Disney Infinity 3.0 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Disney Infinity 3.0 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Doctor Strange Disney Infinity 3.0 Concept Figure Leaked https://www.gameskinny.com/ho1gh/doctor-strange-disney-infinity-30-concept-figure-leaked https://www.gameskinny.com/ho1gh/doctor-strange-disney-infinity-30-concept-figure-leaked Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:09:21 -0400 ESpalding

It only seems like yesterday that Disney Interactive announced that it was stopping production of their Disney Infinity game. The game and figures were to be stopping after the release of the Finding Dory playset this June. However, this week the YouTube channel Infiniteer Adventures revealed that they had exclusively been giving permission to disclose the concept figure for the game's Doctor Strange character.

The Doctor Strange movie releases this October and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One. The figure has been modeled on Cumberbatch's portrayal of the character and to great detail.

Recently, an insider close to the Disney Infinity project also revealed that there had been concept figures made of Peter Pan, Jafar from Aladdin and a premium Hulk figure -- as well as possible in-game footage of Clu from Tron Legacy becoming available as a playable character rather than just a boss in Disney Infinity 3.0 Toybox Takeover.

Watch the full exclusive video below to find out more about the Doctor Strange reveal.

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10 of the Best PS4 Games for Kids in 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/dq33z/10-of-the-best-ps4-games-for-kids-in-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/dq33z/10-of-the-best-ps4-games-for-kids-in-2016 Tue, 17 May 2016 04:37:59 -0400 AwesumPawsum

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If nothing on this list suited your fancy, maybe action games aren't the way to go. These are the games I tend to play with my nieces and nephews, but there are a few family friendly genres that may work better for you.

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For example, there are some good PS4 games for kids in the sports genre. They've got football, baseball, soccer and basketball games. 

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Do your kids have the need for speed? Maybe you should get them... Need for Speed. See what I did there? 

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Puzzle games may be another way to go. Brothers -- A Tale of Two SonsThe Road Not Taken or Perfect Universe are other kid-friendly PS4 games to look into. 

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Good luck, and don't forget to play these games with your kids! I know I always appreciated it when my Dad took time to play with me, and it's some of the only bonding time I really get with my nieces and nephews. 

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

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What little boy doesn't love Marvel superheroes? Actually, scratch that -- what person alive doesn't like these guys?

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This game's been out for a while and is a blast for everyone. You get to play as a bunch of different characters, each with different powers. Not only the Avengers, but also characters like Spiderman, Wolverine and Mr. Fantastic.

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Even though there's cartoon violence, it's not gory at all. It's just LEGOs! 

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Just Dance 2016

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The great thing about Just Dance 2016 versus many of the previous dance games is that it doesn't require PlayStation's camera system (PlayStation Move.) Instead, you download a free app to your smart phone that pairs with the game.

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That said, if you don't have a smartphone, you will need the PlayStation Move system to play.

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This is a great family or party game- as long as you aren't too afraid to embarrass yourself. (Or, in my case, embarrass everyone else for not having my kinda skillz.)

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Rayman Legends

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Rayman Legends is a fast-paced side scroller. It's a great pick for both kids and adults, as the non-stop action will entertain just about anyone. It's a very kid friendly PlayStation 4 game, although there is some cartoony, non-gory violence. 

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Knack 

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Knack was one of the games that launched with the PS4 a few years ago. You play as a experimental robot that can transform itself to deal with different situations. 

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It's very kid-friendly, although (going with the trend) there is some violence in this game. 

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Hasbro Family Fun Pack 

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 Somehow this game seemed to skate under the radar. Maybe because the concept isn't exactly revolutionary. This is basically a 4 pack of classic games -- Monopoly, Risk, Trivia Pursuit and Scrabble

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...but don't let the simplicity fool you. This game is actually a lot more fun than just playing the board games, because the PS4 graphics help bring it to life. It's a great PS4 kids game that lets them with friends and family or against people on the PlayStation Network. 

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And paying less than $24 for all 4 games is a no-brainer. 

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The LEGO Movie Videogame 

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The LEGO Movie was a lot funnier than I think most people expected -- myself included.

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And even though playing the game isn't quite the same as seeing the movie for the first time, it's still a lot of fun! You play as Emmett, and meet all of his crazy new friends along the way.

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This is another co-op game-up to two players can play at once. 

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Minecraft 

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Minecraft was designed almost as a joke, but has taken the world by storm. People of all ages have built all kinds of crazy things, from enormous cities and castles in the sky to deep, dark dungeons. 

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There are two ways to play -- Survival and Creative. Survival mode has some violence, there's no blood. A few blocks fall apart -- that's about it. If your kids choose to play Creative Mode, there's zero violence because the goal of that mode is to just build whatever you want! 

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Another good thing about this game is that your kids can play together, which makes building go much faster! 

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Little Big Planet 3

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If I had to pick just one PS4 game for kids to recommend, it's Little Big Planet 3. It was clearly designed to be kid-friendly, although adults have loved the game, too. 

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It's basically an adventure-puzzle game, where you use these stringy little heroes through various levels and obstacles. 

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The best part is that it can be played co-op. Either you can play with your children, or they can play with each other. Can't beat that for less than $18 bucks!

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition

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This one is a mixed bag to be honest. Kids LOVE the Disney Infinite game, which now has 3 different editions. Each edition added new characters and content.

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The bad news is that Disney recently announced they won't continue adding content to the game. But you can still buy everything they've already released, and your children will get hours and hours of enjoyment from it. 

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Mutants in Manhattan 

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Growing up, I couldn't get enough of the Ninja Turtles. I watched the movies, played all the video games, had the action figures... you know the drill. 

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Just like you'd expect, this game will have some PG violence to it. But if your kid is old enough to appreciate the TMNT without being influenced to beat up everyone around them, this is a great option. 

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Finding the right PS4 games for kids isn't easy. Most games tend to be fairly violent and are tailored towards older kids, if not teenagers. 

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Fortunately, there are a lot of great family-friendly games out there. If none of the following games sound appealing to you, there are a few genres that are typically very family-friends. Racing and sports games come to mind, as well as puzzle games. 

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Don't see the game you're looking for here? Check out our other best games lists here: 

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10 Great X-Box One Games for Kids! https://www.gameskinny.com/374na/10-great-x-box-one-games-for-kids https://www.gameskinny.com/374na/10-great-x-box-one-games-for-kids Sun, 24 Apr 2016 05:30:02 -0400 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

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Project Spark
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How about a game app that let's you create your own games or play games created by others?

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Imagine being able to start with a blank video canvas or alter existing environments, add objects, items to play with, and characters. Designed objects and worlds are shareable, and other players can be invited into your creations.

