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Tron

If nothing else, I want to hear Tron: Escape's soundtrack


Ratings board listing found
Jul 16
// Jordan Devore
A listing for a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC game called Tron: Escape has surfaced on Brazil's rating system website. Could this be the project Giorgio Moroder referenced back in February? "We have about five themes, elect...
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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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Toys to life

Toys-to-life games have a long way to go


Here's something to strive for
Jun 22
// Jordan Devore
Between Skylanders, Disney Infinity, amiibo, and now LEGO Dimensions, I'm hearing an awful lot of talk about the "toys to life" category these days. That's fine, but nudge me when we can do this:

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

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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Star Wars

Star Wars Rebellion, Rogue Squadron 3D, and four others headed to GOG.com


Oh hell yes
Jan 22
// Jordan Devore
GOG.com released six Star Wars games on Tuesday, including X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, and now the PC game distributor is back with its next set of titles. We're in for a real treat. Rogue Squadron 3D, Rebellion, and Empire at Wa...
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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...
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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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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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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...
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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 2.0

Princess Merida and Maleficent are coming to Disney Infinity 2.0


You'll have to be Brave to resist these toys
May 30
// Brittany Vincent
If you're looking forward to Disney Infinity 2.0, you've probably got a fantasy list of characters in mind that you'd like to see as figures. Well, Frozen's already been done. How about Maleficent and Brave's Princess Merida...
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Canceled

Disney cans Star Wars: Attack Squadrons


That free-to-play PvP game
May 23
// Jordan Devore
I had to look up what Star Wars: Attack Squadrons was again, exactly, despite being the person to cover its announcement here on Destructoid. Ah, right -- the name made it sound cooler than the reality, which is: a free-to-pl...
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Disney Fantasia

Harmonix reveals The Hollow region of Disney Fantasia


Also announces multiplayer mode and more music
Mar 24
// Conrad Zimmerman
Harmonix has released this trailer for Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, highlighting a new region of the game, The Hollow, where players will bring a forest environment to life through playing songs and interacting in the wor...
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Layoffs

Disney Interactive lays off 700 employees to 'double down on mobile'


Social gaming isn't what it used to be
Mar 06
// Jordan Devore
There was talk of significant layoffs at Disney Interactive last month and today was the day it went down: the company has laid off approximately 700 employees, amounting to 26 percent of its global workforce, reports The New...
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Disney Infinity, Murdered: Soul Suspect, Kodoku & Bikinis


DTOID News is filmed in front of an actual camera
Feb 04
// Max Scoville
Well, we got a new camera and I accidentally switched it onto "Sears Portrait Studio" mode, so sorry if I look a little bit like I'm in a porno from the late eighties. (What else is new.) Today, we've got some more details o...
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Disney Infinity

Marvel, Star Wars reportedly next for Disney Infinity


Significant layoffs at Disney Interactive also rumored
Feb 03
// Jordan Devore
The Wall Street Journal reports there are indeed plans for characters from the Marvel and Star Wars properties to be brought into Disney Infinity. That's the good news here. Take a moment to make the most of it and refle...
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Star Wars: Assault Team is a turn-based mobile game


Involving card-battle elements
Jan 29
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Disney Interactive and LucasArts have announced Star Wars: Assault Team for iOS, Windows 8, and Android. It's a turn-based combat game involving card-battling elements. You'll collect characters from the Star Wars universe an...
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Star Wars

There's a new Star Wars space combat game for PC


But it's free to play
Dec 17
// Jordan Devore
We love us some Rogue Squadron around these parts, but Star Wars: Attack Squadrons is not that. Wishing does not make it so. Disney Interactive announced the Area 52 Games project this morning with the trailer above and some...
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Disney Infinity DLC

Impressions: Disney Infinity: Rapunzel, Ralph & Vanellope


Well, at least two of them are worth owning
Dec 03
// Chris Carter
The first thing that came to mind when Disney Infinity was announced was a Wreck-It Ralph-themed campaign. With multiple settings that weren't fully explored in the film, the franchise is a goldmine of locations, and I w...
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Disney Infinity DLC

Impressions: Disney Infinity Frozen Toy Box Set


I'd love to see more of these
Dec 02
// Chris Carter
As you may have noticed, Disney Infinity has been slowly rolling out some add-on options for the core game, and not all of them are created equal. Some involve a full-on story mode unique to a Disney IP, some are charact...
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Five new Disney Infinity toys are out this month


Rapunzel, Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope, and Frozen ladies
Nov 22
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Disney Infinity will see new toys and Power Discs released this month. In fact, a couple are out today as you can get the Wreck-It Ralph figure from Walmart, and the Rapunzel toy from Best Buy. Vanellope will be out on Novem...
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Disney Infinity DLC

