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Disney

See how a Disney Infinity figure is made, and by proxy, a terrifying 3D printer process


Olaf rises from the depths of Styx
Jan 13
// Chris Carter
Disney is sharing how they actually craft their figures for Disney Infinity, and the process looks really damn rad. First an artist comes up with the concept, then they 3D print it, and from there it's molded and washed,...
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SNES Disney speedruns

These Disney platformer speedruns bring back fond memories


Also, pain
Jan 06
// Jordan Devore
Some of my favorite video games as a kid were based on Disney properties. You didn't even need to like the source material to appreciate them -- they were just plain good games. Tough, too. Back then, a typical rental often w...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Recent Star Wars games generate over $1 billion in sales


What a shock, said no one ever
Jan 04
// Vikki Blake
Star Wars Battlefront is thought to have sold six million units since its launch in November 2015. In an interview to Fortune, analysts estimated how recent Star Wars releases are performing, including Battlefront and Di...
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Star Wars

The Star Wars Force Awakens Play Set is a good companion for the film


No spoilers, but watch the comments!
Dec 21
// Chris Carter
Disney Infinity 3.0 was a pleasant surprise, but I was infinitely more excited at the prospect of experiencing the original trilogy and the Force Awakens Play Set than the base Clone Wars-centric game. This wee...

Disney magic photo
Disney magic

Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue get a new trailer


Looks fantastic
Dec 18
// Jed Whitaker
The new trailer above just released at the Jump Festa event in Japan and shows off both Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and a peek at some gameplay in Kingdom Hearts III with Goofy and Donald Duck in t...
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Star Wars 1313

LucasFilm president: 'We're spending a lot of time looking at' Star Wars 1313


The game isn't as dead as we thought?
Dec 10
// Joe Parlock
Remember Star Wars 1313? Instead of being all about the Force and lightsabers, 1313 was going to be a grittier look at the Star Wars universe from the perspective of someone who was neither Jedi nor Sith: everybody’s fa...
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Star Wars

Lots more Star Wars games coming from EA, including sequels to Battlefront


The bloody thing's only just come out!
Nov 17
// Joe Parlock
Star Wars: Battlefront is out today in the US (Chris was kind of “meh” about it), and there’s still a whole ridiculously expensive season pass of content to come out. But don’t let that almost £1...
Fallout 4 Disney photo
Fallout 4 Disney

This Fallout 4 and Disney Princess mashup works fairly well


Power Armor Cinderella
Nov 08
// Chris Carter
While mashups are a pretty common art form, only a select few catch my attention on a regular basis. On the eve of Fallout 4 reviews all across the globe (ours will be up at 8AM Eastern tomorrow), a reader showed me this Disn...
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Disney Infinity 3.0

Ultron and Darth Maul hit Disney Infinity 3.0 this week


In toy form, of course
Nov 04
// Chris Carter
This week, four new toys are arriving in the Disney Infinity 3.0 universe -- Darth Maul, Ultron, Hulkbuster Iron Man, and Spot. While Hulkbuster is technically a larger, more premium-like figure, it's listed at the same MSRP ...
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Disney Infinity

Spend a Disney afternoon with John and Austin


Sup Holmes every Sunday at 4pm EST!
Oct 04
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last Thursday, we were hap...
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Disney Magical World 2

Disney Magical World 2 is pushing the Frozen property pretty hard


Much to my chagrin
Sep 19
// Chris Carter
So, Frozen. I must be one of the only people on the planet who doesn't like it. I mean, I love Elsa -- it's about time Idina Menzel and her amazing voice got the respect she deserves -- but the rest, including most of th...
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Darth Vader PS4

That Darth Vader PS4 with the remastered Star Wars games is available to pre-order now


It runs $450
Sep 11
// Brett Makedonski
Remember Disney's D23 Expo? It seems like it was a long time ago, but it's really just a month in the past. Also, it wasn't in a galaxy far, far away; it was in California -- the land of almonds which require a gallon of wate...
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Kingdom Hearts

LinkedIn profile leaks Kingdom Hearts 2.9 and new info about Kingdom Hearts 3


Use the Keyblade to trash Wall-E
Sep 09
// Joe Parlock
The LinkedIn page for a Square Enix employee has leaked the existence of Kingdom Hearts 2.9 for the PS3 and PS4, as well as previously unknown information about Kingdom Hearts 3. The employee, who was a director and designer...
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Inside Out

Disney Infinity 3.0's Inside Out Play Set is the most child-oriented one yet


Good with kids
Sep 08
// Chris Carter
I was finally able to see Inside Out in theaters recently, and although I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, I mostly came away unimpressed. While I loved the internal bits with the emotions themselves (albeit, with...
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Monkey Island

Ron Gilbert really wants Disney to sell him the Monkey Island IP


Threepwood shall rise once more... maybe
Sep 04
// Joe Parlock
Monkey Island is a pretty major series in the history of adventure games. Famed for its humour, story, and setting, the series later received an absolutely gorgeous set of remakes. I know countless people who’ve been in...