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Using a Kinect device, your young game maker can create animation for their characters and even add voices to them. Creative older kids can dive in and begin to craft their own fun or anyone can download and play projects created by others.

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The folks at Project Spark also provide a lot of support and videos showing how to use the application and to build the best game possible.

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And best of all? There's NO charge.

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MSRP: FREE (Download from the X-Box One) 

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Disney Infinity 3.0
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While we're on the topic of games combined with collectible toys, it's hard to avoid the Death Star in the room. Disney's Infinity is now in it's third generation with no signs of stopping. 

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Younger players like the hands-on feel of having, collecting, or even trading figures with friends.

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With their recent acquisition of Lucasfilm and Marvel Comics, Disney has added their massive universes to an already massive open world experience.

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Players connect the Infinity platform to the X-Box One, then place their characters, which can be used in nearly any combination. Want to have Ironman, Princess Leia and Timon team up? Now, you can make your dream team of heroes and villains.

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Kit - MSRP: $39.99

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Additional characters and sets range from $7.99-$29.99

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LEGO® Dimensions
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A recent trend has been the combination of video games with collectible toys. This would include the original Skylanders, the very popular Disney Infinity series, Nintendo's Amiibo (a-me-bo) and Lego Dimensions.

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Additional toys, sold separately, allow new characters and vehicles to be added to games, unlock levels, find secret areas and create new combinations of adventures.

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Lego Dimensions adds another facet. Not only are players collecting characters and playing the game, they're actually building or re-building the vehicles and equipment used in the game.

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Snap together the Batmobile and place it on the portal stand... viola! The Dark Knight's ride appears in the game for characters to tool around in.

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Lego Dimensions Starter Kit - MSRP: $79.99

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Child of Light
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Saying this UbiSoft game is a side-scrolling platformer and RPG does nothing to describe the experience of leaping into a lush fairy tale painted with a watercolor palette. Each level plays upon light and shadow, as is the game's theme, and looks like a Grimm story brought to life.

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Aurora is a princess taken from her home at a time when darkness threatens to consume everything. She sets out to find the moon, the stars and the sun and return the light to stop the Umbra, the Queen of Darkness.

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With the help of a firefly named Igniculus, Aurora sets out across mythical realm of Lemuria. Watching Child of Light reminds me of turning pages in some kind of animated storybook. The visuals are layered and stylish but kids who've played other classic platform games should acclimate just fine.

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MSRP: $14.99 (Download)

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Unravel 
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Next is a curious and stunningly beautiful platform puzzle-solving game from Coldwood Interactive and Electronic Arts

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Yarny is a small fuzzy creature made of yarn. As he moves through the environment, the player can have Yarny use parts of himself to perform tasks, solve puzzles, avoid enemies, and get around obstacles in his path.

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Using his strings to build bridges, swing across openings, grab things etc. can deplete Yarny, so players must be careful to keep him going. His mission is gathering memories by earning badges for his successful outings.

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The world Yarny moves through is gorgeous to look at and his journey challenges the brain not the trigger finger.

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MSRP: $19.99

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Just Dance Disney Party 2
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So often parents worry their kids spend too much time on the couch and not enough being physically active. Also, what can kids do to stay active on those rainy or snowy days? 

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The Just Dance series uses the X-box One Kinect* as players imitate dance moves acted out on the screen. Imagine the old Dance Dance Revolution game, but without a floor pad. Characters on the screen perform to the music and you score by how well you perform the moves and keep up.

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Disney Party 2 uses songs from The Disney Channel's most popular kid series and TV movies like:

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If you have a houseful of dancing fools, there are several Just Dance titles to keep them rocking out new moves.

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MSRP: $29.99

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
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PopCap Game's world of Plants vs. Zombies sprouted first as a tower defense game where players tried to protect their Suburbia backyard from invading zombies by raising crazy attack plants to stop them.

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare expanded the wacky battle by creating a three-dimensional world the player could move about in, lay out their yard, plant new creations and fight off zombie invaders.

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Garden Warfare 2 now ratchets up the battle another notch as players can play either side and even pilot the zombie's Zmechs, walking tank secret weapons.

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While the story is a war between the undead and monstrous plants, the cartoonish action and comic sense of humor makes Garden Warfare 2 a blast to play and numerous play modes keep the challenge coming.

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There's over 100 different plants and zombie characters to use in your armies. Team up for 2, 3 or 4 player Co-Op mode or pop online for Player-vs-Player mode with up to 24 competitors.

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MSRP: $59.99 or $69.99 for the Deluxe Edition.

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Rocket League
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So, what would playing a giant game of soccer be like if played by rocket-powered cars? Simple premise. Insanely fun.

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Based on the PS3 game Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars that Psyonix originally published independently, this next-gen version ramps up the thrills with customizable cars, "mutator modes" (to alter gravity, ball size, physics), and plenty of DLC (more cars, various paint jobs, trick tires, and new maps).

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The critically-acclaimed, award-winning game has been called "highly addictive", "the right mixture of chaos and precision", and "one of the most entertaining multi-player games of the year (2015)." After huge success on PCs and Playstation 4, Psyonix is adding an X-box One version this summer.*

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The basic premise makes Rocket League easy to pick up for younger drivers, but the level of detail means that older kids will be far from bored. Learning how to make precise moves and trick jumps or flips with the cars is an acquired skill. In fact, there is a dedicated Youtube channel where players can show off their driving and goal-making skills.

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Split-screen action allows for sibling rivalries as well as online play for more intense competition or a single-player Season Mode that uses computer controlled cars for teammates or opponents.

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MSRP: $29.99

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*X-Box One Version Release Date is July 6th

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Trackmania Turbo
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Just released in March, Trackmania Turbo by Ubisoft features high-speed action, mind-bending tracks and vivid environments to engage younger racers while it still challenges veteran drivers.

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The insanely wild courses reminded me of the Speed Racer movie as your car defies gravity, flips, jumps and hugs impossible turns at high speed. 

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With over 200 unique racetracks (yes, over 200), the experience won't get old fast. Older kids can create with Track Builder for making new thrills and can even post their finished creations online for others to try.

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Family members can challenge each other in head-to-head race events or go online for massive Player-vs-Player Racing. Ubisoft's Double Driver Challenge takes Co-Op play to a whole new level as two players must match move for move to control a single car and keep it on the track.

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MSRP: $39.99

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Minecraft
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by Mojang and Microsoft

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The first selection is one you may already be familiar with, but still a classic. Though nearly 5 years old, the quintessential sandbox builder game Minecraft continues in popularity. It's simplicity, combined with open-world play and layers of complexity keep millions coming back. It's also sprouted a mobile app and most recently a spin-off, Minecraft: Story Mode.

