Conclusion: Activision has provided two really good options with its Swap Force expansion packs in order to cover players that prefer either the campaign play or arena play (or both) with the Tower of Time and Fiery Forge. Although the price seems a bit high at $24.99 each, the replayability, value of all the figurines, and in-game additions will provide for many more hours of Skylanders Swap Force fun.
Excerpt: Skylanders: Swap Force is the next great addition to the Skylanders family and I, for one could not be happier. From what I can tell a great deal of thought and creativity has gone into the new episode following on from its predecessors, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures and Skylanders: Giants.
Conclusion: — There’s a lot to like about Skylanders Swap Force, from the uniqueness of swapping characters to the mini-game longevity of Swap Force Challenges. Activision continues to set the bar high for this series. The company may have to pull a rabbit out of its hat to stay ahead of the competition in future outings.
Excerpt: Even after the return of the Skylanders, including the imposing Giants, Kaos refuses to let his defeats stop his evil plans. Now he has discovered a way to turn anything evil, via a crystal powered weapon he calls The Evilizer. He soon uses this weapon to turn any Skylands residents he can find into his own personal army of evil. This means the Skylanders have to battle not only Kaos’ usual forces of darkness, but some of Skylands’ own inhabitants.
Excerpt: If you're okay buying more figurines, Skylanders Swap Force offers a meaty adventure with a hefty amount of content to justify every dollar spent. Just don't expect to get away with your wallet intact.
Conclusion: Skylanders Swap Force is at its core a fun filled kids game with a penchant for clever in-game marketing. It would be nice to be able to experience 100% of the game right out of the box, but where is the money in that? Instead you will probably get a thoroughly enjoyable 60-70% of the game and if you decide to call it a day at that point you will have still had plenty of fun.
Is Skylanders Swap Force a force for good, a force for evil, or something else?
Quarter to Three
28 October 2013
Excerpt: Bear with me for a bit, because this is going to get ugly. I have some serious reservations about Skylanders: Swap Force. Serious enough that I think they belong at the beginning of any conversation about this game, or “game”, or business model for selling figures. In fact, my reservations have at times coalesced into loathing. But, like many important reservations, they aren’t the full story. And they’re far from the last word.
Excerpt: It's hard to resist the Skylanders series' extremely polished charm. Never mind the tech wizardry that goes into juggling multiple action figures that carry their stats and levels over from the previous two games, or the introduction of two-piece Skylanders whose tops and bottoms you can seamlessly interchange to create new hybrid characters.