The internet is dark and full of leaks. LEGO’s next entry into the world of video games is The Incredibles, which was unofficially revealed earlier this month. This will be Pixar’s first entry into the world of LEGO – odd how they never entertained the idea of LEGO Dimensions – and it ties in neatly to this year’s cinematic release of The Incredibles 2.
“The Incredibles franchise, full of super-powered characters, adventures and teamwork, combined with all of the humour, puzzle-solving elements and unexpected surprises of LEGO®games makes for the perfect combination for players,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing. “With LEGO® The Incredibles, fans can experience the non-stop action from both movies while fighting crime together as a super hero family.”
The game aims to recreate the scenes from both movies, so won’t release until July 13, 2018, which is the same day that The Incredibles 2 opens at the cinema.
Once again, it seems that the newest titles in TT Games ever-growing portfolio of LEGO titles will feature couch co-op gameplay. While it’s great that we still see this level of support for co-op, I would so love for the titles to one day get some form of online multiplayer/co-op.
Many of us were raised on the Disney cartoons of the 80s and early 90s. We’d while away the hours watching the likes of Donald Duck, Darkwing Duck and Talespin. The game adaptations of these cartoons on the NES were surprisingly well put together titles, sporting clever mechanics, tight controls and challenging adventures. Now you can relive your digital adventures with these classic Disney games, or finally get to try them if you missed out. And thanks to excellent emulation with added features, they’re more accessible and enjoyable than ever.
The Disney Afternoon Collection is a selection of nostalgic drenched NES titles from Capcom, including two Ducktales games, two Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers games, Darkwing Duck and Talespin. The six games represent the golden age of 8bit platformers, with smart level design, simple objectives, yet challenging enemy placement and enemy quantity.
The Ducktales title’s standout feature is their non-linear level design, allowing you to explore multiple paths across densely populated levels with a pleasantly surprising amount of verticality. Meanwhile, the Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers title’s challenge you to conquer a level without an attack, instead you must pick up items to throw at enemies or dodge them altogether, making for a unique platforming experience. Darkwing Duck feels far more traditional, with platforming and shooting making the title feel like a Disney branded Mega Man title and offering a refreshing change of pace as well as combat abilities. Finally, Talespin’s side-scrolling shooting from the titular plane offers another nice departure from its bundled brethren, although this is easily the least enjoyable title from the collection, with the slow movement and combat paired with peculiar level design failing to fit with the mechanics. Overall, it’s a brilliantly diverse set of titles that offers unique challenges to test even the most veteran platforming connoisseurs.
However, to help combat the striking difficulty is the rewind function. This allows you to simply rewind time, making an otherwise fatal mistake a mere possible future in your time travelling escapades. It’s a neat feature that we’re seeing more and more with HD remasters of older titles, and it allows these classics to maintain their archaic lives systems while offering a more contemporary checkpoint-esque solution. There is also a save function, but its use is limited per level. In addition, there are visual options to help re-create the look of these titles from their NES days or sharpen them up for modern displays, as well as a Boss Rush and Time Attack mode for those looking for an even stiffer set of challenges. Meanwhile, digital version of each title’s manuals as well as some history and art work, makes this collection more than just a solution for playing these classics on modern hardware but also turns it into a museum piece for collectors.
Being able to play these classics, these points of inspiration for so many titles going forwards, is a delightful treat. They don’t entirely hold up to the nostalgic memory for those who played them back in their original form, but the added extras and the wonderful chip tune tracks are sure to put a smile on your face. Meanwhile, for those less versed in these titles, this is an excellent way to see what all the fuss was about. Indeed, there’s some fun to be had here and the history behind the titles is interesting, but a stiff challenge and some archaic design isn’t going to impress everyone.
If you are a parent, then you are probably surrounded by your kids as the summer holidays have begun. Of course, companies like Disney k is this and to help you out they release films like Cars 3 that give you 90 minutes of relative piece in the cinema. Of course once you have bought the popcorn, hot dogs and drinks as well as all the merchandise you’ll need to remortgage.
To coincide with the release of movie, Cars 3: Driven to win has been released and it’s much better than I expected. Cars 2 on the Xbox 360 was played for more hours than I’d like to admit by my two boys, their excitement levels went through the roof when I showed them my latest game to review.
Despite being the game of the movie there is very little reference to the movie itself apart from Lightning McQueen’s desire to beat his new rival, Jackson Storm. Before their final showdown Light isn’t needs to practice by racing through various events until his new mentor Cruz feels he is up to task. You’ll race through lots of different event types until you unlock the Master Showdown against Jackson. It’s interesting that this game features a progression system, there are 136 challenges for you to complete whilst racing, adding some longevity and an extra challenge to the game.