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Online Minecraft has become it's own universe with sites and Youtube channels dedicated to the creations players have made, start up seeds, downloadable outfits, custom bricks, as well as favorite things to do or best places to go in the game, etc. 

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It's the ability to jump right in as a single-player, co-op or online session that means everyone can experience the game as they want. Take on the challenge of Survival Mode, or tinker in Creative, or just be social on someone's server.

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Minecraft MSRP: $19.99 (Disc or Direct Download)

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Minecraft: Story Edition MSRP: $29.99 (Season Pass Disc)

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Staring at a wall of game titles in a store or browsing page after page online can be daunting when trying to find an age-appropriate but fun X-Box One game for younger players.

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Though a gamer and a pirate amazon, I'm a parent first. So, I understand the struggle of knowing what's okay for kids to play that's not too intense, too scary or too mature for their game time--especially since many X-Box One popular titles are shoot'em ups, fighting games or horror.

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Here's some of the most popular E Rated and E-10 Rated games out there. E Rated meaning a game is suitable for Everyone; no naughty language, over the top violence, or graphically frightening images. The E-10 rating is meant for older kids and normally means there might be a crude joke or two (like fart humor) and the action might be a little more intense.

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Some of the titles have been around a little while, but you just may have not seen them. A few are fairly new and might be good upcoming gift ideas.

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Prices listed are the everyday prices averaged from several gaming stores, big box stores and online shopping. Some comparisons can find the best deals.

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New figures and power discs available for Disney Infinity 3.0 https://www.gameskinny.com/b3m2b/new-figures-and-power-discs-available-for-disney-infinity-30 https://www.gameskinny.com/b3m2b/new-figures-and-power-discs-available-for-disney-infinity-30 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 17:48:10 -0500 Goldenbolt

Looks like Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition is seeing a whole slew of new content available! November 3rd brings a new wave of figures, including the first Marvel characters to hit 3.0, and power discs players can purchase from retailers in order to expand their game. 

Fans will be able to pick up Hulkbuster and Ultron from stores, both hailing from the film, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hulkbuster is set to play like a tank, lacking in overall speed but packing a whopping punch and able to withstand heavy damage. 

One of the most unique bits of this release is the release of Spot from the upcoming Disney/Pixar film The Good Dinosaur. This is the first time the game has featured and sold a playable character from an upcoming release. Spot's play style sees him behaving like a dog, reflecting his character from the film, as he attacks with his hands, feet, and teeth. There's also a power disc pack based on the film as well that'll allow you to customize your Toy Box's environment with prehistoric textures.

In addition, Star Wars fans are finally getting the long-awaited Darth Maul to add to their collection. Maul is the last of the Star Wars figurines to be released for the game until the Force Awakens play set, which will launch alongside Finn, Rey, Kylo Ren, and Poe Dameron when the film releases.

Hulkbuster, Ultron, Spot, and Darth Maul are all available now for $13.99 each. The Good Dinosaur Power Disc Pack is also available for $9.99.

 

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Star Wars universe comes to Disney Infinity 3.0 in starter pack https://www.gameskinny.com/yysmk/star-wars-universe-comes-to-disney-infinity-30-in-starter-pack https://www.gameskinny.com/yysmk/star-wars-universe-comes-to-disney-infinity-30-in-starter-pack Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:50:27 -0400 Chelsea Senecal

Star Wars fans and first timers to the Disney Infinity series are in luck, because Twilight of the Republic is included in the starter set for the new 3.0. 

On the release date, two playsets will be available with more to come. The starter pack will include Anakin and Asoka, although Obi-Wan and Yoda may be purchased separately. Unfortunately, Darth Maul won't be available until November. Other characters, such as Luke and Boba Fett, based on the upcoming The Force Awakens, are only available as console exclusives and will be available this winter.

Twilight of the Republic will allow players to visit open worlds such as Tatooine, Coruisant, and Geonosis. As players fight the Separatists, they will do so alongside Anakin and Asoka, as well as any other characters from the playsets. Each character (and Power Discs and play set pieces) will unlock additional content if placed on the Infinity Base.

Disney will release more content such as Marvel Battlegrounds later on and Tron characters upon release. Versions 1.0 and 2.0 will be able to play along with all 3.0 characters in the Toy Box.

Disney Infinity 3.0 drops tomorrow and is available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U. You will also be able to download it for free on your iPad, iPhone, Android device, Windows 10 device, and PC. The starter set is also at the reduced cost of $64.99. For more info, check out the Official Site.

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GameStop Expo 2015: Live Broadcast & Schedule Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/ez9jj/gamestop-expo-2015-live-broadcast-schedule-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/ez9jj/gamestop-expo-2015-live-broadcast-schedule-announced Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:39:16 -0400 Andrea Koenig

Since the grand announcements this summer, many gamers have been awaiting a peek at the most anticipated games: Super Mario Maker, Rainbow Six Siege, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Now they can at GameStop Expo 2015 in Las Vegas, NV at Sands Expo & Convention Center. GameStop Expo is open and broadcasting on September 2nd only.

If you haven't gotten a chance yet or just don't plan to buy any of the limited tickets, then you have nothing to worry about. While you won't be on the floor, GameStop Expo will be hosting a live stream service for all of these games among others, including the Street Fighter V Tournament online. Broadcasts will be streaming on this one-day event on Twitch and Youtube.

2015 GameStop Expo Broadcast Schedule
  • 10 AM -- Introduction
  • 10:15 AM -- Make-A-Wish / St. Jude segment
  • 10:30 AM -- Super Mario Maker
  • 10:45 AM -- Rock Band 4
  • 11:00 AM -- Battleborn with special guest Randy Pitchford
  • 11:15 AM -- Assassins' Creed Syndicate
  • 11:30 AM -- Rainbow Six Siege
  • 11:45 AM -- Alekhine's Gun & Lichdom: Battlemage
  • 12:00 PM -- Xbox One games and hardware
  • 12:15 PM -- NBA 2K16
  • 12:30 PM -- Little Orbit games
  • 12:45 PM -- Mega Man Legacy Collection
  • 1:00 PM -- Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
  • 1:30 PM -- "Square Enix Title"
  • 1:45 PM -- Street Fighter V overview
  • 2:00 PM -- Street Fighter V tournament
  • 2:30 PM -- Street Fighter V tournament
  • 3:00 PM -- "Square Enix Title"
  • 3:15 PM -- "Square Enix Title"
  • 3:30 - 4:15 PM -- The Game Informer Show--October cover reveal
  • 4:30 PM -- Disney Infinity 3.0
  • 4:45 PM -- EA

If you do plan on going to GameStop Expo next month, General Admission tickets are currently $40 ($50 after Aug 15) and VIP Admission tickets are currently $110 ($125 after Aug 15). For students, Student Admission tickets are $20.

