Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) is the follow-up to the original Disney Infinity. Given the focus on superheroes, it's not surprising that the included Play Set (Marvel's The Avengers) is heavy on fighting, including the use of weapons. But there's no blood or death to be concerned about in gameplay. Unlike in the previous version, only one Play Set is included, but the game comes with three characters (Thor, Iron Man, and Black Widow), allowing for multiplayer gaming right out of the box. And kids can easily focus their time on the Toy Box mode if fighting isn't their thing. Although you can certainly play for many hours using only the starter set, expect a lot of pressure from kids for additional Play Sets, Power Discs, Game Discs, and figurines. Owners of the previous Disney Infinity game will be happy to know that they can continue to use all 1.0 figurines (upgraded with their own skill trees for 2.0) and Power Discs. Unlocked content will carry over for those who are connected to their Disney Infinity accounts.
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What's it about?
The DISNEY INFINITY: MARVEL SUPER HEROES (2.0 EDITION) starter set uses a USB base and a collection of plastic figurines and "Power Discs" to place up to two characters in the game or to give them special traits. In Play Set mode, Thor's brother Loki has escaped from Asgard and is taking over New York City with his army of Frost Giants. The Avengers (represented by Black Widow, Iron Man, and Thor) must stop them before they freeze the entire planet. There are capsules with in-game currency to allow you to buy your own objects or export characters to other Marvel Universe Play Sets, and Play Set mode now includes a Skill Tree, allowing you to upgrade various skills and abilities for each character based on your own gameplay style. The Toy Box mode is an open-ended playground in which you can build entire worlds based on Disney and Marvel sets. Thanks to the included "Creativi-Toys," which now include grouped objects, you can create games, cities, and other building blocks of your world much faster than ever before. The 2.0 edition also features newly create-able rooms and mini-games that can be unlocked via Power Discs and in-game currency.
Is it any good?
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) has an almost overwhelming collection of innovative activities and options. What it does well, it does exceptionally well. The freedom in Toy Box mode provides endless entertainment for those who like to create and design, whether it's games or simple vignettes. With new, more robust options, you can now create more polished Toy Boxes to export to the online community for sharing. The addition of the INteriors will hold a lot of appeal for kids (and adults) who like dollhouse-type play, as well as those of us who just really want to be able to walk inside buildings like the Haunted Mansion. Creativi-toys are missing tutorials, making them a bit complex for beginners; the previous game, which was far less robust in this area, included a series of tutorials for beginning designers. Overall, Disney has ramped up the capabilities of this mode, and it shows.
The included Play Set (Marvel's The Avengers), on the other hand, is a bit disappointing. It feels repetitive and suspiciously similar to the Play Set in the 1.0 edition of The Incredibles . There's too much emphasis on fighting off Frost Giants who pop up around the city and none of the silly, fun quests the previous starter set enjoyed. This brings us to another possible disappointment. The original Disney Infinity came with three Play Sets, whereas 2.0 has only one. It does include three figurines (allowing for multiplayer right out of the box), but Play Set time is about a third as long (the story can easily be completed in a couple of afternoon sessions). What may make up for the decreased Play Set time is the inclusion of the two Toy Box Game Discs, which add several hours of gameplay and additional Toy Box items. Bottom line? For those who were excited to go on adventures with the Avengers or who really prefer a structured gaming experience with missions and goals, there may be some disappointment. The Play Set just doesn't shine as much as it could. But for those who enjoy the open-ended Toy Box play and the ability to design and build, Disney knocked this one out of the park.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the impact of violence in games. In highly cartoonish kids' games, is there a meaningful difference between stomping a fantastical foe and using a gun and first-person targeting to shoot a human-like enemy?
Discuss consumerism. When companies release groups of linked products that don't cost much individually, it's often with the intent to encourage people to gradually buy them all before they realize how much money they're spending in total. What are some ways in which you might exercise self-control in these situations?
Talk about building in Toy Box mode. Come up with an idea for a game together, and see if you can make it happen in Toy Box mode. Which characters would you use? What type of game would it be? What would the environment look like?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, problem solving, strategy
Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Self-Direction: achieving goals, work to achieve goals
Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
- Price: $74.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Disney Interactive
- Release date: September 23, 2014
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence
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