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DuckTales

In case you missed it, DuckTales Remastered is on iOS and Android


With controller support
Apr 13
// Chris Carter
DuckTales Remastered was released in 2013, and despite a few nagging issues, it was a fantastic platformer. Now thanks to WayForward you can play it on iOS and Android for $9.99, and it's actually not half bad. The key is to...
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Tron

Giorgio Moroder says he's scoring a new Tron game


Whoa, what? Yes!
Feb 16
// Jordan Devore
Giorgio Moroder is back and I can't fully express how happy that makes me. In a word: ridiculously. Since contributing to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, the legendary record producer has kept busy: he's been DJing, worki...

To Infinity and beyond: A chat with Disney Infinity's executive producer

Feb 05 // Jason Faulkner
Infinity had its work cut out for it as it entered the market. Skylanders had a monopoly, but Vignocchi stated that all it did was prove market opportunity. The team behind the series knew that the Disney IP, software innovation (through the Toy Box), and higher figure quality would be the key to differentiate the series, and focused on those aspects. When designing the games and figures, the designers try and follow Pixar's maxim to "make movies (games/figures) that they would want to see (play)." The most important aspect to them is, does this character "allow us to bring unique and incredible gameplay" to the series? What's going on in the world of Disney, theatrical releases and other key events, have some bearing on which characters make it to life, but if it wouldn't be fun to play them, they won't get made. I also inquired about the recently released Toy Box 2.0 app for the iPhone, I was curious as to whether a future version of the app would utilize the NFC capabilities of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus if they were unlocked by Apple. Vignocchi stated that the approach right now was to consolidate and connect the Disney Infinity series across all platforms, console, iOS, and PC. Right now the figures are unlocked on PC and iOS via a unlock code included with the figures, and did not mention plans to expand NFC capabilities to any other platform. My final question concerned a dream of mine I've had since I was a child, to go on a magical adventure with Boba Fett, The Hulk, and Mickey Mouse, and being two-thirds of the way there has haunted me for months. The first Disney Infinity release was solely Disney properties, 2.0 added Marvel to the mix. I was hoping I would get confirmation that Star Wars was part of a massive Disney Infinity 3.0 that also included favorites from original LucasArts games, so that I could finally give up on the material world beyond my Disney Infinity playsets and PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, Vignocchi stated that he had "nothing to announce at this time." But for a moment, I felt like I could sense a twinkle in his eye from across the Atlantic.
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NFC won't let me be
The near-field communication (NFC) figure craze was at its height this past holiday season. Skylanders, amiibo, and Disney Infinity figures flew off shelves in droves. I know my local Wal-Mart looked like an adorable Bat...

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Star Wars

Relive the era of good Star Wars games with these new releases from GOG.com


Return to the land of 56k lightsaber battles
Jan 27
// Jason Faulkner
Through Disney's generous licensing agreement, GOG.com is helping bring Star Wars memories and more back with its second wave of LucasArts game releases. These three great games became available today and for the first 7...
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Star Wars on GOG.com

Are you ready for some X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter and X-Wing Alliance?


More Star Wars games on GOG.com
Jan 20
// Jordan Devore
The re-releases of X-Wing and TIE Fighter were lovely, but they were only the start of GOG.com's plans for Star Wars. Today, the DRM-free game distributor added six new titles: Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter + Balance of ...
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Anna Giving Birth

A game about Frozen's Anna giving birth


Let it go
Jan 14
// Jordan Devore
Another treasure from the mobile games space courtesy of former Destructoid editor Nick Chester. This one's called Anna Giving Birth and while I ponder what kind of audience this iPhone/iPad game exists to serve, I'll let the...
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Disney Infinity 2.0

Disney Infinity 2.0 is coming to the Vita, will have Black Suit Spider-Man


An exclusive figure
Dec 08
// Chris Carter
Disney Interactive has announced a Vita version for Disney Infinity 2.0, and it'll be getting some exclusive swag with it. According to the publisher, buyers of the Vita edition will get a Black Suit Spider-Man figure when it...
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LucasArts

Star Wars: X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and other LucasArts classics are joining GOG.com


Around 30 games planned for re-release
Oct 27
// Jordan Devore
Digital distributor GOG.com will expand its library with games from a mysterious publisher tomorrow -- perhaps you've seen the countdown? Users recently dug up familiar-looking fonts suggesting it's none other than LucasArts ...
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Disney Fantasia Music Evolved demo is out