A full schedule for both admissions are available on the GameStop Expo website, as well as travel guides, what to do in Las Vegas, and times doors open for special tickets. Attendees will get exclusive access to play games not available on the broadcast. 

Once again, GameStop Expo is only open September 2nd. 

Header Image Source: Gamestop.com

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8 Games to Look Forward to in August https://www.gameskinny.com/tors5/8-games-to-look-forward-to-in-august https://www.gameskinny.com/tors5/8-games-to-look-forward-to-in-august Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:42:13 -0400 Bryan C. Tan

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Rare Replay
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What's better than one game? 30 games!

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After developing over a hundred video games in the past three decades, Rare has picked out 30 hits to celebrate their 30th anniversary in the business, all for only $30.

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By earning up to 10,000 Gamerscore across all 30 games, which include gems like Banjo-KazooieBattletoads, and Perfect Dark, players can unlock more content, with Gamerscore previously earned for the Xbox 360 games carrying over. 

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Old-school features like scanlines and rewind are available for some games, as well as online multiplayer and most downloadable content, while a new feature called Snapshots presents small segments of the games as challenges for the player. 

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In addition, a one-hour documentary feature on the history of the studio is included in the compilation, along with concept art and information about unreleased Rare games.

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Replay through 30 years of video gaming history on Xbox One on August 4th.

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What games are you excited about this coming August? Talk about your favorites in the comments below. 

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Five Nights at Freddy's 4: The Final Chapter
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What better way to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the YouTube phenomenon Five Nights at Freddy's than to release the final game in the indie point-and-click horror series?

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Developer Scott Cawthon has taken over the world with a trilogy of crafty jump scares, disturbing characters, and surprisingly cohesive stories.

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But the latest iteration of horrifying animatronic bears may be taking it one step too far, as the wiry monsters will be let loose out of public property and into personal homes.

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As a little child armed with only a flashlight, players will have their hands full as they try to stay alive to watch the sun rise five times.

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Stay up for The Final Chapter on Steam on August 8th.

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Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
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Story-driven games have grown in popularity in recent years, and one of the best has arguably been Dear Esther by The Chinese Room. 

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But while their first game didn't really have much in the way of interactivity, the British developer's first game on console is complemented with not only the freedom to interact with the environment, but much, much more.

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Everybody's Gone to the Rapture takes place in 1984 in the English countryside of Yaughton Valley, Shropshire. Through six different characters, each with their own story, players immerse themselves in a beautifully detailed open world to discover and uncover the mystery of the apocalypse.

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Homes are left empty to be explored, and environments are left with traces of those lost. With a haunting soundtrack, revolutionary environments, and non-linear interactive storytelling, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is an innovation deserving of the current generation of consoles.

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Discover the Rapture exclusively on PlayStation 4 on August 11th.

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Armikrog.
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After 20 years, the team behind The Neverhood and Earthworm Jim are back for another clay animated point-and-click adventure game.

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A space explorer named Tommynaut crash lands on a weird planet and ends up locked in a mysterious fortress called Armikrog. Together with his blind alien talking dog, Beak-Beak, Tommynaut has to find his way out through clever puzzles and uninviting characters.

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Developed by Doug TenNapel and Pencil Test Studios, the 2013 Kickstarter success is inhabited with characters that are brought to life by well-known actors such as Jon Heder, Rob Paulsen, and Michael J. Nelson. 

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Enhanced by an original soundtrack by American songwriter and record producer Terry Taylor, the tongue-in-cheek adventures of Tommynaut and Beak-Beak is one not to be missed.

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Escape Armikrog on Windows, Mac, and Linux on August 18th, and PlayStation 4 and Wii U in the near future.

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Volume
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The latest game from award-winning indie game designer Mike Bithell is a narrative stealth action game inspired by the father of all great stealth games, Metal Gear.

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As Robert Locksley, players act as a futuristic Robin Hood robbing from the rich and giving to the unheard using the heist-simulating device, Volume.

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In the face of a country-running CEO played by critically acclaimed actor Andy Serkis, Locksley seeks to take down the corporatocary over 100 levels of intense stealth action.

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In addition, a full set of creation tools is provided for endless level-building and sharing, featuring an arsenal of gadgets to avoid, distract, and evade detection.

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With the full campaign playable using pre-made or user-generated levels, the challenges in Volume never cease to excite.

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Enter the Volume on Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita on August 18th.

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Until Dawn
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There aren't many successful horror games these days; same goes for PlayStation 4 exclusives.

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But this summer, Sony Computer Entertainment developer Supermassive Games is looking to change that with a survival horror adventure made specifically for the current generation of consoles.

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Until Dawn tells the story of eight high-schoolers who spend the night in a cabin in the mountains, unaware that their night is about to turn into a real-life nightmare.

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Every decision that the player makes leads to consequences that can save someone's life or result in their death. 

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Beautifully realized through an evolved Killzone Shadow Fall engine, the eight characters play a role in countless scenarios and multiple endings, where the death as well as the survival of all eight is possible.

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But players cannot change the decisions they make, as a strict auto-save system prevents players from reloading a previous save file to an earlier point in the game, so every single choice bears an important amount of scrutiny.

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Survive Until Dawn exclusively on PlayStation 4 on August 25th.

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Satellite Reign
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From Brisbane-based 5 Lives Studios comes a real-time, class-based strategy game set in an open world cyberpunk city.

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Billed as a spiritual successor to the sci-fi Syndicate series, the 2013 Kickstarter success lets players command a group of 4 agents to climb up the corporate ladder and take over the most powerful monopoly of all time through every devious mean possible.

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The city of Satellite Reign functions like a living, breathing world, where civilians, police, and corporate soldiers react uniquely to the actions of the player as they explore the manipulative world and uncover new missions seamlessly.

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Each of the four agents can be customized for any play-style through different skills, weapons, gear, augmentations, and genetic base, while the freedom of choice also seeps into the emergent game-play, as a wide range of strategic options is available at every opportunity.

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Reign supreme on Windows, Mac, and Linux on August 28th.

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Disney Infinity 3.0
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Disney Interactive Studios' popular toys-to-life series, Disney Infinity, is back again this year, and this time it's filled with battles of galactic proportions, as Star Wars will be the next mega-franchise to take over Disney's plastic universe.

