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Disney Universe PS3 Review.
It was nice interacting with all these Disney characters again (sort of) and although it's not the most original game, it's content, story and characters definitely makes up for its lack of originality.
Review Date: Nov 2011
Reviewer: Kyle Sudukis
Disney have a winner on their hands with their
latest arcade game entitled DISNEY UNIVERSE that allows gamers of all
ages to enjoy the wondrous creations and beyond of the late Walt
Disney. Best of all, many of the iconic characters of this universe
(sort of) are available in this title as gamers explore a variety
of Disney themed environments from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar
Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures. Areas include the Lion King,
Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean and many many
At it's heart, the game is reminiscent of
LEGO with a touch of Little Big Planet thrown into the mix. It's great how the
developers have merged both live action and cartoons such as The Lion
King or Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland as the levels definitely stand
out from each other.
each of these
worlds that you engage in have their own bonuses and collectibles to
find, so thankfully you can revisit them later on in the game if need
be, not that this will impede the story. So at its delicious Disney
heart, Disney Universe is basically an arcade game which requires
team-work from the players to solve puzzles, fight enemies and generally
have an amusing and entertaining arcade experience.
However, with all this Disney goodness,
there is actually a story involved in this game and it revolves around
the corruption of computerised Disney characters in a futuristic theme park which allows guests to dress up
as their favourite Disney characters. There are 45 different costumes
that the player can wear!
Unfortunately in this theme park, the
robots have gone wrong and this once happy place is now a dangerous one. Your goal is simple, fix the problem in order to
revitalise these Disney environments and make them right again. The game
is also reminiscent of titles such as LEGO Star Wars or the
aforementioned Little Big Planet with similar gaming mechanics that work
great on the PS3. Although the game is aimed at the younger gamer, older gamers
will still get a kick or two out of this good old fashioned but more
importantly fun arcade game.
The control system works well on the
DualShock controller and most gamers should have no problems in picking
up the controller and start playing. There is a slight element of skill
involved in the title but for the majority of times, those younger
should have no issues in completing the game... they may need a little
help. As with most arcade games, there is an element of
button mashing but hey... what game isn't?
Enemies are quite diverse in appearance but ultimately act the same way
throughout the game with the odd "boss" inspired battle thrown in for
good measures. Interestingly enough, you cannot die permanently in this
game and if your health should reach zero, you simply respawn where you
died. Fortunately you have lots of weapons at your disposal from ray
guns to bombs!
Apart from battling enemies and solving the occasional puzzle, you
also need to collect coins which can then be used to open up new worlds
in the game. Coins are literally everywhere in this game and they are
also used to purchase alternative costumes for your characters. The
various costumes in the game range from Mickey to Aladdin and even Nemo which are quite cool.
Older gamers will enjoy the classic Disney characters. Another fun fact
is that costumes can even be upgraded as they act as armour for your
The only drawback to the game for me was the lack of online multiplayer.
Unfortunately Disney Universe is strictly an off-line multiplayer
experience but allows you to play with up to four people. When you do
have four players involved, it's like a chaotic version of Super Smash
bros because of how much action is going on screen at once. It's
different and once again, the greedy are rewarded. Multiplayer works
almost as well as solo but two is definitely the magic number here.
Graphically, the game pays homage well to the various Disney icons and
environments included in this game. It's quite a cartoony looking game
with larger than life colours and some very well designed, yet stylised
environments. Although the game uses a fixed camera angle, much like a
few Nintendo games, it thankfully doesn't impede with the gameplay at
It may not be the next Uncharted or Batman game but it works well
as an arcade title. The sound effects however are nothing that memorable
but they do work well with the gameplay and some of the voice acting is
rather cool. The musical score is a little generic however.
We finished this game in around 10 hours that I must admit was a very
fun experience. It was nice interacting with all these Disney characters
again (sort of) and although it's not the most original game, it's content, story
and characters definitely makes up for its lack of originality. Older
gamers will probably complete it once, however younger gamers can
definitely revisit this universe time and time again, especially for its challenges, hidden collectibles, medals and the never end hunt for more coins.
Definitely recommended for those younger gamers or parents looking to
purchase a relatively non-violent game.