Impressions: Disney Infinity: Toy Story in Space Play Set


It's not a laser! It's a little light bulb that blinks
Oct 22
// Chris Carter
One criticism that I've seen with Disney Infinity is that it's too contemporary. At launch, we got three Pixar films, a Pirates of the Caribbean world, and a Play Set for the brand new Lone Ranger reboot. Although classi...
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Disney Infinity Jack

The Disney Infinity Skellington figure is nothing special


'Jack, please, I'm only an elected official here, I can't make decisions by myself!'
Oct 18
// Chris Carter
Disney Infinity has quite a bit of content still on the way, and the latest addition to the game is the standalone Jack Skellington figure -- bringing the world of Tim Burton into the videogame realm once again. But all that ...
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Aww! Tiny Death Star, Disney's new Star Wars game


8-bit
Oct 04
// Dale North
Aww! Tiny little Death Stars in 8-bit. On your mobile.  Disney Interactive has teamed up with LucasArts and Tiny Tower creators NimbleBit to bring us Star Wars: Tiny Death Star. You'll work alongside Vader and Palpatine ...
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Disney Infinity DLC

Impressions: Disney Infinity: Lone Ranger Play Set


Easily the best set in the game so far
Sep 13
// Chris Carter
Disney Infinity is in this for the long haul, because after spending $100 million on R&D, Disney and Avalanche still have quite a bit of content to gradually dole out. Some content will arrive by way of characters that ca...
Disney Infinity DLC photo
Disney Infinity DLC

Impressions: Disney Infinity: Cars Play Set


An expensive trip to Radiator Springs
Sep 11
// Chris Carter
Disney Infinity is out, giving you a taste of three worlds from various Disney and Pixar properties -- some welcome, some not -- but the starter pack isn't the only bit of content in town. In addition to characters for the st...