Review: Disney Infinity 3.0

Aug 28 // Chris Carter
Disney Infinity 3.0 (PC, PS3, PS4 [reviewed], Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: Avalance Software / Ninja Theory / Studio Gobo / Sumo Digital / United Front GamesPublisher: Disney Interactive Studios / LucasArtsRelease: August 30, 2015MSRP: $64.99 (Starter Pack) / $34.99 (Play Set) / $13.99 (Characters) As is tradition in my toy-to-life reviews, let me break down how everything works. For $64.99, you'll get the Starter Pack, which includes the Twilight of the Republic campaign Play Set, the game, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano figures, and a USB base. You're basically getting the 10- to 15-hour Republic story on top of the creation-centric Toy Box feature that the series is now known for. Rise Against the Empire and Force Awakens Play Sets are going to arrive at a later date, and Inside Out's Play Set will be available at launch. This review is only assessing the Starter Pack, but look out for coverage of other Play Sets in the future. Phew! With that out of the way, let's move onto the content actually included with the base game. At this point, it's safe to say that the collective of developers involved with the project has figured out how to craft a meaningful combat system. To prevent people from mashing buttons, delayed combo attacks have been implemented, as well as mechanics like juggling, and a launcher that's initiated by holding down the attack button. You can also launch an enemy with a lightsaber and juggle them with a blaster, then when they land, use a combo. [embed]307321:60117:0[/embed] In other words, it's easy for kids and parents alike to both enjoy themselves -- the more skilled party will be able to dig deep enough into the ability system and customization elements, and the other party can mostly just wing it. It's a much better balance than the LEGO games, which tend to be just family-friendly. In Disney Infinity 3.0, "hard" mode is akin to a normal setting in most action games, and "Extreme" can be rather tough at points, though artificially so with gigantic life pools for regular enemies. The characters themselves feel fresh, especially the force-wielding ones like Yoda and Anakin, who have access to force push and pull maneuvers on top of their unique super abilities and powers. For instance, Yoda can knock an enemy up in the air, use his super to instantly dash to someone across the room, combo them, and then dash back to catch the other foe. It's not as advanced as other top-notch action games, but it does feel like a marked improvement. As for the story pack, Twilight of the Republic takes a more traditional turn, compared to the one-map sandboxes of past Play Sets. Here, you'll fly between different hubs with your ships, consisting of individual planets like Naboo, Tatooine, Geonisis, and Coruscant, as well as the vast expanse of space in Star Fox-esque sequences, complete with barrel rolls and quick turns. I really dig the variety on offer here, because while the current Star Wars characters can't move about as freely as say, Iron Man or Spider-Man, the hubs all feel unique in their own way. Additionally, Disney is boasting that all Star Wars characters are compatible with all Star Wars Play Sets, which helps (albeit partially) solve the issue of having a bunch of toys that don't work, similar to how the Marvel worlds functioned. You still have to earn tokens to unlock the use of other characters, but they're more easily accessible, and you only need to find one rather than a series of them. Having said that, it's a bummer that the base game didn't come with more than just Star Wars. It would have been great to see a fully fledged Disney property (like Mickey's Toontown) since 1.0 was heavily Pixar-infused, and 2.0 was a Marvel joint. If you're keen on playing with every toy though, the Toy Box is still available. Not only can you create levels on your own with various setups like racing, adventure, and arena action, but you can also easily find stages online to play with one of the best hubs in the business. What makes Disney Infinity so great is that Disney curates content for you in addition to all of the usual fixins, and provides easy access to top-rated creations -- so it takes very little effort to find the "good stuff." I had access to a limited amount of levels pre-launch, which includes a Gravity Falls level with a log ride and roller coaster, as well as a rhythm memorization minigame, a seek-and-find puzzle, a stealth sequence, and of course, classic platforming levels. If you pre-order the game, you'll also net the Toy Box Takeover Play Set, which really should have been included in the base package for everyone. It's essentially Diablo, Infinity style, and you can use every character in the game. It's far more fun than "Escape from the Kyln" in 2.0 as it contains a procedurally generated dungeon in it as well as a host of fixed story levels, and will last you roughly three hours. Some purists are probably seething at the idea of fighting Darth Maul to the tune of Gitchee Gitchee Goo, but I'm completely okay with it, and I assume your kids will be too. Just like its predecessor, Disney Infinity 3.0 feels a bit limited by the lack of variety in the Starter Pack, but the good news is that the studio is still on track with its core mission to create an action game for all ages. Twilight of the Republic is still a fun way to spend your time, and the Toy Box Mode should keep you busy even if you don't intend on buying any more pricey add-ons. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher. All current Star Wars figures were provided as well for testing.]
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Use the toys, Luke
It's only been two years since the release of the first Disney Infinity, which managed to become a massive hit before venturing into Marvel territory in the second game. Now, Disney has tapped the Star Wars market, and i...