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Developed by Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 3.0 will include three Star Wars Play Sets spanning both trilogies and the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as a Disney•Pixar Play Set based on the film Inside Out, and a Marvel Play Set based on Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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All-new multiplayer Toy Box Expansion Games such as Toy Box Takeover and Toy Box Speedway will allow every character from all three installments of Disney Infinity to play together in Toy Box 3.0, so there'll be lightsabers, superheroes, pirates, and more!

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Fly to Infinity and beyond in a galaxy far, far away on Windows, PlayStation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, iOS, and Android on August 30th.

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Summer Blues

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As we approach the month of August, major game releases seem to slow down, as well as the buzz from major industry events of the previous months.

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Students prepare to go back to school, and developers prepare to make a good impression during the holiday season at the end of the year. But that doesn't mean we won't have some great new games coming out to keep us busy before the frantic flurry of the fall.

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So to close out the summer, here are 8 games to look forward to in the warm, sunny month of August.

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New details on Kingdom Hearts III, Star Wars games coming to Disney's D23 Expo 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/51349/new-details-on-kingdom-hearts-iii-star-wars-games-coming-to-disneys-d23-expo-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/51349/new-details-on-kingdom-hearts-iii-star-wars-games-coming-to-disneys-d23-expo-2015 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:04:38 -0400 Bryan C. Tan

As the D23 Expo 2015 rolls around next month, Disney gamer fans can start getting excited, because it's going to be one great show at the Anaheim Convention Center.

On Sunday, August 16th at 11am PT, "never-before-seen gameplay, trailers, new reveals, and surprises from Disney Interactive’s most anticipated games" will be featured at a special presentation in the signature 7,500-seat Hall D23 theater.

Disney Infinity 3.0 EditionStar Wars: Battlefront, and Kingdom Hearts III will be the stars of the presentation, with new Star Wars characters and Play Sets to be showcased by Disney Interactive, an in-depth look to be given by EA, and new information to be revealed by special guests brought by Square Enix.

Besides the special presentation, the Disney Interactive pavilion on the show floor will provide hands-on demos of Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition and Star Wars: Battlefront, interactive experiences such as the augmented-reality "Only in the Toy Box" Experience and arcade Star Wars: Battle Pod, and limited-edition giveaways of thousands of pre-release Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition figures.

Tickets for the biannual event cost $74 for a one-day adult admission and $54 for children 3 to 12 years old, while a three-day admission from August 14th to 16th costs $216 for adults and $156 for children.

So if you're looking for the best opportunity to celebrate all things Disney, look no further than the D23 Expo 2015; it's going to be the happiest place of the year.

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Disney Infinity 3.0 release date is official https://www.gameskinny.com/4zimm/disney-infinity-30-release-date-is-official https://www.gameskinny.com/4zimm/disney-infinity-30-release-date-is-official Thu, 09 Jul 2015 07:30:26 -0400 Curtis Dillon

The third iteration of Disney's mega-popular, mega-anticipated Disney Infinity 3.0  will release on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U on August 30.

Disney Infinity 3.0 is the latest playset to release in the series, and this one is all about Star Wars. The starter pack launches with the game, two figurines and the chip reader base needed to put said figurines into the game. The two figurines available with the starter pack, Twilight of the Republic, are Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker.

Should fans pre-order the game at select retailers they can get their hands on a new Toy Box Takeover game piece for free. Toy Box Takeover is a new game mode in the Infinity Toy Box in which the villains do just that: takeover.

Additionally, if fans want a pretty awesome Boba Fett figure at launch, as well as another playset, they will only be able to do so via special editions of the game on Sony platforms. Keep in mind the figure and playset will be available on other platforms later; this is a timed exclusive.


There's no denying how awesome that is

More figures will be released post-launch and you can expect to see Obi-Wan Kanobi, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Maul, and others. But Star Wars isn't the only new addition to the Toy Box with 3.0, Disney Pixar's new movie, Inside Out, will be getting 5 figures, and Avengers: Age of Ultron will get some love too.

Disney Infinity 3.0 adds a host of new features into the series, as well as addresses the problems fans had with 2.0. For everything on Disney Infinity 3.0 you can check out our huge rundown right here. And for all future news on Disney, Star Wars and all things gaming, keep it here on GameSkinny.

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Sony's E3 2015 Conference - A Critical Look and Evaluation https://www.gameskinny.com/x4ddi/sonys-e3-2015-conference-a-critical-look-and-evaluation https://www.gameskinny.com/x4ddi/sonys-e3-2015-conference-a-critical-look-and-evaluation Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:41:59 -0400 Ford James

Everyone and their aunt has an opinion on the various conferences and announcements at this year's E3, which really is part of the charm of the gaming world’s biggest event. Conversations, debates, jokes, snark, hype, you get it all whether you use Twitter, Reddit, or another social media site. I’m writing this to simply voice my opinion on what Sony did well, what could’ve been improved, and what wasn’t so great. I think I’m relatively impartial as I primarily game on PC. But I also had an Xbox 360 since its release - up until the latest gen when I switched to PS4. So I don't really belong to any particular camp.

A nice surprise

Sony’s conference started out as strong as it possibly could. The Last Guardian had become a myth, a video game spoken about only in legends. Everyone had given up hope. They went out and kicked things off with a bang, showing actual gameplay of the boy running and jumping across wooden structures with the Guardian, the dog-bird-cat thing, saving him from precarious situations. 

While the announcement of The Last Guardian returning was nice, what they showed of the game wasn’t as impressive. If you guys cast your minds all the way back to E3 2009 when they first revealed The Last Guardian, they showed a cinematic trailer mainly in the same location shown in the E3 2015 gameplay demo. Graphically, it didn’t look that much more impressive.

While it was nice to see actual gameplay, not much has changed. Considering that The Last Guardian has been in development for over six years at this point, that’s a little disappointing. You can see the trailer from 2009 below along with the 2015 one above.

Nature vs. Technology

Horizon: Zero Dawn was also announced, and oh my it looks phenomenal. Developed by Guerilla Games, the same guys behind Killzone, Horizon is an open-world RPG with robot dinosaurs. Freaking ROBOT DINOSAURS! Guerilla has supposedly hired some of the same guys that worked on The Witcher 3, which is easily one of, if not the best, open-world RPG game to date. Horizon appears to be a mix between Disney’s Brave, The Witcher 3, and Jurassic Park, plus robots.

That sounds like a recipe for success.

Play Part 1 on the PS4, Part 2 on the Xbox One!

Next up was the latest installment to the Hitman franchise, simply titled Hitman. I won’t be focusing on the game itself, since it’s not PlayStation exclusive. What does irritate me with the Hitman announcement, however, is the exclusive DLC and beta, which is not a ‘feature’ of Hitman alone. 

