The Force is strong with Disney Infinity's Star Wars

The Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars: Twilight Of The Republic Starter Pack comes with Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano, and the action takes place in the Star Wars Universe from the prequel trilogy.
The Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars: Twilight Of The Republic Starter Pack comes with Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano, and the action takes place in the Star Wars Universe from the prequel trilogy.PHOTO: DISNEY INTERACTIVE

The advantage that Disney Infinity has over the Skylanders game are the more recognisable characters. They range from Disney princesses such as Elsa, Jasmine and Rapunzel, to animation icons like Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen and Baymax.

Last year's edition saw the introduction of Marvel Comics' superheroes like Iron Man, Spider-Man and Nova. But while the addition of popular heroes was great for the series, the same could not be said for the gameplay, which at times felt out of character.

This year, Disney Infinity added the cast of Star Wars to the mix. Thankfully, though, the various Star Wars characters have abilities that are more in line with our expectations.

The Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars: Twilight Of The Republic Starter Pack comes with Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano, and the action takes place in the Star Wars Universe from the prequel trilogy.

While the movie franchise has been popular for almost 40 years, the same cannot be said for Star Wars games. But with this game, I feel things are about to change.

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    PRICE: $109

    FORMAT: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

    GENRE: Action

Though Anakin and Ahsoka are both Jedis, their moves and abilities differ from each other. So, playing as either one offers a unique experience. As players cross levels, they gain experience, and this can be used to upgrade a rather complex skill and ability tree that allows players to choose what they want to focus on developing.

While a "skill tree" was introduced in last year's sequel, the one here has more options and forces players to go through a stricter learning curve. In essence, something that started out as a children's game has become more rewarding, and befitting of the attention of older players.

Those adept with multi-button attacks can hone and upgrade their combos, while others can choose to build up defensive capabilities.

And while there are no toy vehicles associated with this game, players still get a chance to take on some TIE Fighters in several space combat levels.

Another advantage Disney Infinity has over Skylanders is that instead of playing only one campaign, gamers can pick up additional story modes through the purchase of level packs.

There are two more Star Wars play sets, so gamers can choose from the original trilogy, as well as the upcoming movie. If you pick up the PlayStation Star Wars Saga Starter Bundle, it comes with the Rise Against the Empire play set, along with figures for Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Boba Fett.

Those who are not Star Wars fans can opt for the Inside Out play set, from the recent hit animated film of the same name, as well as a new Marvel Battlegrounds play set.

Naturally, this means investing in more figurines, which Star Wars fans like me do not mind doing.

But what still annoys me is the lack of integration between the different franchises.

Yes, all the characters from the various franchises can mix in the Toy Box, which is a virtual playground players have to build from scratch, and there is a new Toy Box Takeover play set that allows all the characters to interact. But for the other play sets, characters from one franchise cannot fight alongside someone from another.

Wouldn't it be fun to have the Hulk, Yoda and Mike Wazowski in the same story, and wonder among themselves if there was any possibility that they could be related?

Sherwin Loh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 04, 2015, with the headline 'The Force is strong with Disney Infinity's Star Wars'. Print Edition | Subscribe