Those of us who grew up playing the Spyro games met the Skylanders game with much skepticism. It was the end of following our favorite purple dragon on adventures (and the end of giving that awful bear more gems). However, out of sheer curiosity, we tried it out anyway, and it was actually an amazing, addictive game.
Of course, when you have a successful game, you make more of them. Most of the time though, it’s just a sad repeat of the game you already played with a few changes. The awesome thing about Skylanders is that they’ve always tossed in a new element that refreshes your interest in it. The second game, Giants, gave you mythos and legends in a realm that you only started to understand in the first game.
In the most recent installation, Skylanders Swap Force, you’ll get more characters that can swap out powers. How do they do this you ask? By severing them in half! That seems a lot more violent than it actually is (check out how fun the video below makes it look!), but this is a really awesome aspect that we’ve all thought about in one genre or another. It lets you look into what it would be like if you could change out super powers! The top and bottom halves are magnetically linked, so pulling them apart is easy as pie, and you’ll be able to create specialized characters. You can switch up to 256 different combinations, and you’ll still be able to use any and all previous Skylander toys in this upcoming title.
Chaos is of course still the bad guy, and now he’s taken a liking to evilizing creatures. At E3 last week, I witnessed some adorable little bats become creatures of destruction. You essentially beat the ever-living stuffing out of them to make them good again. That’s sending out a positive message, right? As they don’t want you to trudge through regurgitated maps, there are 8 new ‘zones’ and bonus missions that will have you digging, bouncing, spinning, and more. The graphics have also improved quite a bit since the last game, so there’s a lot more detail for your eye holes to suck in.
Possibly the biggest and most astounding improvement is that you will now be able to JUMP. That’s right, feet off the ground by hitting a button. We’ve been waiting long and hard for this day to come, and it’s finally here. The game will be available in October of this year, and will cost around $75. Of course, there will also be 16 Swap Force characters and 16 Skylanders added into the amount of toys you can buy, so prepare your wallet. This will be a launch title for PS4 and Xbox One, and will be available on PS3, 360, 3DS, Wii U, and Wii.