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Getting hands-on with Disney Interactive's new gaming initiative, Disney Infinity

Getting hands-on with Disney Interactive's new gaming initiative, Disney Infinity

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Disney Infinity was the star of the Disney Interactive booth at E3 last  week.


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People stood in two-plus hour-long lines to have a t-shirt, jersey tee or hoodie made with their choice of Disney Infinity character mash-ups:


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  • Mike Wazowski with Mr. Incredible
  • Evil Emperor Zurg with Vanellope Von Schweetz
  • Captain Jack Sparrow in Cinderella's coach, which has monster truck


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  • Davy Jones atop a rainbow bus
  • Tonto surfing with Stitch
  • The Lone Ranger riding Abu the Elephant


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  • Syndrome in a Dumbo Ride vehicle
  • Mike Wazowski piloting a TRON Recognizer
  • Jack Skellington on an Incredibles hoverboard


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That wasn't all. There was another long line of people waiting to try out the game itself. For a reward, they received whatever character(s) they were  playing with. Most coveted was the two-character Cars set. Noe got Dash Incredible. I got The Lone Ranger and Tonto.


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When I was playing, I caught sight of Fix-it Felix Jr. and asked if he was a character in the game. He's a NPC (non-player character). There are a ton of NPCs in this game, so I'm just going to list the playable characters that will be I saw were:


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  • The Incredibles
    • Mr. Incredible
    • Mrs. Incredible
    • Violet
    • Dash
  • Cars
    • Lightning McQueen
    • Mater
    • Holly Shiftwell
    • Francesco


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  • The Lone Ranger
    • The Lone Ranger
    • Tonto

There will be a ton more, including Phineas, Ferb and Perry, Jack Skellington, and other beloved Disney characters.


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Power Disks tell the Disney Infinity Platform about your character's  surroundings and are stackable, so you can pull elements from more than one property in Toy Box Mode. For example, I themed a racetrack that was  there to look as if it came from Alice in Wonderland. It was still a racetrack,  but it looked like it belonged in the movie, with fantastically colorful  flowers surrounding the track.


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As you play, you unlock gadgets and characters. For example, we pulled  in Slinky Dog and Mirage, and then used a goo gun to shrink them to very small, make them grow to over twice the size of our character, Dash, and  give them huge heads like bobble heads.

Then, we themed the desert we were in to Alice in Wonderland as well. It was fantastic! There's nothing you can't do in Toy Box Mode.


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In Play Set mode, we were in the world of The Lone Ranger. We  couldn't bring in Sully or The Incredibles because they are not part of that  world. Only characters from The Lone Ranger can be played with the Lone  Ranger set in Play Set Mode.


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Disney Infinity is less of a simple game than an actual platform unto  itself, which is stacked onto another platform much like the Power Disks are  stacked. It is an endlessly expandable platform; it is "forwards-compatible", meaning that when new peripherals come around, you can still play them on  your original Disney Infinity base instead of having to buy a new "system".


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As well as those fantastic demos and presents, there was a life-size  Cinderella Coach with Monster Truck Wheels that people could climb up  into and have their picture taken.

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  • I don't know what it is, but there is something really wrong with this game. Perhaps the mixing of characters and worlds is just too jarring for a person who really loves and respects these characters. I can see why kids may like this game, but as a life-long Disney super-fan, I am going to give this a pass. I think I respect these creative achievements more than Disney does.

  • You saw Fix-it Felix? In the Toy Box Mode? You've gotta list all the NPC's you saw. They hint to what characters will be coming to the game.

  • Bill: In Play Set mode, every property is kept entirely to itself - no outside characters or objects are allowed.

  • Rainbow bus? That's the Electric Mayhem Bus from the Muppets!

  • While Disney and Disney Interactive do seek to eliminate the high risks associated in basing multiple games upon the short-term successes and popularity of corresponding movies and/or characters, the point to be made is that Disney could have enriched the gaming properties it already had at its disposal without turning its back entirely upon such games and the corresponding (player) “communities” whom voice and legitimate concerns were, in essence, blatantly ignored.

    For example, players loyal to the game "Pirates of the Caribbean Online" (POTCO) maintained an ongoing petition movement for over a year which involved the gain of some 3,000 signatures from players whom had voiced their legitimate concern about the game and the status it was allowed to be kept.

    To date, in the shadow of this report, no hint of acknowledgement of such concerns were ever received by the POTCO community from an official representative of Disney or Disney Interactive despite a total of 50 individuals strategically contacted working for the company and its interactive, gaming division.    http://revivepotco.org/

    (Note:  Pirates of the Caribbean Online, ToonTown, and Pixie Hollows will each be shut down by Disney on Sept. 19, 2013)

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