Try it out!
Oct 10
// Dale North
I believe that Harmonix's Disney Fantasia Music Evolved is one of those games you'll have to experience for yourself to really get. You can read our previews and get some idea of how it made us feel, but I really think that t...
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I'm a sucker for a good Kingdom Hearts trailer: HD 2.5 ReMIX


Sparkles and chimes
Oct 08
// Dale North
That very first trailer for the first Kingdom Hearts game killed me. I still remember that first viewing, being completely overcome with goosebumps and trying to hide that I was tearing up. Moving? Oh man. Yes. I still love ...
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Steam

A bunch of Disney games are now on Steam


Keep 'em coming
Oct 06
// Jordan Devore
Disney has added a number of games to Steam today and while many of them are movie tie-ins and not particularly great ones at that, there's some good stuff in here. Notably, Split/Second, a racing game with action set pieces ...
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Star Wars

Disney removed Tiny Death Star without telling its developer


Taken down to focus on Star Wars Commander
Oct 03
// Jordan Devore
Disney has pulled two mobile Star Wars games -- Tiny Death Star and Star Wars Assault Team -- and in the case of the latter, developer Nimblebit wasn't even given a heads up. "We had no prior knowledge that the game would be ...
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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5

Well, here are some more Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix screenshots


Still lookin' familiar
Oct 02
// Brittany Vincent
Just in time for the two new trailers that debuted in Japan, we've got a whole new bushel of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix screenshots for your viewing pleasure. There's about 30 here, of which Sora making a goofy face nex...

