Excerpt: If you're looking for the next Kingdom Hearts, don't play Disney Universe; however, if you're looking for a birthday present for your seven year old nephew you may have found the answer. Disney Universe is unarguably geared towards a younger audience.
Excerpt: After playing Disney Universe for a few days I realized that it reminded me of something. Another franchise out there. The Lego video game franchise. Players in Disney Universe can wear different costumes. These costumes (or skins) are like dressing up as Disney characters.
Excerpt: "Thank you for my birthday money. I spent it on two very good Harry Potter games." I received this message from my 11-year-old cousin recently. It was painstakingly typed out at home and printed in some godawful font over clipart of a wrapped present. It broke my heart.
Summary: Disney Universe plays it safe in nearly every way, and that's a problem. Choosing any character and running amok through the expansive worlds of various films should have been a recipe for perfection — or at least variety — but it's all in service of a mindless beat-em-up that's both too dull and...