After trying out the Clone Wars Play Set for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition at E3, we got a chance to check out even more of the game during San Diego Comic-Con 2015 this week. Again, the bulk of the demo highlighted the new Star Wars components for Disney Infinity 3.0, only this time the focus was on the Original Trilogy.
While the Clone Wars portion of Disney Infinity 3.0 is decidedly more focused on combat, the Original Trilogy sections – called Rise Against the Empire – feature a lot more vehicle combat. Of course that means many of the iconic scenes from the Star Wars films are on full display, from the assault on the Death Star to the Speeder Bike chase through Endor’s woods.
As with past Disney Infinity games, the controls are extremely forgiving regardless of if players are flying an X-Wing or navigating a Hoth Speeder. Avalanche Software and their various development partners have done a great job recreating the look and feel of some iconic scenes, including the tow cable sequence from Empire Strikes Back. For the most part the controls were fine, but there were some moments where the vehicles were a bit unruly. The game is still in development, though, so it’s hard to fault Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition too much there.
Where the Hoth sequence, which saw the player trying to drive back an AT-T onslaught, offered a lot more freedom in how players took down the hulking Imperial machines, the assault on the Death Star was purely on-rails. At times, the gameplay was focused on taking out Tie-Fighters and other sections put the emphasis on dodging enemy laser fire. Again, nothing too revolutionary from a gameplay perspective, but engaging enough for Disney Infinity’s family friendly audience.
In addition to the Star Wars demos, the Disney Infinity 3.0 Comic-Con presentation offered closer looks at the Toy Box Speedway, which is the game’s pick-your-favorite-Disney-character standalone racer, as well as the Inside Out play set. The Toy Box Speedway plays a lot like the Sonic & All-Stars Racing games, which isn’t surprising considering that game’s developer, Sumo Digital, was brought on to assist with these specific racing sections. Watching Buzz Lightyear jockey for position with Elsa from Frozen is sure to be a highlight for Disney fans, and the racing/combat (think Mario Kart) is entertaining if not particularly deep.
The Inside Out Play Set ditches the 3D open world exploration of the other Sets and focuses purely on platforming. There are collectibles, leaderboards, timers, and even character-specific obstacles that unlock new areas in the 25+ levels. Since Inside Out is easily Disney Infinity 3.0’s most younger-leaning component, it makes sense to have the gameplay be more straightforward. That isn’t to say the Inside Out Play Set won’t be engaging to adults or seasoned gamers, but it certainly doesn’t pose a huge challenge.
Overall, Disney Infinity 3.0’s demo featured a wider array of experiences than any past presentation for Disney Infinity thus far. The platforming came in two flavors – 3D and side scrolling; the vehicle sections were something Disney Infinity fans haven’t seen much of, and the Inside Out set is sure to build its own loyal followers among the Pixar faithful. Needless to say, Avalanche has packed Disney Infinity 3.0 full of content – some of which will need to be purchased as standalone pieces – and proved that they are listening to fans’ complaints.
Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition releases August 30, 2015 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, iOS, and Android.