Excerpt: Guaranteed to be on the Christmas wish lists of many sons and daughters, Skylanders Giants will thrust your very own little Portal Masters into a brand-new adventure and eat up what little shelf-space is left with a new series of dynamic figures. Skylanders Giants is both literally and figuratively bigger than last year’s surprise hit, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure.
Excerpt: The greatest trick Activision ever pulled was convincing the world that on-disc downloadable content wasn't such a bad idea after all. It turns out the act of locking away characters and levels is perfectly acceptable as long as you bung in a free toy. That's the cynic's perspective, but the beauty of last year's Skylanders is that it was good enough to make such observations entirely moot.
Skylanders Giants is a giant hit with the kids and a giant hit on the wallet
Quarter to Three
23 October 2012
Excerpt: Just before Halloween 2011, Activision unleashed their toy/game hybrid Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure onto the marketplace. This Frankenstein experiment probably slipped under the holiday radar of most Gamers, a group so hardcore they get a capitalized category. It most likely drove parents batty as they competed with scalpers for limited product. And it definitely turned out to be a gold mine. Now Skylanders is back and “boomier” than ever as Skylanders Giants.
Excerpt: Does bigger necessarily mean better? In Skylanders Giants, the ancient race of Giant Skylanders are at your command. Whether you're playing as the hulking Tree Rex, the hammer outfitted Crusher, the bee with a sting Swarm, or the robotic Bouncer, you're sure to have a blast. Make sure to head on over here , for our full written review.
Review: Skylanders Giants manages to keep the toy craze going strong
21 October 2012
Excerpt: Considering how the developers Toys For Bob were able to convert Activision's average Spyro franchise into the "next big thing" with the launch of Skylanders, it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that both the developer and publisher were already moving forward with a sequel. After all, with millions of copies of the game sold – and the sales of figurines to go along with that – who wouldn't want more of a good thing?
Excerpt: If any game can kick-start the British economy, it's Skylanders: Giants. Swarms of children flit from toyshop to toyshop, stripping shelves in the search of every last figure. Giants adds 16 to the roster - eight of them double the size (and price) - as well as reposing 28 original characters to get us to shell out all over again. Ironically, the only person rich enough to buy the whole set is Activision's CEO and he likely gets them for free.
Summary: Skylanders Giants is a great adventure game for its target audience and the perfect excuse for the rest of us to collect the toys. It's hard to shake the feeling of déjà vu though, with Skylanders Giants looking, feeling and playing almost identical to the original. It's also a shame that the obvious potential of it RPG mechanics haven't been realised yet. But like they say: if it ain't broke...