Excerpt: Skylanders SWAP Force is the third iteration in the game series that turns real-world toy figures into in-game characters, but there's more to this game than a whole new set of figures to buy. The first thing that's new will be obvious the first time that you fire up the game. SWAP Force is built on a new graphics engine, so it's the first Skylanders game on the PS3 that actually looks like a PS3 game and not a Wii port.
Summary: In October of 2011, developer Toys for Bob, backed by the publishing powerhouse that is Activision, released 'Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure'. It was an experiment that seamlessly blended a physical toy line with the video game universe of the same name. Individual Skylander toys are placed on the 'Portal of Power' and are magically brought to life to be fully controlled on your television.
Excerpt: In a lot of ways, Skylanders Swap Force feels like the sequel the original game deserved. It makes visual upgrades and mechanical tweaks that were really needed, and brings in the fun new figures to try out as well. Unfortunately, it has a bit of a higher bar to clear after the momentum-slowing Giants , so these advancements may not be enough for everyone to overcome the inevitable fatigue of the formula.
Pros: Swap Force figures are fun, visual upgrades are nice, jumping is fun
Cons: Still suffers from tedium, consumerism hooks feel like too much
Excerpt: In the face of strong competition from Disney Infinity, Skylanders really needs to be on its A-game this year. Yet series creator Toys For Bob has taken a back seat, handing the keys to Vicarious Visions. No matter: Swap Force doesn't suffer one bit for the changeover. It’s the best Skylanders game to date, and a clear step forward for the series. Or should that be a leap?
Excerpt: You've been hankering to send a team of elite heroes to fight the forces of evil. Luckily, Skylanders Swap Force, the third game in this charming series, has arrived to sate the needs of returning collectors and newcomers alike. Like its predecessors, Swap Force places you in the role of a portal master, commanding the Skylander warriors to defend the Cloudbreak islands and prevent raving villain Kaos from plunging the Skylands into darkness.
Pros: Solid, well-made action adventure game with responsive controls and a good story, Humorous voice acting makes for an inviting game environment to play in, Figure swapping element brings out the sheer joy of customization and experimentation, Fun gameplay lets you dive in and mix up melee, ranged, and special attacks, Hot-swappable difficulty settings make the game more accessible to younger players
Cons: Requires additional (and sometimes expensive) Skylander figures to unlock all game content, Some modes are either too boring or too punishing, Camera angles aren't always ideal
Excerpt: It's not a thing. It's a Wash Buckler. When I go shopping, my local department store's toy aisle proves too tempting to avoid. Look at my life. I'm clearly still a child, but I'm bearded, and if you tried to hold me, it'd be weird. I walk the rows of brightly colored boxes and imagine how all the toy commercials scream at children in between shows about Square Pants and Adventure Time.
Conclusion: Vicarious Visions sets a new bar for the Skylanders series with Swap Force. They give you more characters, better level design, improved looks and a larger library of Skylanders to play with. It's definitely the best game in the series so far.