Unfortunately, most of Sony’s conference was full of extras meant to draw gamers to their system. Hitman, Street Fighter V, Firewatch, Destiny, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Final Fantasy VII remake, Batman: Arkham Knight, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Disney Infinity 3.0 were all confirmed to have PlayStation exclusive content, whether it be in the form of DLC, betas, or timed releases. All this does is split the console player base and slow down the growth of the games industry.

Microsoft and Sony should instead be competing with their exclusive first-party games, hardware, and the services they can offer (e.g. PS Now for Sony, backwards compatibility for Microsoft) rather than cheating gamers out of certain features/parts of a game with exclusive DLC.

Abstract defined

Media Molecule (the guys behind LittleBigPlanet) showed their new game next, called Dreams. A rather vague title for a similarly vague presentation. I still have no clue what you do in the game. They said you could create worlds and play games in those worlds, but they didn’t give any clue as to how.

The only aspect they showed off was the art style, which does look gorgeous (albeit very abstract). I'll leave you guys to see if you can figure out what it's about.

Mystery with a hint of comedy

Firewatch also looks phenomenal. They didn’t show off a lot more than what we already knew. Aesthetics-wise, it looks similar to The Long Dark, whereas gameplay-wise it appears to be a little more hands-on than a point-&-click in the same vein as Life is Strange. We still don’t know if there are any more gameplay mechanics involved other than pick up/use. Firewatch seems to be going for innovative storytelling rather than innovative gameplay.

Overpriced DLC and stale gameplay

Sony didn’t stop their train there. They kept showing game after game. Destiny came next with another pricey expansion pack of little substance. Not really worth a spot at E3, if you ask me, as everyone who wants to play Destiny, has done by now (except for PC gamers, but they didn’t announce a PC version, so it’s irrelevant) but it was there anyway.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate was next on the list with the announcement that you can now play as Evie, a welcome addition in a world filled to the brim with male protagonists. Multiplayer is also now non-existent in Syndicate, which is a decision I don’t quite understand. I spent a lot of time playing the multiplayer in Brotherhood, and I had an absolute blast, the ‘you hunt someone while someone hunts you’ mode led to some incredibly tense moments.

I wouldn’t have expected them to remove something that doesn’t seem too tricky to put in, even if they didn’t work on it and just ‘copy and pasted’ the multiplayer from an older title. Nevertheless, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is going to have to do something impressive to warrant my purchase, mainly not being bug ridden a la Unity.

Final Fantasy meets chibis?

Final Fantasy came up next, specifically World of Final Fantasy. Not much announced for this, only that it is exclusive to the PS4 and Vita and will be coming in 2016. It has a chibi art style, which gives the impression it will be tailored toward the younger generation to get them interested in the Final Fantasy universe.

Sticking with the Final Fantasy theme, the Final Fantasy VII remake is going to be a thing. For real. Now, I’ve never played a Final Fantasy game before in my life, although I have seen many comments and tweets claiming that Final Fantasy VII is the best one of all time. No gameplay was shown, which is a big disappointment, although the cinematic trailer they showed was rather pretty.

There are also rumors floating around that Square Enix will be redesigning the traditional battle system, although that hasn’t been confirmed. There’s also a rumored timed exclusive deal between Square Enix and Sony, but so far Final Fantasy VII hasn’t been confirmed for any platform other than PS4.

2D retro!

Devolver Digital, a publisher popular for lots of indie games such as Hotline Miami, Serious Sam, and Broforce was up next. They showed a montage for four games coming to PS4 and PS Vita: Ronin, a 2D side-scrolling stealth slash-em-up; Eitr, an isometric fantasy pixel-style action game; Mother Russia Bleeds, a 2D violent fighting beat em up, and Crossing Souls, a game I’m not too sure how to describe. It has some cartoon cutscenes straight out of the '90s with some pixel retro style gameplay. All of the games look unique, which is really what Devolver Digital is known for. So, four titles to keep an eye on.

Hopefully not the start of a trend...

Sony then did something never seen before at E3. They announced the Kickstarter for Shenmue 3, a sequel to Shenmue 1 and 2,  which released on the Dreamcast in 1999 and 2001 respectively. This announcement was completely out of the blue, people thought they’d seen all the surprises with The Last Guardian and the Final Fantasy VII remake, but nope. Yu Suzuki announced the Kickstarter project live on stage and that they were looking for $2 million.

Now, that’s quite a lot compared to a lot of Kickstarter projects and the goal was actually reached in just 9 hours. However, there is no way in a million years $2 million is going to fund Shenmue 3 by itself.

Shenmue cost $47 million to fund in 1999, which is the equivalent of $67 million today. It was one of the most expensive games to fund, ever. It is highly likely that Sony used the Kickstarter project to test the waters and gauge interest on how well received a third Shenmue installment would be. Sony has now come out and explained, after the project was fully funded, that they will be assisting with the budget of the game. However, the fee is still undisclosed. A misleading practice by Sony, but one that was easily foreseeable.

More exclusive content...

Batman Arkham Knight was showcased next, which was relatively surprising as the game actually releases so soon. Nevertheless, sticking with the theme that was consistent through most of their conference: it was simply to announce some exclusive content, specifically some missions titled ‘Scarecrow Nightmare’ along with some skins.


Virtual reality mech-ball!

Guerilla Games returned to the stage next but not to show off more Horizon: Zero Dawn footage. Instead, they’ve announced a game exclusively for Sony’s virtual reality headset Project Morpheus. RIGS is the name and has the tagline ‘Mechanized Combat League’.

The snippet of gameplay we saw showed an arena with multiple players, implying it’ll have online capabilities and not just split screen or AI, fighting in their mechs trying to score ‘goals’ with the commentator saying things like “he’s through on goal!” and “great defence!” Not much to go off yet, although it looks like it could be fun.

More subscription services for your media box

One aspect surprisingly vacant from Microsoft’s conference this year was the mention of other media services on the Xbox One. Previously, they’ve focused a lot on sports and TV streaming, however, this time it seemed like they listened to fan feedback and eliminated that entirely. Sony almost did the same, but they did announce a service called PlayStation Vue. Rolling out in San Fransisco and Los Angeles initially with more to follow, PlayStation Vue is a subscription-based service to individual channels that will come at a discount to PS Plus members. I suppose going through the entirety of E3 focusing just on games was too much to ask.


Sony shelled out the big dollars for this

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 followed which was a big surprise as the Call of Duty franchise has always been a Microsoft favorite. This time around though, it seems like Sony have shelled out more cash for the Call of Duty contract than Microsoft were willing to cough up, resulting in a timed exclusive DLC along with the beta that launches in August. 

