Conclusion: One thing that impresses me about the Skylanders games is that players can get all achievements (or trophies) with just the starter pack. However, it is difficult for someone who enjoys the game not to be enticed to purchase add-on characters and items.
Excerpt: Sometimes, it’s okay that someone just wants to sell you a bunch of plastic toys. It worked fine when Hasbro had that in mind for its G.I. Joe and Transformers properties, and it suited a bunch of other products.
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?
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...
Conclusion: Concept: Rip apart your beloved toys and reassemble them as new beasts to tackle the series’ most demanding combat scenarios
Graphics: The visuals have a softer edge, and a little more detail.
Conclusion: Skylanders Swap Force for the 3DS is a fun but short addition to the franchise. It's an acceptable substitute to the console experience, mostly on the strength of its interesting villain and original story. Just don't expect to get as much content out of this one as you'd get on the consoles.
Summary: Skylanders Swap Force definitely takes this franchise to the next level up that we had a ball playing. It may not be as refined as Disney Infinity (I guess it does help when you have the Disney vault of characters available) but in terms of local and online play, there's something quite enjoyable...
Swappable unstoppable? Skylanders SWAP Force review
30 October 2013
Excerpt: Skylanders SWAP Force for Xbox 360 is my first foray into the well established world of Skylanders – the third in a series published by Activision and developed by Vicarious Visions.
Pros: Accessible gameplay for almost all ages, Toys are durable and well painted, Huge stable of playable characters, Truly a fun game to play, Drop in/ pop out multiplayer, Lots of collectibles and extras., Fantastic kids game
Cons: No character bios or intros, Graphics could be a bit sharper, The potential cost to collect them all is staggering.