Excerpt: I can say that I was lucky enough to get to see the first Skylanders even before they were released. From that moment, I knew that they were going to be a huge success. The concept of merging actual toys with videogames is pure genius.
Summary: As a father and dedicated gamer, 'Skylanders: Swap Force' is that rare game that satisfies on a variety of levels. It makes me proud to see my daughters handling a PlayStation 3 controller with near pin-point accuracy, and puts a smile on my face as we mutually enjoy the same game when played...
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: Skylanders Swapforce is a very welcome addition to the Skylanders series. Vicarious Visions have really revamped the series in a way that probably wasn’t imaginable last year. The environments and characters look a whole lot better and gameplay has had a turn for the better with the inclusion of the...
Excerpt: is a game with the kind of ambition scarcely seen in the family market, taking the already innovative concept of bringing toys to life to new heights with the introduction of some unique mechanics.