Toy Story  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Toy Story  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Toy Story World and Release Window for Kingdom Hearts 3 Announced at D23 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:33:30 -0400 daisy_blonde

During Disney's D23 Expo Video Games Showcase this weekend, the company revealed that Toy Story would be the newest world to come to Kingdom Hearts 3

To introduce this new world, Tetsuya Nomura took the stage and began talking about fans' positive reactions at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra world tour. This was followed by a trailer which opened with Sora jumping off some clouds and what looked to be the Olympus Coliseum and Twilight Town. A quote was transposed on the screen in blue text, which read:

"Don't assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you can imagine a world, believe in it...and dive in."

This lead into a reveal of the new world -- where Sora, Donald, and Goofy appeared as miniature toys underneath Andy's bed. They are faced with miniature toy enemies, and then bump into Woody, Buzz, Rex, Hamm, the Pizza Planet Aliens, and the toy green soldiers.

These toys explain that Andy and his family had disappeared not long after the Heartless showed up -- and they were with a guy in a black hood. Sora suspects that this may be Organization XIII at work. And with the toys' help, he sets out to Galaxy Toys to investigate further. 

The trailer showcased gameplay outside Andy's house, where Sora uses a Drill attack and a Draw Punch attack using a powerup. Then we see gameplay inside the Galaxy Toys store, where Sora cimbed into a robot and used laser cannons to deal with the enemies surrounding him -- reminiscent of the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast ride at Disney parks.

The release year was then revealed as 2018 -- but there is no definitive date yet.

After the trailer, Nomura was joined on stage by Jason Katz and Tasha Sounart from Pixar. Jason has worked at Pixar for the past 23 years and was the Story Supervisor for Toy Story 3. He confirmed that the Kingdom Hearts story relating to the Toy Story franchise is brand new. Tasha Sounart, who is an Associate Creative Director at Pixar and animated for Toy Story 2, confirmed that she had helped to design the toy versions of Sora, Donald and Goofy, and the Keyblade for the Toy Story world.

Nomura added that players of iPhone and Android game Kingdom Hearts: Union Cross will be able to get a special Toy Story medal in-game.

You can watch the trailer above if you haven't seen it for yourself. And if you want to watch the whole D23 conference to see the interviews with Nomura and Pixar, check out the official D23 YouTube channel.

Stay tuned for more Kingdom Hearts 3 news as we get closer to release!

5 Plushies Every Gamer Needs Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:05:33 -0400 Jordan DiPirro

Every child's bedroom was filled with stuffed animals. Their beds were covered in their little friends. Now as we get older they aren't friends anymore, but ways to decorate and show off our personalities. Or sometimes they are just too cute to resist. For me personally, I can't resist a plushie that's based off of a game I love. If you are like me, these are some must haves.

Animal Crossing Isabelle Plush - $17.99

Isabelle is no longer confined to the town hall when you buy this plush on Amazon. You can take your assistant with you wherever you go. I'm not sure who will watch out for your town while you're gone though. But rest assured Isabelle will have all your affairs in your room taken care of. I'm sure she'll even throw the occasional ribbon cutting ceremony.

Leauge of Legends Amumu - $44.99 

Amumu searches the world in League of Legends for a friend. You can make his suffering end by giving him a good home! Sure he has an ancient curse to be forever alone, but in his defense they didn't have Tinder back in his day.  Be careful, this sad little mummy's puppy dog eyes may have you grabbing your credit card. 

Tetris Cushions - $99.99 (currently on sale $69.99)

Yes, this is a cushion and not technically a stuffed plush. What's the difference though?! A cushion is just a bigger version of a plush that you can put your head on. $69.99 seems pricey, but you are getting five cushions for that price. That is only $13.99 per cushion. They are fairly big too. When your friends sleepover each could use one as a pillow or you could combine them to make a giant cushion.

Pokemon Lapras - $16.99

As a Lapras lover, it's hard to find merchandise. It's easy when you love Pikachu, but a Lapras is so much more difficult. Please note this Lapras isn't big enough to ride on when entering Team Aqua's hideout. However, it's the perfect size to take with you when playing Pokemon Go.

DOTA 2 Sniper - $39.99 (Currently on sale $29.99)

This little guy even comes with an unlock code for "Imbued Lockless Luckvessel" in DOTA 2. Despite his gun being loaded, he's adorable. He's also very squishy. Be warned. If you hear, "You got peep'd" in the middle of the night, it might be coming from your newest stuffed animal.

All of these stuffed animals are so cute, you don't have to just pick one. Just as in the movie Toy Story, every toy needs a friend when you are away. Get all of these plushies for a maximum number of friends.

The 10 Best Video Games Based on Movies Mon, 08 Jun 2015 07:28:27 -0400 Curtis Dillon


So there you have it, 10 of the best video games based on movies. Of course, there are many we didn't get to, such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, King Kong, Batman NES, etc. (See how I managed to work in a few honorable mentions there?)