Review: Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes

Sep 18 // Chris Carter
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (iOS, PC, PS3, PS4 [reviewed], Vita, Wii U, Xbox One)Developer: Avalanche SoftwarePublisher: Disney InteractiveReleased: September 23, 2014 (NA) / 2015 TBA (Vita)MSRP: $74.99 (Starter Pack) / $34.99 (Play Set with two characters) / $13.99 (Individual characters) Since the toy-game market can be confusing as hell these days, here's exactly what you get in the Starter Kit. For $74.99, you'll net three figures -- Thor, Iron Man, and Black Widow -- as well as the Avengers Play Set world, the USB base, and two pre-made Toy Box levels. That's what I'll be covering here in the review -- extra Play Sets and characters will be covered individually. You'll immediately notice that 2.0 comes with two less Play Sets than the original game (just Avengers) -- which was bundled with Monsters Inc., Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Incredibles. At first glance, it's pretty disappointing. But what Avalanche Software has done is flesh out the Play Sets in general so that the included Avengers area is now comparable in size to multiple stories in the first game. Not only that, but the two aforementioned Toy Box levels are basically mini-stories themselves, involving special types of gameplay like tower defense -- and they can be played with any character. Despite the fact that it shipped with three Play Sets, one of the chief complaints about the first game was how limited it felt. Not only could certain characters not play in certain Play Sets, but there weren't enough real Toy Box adventures outside of player creations -- some of which weren't really up to par. Disney Infinity 2.0 addresses both of these somewhat with collectible "crossover coins" (letting Iron Man crossover into Spider-Man's world, for instance), and a better Toy Box. [embed]281121:55657:0[/embed] Let's start with the main attraction, though: the Avengers story. Right from the start it feels like an authentic cartoony experience based off the film series, which is a good thing. The Avengers tower is already built and established, SHIELD is out and about, and any applicable character is a part of the campaign's cutscenes, whether you have the toy or not (Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Hulk). Cross-over characters like Nova and Rocket Raccoon are also incorporated and playable if you own them. The concept is based off the best set from the original -- The Incredibles. You'll basically have a "city in peril" situation to deal with, with Loki and MODOK at the forefront. The voice cast is full of people who have worked in animation, comic-book adaptions, or the videogame industry (Troy Baker does both Loki and Hawkeye), and they do a great job of performing the characters in Marvel Super Heroes. Samuel L. Jackson is a big get, and most of the Avengers are voiced by actors who play them in the Ultimate Spider-Man series. Nothing feels phoned in. Missions however aren't as lively, and are generally comprised of typical sandbox fare, like "protect this asset," "go to this location and kill these enemies," or "pursue this enemy." There's a decent amount of variation, but odds are at the end of every activity, you'll have to kill something. The game also doesn't look particularly stunning even on the PS4, and beyond the draw distance, it doesn't even feel like a real upgrade. There are a few dungeon-like sections to round out these missions, which usually have a fun boss battle or series of puzzles in tow.  Now, this is a game aimed at the younger audience mind you, so there isn't going to be anything mind-blowing in terms of plot nor is the base game particularly difficult, but there are a few concessions now with the new iteration for older players. Most notably, there's an additional difficulty level that can jack things up a bit, and if your character dies in combat, they have to be revived by a teammate, lest you restart at a checkpoint or put a new character in. It's not exactly punishing, but there's more at stake than the original game that had infinite respawns. But while missions may not stray from genre-conventions, Avalanche really nailed how each character plays. Iron Man is particularly impressive, as his animations and abilities directly mirror how you'd expect him to look in a game. Every Repulsor Blast and rocket sound effect is perfect, and every Marvel character feels like a big upgrade gameplay-wise over the Disney and Pixar cast in the first game. Skill-trees are in, which ups replay value considerably and helps differentiate the cast even further. Leveling up in the last game provided no major value to the toy in question, but the cap has been extended 10 levels to 20 here, and now skills can add extra things like super abilities, extra flight time, or new attacks. Hand-in-hand with the increased replay value, the Toy Box portion has been upgraded significantly. With the starter kit, you'll net "Escape from the Kyln" from the Guardians of the Galaxy universe, a Gauntlet-like top-down action romp with RPG elements, and "Assault on Asgard," a tower defense minigame. Like the Avengers story, both of these aren't the deepest experiences, but the big plus is that any character can be used in them -- even toys from 1.0. This solves a big problem I had with the first game in that "Toy Box-only" toys originally felt like half their gameplay was missing -- but now, you should get a lot of play with any figure. The included two minigames are a decent start, but I hope that Avalanche develops more gametypes in the coming months beyond the pair it has already announced. The level-building process is also improved, if you're one of those creative types. Now, you can access a news feed of information highlighting the top levels available (fan-made or created by developers). You'll also get a lot more storage for your creations, as well as an expanded favorite sorting system and a vote mechanic -- all of this makes it easier to find better content instead of sifting through everything there is to offer. Making levels is easier too, with new template options and more objects to choose from. In fact, pretty much the entire first game's object list is included on top of all the new items. There's also a create-your-own-house section where you can customize a living space for your characters. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is still aimed at the younger crowd, but the new Toy Box and attention to detail will speak to audiences of all ages. With stronger writing and even deeper gameplay options, the third game could really have universal appeal beyond the audience it already reaches. 2.0 feels like a natural evolution, and that's a good thing if you liked the original.
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Less finite than the first
Disney Infinity was quite the ambitious project, but it fell flat in a few key areas. This was mostly due to a lack of even game worlds, with a few of the universes overshadowing others that felt more rushed. The other a...

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Disney Infinity 2.0

Later this year you'll be able to download Disney Infinity 2.0's Toy Box mode separately


For $19.99 at the start
Sep 16
// Chris Carter
Later this month, Disney Infinity 2.0 will launch, allowing you to buy the core pack for $74.99. This will include a base, three figures, two extra Toy Boy levels, and an Avengers Play Set. But a ton of you out there alr...
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Disney Infinity 2.0

Yondu and Falcon revealed for Disney Infinity 2.0


From Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America 2 respectively
Sep 12
// Chris Carter
Disney Infinity 2.0 is getting yet another set of figures it seems -- Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy and Falcon from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Of course these are mostly tie-ins with the films, but both di...
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Disney Infinity

DmC dev Ninja Theory is working on Disney Infinity 2.0


Makers of Enslaved and the upcoming Hellblade
Aug 30
// Steven Hansen
Disney's money maker Disney Infinity is getting some top action game talent. It was just announced at Giant Bomb's PAX Prime panel that developer Ninja Theory (Enslaved, DmC, Hellblade) is working with Disney I...
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Harmonix

Check out Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved at PAX Prime


Dance the night away
Aug 28
// Brittany Vincent
Harmonix is headed to PAX Prime in Seattle this weekend, and bringing with them Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, as well as swag and some brand new songs that you can check out if you happen to be in attendance. The event's on...
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Big Hero 6

