Skylanders Giants PS3 Review.
With almost flawless gameplay, a great control system and some really decent looking action figures, there's very little to complain about this game. Recommended!
Reviewer: Peter Bourke
Review Date: Nov 2012 Classification: PG
One of the most innovative games of 2011 is back with Skylanders
Giants! The idea of the original Skylanders was ingenious,
combine action figures with a video game via a special "Portal of
Power" and voila... you had a true interactive gaming experience
with the real world. Best of all, the action figures that came with
Skylanders looked impressive and additional toys could be purchased
with each figure having different powers and abilities that affected
the overall gameplay.
The Portal of Power was the key to Skylanders and by placing your
action figure on the portal, your character appeared in the video
game. You could also change figures at any time and best of all, the
game supported a local two player which means that by placing two
figures on the portal, you and a friend could both play together. Of
course competitive play in Giants allows you to pit Skylander
against Skylander for some classic Pokémon gaming. Giants features a
new drop in mode as well which means if you're friends are over,
they can join in my putting their Skylanders on your portal of
this current game, giants once roamed the Skylands but were banished
to Earth. Unfortunately a new threat has come to the Skylands which
require the giants to return as players embark on another battle of
good versus evil. Unlike the previous Skylanders figures, the Giants
are considerable larger. Fights seem more massive in Skylanders
Giants, especially with the inclusion of "Wow Pows" which are over
the top manoeuvres that look quite impressive.
The goal of the game is to defeat Kaos who has summoned the ancient
robots called the Arkeyans back to the Skylands in order to conquer
these floating islands which is where the giants come into play.
Although the story is quite clichéd, it actually suits the premise
of these strange creatures going man-to-man... well...
monster-to-monster. Giants are also quite powerful in Skylanders as
they can smash their way through walls and buildings.
you don't own the previous Skylanders game which includes the portal
of power, you can purchase the Skylanders Giants Starter Pack which
includes the game, 2 Skylander Figures, 1 Skylander Giant Figure and
the portal of power. It should also be noted that no knowledge of
the previous game is required to play Giants and there is somewhat
of a tutorial to new players.
The game supports three levels difficulty, however if you have
played the previous game, all the levelling up and statistics of
your Skylanders will be transferred to the new game and the level
cap has been increased to 15. The powers of the Skylanders are linked to
the eight elements that include air, life, undead, earth, fire,
water, magic and tech. Just like Pokémon, by collecting more
Skylanders, you do become more powerful and as mentioned, each have
their pros and cons that must be swapped and changed to gain victory
over your enemies and environments that you explore.
At its core, Skylanders Giants is an arcade action adventure game
which transforms players into the portal master who has the ability
to transport the Skylanders and Giants into the gameplay. Imagine
Diablo meets Saturday morning Disney cartoon. That is what
Skylanders is like.
When you put your Skylander or Giant on the portal, these creatures
become your avatar as explore these wondrous worlds, completing
objectives, searching for items/power-ups and fighting the various
enemies that you engage in. There's also plenty of puzzles to engage
in which must be solved in order to proceed. Thankfully these
puzzles are not overtly difficult but I must say, there were a
couple that had us stumped.
Apart from fighting and exploring, you also need to improve the
statistics of your Skylanders and Giants. This is done at the
Dreadyacht, a powerful flying ship led by the charismatic Cap'n
Flynn. On the Dreadyacht, you can upgrade your Skylanders and embark
in some fun mini-games to give you a rest from the main campaign.
Controls are quite decent with the PS3 controller and most gamers
should have no issues in mastering the game, even with the
interactive nature of the Portal of Power, although there is an
element of grinding. The only downside to the game is the amount of
figures that Activision have released with over 20 figurines
available to play in the current game which could be quite pricey if
you purchased them all. There's also lightcore characters which glow
when placed on the Portal of Power but hey... it's all about
marketing and franchise here.
Graphically, Skylanders Giants is a decent looking game on the PS3
that looks like a cartoon come to life. Characters are modelled and
animated well with background environments looking like some magical
world that helps with the immersion factor of the game. Add in some
great special effects, especially for your Skylanders plus lighting
and this is quite a professional looking game in that regard. Music
and sound effects compliment the graphics and gameplay which will
keep most kids coming back again and again to this game, especially
with the ability to collect new Skylanders to play.
Giant Skylanders are super size and
have super powers
LightCore™ Skylanders light up when
placed on the Portal of Power® and have special LightCore™
Back and better than ever, Series 2
Skylanders are returning from Skylanders Spyro's Adventure with
new "Wow Pow" power upgrades and increased level cap
In addition to the above new
Skylanders, there are alsoBrand New Skylanders launching with
If your kids loved the original Skylanders game, than they will love
this new incarnation of the series as Giants adds new characters,
abilities and worlds to this franchise. With almost flawless
gameplay, a great control system and some really decent looking
action figures, there's very little to complain about this game.