Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes
Developed by Avalanche Software
Published by Disney Interactive Studios
*See this is why we can’t have Nice Things*
*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version*
*Please Note: Disney Infinity 2.0 has multiple stories thanks to the different playsets however the story I will be describing is The Avengers Playset which comes in the Starter Pack.*
The Avengers story see’s the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes relaxing after a successful day of crime fighting when suddenly their Headquarters is attacked by Frost Giants from Asgard. After a quick moments thought; The Avengers realize that Loki must be responsible for the attacks and sets out to take out the god of mischief and his accomplices including the menacing M.O.D.O.K.
Like the original Disney Infinity title; This is a casual family-style game in which much like Skylander’s you place a figure of your character (In 2.0’s starter case; Iron Man, Thor & Black Widow) on the game portal along with your playset piece (Level). The game plays very similarly to Skylander’s with a heavy reliance on action with the game featuring a nice variation of close and ranged combat dependent on which character you are currently playing as. Another returning feature from the previous game was the inclusion of the toy box mode which in a way kind of works like the Little Big Planet series in the fact that you essentially build the entire world around you using multiple items and toys in your toy box. Some of the things you can create include Cities, Fairytale Forests and even race tracks aswell as populating these areas with tiny villagers (In the form of mini Disney, Pixar & Marvel characters like Scrooge McDuck), Cars (like Captain America’s Motorbike) and even flying vehicles like the Recognizer from Tron Legacy.
One of the many new features which I really enjoyed was the addition of bigger worlds as it opened up a shed load more of opportunities as a player including a lot more exploration, the ability to climb walls with certain characters (The Hulk) and of course, the biggest inclusion in this game; Flight. The Driving and Flying controls are top notch and don’t feel clunky at all making it faster and much much easier to get around bigger worlds. Another feature I enjoyed was the ability to upgrade your figures with a skill tree which earned you points every time your character grows a level which can help you to get some new abilities, combos and fighting moves. I am also proud to announce that while playing I did not encounter a single glitch however one bit I do have to criticize is the combat which for me when I was fighting the enemies; It felt that as I threw each hit, The character got slower and slower. Otherwise the gameplay is fine.
To be truthfully honest; there isn’t that much of a memorable soundtrack to Disney Infinity 2.0. The few songs that I do remember were decent enough and had a very distinctive style that felt like the perfect combination of Disney and a Superhero game however these tracks after a while unfortunately started to get incredibly repetitive. One thing in terms of the music that I do have to praise Disney Infinity 2.0 for is the inclusion of Derezzed by Daft Punk (From the Tron Legacy Soundtrack) which plays while you fly around in the Recognizer. This was superb for me since I am personally a huge fan of both Daft Punk and the Tron Legacy Soundtrack and for me it helped add a bit of the music from the movies that to me make Disney so special. In addition to this; The voice acting is top notch (at least in terms of The Avengers) which brings back the cast of Disney XD show Avengers Assemble which stars well known voice actors as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes including Adrian Pasdar (Iron Man), Laura Bailey (Black Widow), Travis Willingham (Thor), Roger Craig Smith (Captain America), Troy Baker (Hawkeye & Loki), Fred Tatasciore (Hulk) and of course; Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury).
All in all, The Voice Acting is top notch along with the Daft Punk track however the rest of the soundtrack feels rather lackluster.
Considering the game is stylized after the toys that you put on the play pad; Disney Infinity 2.0 has really really good visuals staying with the cartoon style visuals of the toys yet somehow making them look slightly more realistic then they have in previous animated series (Think CGI style animation in the game.) The sets inside the game look amazing with bright and vivid colors (Everything you come to expect with Disney) and when playing the levels and making them; it looks exactly like an animated Disney movie. In addition to this; each character looks exactly how you’d come to expect them with each Avengers character once again taking the appearance of their Avengers Assemble outfits.
Disney Infinity 2.0 has plenty of overall lasting appeal with multiple playsets available to buy including Guardians of the Galaxy & Spider-Man to name a few aswell as leveling each of your characters up to the maximum level and acquiring as many upgrades as possible. Also as the game’s main tagline is; there are infinite possibilities at the players disposal in terms of making worlds and exploring them. Also add in the fact that there is new toy box levels uploaded to the shared Disney toy box every week offering players new, fun and unique content every week however after a while the gameplay does start to feel pretty repetitive and stale. Add in the trophies/achievements again and then you’ve got plenty of hours of content.
All in all, Disney Infinity 2.0 is an extremely fun family game that combines the money making phenomena that Skylander’s has become with the almighty power of Marvel and Disney. The level design is amazing with some very unique set pieces and the whole idea of being able to create your own worlds including New York with Disney elements is incredible. The gameplay is certainly improved from the previous game however I still feel it gets repetitive and stale at times. The Soundtrack is incredibly lackluster however I feel that the voice acting and use of the song Derezzed help the sound section out a considerable amount. The visuals are pretty decent for a casual family game and the story to me is extremely reminiscent of a traditional Marvel Comics storyline. All in all, Disney Infinity 2.0 is enjoyable as not only a Disney and Marvel game but also a fun and enjoyable game for all the family.
My Score = 8/10
- The Story felt like a Traditional Marvel Story
- Gameplay was fun and simplistic
- Bigger Worlds and Flight
- Upgradeable Skill Tree
- Voice Cast is Superb
- Use of Derezzed from Tron Legacy Soundtrack
- Visuals are decent
- Plenty of Replayability
- Gameplay does get repetitive and stale after a while
- Sometimes during combat; Character gets slower as they hit
- Soundtrack is very very lackluster
Disney Infinity 2.0 is available now from all good retailers for PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U & PC. Thanks go out to Disney Interactive Studios for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.