Hiro and Baymax of Big Hero 6 officially unveiled for Disney Infinity


New trailer
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
Some time ago the toys for Disney Infinity 2.0's Big Hero 6 were leaked, and Disney Interactive has responded with an official trailer for the pair. Although it's easy to see what Baymax the robot can do with ...
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Disney Infinity

Marvel at the new Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0 trailer


Get it?
Aug 23
// Brittany Vincent
The gang of beloved Marvel superheroes join the roster with Disney Infinity 2.0's new Toy Box 2.0 mode, and you can see them frolicking about within this new trailer. It showcases the game's new expanded options fo...
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Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 is making its way to Disney Infinity 2.0


Hiro and Baymax
Aug 19
// Chris Carter
In case you haven't heard, Disney is producing a movie called Big Hero 6 which is based on the Marvel comic series of the same name. It features a young boy named Hiro, who fights crime with his personal robot Baymax. Th...
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Donald Duck

Donald Duck is quack-packing his way to Disney Infinity 2


The 'second of the fab five'
Aug 12
// Chris Carter
Any Disney fan knows about the fab five -- Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie, and Pluto. This fall the second character from that list will hit Disney Infinity in addition to the existing Mickey Mouse -- Donald Duck. Apparently Donald will quack and yell a lot, as well as use a broom and "fury" attacks to get his way. Sadly, Donald will just be a Toy Box character, so he wont get his own story.
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Disney Infinity 2.0

Aladdin and Jasmine will appear in Disney Infinity 2.0


As Toy Box characters
Aug 07
// Chris Carter
When Disney Infinity 2.0 hits later this year, you'll be able to explore a whole new world with Aladdin and Jasmine. It makes sense that the couple would appear, as bits and pieces of Agrabah appeared in the Toy Box mod...
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Disney Magical World

Disney Magical World won't be hitting Europe until October 24


Don't tell your kids
Jul 30
// Chris Carter
Disney Magical World was released in Japan, then North America, and in a few months, it'll arrive in Europe. The exact date is October 24, and the Pirates of the Caribbean DLC is also confirmed. Magical World is act...
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Disney Infinity

Watch the villains of Disney Infinity do their thing


Loki, Green Goblin, and Ronan
Jul 29
// Chris Carter
The Avengers aren't the only figures hitting the Marvel edition of Disney Infinity 2.0 this fall -- a new trailer has just been released that highlights newcomers Loki, Green Goblin, and Ronan (from Guardians of the Gal...
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Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes releasing September 23


Say goodbye to Mickey and hello to Iron Man
Jul 24
// Brittany Vincent
Disney Interactive has confirmed that Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will release to North American retailers on Tuesday, September 23. The sequel to the family IP established last year will expand the platform with the...
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CREAM

Disney Infinity gets Guardians of the Galaxy toys


Because everything exists to the benefit of capital
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
Remember all of yesterday's pricey new Disney Infinity toys destined to strip underpaid parents of hard won monies this holiday? There are more, naturally. To coincide with the Guardians of the Galaxy film, th...
12gb PS3 bundle... photo
12gb PS3 bundle...

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes gets collector's edition, PS3 bundle


Ah, yes, the 12gb PS3
Jul 22
// Steven Hansen
Disney is teaming up with Sony for the release of its upcoming holiday money maker, the Marvel Super Heroes bit of Disney Infinity.  The one hundred and eighty dollar ($180) Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes col...
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Disney Infinity

Stitch and Tinkerbell are in Disney Infinity 2


Every young Disney fan is probably screaming right now
Jul 16
// Chris Carter
Disney Infinity 2 will be getting two iconic characters this fall, in the form of Stitch and Tinkerbell. Stitch will be able to utilize a cosmic blaster item, and Tinker Bell can glide as well as heal players with Pixie Dust. Sounds about right. Based on the audio at the end of the video though, these two are only playable in Toy Box Mode, and don't have their own worlds to explore.
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Frozen PS4

Japan can't hold back this Frozen PS4 anymore


'Do You Want to Build a Snowman?' is the best song in that movie
Jul 11
// Brett Makedonski
Just in time for next week's release of Frozen on DVD, Japan's getting a special edition PlayStation 4 that adorns the movie's sisters on the face of the console. Apart from the custom graphic, it's the standard 500GB PS...

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