney Infinity: Toy Box Adventures Trailer

Disney Infinity has received another trailer, this time highlighting the variety of gameplay on offer for each character in the ambitious cross-franchise project.

Disney Infinity lands this August on 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U and Xbox 360.

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New Disney Infinity Trailer Looks At Play Sets

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive, Trailers

New Disney Infinity Trailer Looks At Play Sets

Well, we had the Toy Box trailer last week, and now Disney have released a video explaining how Play Sets -- the individual themed packs that tie into specific Disney IPs -- will work when it comes to Disney Infinity.

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Disney Infinity Trailer Shows Off Toy Box World Creation

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive, Trailers

Disney Infinity Trailer Shows Off Toy Box World Creation

Disney have dropped another trailer online showcasing Disney Infinity's Toy Box creation mode. This latest video looks at world building and the logic editor that will form the crux of the creation tools.

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Disney Infinity Shows Off Its Versatility Whilst Shamelessly Trawling For E3 Awards

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive, E3, Trailers

Disney Infinity Shows Off Its Versatility Whilst Shamelessly Trawling For E3 Awards

I love this new Disney Infinity trailer. Every time I see more of this game, it impresses me to a greater and greater degree. Of course, we still don't know if Avalanche Software can pull all of the threads together to make Infinity a coherent, accessible experience, but we're crossing every single appendage we have in the hopes that they can.

This E3 trailer uses the frame of canvassing for awards to show off just how many gameplay styles are represented in Disney Infinity. Please, please be good. It looks so very promising.

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Disney Infinity Trailer Shows Off Monsters University Heroes

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive, Monsters University, Trailers

Disney Infinity Trailer Shows Off Monsters University Heroes

Disney have released three trailers showing off some of the stars from the Monsters University playset that will be available at launch for Disney Infinity.

The game releases on August 18th in North America, and August 23rd around the world. You can check out the antics of Sully and Mike, and the dastardly Randall Boggs, after the jump.

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Disney Infinity Dev Diary Talks Toy Box

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Avalanche Software, Dev diaries, Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive
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Disney Infinity Dev Diary Talks Toy Box

A new developer diary from Avalanche Software has been released, further explaining Disney Infinity's Toy Box mode. In Skylanders fashion, physucal figurines will allow players to unlock in-game content, though that extends beyond playable characters to world and building blocks related to the figurine's Disney franchise.

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Disney Infinity Toy Box Trailer Shows Off Insane Scope

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive, Trailers

And we thought LittleBigPlanet was ambitious! Disney are certainly gunning for stratospheric heights when it comes to Disney Infinity - the initiative that will combine Skylanders-esque toy collection with Media Molecule's flair for user creation tols.

The latest trailer from Disney takes a look at the Toy Box mechanic, and gives a brief look at some of the possibilities that players will encounter, and the world and games that they'll be able to create.

Disney Infinity Pushed Back To August After Retailer Requests

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Delayed, Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive

Disney Infinity Pushed Back To August After Retailer Requests

Disney have moved the release date for upcoming Skylanders-competitor Disney Infinity back from June to August after retailers pushed for a release window closer to the selling frenzy of the autumn months.

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