For followers of the Call of Duty eSports scene, this is a big change as since Modern Warfare 3, competitive Call of Duty has always been played on Xbox consoles. This change will likely see Major League Gaming switch their focus to the PlayStation 4, as the Call of Duty World Championships are funded by Activision, which means they’ll want to promote the game on the console they’re supporting.

A much more preferable option would be to have both consoles receive the content at the same time and let MLG decide which console is best for the future of Call of Duty eSports, but that’s obviously a completely absurd idea. Right guys?

Yay!... oh wait, nevermind

What followed seemed rather exciting at first with Star Wars being the logo on screen… then it turned into Disney Infinity 3.0. Laden with exclusive content, I’ve personally never encountered anybody who plays the Disney Infinity games and I’m sure that won’t change with 3.0.

Surprisingly not too similar to Battlefield

Star Wars: Battlefront came next. Not a lot to talk about here, there was no exclusive content announced for PlayStation 4, it seemed like they had it in there simply to beef up their conference a little. The game itself is looking solid; nothing revolutionary, but nobody was expecting 'revolutionary'. It simply looks like a Star Wars shooter, nothing wrong with that.

When it works, it looks good

Sony concluded with what everyone knew was going to appear: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The person playing the demo live on stage had a few issues with getting it running at the start but when things finally got underway, it looked pretty impressive. A beautiful environment with some fantastic dialogue between Nathan Drake and Sully as they fought their way through a colorful middle eastern town.

The demo concluded with them chasing a mysterious character called Sam as he drove away from a convoy in pursuit while Nathan and Sully avoided their own antagonists. It looked fairly scripted but, then again, Uncharted isn’t famed for its non-linearity. As far as linear action games go, it’s a damn sight more impressive than Rise of the Tomb Raider.

My biggest gripe with Sony's conference is their focus on exclusive content.

It only applies to the minority of people who pre-order games, instead they should have centered on actual features of the game. Another piece of feedback I have would be that even though the announcement of The Last Guardian is a very welcome one indeed, I can’t help but feel it would have had a much larger impact if they closed the show with it, rather than opening it. The Last Guardian would have been a phenomenal send off to what was already a solid conference compared to Uncharted 4, which everyone was expecting anyway.

Sony’s conference was impressive. As far as game announcements go, I’d say they smashed every other conference into the ground except for maybe Bethesda’s, but the disappointing side of that coin is most of the games won’t be out until 2016. What was missing in terms of games? I'm disappointed no Ratchet & Clank was shown and deep down in my heart I was hoping for The Last of Us 2, although I knew the chances were slim given Naughty Dog are working on Uncharted 4. A new Crash Bandicoot would've fulfilled all my hopes and dreams too, but it wasn't to be.

One thing I do need to praise them on though was their tendency to skip the crap. What I mean by that is a lot of the conferences, namely EA, Square Enix and Ubisoft, had a LOT of talking and not enough showcasing of the games. Sony went the complete opposite route, they showcased game after game after game. The Sony hype train well and truly didn’t stop until the end, whereas comparing it to a conference, or should I say lecture, like Square Enix’s, the hype there never really began. A solid showing from Sony and it makes me very happy to be a PS4 owner. Unfortunately, Microsoft didn’t show anything that made me want to purchase an Xbox One. Recore looked cool, I guess.

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Everything You Should Know About Disney Infinity 3.0 https://www.gameskinny.com/pw83c/everything-you-should-know-about-disney-infinity-30 https://www.gameskinny.com/pw83c/everything-you-should-know-about-disney-infinity-30 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 12:39:54 -0400 Curtis Dillon

Later this year Disney Infinity 3.0 will release with the most exciting line-up of characters and figures to date, including characters from Star Wars, Avengers, Inside Out, Tron, Frozen, Mulan, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Disney's John Vignocchi took part in a Q&A with Game Informer and shed light on many new aspects of 3.0, as well as the characters. Disney Infinity 3.0 looks to retain the charm and sheer fun of the franchise while also mixing up the gameplay for those who thought 2.0 was a tad repetitive.

What Is Infinity?

I want to begin by explaining what exactly Disney Infinity is, because until recently I had no idea. Essentially, it is an action/adventure sandbox. The game features various modes, including a story mode based on the figures that come with the game and a sandbox creation suite. So, you buy the game and whatever figures you have are the characters you can use in-game, some have story missions and others are just for the Toy Box.

The first two iterations of Disney Infinity have been huge successes, largely due to the super cute figures that you can buy and insert into the game. This toys-to-life formula has also paid off for Skylanders and Nintendo Amiibo. However, Disney has the most interesting roster of characters and, unlike Nintendo with Amiibo, there is a well-built sandbox for you to play with.

Amiibo only work with certain games and their functionality is very limited, whereas Disney Infinity is itself a game with a campaign and, more importantly, the ability to create and share your own Toy Box. So, basically, you can have Donald Duck and Star Lord partake in a drag race through Sugar Rush from Wreck-It Ralph.

And that's just one of the many scenarios you can invent, and the reason Disney Infinity has the most potential as a world of amazing characters. You can do whatever you want, with whoever you want. But what is different about 3.0

The Importance of 3.0

As mentioned earlier, 3.0 introduces some of the most sought after Disney characters to date, including Mickey Mouse. However, with all due respect to Mickey and the other new characters, it's the Star Wars characters that have gotten everyone excited.

For context, the original Infinity released in 2013 and featured characters from Disney/Pixar movies, including Jack Sparrow, The Incredibles, Sulley and Mike, Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater, Jack Skellington, Buzz and Woody, and many more.

2.0 then released in 2014, which focused on Marvel characters; Spider-Man and his rogue's gallery, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Big Hero 6. Other additions to the roster included characters from Brave, Lilo & Stitch, Aladdin, Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, and Peter Pan as well as Donald Duck.

The Marvel playset for 2.0 saw a new campaign as well, which involved all of The Avengers. The core gameplay was very fun, especially just using Iron Man to fly around New York, however the missions were repetitive. But ultimately the additions of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, etc., then Spider-Man, Venom, Green Goblin, Star-Lord, Drax, Groot and more, have made the Toy Box much more fun.

So now 3.0 is really rounding out the roster with the Star Wars characters, as well as more from Marvel and some other Disney properties. All of the characters from previous versions of Infinity will work with 3.0, and be unlocked as you play the game, however they won't have any new missions to partake in. That's why the Toy Box will be getting further expansions, available for separate purchase.

What's New?

If you own the Disney Infinity 2.0 base, you won't need to purchase the 3.0 base (unless you are jumping from last-gen to current). You can go online to PSN or the Xbox Marketplace and download the 3.0 software, and then just purchase the figures as you see fit.

