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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...
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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

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. 
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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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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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Toontown Rewritten

Toontown Rewritten brings back my first MMO

Somehow Disney lawyers haven't noticed
Jun 15
// Joe Parlock
Toontown Online was my very first MMO, back when I was a wee child. It was pretty rad at the time: teaming up with people all over the world was a novel idea at the time, and even though I never subscribed, I can still vivid...
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Kingdom Hearts survey

Kingdom Hearts survey references last-gen consoles, Vita, Wii U

Also asks about localization
Jun 10
// Jed Whitaker
The official Kingdom Hearts Facebook page posted a survey for fans to fill out that will be available till June 12. It asks about how important it is to fans to have games localized in their own language, be it text...
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Disney Infinity exec slams amiibo shortages

Calls shortages 'irresponsible and rude'
Jun 09
// Laura Kate Dale
If you, like me, got really into collecting amiibo when they launched late last year, you have without a doubt at some point come to realize that they're really damn annoying to collect. Artificial supply constraints, limited...
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Check and check
If you're making a Star Wars game with pilotable ships, I'm going to want to zip around Hoth in a snowspeeder and tie knots around some AT-ATs. I'll also want to shoot down a bunch of TIE Fighters on my path to destroy the De...

Disney Infinity 3.0 expands with the Star Wars and Inside Out playsets

Jun 01 // Alessandro Fillari
For those who aren't familiar, or maybe just a bit confused about what Disney Infinity is, this title brings players into an open world and unified experience to craft unique and original playgrounds for Disney characters from the past and present. Much like the Skylanders series, characters are acquire by purchasing actual figurines that can be uploaded into the game via a world disc, a real world scanner. While you can create levels and unique scenarios and share them with others online, you can also dive into unique playsets centered around specific Disney films and television shows. In its third year now, Disney Infinity has seen a number of upgrades and additions. With last year's expansion introducing Marvel characters, they've also spent some time upgrading the gameplay and general design. In order to do this, they recruited help from independent developers such as Ninja Theory, Sumo Digital, and United Front Games where they worked on the key areas of combat, racing, and additional character support respectively. With general development handled by Avalanche Software (note: not the same Avalanche behind Just Cause), they've found the creation of Disney Infinity to be a rewarding and satisfying experience. "The two words that come to mind are 'humbling' and 'gratifying," said the GM of Avalanche Software John Blackburn while reflecting on his work on Disney Infinity. "I feel so fortunate to work with all these brands, and it's a dream come true in a lot of ways[...] I'm pretty happy that people have responded to it in the way that have, and have accepted it and are looking forward to the new versions right now. I want to make sure we're doing a good enough job that we're really trying to make high quality kids and family entertainment, because that's been more and more difficult as a business to do. So it's very gratifying to see that we're doing it right." With the 3.0 expansion, new environments and characters will be added to the core game, such as the recently announced Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic (based on the prequel trilogy), Rise Against the Empire (original trilogy), The Force Awakens, and also Pixar's Inside Out playsets. While Star Wars will be largely combat and vehicle focused experiences, Inside Out will experiment more with platforming in surreal environments. Much like the film, the gameplay centers around the emotional state of a young girl named Riley and her changing perception and feelings. Set sometime after the film, players take control of Riley's emotions Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger, and Fear, when she experiences a nightmare after falling asleep during a scary movie. The playset focuses on platforming gameplay through Riley's dreamscape, where environments and enemies take on a variety of different properties, such as warped gravity and the ground turning into hot lava. Each character has their own unique abilities and skills which will serve them throughout the adventure. After seeing the movie, I was itching for another trip into the bizarre and evocative world from Inside Out, and the Disney Infinity playset serves a great follow up to the film as it's basically the sequel to the film. Moreover, it fleshes out many of the settings and areas from the film, such as the dream productions studio where Riley's subconscious craft her dreams by way of old school film production. It's a very colorful and imaginative world, and it's likely the most unique playset Disney Infinity has had yet. The devs at Disney Interactive were very excited about what the new playsets can offer. "Every year a new fan is born," explained the VP of production John Vignocchi. "We're sitting here in the hallowed halls of Pixar, and everyone there will be someone who sees Toy Story for the first time, and we want to make sure that when they pick up Buzz Lightyear, or another favorite character, and when they play with them inside of Infinity, that he is just as cool as he was in the film." Even though I've only had some minor experience with Disney Infinity, I was quite surprised with the creativity found in these playsets. Perhaps this was coming off of my high after seeing Inside Out a month early, but I was very pleased with the translation from film to game. With the writers and directors from the film working with the devs, along with the same voice cast including Amy Poehler and Bill Hader, they wanted to ensure that it would be as faithful as possible. It's pretty crazy to see how much Disney Infinity has grown over the years. What was once a strange experiment trying to catch on to the Minecraft and Skylanders craze, has now turned into a title that's really come into its own. It's pretty impressive to see how much detail and content is packed in the title already, and with the new 3.0 expansion hitting this Fall, the Disney universe is about to get a bit bigger for fans to explore.
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It's a small world after all
Who knew that Disney's strange and bizarre mishmash of characters into one large game would turn out to be such a big hit? I know, a Disney title with a bunch of Pixar, film, and legacy characters would've sold regardless, bu...

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Disney Infinity 3.0

Disney Infinity 3.0 has Star Wars, Marvel, and Mulan

The Starter Pack releases this fall
May 06
// Jordan Devore
Following last week's leak, Disney has come out with full details for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, which introduces Star Wars to the game/toy platform this fall. For Play Sets, we're looking at: Star Wars: Twilight of the R...
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Disney Infinity Star Wars

Stars Wars looks all Clone Wars-y in Disney Infinity 3.0

Ahsoka and Annakin
Apr 30
// Jordan Devore
Star Wars and Disney Infinity, together at last. As reported by DisKingdom and, a German retailer listing has pinpointed an August 20, 2015 release for Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars on Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360...
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Pregnant Elsa

Rub kiwi juice on pregnant Elsa's belly, and more terrible Frozen games

Do you want to clean a baby?
Apr 20
// Brett Makedonski
A few months ago, Jordan dutifully informed us of a game that we probably could've gone our whole lives without knowing about: a Frozen game in which Anna gives birth. What if I told you there are more Frozen pregn...
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Disney Infinity

Did someone just leak a load of new Disney Infinity 3.0 characters?

Yes. Yes, it did
Apr 20
// Vikki Blake
Eagle-eyed Disney fans have spotted a buttload of new figures suspected to be part of a new and as-yet-unannounced Disney Infinity 3.0. The pictures -- which first graced retailer Taobao and were later picked up by Infin...
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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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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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