So what do you guys think the best games based on movies are? Do you agree with the games listed here? Or do you think Batman begins was a load of crap? Well, let us know in the comments below! You know you want to.


Anything By Lego


OK, so this is a little bit of a cop-out but I felt that the Lego games deserve a shout-out. I could easily have chosen Lego Star Wars, Lego Harry Potter, Lego Lord of The Rings, Lego Indiana Jones or Lego Pirates of The Caribbean, however they're all pretty similar, so it would have been very hard to choose. TT Games always do a wonderful job with the movie properties it takes on and each game manages to feel authentic, despite having the Lego look. Any Lego movie game is worth playing and soon you will be able to get your hands on Lego Jurassic World and Lego Marvel's Avengers, so get ready for more movie awesomeness!


Ghostbusters: The Video Game (PS3/360)


Acting as a true sequel to Ghostbusters II, the game takes place 2 years after the movie and features most of the original cast reprising their iconic roles. This game was exactly what it needed to be: "a love letter to Ghostbuster fans," to quote Greg Miller of IGN. The game received great reviews and rightfully so, it was an incredibly faithful adaption and better than any true third movie would have been.


Disney's Aladdin (SNES)


Coming out a year after the classic movie, Disney's Aladdin was a very pretty 2D side scroller and a great platformer. Back in a time when every game was a 2D side scroller, and every popular movie got a tie-in, Aladdin stood out for being legitimately good and is still pretty fun today.


Batman Begins (PS2/Xbox/Gamecube)


This game will probably be the most surprising, but Batman Begins is incredibly underrated. For reasons I can't comprehend, this movie tie-in wasn't well received when it came out but it had so many fantastic features. For example, you could intimidate you enemies, scaring them or taking them out 1 by 1, making the remaining goons more afraid of you, until the last guy sat crying in the corner.


You could also hide in the shadows, hang from wires, stealth attack and drive the batmobile. Importantly, Batman Begins perfectly captured the feeling of the movie, a fundamental necessity that most movie tie-ins fail to deliver. It's truly a shame the Arkham series never adopted the intimidation system from this game.


Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear To The Rescue (PS1)


This one may comes as a surprise to many but Toy Story 2 on PS1 was a very fun game. Playing as the awesome Buzz Lightyear, you get to navigate various nostalgic locations from the Toy Story 2 movie like Andy's bedroom, Al's Toy Barn, and the airport. Each level had numerous missions and you could travel between each location as you please in order to gain more stars and progress.


The Godfather (PS2/PS3/Xbox/360)


The Godfather game was a truly amazing gangster simulator. Coming in the years between GTA: San Andreas and GTA IV, The Godfather scratched our perpetual itch to cause crime and mayhem. But in all seriousness, the game used retold the story of the original movie but from a new perspective and featured great gameplay mechanics, including interrogation, fun combat, and smooth driving. The sequel was pretty great too.


GoldenEye 007 (N64)


There isn't much to say about this game, considering how iconic and beloved it is. For many, GoldenEye epitomizes the days of the N64. If nothing else, this game perfected local multiplayer and is played to this day.


The Warriors (PS2/PSP/Xbox)


Another somewhat forgotten gem, The Warriors was an incredible game from Rockstar Games. Based on the cult classic movie, The Warriors came out of nowhere but what a game it was. If you've ever played Rockstar's Bully, then you know exactly how The Warriors plays. The two games were built on the same engine and it was a really fun engine for combat. The Warriors was defined by its fighting and marked the first time in a game that I was able to pick up a brick or a glass bottle and hit enemies with them. There were many amazing moments in this game, from the blackout to the art gallery fight and every crazy moment in between. 


Spider-Man 2 (PS2/Gamecube/Xbox)


Potentially the best Spider-Man game ever made, Spider-Man 2 was loosely based on the movie of the same name. The open-world was full of things to do and, most importantly, fun to web-sling around. I mean, you can't tell me you didn't climb to the top of the Empire State Building, leap off, rush towards the ground and shoot a web at the last second. Then repeat. It was pure fun, something other Spidey games have often failed to replicate. The only other title that could be argued better than this, although is not a movie tie-in, was the PS1 Spider-Man classic. We deserve another great Spider-Man game, it's been 11 years.


The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay (Xbox)


Serving as a prequel to the 2004 movie, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay was met with critical acclaim. As one of the highest rated games on this list, TCOR drew comparisons to Metal Gear Solid, Splinter Cell, Far Cry and Half-Life - not bad. The graphics were great, the gameplay fun and well balanced between action and stealth, and Vin Diesel's voice acting was awesome. Diesel is a huge gamer himself, and he always impresses when he gets behind the mic.


Video games based on movies are usually disasters. However, there is the odd instance in which the game turns out surprisingly great. Today we're going to countdown 10 of the best video games based on movies. Let's check out those rare gems!