Very Quick Tips: A Disney Infinity Guide

Sep 08 // Chris Carter
How do I get started, and how much does everything cost? To play Disney Infinity you'll need to buy the starter pack for $74.99. It comes with the actual game disc, three toys/in-game characters (Sully, Jack Sparrow, and Mr. Incredible), the base to hold the toys, and one random power disc (which I'll explain in a second). Should you decide you want more, characters are $13 each, new campaigns (Play Sets) are $34.99 and come with two characters, and there are a select few triple character packs for $29.99. The cheapest way to own everything in Series 1 without deals is to buy the Starter Pack ($74.99), the Sidekicks pack ($29.99), the Villains Pack ($29.99), Dash ($12.99), Violet ($12.99), Francesco ($12.99), Mater ($12.99), the Cars Play Set ($34.99), and the Lone Ranger Play Set ($34.99). That's a grand total of $256.91 at retail for five campaigns that range from 5-10 hours each, and 17 toys to use in Toy box. Yowzers! On the base itself, there is room for two characters to fit into the circular grooves (left is player one, right is player two). If you want to play a multiplayer campaign (Play Set), both characters must be a part of the same franchise (meaning, you cannot play local campaign co-op with the starter kit). Toy Box eliminates this restriction, as all franchises can fully mix. On the top part of the base, you can place a Play Set piece (currently, one piece that contains Monsters/Pirates/Incredibles that comes in the starter pack, or separately sold pieces for Cars, and one for Lone Ranger -- $35 each) or a Power Disc in the hexagonal area on top. The Disney Infinity Fans forum periodically updates threads with information on events and specials. Amazon, Toys "R" Us, Target, and Walmart are your usual suspects for deals. How do Power Discs work? Power Discs come in blind packs of two (in the silver and gold pack variety) for roughly $5 per pack.  It's confusing at first, but once you understand the two fundamental types, it's not that hard. Those two types are: circular and hexagonal. There's no rhyme or reason as to the blind packaging of each type -- a pack could come with any combination of circular or hexagonal bases. The circular discs are placed under your character (up to two at a time) and grant you passive bonuses, such as 10% extra damage. The hexagonal discs can only be used in Toy Box mode, and grant you extra NPCs to play with (such as vehicles or weapons), as well as set pieces and themes (like an underwater Finding Nemo sky). If you're wondering how to change your set pieces after placing them on the base, you have to build the "Sky Changer" device and place it in your world. This isn't normally explained, and is really easy to miss. Toys "R" Us periodically holds in-store "trading events" for these discs, and Amazon/eBay sellers will put them up individually if you need specific discs. Here's a great online checklist tool for all available Series 1 discs. The two rarest discs are "Mike's Car" and "Tron User Control," which can run around $20 each from individual sellers. If you want to check and see what discs are in a blind pack before purchasing, simply place the sealed package on a demo kiosk base to check them. Unlocking the vaults (requirements): Vaults are giant doors that grant you a ton of extras if you unlock them. The only catch is, they require all characters within each set to interact with them before opening. Typically they give you a large number of Toy Box pieces, as well as a brand new Toy Box base level to mess around with. In the starter pack, once again you only get three characters (Mr. Incredible, Sully, and Jack Sparrow), so your cheapest franchise options in terms of unlocking vaults are Monsters and Pirates, who only require two toys each (at $13 a pop) in addition to the starter pack. The Lone Ranger is the only pack to require two toys to unlock the vault, but you need to buy the Play Set separately. Here's how many toys you'll need for each Play Set: Monsters University: Mike, Sully, Randy (3) Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow, Davy Jones, Hector Barbosa (3) The Incredibles: Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, Dash, Violet, Syndrome (5) Cars: Lightning McQueen, Holly Shiftwell, Mater, Francesco (4) The Lone Ranger: Lone Ranger, Tonto (2) Vault locations: Monsters University: Progress with the story until you get to the clock tower (roughly northwest of the starting area) -- the vault is on the tower itself. You can get there by flinging yourself over the fence with a prank box. Pirates of the Caribbean: The vault is at the very beginning of the game. Do the first few tutorial quests until you get your ship, then go northeast of the ship's dock, facing away from the ship. The Incredibles: This one is in the main city. Go to the bridge that's near the north side, near your headquarters (the building with the giant statue). The vault is on top of a building slightly west if you're facing away from the HQ, across the bridge to the city. Cars: As soon as you start the map, you should be pointing towards a giant mountain range (one off to the right side -- not the big mountain in the center). Go under the mountain and into the caverns to find it. If you're lost, it's northeast of Luigi's in Radiator Springs. The Lone Ranger: This vault is near the town of Colby. Face the train station, then head directly west to find it attached to a mountain range wall. This is the only vault in the game that only needs two characters to open, and can be opened within the confines of one Play Set pack. It's also the most fun campaign in the game. Spinning for pieces in Toy Box: By completing tasks in Play Sets you'll earn "Infinity Tokens," which earn you spins in the Toy Box for more extras like Pride Rock or Scrooge McDuck's Money Bin. You can find this contraption at the Disney Infinity home base, under the yellow icon. My suggestion is to get at least 16 tokens, and shuffle the board until you find a piece you really want (like the Cave of Wonders for example) -- then, randomly spin until you get that piece, even if it takes you the entire board. As long as you don't shuffle the board, it won't switch the pieces around. General tips: In the Lone Ranger Play Set, make sure you find the five bone charm locations to unlock the ability to fly around the map at will as a crow. The last charm you'll typically find is the one on top of a large tower after building the second railroad track to unlock the third area. This is how you get those seemingly unobtainable power-ups flying in the sky. If you find yourself losing races in the Cars Play Set, buy all the turbo you can get your hands on. You'll need it to beat the last race in the game. To earn turbo, you can use tricks (the right analog stick) in the air, grind rails (powerslide on certain lips), and pick up gas cans. Typically, I use turbo as soon as I get it, until the last half of the last lap, where I save all my boosts to use at once. The best power discs to use to save time during Play Sets are the Tron disc (extra experience) and the Pirates disc (extra gold). Everything else is fairly superfluous. When using the hoverboard in the Incredibles Play Set, you won't be able to glide unless you "let it ride" into the air. If you attempt to jump beforehand you'll start falling. For maximum air, let it ride, then jump as soon as the board starts dipping. If you're wondering why you can't use all of your abilities in the Incredibles set, you have to unlock your HQ first, then go to the kung-fu trainer to learn your core power. If you're curious as to what the most effective abilities are, Dash is extremely useful for covering a lot of ground when vehicles aren't an option with his super speed. Some campaigns have repeatable missions that don't influence the core story. For instance, Cars has randomly generated objectives like "tow the speeder" or "rescue the tourist." You don't have to do these to beat the Play Set, but repeating them can earn you extra experience and cash. So what's coming next? The only Play Set that's currently confirmed is the "Toy Story in Space" set (which will most likely be priced at $34.99), which contains Buzz, Jesse, and the Toy Story campaign. You can buy Woody separately to use in this set. The "Frozen" pack is also coming later this year, and will contain the characters Anna and Elsa (no Play Set) as well as two unique Power Discs. Individual characters for Series 2 are coming from October on, including Jack Skellington, Rapunzel, Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope von Schweetz, Phineas, Perry, and Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey. As of the time of this writing, the individual characters for Series 2 will not have their own Play Sets/campaigns -- meaning, they have to be used in the Toy Box. You may have seen a Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey toy floating around online for $200 -- this is a special character given out at Disney's 2013 D23 Expo. It will arrive eventually as a Series 2 or Series 3 figure in the future.
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A full overview of Series One
It's been a few weeks since Disney Infinity was released, and I've scoured every inch of content there is to offer. Since there's a ton of confusion as to what exactly needs to be purchased to unlock what piece of conten...


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