As was the case with "Skylanders," the biggest drawback to "Disney Infinity" is sure to be the cost. Ranging from $13.99 for individual characters to $39.99 for new play sets, this is a game that could get very costly very quickly. And that doesn't count the Power Discs, which add special abilities or items to the world of "Infinity." The difference here, however, is that with the endless potential of Toy Box mode, the three figures included in the starter pack are more than enough to satisfy most gamers for a long time. My boys are eager to try out the "Cars" play set, but they are perfectly content to build bigger and better worlds in the Toy Box until they've saved enough money to purchase it.
While "Grand Theft Auto V" is launching next week for the adult crowd, "Disney Infinity" is like "Grand Theft Auto" for kids and kids at heart. It's a giant sandbox in which you can let your imagination run wild and create any adventure you can dream up. Yes, it can be a bit pricey if you plan on collecting all the figures and play sets, but there's not another game out there that will provide you with as much bang for your buck. Hopefully Disney can leverage its many properties and partners to create a steady stream of new figures and play sets. Marvel meets Star Wars? Make it happen, Disney. Until then, my kids and I will be playing hide and seek in Cinderella's castle and walloping each other with Carl Fredrickson's cane from "Up!."
Developer: Avalanche Studios
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Available for: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 ($74.99 starter kit; additional figures $13.99 and up)
Rating: E for everyone
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