So I spent way too much money this weekend and got Skylanders. For those who don't know what it is it is a very ambitious and inovative game which is a spin off to the spyro series.
You will see why it is ambitious an inovative shortly. First I will tell you what systems you can play the game on and will be able to play it on.
The game is currently Available on: PS3, Xbox360, Wii, PC/MAC, 3DS, WebBrowser. It will be out soon on iPod/phone/pad and I believe they said a PSVita one was planed.
There are a few different versions of the games:
The Console versions of the games PS3, Xbox360, Wii and PS/MAC are SandBox world explorer type games with unlockable areas and multiple Multiplayer options.
The 3DS version is a special version made as a Platformer with unlockable levels.
The Web browser version of the game is an explorative type game as well.
The (i) versions and other versions of the game are unknown as to how they are played yet.
The (inovative) part of the game and what makes it unlike any other game is that it also uses toy figures to represent your characters in the game.
These figures hold the memory of all the data of your character and allows you to use your own character and all of it's information regardless of which system you play on. If you are out and about playing on your 3Ds then go to a friends house you can then play on there PS3 with all the levels your character has gained on your 3DS.
You can also unlock new locations to play in by purchasing new play sets like this:
Basically instead of buying downloadable content online you are buying the actual toy figure of the content and uploading it to your game. but it also save your information to the toy allowing you to use it on any version of the game instead of always rebuying the content.
There are 37 character figures all together. The 37 figures are devided into 8 elements. magic, tech, water, fire, earth, air, life, undead. Each weak or strong against one other element. Each figure also has stats ranging from Streangth, agility, speed, defence and luck. They also come with collectable trading cards, stickers and online codes. There are also store exclusive figures.
There are currently 4 location sets and also items you can get as well. These items can be uploaded in to the figures and used in game multiple times for a price.
The figures look great. They are not cheaply made but are a fair price for a toy figure regardless of the game you can play them in. The Computer game is $59.99 all others currently out are $69.99 and all come with, a usb cable to conect to the computer to play the web based game for free, 3 figures (the 3DS has an exclusive Dark spyro figure), a portal to upload your figures into the game, the colectable cards/codes/and stickers for each figure, the game and a figure poster.
The game is very well done and has recieved great reviews. The replay value is great on it as there are specific challenges for each element. You can beat the game with just the 3 figures that come with the original purchase but lots of stuff will be missed out on. You will need at least 1 figure of each element to beat each chalenge but 1 heavy and one fast figure of each would be advisable. There are unlockable things in game as well.
Over all it will get a bit exspensive over time but unlike most games with additional content to buy you actually have something to show for it. and something that you can sell to a friend later if you chose to which you cant with other types of DLC.
The firures are great to play with and the game is not bad iether.
The idea of multi platforming is pretty cool i must say but there's nothing much going for the game. The new play system with the "figurines"and the platform u put em on is kinda.. stupid. Like theres 32 i think (something like that) things to collect which is just a waste of money. In this new game spyro looks like a total fag. I wont be buying it >.>