The challenges range from completing scoring a set number of stars in a race to completing a lap in reverse there is nothing in the list that is overly difficult and it has certainly kept my two boys well entertained. At the end of each race they can see clearly what challenges have been completed and what still needs to be done, the game also highlights challenges as a suggestion of what to aim for next. As a reward other showdown races unlock along the way as well as other characters in the game unlocking too.
There are just over 20 cars to race with, but it’s a shame that you can’t drive as other cars from earlier films, it was one of the first things that my boys noticed and were disappointed by. At the beginning of each race you can customise which horn sound you want, the colour of the lights on the underside of your car as well as the colour of your turbo flames. It makes no difference to the actually racing but it was a nice improvement over the previous games.
Cars 3: Driven to win has been developed by Avalanche Software, those of you that have played Disney Infinity will recognise the name as the worked on that too, in fact the driving mechanics have essentially been lifted from Disney Infinity which is no bad thing as it makes it immediately accessible to all players. The cars handle fairly well and it’s fun drifting round corners. Like the previous cars games you can jump, drive backwards and on two wheels. The more tricks you perform the quicker you unlock turbo boosts which are essentially in helping you win. We played the game mostly on easy, but I spent some time playing on the harder difficulties to see how hard things got, even just moving up to medium see a huge spike in difficulty, you need to constantly have turbo available and even then the rubber banding does its best to make life difficult.
Driven to Win comes with a fair few game modes, including Race, Stunt Race, Battle Race, Takedown, and Master-Level Events. The stand out modes are Stunt Race and Battle races, the former allows you to perform as many tricks as possible while Battle Race gives you access to all sorts of weapons, giving you a chance to destroy your opponents while racing. There is also a playground for you to explore that has mini games to play, and plenty to explore.
I was impressed with the amount of tracks available and how good they all were, you’ll visit Radiator Springs, plus many tigers. The game doesn’t look as good as most of the current generation of games but it’s a huge improvement on previous versions, the presentation is let down by port voice acting, clearly there was no budget or desire to have Owen Wilson voice Lightning in the game. Admittedly, only adults are likely to pick up on that sort things as the children certainly didn’t, the scripts in the game are generally funny and entertaining hearing the characters talk to each other while racing.
Cars 3 allows up to four players to play locally, and it’s seamless adding new players to the game, there isn’t a online multiplayer available but I Don’t imagine there is a huge desire to play this online.
Driven to win is a welcome return to the cars games, the tracks are impressive as is the amount to do in the game, but it’s let down by the lack of cars and difficult spikes on higher level, ultimately though, if you have children who loves Cars then this is a wise purchase.
The insanely popular Frozen mobile and PC game is making its way to the Xbox One, it will see an August 25th release carrying the same freemium model as its counterparts. Initially giving you a lot of levels to play through for free but you will have to fork over real money to get further if you can not wait to gain extra lives. For the 1st time the game will offer multiplayer where players can compete against friends and family for high scores.
Disney Interactive Studios have announced that Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits will be available in the UK on Friday 28 August 2015.
Fans who pre-order the Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack, the Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Special Edition, or the Disney Infinity 3.0 Video Game Software (with or without a Play Set), will receive the new Toy Box Takeover Game Piece for free, at participating retailers.
Toy Box Takeover is an action-adventure game featuring dungeon-crawler gameplay in which players can use all of their favourite Disney Infinity characters across the worlds of Star Wars, Marvel, Disney and Disney Pixar,
Toy Box Expansion Games unlock additional hours of gameplay inside Toy Box 3.0. Players place a Toy Box Expansion Game Piece on the Disney Infinity Base to unlock pre-built games that instantly take them into the action, mixing, matching and mashing-up characters from across The Walt Disney Company and using unlocked toys and gadgets to complete missions.
In ToyBox Takeover Syndrome gets his hands on Merlin’s magic wand, it’s up to the player to stop him. Using their favorite characters in Disney Infinity, they must battle across multiple worlds, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Marvel’s Upper Manhattan, The Old West, or The Incredibles Volcano Lair to defeat the bad guys before they ruin the Toy Box forever. Players can complete missions with family and friends via two-player local co-op or four-player online.
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After reviewing Toy Story Mania, my expectations for Epic Mickey 2 were pretty low; if Disney were prepared to hand out one of their most popular series’ willy nilly then what hope was there for their golden egg, Mr Mickey? Thankfully Epic Mickey exceeded all my, frankly, very low expectations and is an experience that both children and adults alike can enjoy, despite being rough around the edges. Continue reading Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Review→
“If you could change your fate, would ye?” – if you haven’t heard the annoying commercials by now for Disney Pixar’s movie Brave, then lucky you, but for those who are more than aware of the grinding Scottish accent of that red-haired child there is a videogame version…and unfortunately that voice is present throughout the whole complete game! Despite my personal annoyances and over use of the mute button, I found the gameplay quite surprising, enjoyable and reminiscent a little of the days of Crash Bandicoot on the PS1…but that voice is irritating! Continue reading Disney Pixar: BRAVE The Video Game Review→