There will be 2 playsets available at launch: the Twilight of the Republic set, which includes Anakin Skywalker, Obi Wan Kanobi, Darth Maul and Ahsoka Tano figures, and the Inside Out play set, which includes the 5 emotions from the movie; Joy, Anger, Disgust, Sadness, and Fear. Following that there will be additional play sets, including the 2nd and 3rd Star Wars sets, Rise Against the Empire and The Force Awakens.

As well as the 4 figures you get with the Twilight of the Republic set, the game will also feature iconic Star Wars characters Han Solo, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Leia Organa.

Following the Star Wars and Inside Out play sets, there will be another Marvel set. This 2nd set will include Ultron and the awesome Hulkbuster from Avengers: Age of Ultron. The other sets will release later.

The Game

As was the case with 2.0, 3.0 introduces new gameplay mechanics and a new campaign. One of the most exciting new gameplay additions is that of space flight, for the Star Wars missions. For example, you may get a mission on Tatooine, fly off in the Millenium Falcon, and go from planet to planet at will. That is the open-ended aspect of the game, however there are flight-based missions in which you take part in battles in specific locales.

Another new gameplay element is that of farming. In the first 2 versions of the game, the primary modes of gameplay were fighting and driving, however, developer Avalanche has added a new farming simulator to freshen things up. You can harvest crops with other players and feed them the food you grow, which in turn gives them more experience. There's a method behind the madness.

One very interesting thing behind the campaign of 3.0 is the mindset of the developers. Infinity 2.0 received some criticism for being repetitive and dull with its missions but in a podcast with Game Informer, John Vignocchi stated the team's desire to make the game better and less repetitive. Vignocchi said they made sure to increase the variety of enemies, as well as their attack patterns and animations. And you will also be able to spike the difficulty, which makes it more challenging to adults.

The updated 3.0 engine means that using 1.0 or 2.0 characters will change how they fight. Jack Sparrow, for example, will wield his sword like a lightsabre now. That being said, no specific new moves have been added for older characters and the level cap will remain at 20. However Vignocchi said they are open to upgrading characters, going as far as to ask the Infinity community to vote on potential new abilities for characters.

On top of the new characters, missions, locations and farming, the Toy Box has been further developed and polished. Expansions for the Toy Box will be coming in future, which open up more gameplay avenues, though details are sparse as of writing.

To Infinity and Beyond

Disney Infinity 3.0 looks like a return to form for the series and, potentially, the most exciting yet. As the roster continues to be fleshed out and the sandbox ever expanded, Infinity is going from just another figure-based game, to a genuinely great experience. There is literally nowhere else that you can have Darth Vader team-up with Thor and Jack Sparrow to fend off pirates in the Magical Kingdom.

The Star Wars characters and new gameplay elements looks very exciting and exactly what fans want. And I don't mean just Infinity fans. Good Star Wars games are few and far between but Infinity 3.0 looks set to change that. Quite simply, it looks like a ton of fun and definitely worth checking out.

For more on Disney Infinity 3.0, stay tuned to GameSkinny.

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The Force Awakens in Disney Infinity 3.0 https://www.gameskinny.com/yhqy5/the-force-awakens-in-disney-infinity-30 https://www.gameskinny.com/yhqy5/the-force-awakens-in-disney-infinity-30 Wed, 06 May 2015 00:30:01 -0400 amaadify

Today, Disney Interactive announced the latest installment into their famous toys-to-life game, Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition. Many new characters are coming to the title, including the greatly anticipated representatives of the Star Wars series.

After Marvel superheroes were introduced in Disney Infinity 2.0, many fans were clamoring for their favorite force-powered fighters to join in the fun.

James Pitaro, president of Disney Interactive said: 

Disney Infinity is the only game where fans can play with Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters together in one experience. We worked closely with Lucasfilm to deliver an authentic Star Wars game experience, featuring some of the most iconic stories and characters from the past, present and future.”

Several new Play Sets are coming in 3.0, including one from Marvel featuring Hulkbuster Iron Man and Ultron, and a few based on Disney & Pixar properties such as the upcoming film Inside Out. And, of course we'll be seeing the addition of new figures including but not limited to a new Mickey and Minnie, Sam Flynn and Quorra from Tron: Legacy, Mulan and Olaf. 

As for the galaxy far far away, we'll be getting three new Play Sets: Star Wars Twilight of the Republic, which features Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Darth Maul, Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire, which features Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Darth Vader, and lastly, an unnamed Play Set coming this winter based on the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Arguably the biggest addition to Disney Infinity 3.0, however, is the all-new 3-D Toy Box Hub, which according the announcment, "makes it easeir for players to choose from a wider selection of gameplay experiences--including platform, racing, and farming simulation games."

The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack will be available for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U this fall at a suggested retail price of $64.99.

Are you excited about the new edition? Are you a Star Wars fan, and just really want the figures for your collection? Let us know in the comments below!

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Disney Infinity 3.0 to Dive into Money Pool Thanks to Ultron, Star Wars, and Tron https://www.gameskinny.com/587xz/disney-infinity-30-to-dive-into-money-pool-thanks-to-ultron-star-wars-and-tron https://www.gameskinny.com/587xz/disney-infinity-30-to-dive-into-money-pool-thanks-to-ultron-star-wars-and-tron Tue, 05 May 2015 10:08:32 -0400 GameSkinny Staff

Thanks to Game Informer's latest cover, we now know that Disney Infinity 3.0 will officially be cashing in on Star Wars and Avengers: Age of Ultron in a big way. 

The popular toys-to-life franchise is going skyward in the third edition by planting a story firmly in the Clone Wars and original (eps. 4-6) Star Wars trilogy. Gamers will be able to follow Anakin and Ahsoka and play through all the high points of Han Solo and Chewie.

In addition to the heavy focus on Star Wars, developers Ninja Theory (Devil May Cry, Heavenly Sword) and Digital Sumo (Little Big Planet, Forza) will also be tackling some other Disney IPs like Mulan and Tron.

Of note, Digital Sumo will be taking a crack at the new kart racing Toy Box feature in Infinity 3.0. Developer Avalanche will continue to head the franchise as they have since 1.0.

The game will also have plenty of content for Age of Ultron, which just smashed the box office opening weekend at $191.3mil as the third highest-grossing domestic debut, despite competing for screentime with the Mayweather v. Pacquiao fight, Kentucky Derby, NBA and NHL playoffs, and NFL drafts.

Disney Infinity 3.0 is slated for release in late fall of 2015 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, and Android. The Starter Pack will cost $64.99.

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