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Disney Infinity 3.0

General Grievous and Darth Maul highlight this Disney Infinity 3.0 trailer


Looks pretty fun
Aug 19
// Chris Carter
After teasing us with the lightsaber item in the original Disney Infinity, they've decided to just go full Star Wars with the third iteration. This new trailer highlights the "Twilight of the Republic" playset, complete...
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Kingdom Hearts

Disney Infinity 3.0 will have a few Kingdom Hearts homages


Plus, a Keyblade
Aug 17
// Chris Carter
When Disney Infinity 3.0 hits, it'll arrive with a few great extras for Kingdom Hearts fans, which were announced at Disney's annual D23 Expo event last weekend. For starters, the Keyblade is in the game as a special unlock, ...
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Star Wars amiibos

Disney Infinity's new Star Wars: Episode VII toys


These things will print money
Aug 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Today at Disney Interactive's D23 Expo presentation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast members Daisy Ridley and John Boyega helped reveal Disney Infinity 3.0 figures based on their characters. So yeah, that's Rey an...
Star Wars photo
Star Wars

Star Wars: Battlefront PS4 bundle announced, comes with remastered classic Star Wars games


Mmmmm, red D-pad
Aug 16
// Zack Furniss
A new Star Wars PlayStation 4 bundle was just announced at the Disney D23 Expo. Darth Vader's visage is emblazoned across the top of the console, and the controller has a sweet red D-Pad. You get cool white analog sticks that...
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Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III has world based on Big Hero 6


Baymax!
Aug 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Today at Disney's D23 Expo, Square Enix just announced Kingdom Hearts III will include a world based on Walt Disney Animation Studio's 2014 computer-animated film Big Hero 6. 
Disney Infinity photo
Disney Infinity

You can vote for the next Disney Infinity character, please pick Darkwing Duck


Let's get dangerous
Jul 24
// Chris Carter
Disney is allowing people to vote for the next Disney Infinity character, and the process is as easy as clicking on a picture. You can't just write-in anyone you want though, as they've narrowed down the vote to just 20 ...
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Wreck-It Ralph 2

John C. Reilly signs on for Wreck-It Ralph 2


Well, we now know Ralph is in it...
Jul 14
// Laura Kate Dale
Wreck-It Ralph was a hugely successful movie that managed to appeal to not only video game fans, but a wider audience too. In a move that surprised absolutely nobody, they announced plans for a sequel very soon after the init...
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Hearst's Kingdom

Kingdom Hearts 3 news next month alongside playable Star Wars


Hearst's Kingdom
Jul 13
// Steven Hansen
We previously anticipated some Garrison Hearst Kingdom Hearts 3 news in November courtesy of Kingdom Hearts at the D23n event in Japan, but the Disney/Square crossover will be at Disney's American D23 Expo next month with "ne...
Disney Infinity 3.0 photo
Disney Infinity 3.0

Disney Infinity 3.0 will arrive on August 30 with a ton of day-one items


Get your Star Wars outfits ready
Jul 08
// Chris Carter
Disney Infinity 3.0 will decidedly focus on Star Wars to promote the upcoming film, and now, we have a solid release date of August 30, 2015. The starter pack will come with Anakin Skywalker and Ashsoka Tano -- which is ...
Disney photo
Disney

Watch five minutes of hardcore Japanese Disney action


Japanese Mickey is the best
Jul 06
// Chris Carter
Parents, if your kid enjoyed Disney Magical World, you may want to break out your wallets, because the sequel has Frozen in it -- like every other post-Disney property tends to do. Other included properties are Lilio & S...
Disney Magical World photo
Disney Magical World

Disney Magical World 2 is coming to the 3DS in Japan


Also known as 'Magical Castle'
Jul 01
// Chris Carter
Disney Magical World was released in the west last year, and it was a decent entry-level Animal Crossing game that resonated with a younger audience. Bandai Namco has just announced a full sequel, which is titled Disney Magical Castle 2: My Happy Life in the east. Evidently the full unveiling will happen on July 6, at which point we'll get more information on some updated features.
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Nintendo/Disney

Disney making pan-media partnership with Nintendo, according to rumour


Tarzan remake starring Donkey Kong
Jun 26
// Joe Parlock
Disney and Nintendo have never really had a good relationship. Sure there was Epic Mickey, but then Epic Mickey 2 was released on every platform. Then there was Wreck-It Ralph, which ­­only featured a few minor Ninten...
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Release date planned

Kingdom Hearts III worlds set, mostly new


Tangled up in...Tangled
Jun 23
// Steven Hansen
Hoping some fan favorites from series past would make it into Kingdom Hearts III? Well you should let it go. That notion, I mean. Let it go, like from the movie Frozone. Tangled was also confirmed at E3. Anyways, Gematsu tra...
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Good will hunting

'Star Wars is a multi-generational brand'


Good will hunting
Jun 15
// Steven Hansen
If you did not feel sold to thus far in Sony's conference. If you instead felt wonder and awe and giggling excitement. Well, Star Wars x Disney Infinity has tried to ruin that, to wrench us back down to reality with gross marketing speak and money-making toys. Boba Fett is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 limited edition, at least "before the holidays."

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