Skylanders SWAP Force is the next game in the Skylanders series taken after the previous game Skylander Giants. Another kid-friendly hack-and-slash action RPG that lets the player collect these toy figurines that can be used as in-game characters via the “Portal of Power” which is a little pad you set the figurines on to bring the characters into the game. It is a pretty neat idea if you asked me, and all you have to do is plug and play. Skylanders SWAP Forces brings a 55+ new heroes to the battlefield. Each bringing their own unique skill set and play styles. But wait… you can even mix and match many of these characters tops or bottoms and bring much more to the table. Just like the previous game, you need to collect different characters of different game types such as a water or fire character to access certain areas of the game. All though it may seem like the same game, this year game was developed Vicarious Visions and feels more like a sequel then another rehash.
Reviewer’s Note: Specific sections of in-game content are inaccessible without buying additional figures, yet this review only accounts for the characters included with this bundle. Please consider my impressions with this experience in mind.
Variety of Characters.
One of the many things I do like about the Skylanders series in general, is the mass variety of characters you can choose from. Skylanders Giants brought 45+ characters and Skylanders SWAP Forces brings 55+ characters to the game up to the possibility of creating over 250 new Skylanders to this game alone. Granted, you have to play around and mix-match the characters to your liking. With just the starter pack, you get three characters. Blast Zone, Wash Buckler, and the little Ninja Stealth Elf. and from what I can create from them, I can make up to 5 different Skylanders from them. Each piece of the Skylanders have their own stats, ability, skill tree, and uses to get through elemental gates.
Exciting Gameplay and Graphics
The core gameplay is essentially the same as before. You can play through each level while facing different evil enemies, hacking and looting as you progress through the story. One big change from its predecessor, is the ability to just jump at will. Instead of running to the next horde of enemies, you can jump to different areas of the game giving you the option to explore a little more. The animations and graphics portion of the game has improved quite a bit from what I can tell. The developers are probably getting ready for the next-gen consoles.
One of the things that kept me still interested in the game is the hilarious dialogue of the cut scenes. Patrick Warburton returns back to Skylanders SWAP Forces as the voice of Flynn, the want to be, yet goofy airship captain that helps aid the Skylanders in the previous games. Also voice acts as “Joe” the crippled cop in Family Guy. As for the rest of the characters, they are played by voice artists like Troy Baker, Steve Blum, Cam Clarke, & Tara Strong.
Honestly, I haven’t found any.
As much as I hate to say it, I wasn’t really disappointed with Skylanders SWAP Forces. When first receiving the game, I had my doubts and even told myself that this isn’t the kind of game I would enjoy or like to play. I was wrong, I really liked the game, and enjoyed my experience with it. All I have to do now is collect more figurines and experiment all that this game can bring.
If you are into these types of games, I would recommend Skylanders SWAP Forces to anyone that would be willing to give it a go. The change of developers, the new perspective for the series, and the ability to jump at will really was a game changer. and of course, the game can be played by all ages rather you’re a kid or their parents. You can play Skylanders SWAP Forces on the Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PS3, and Xbox 360 for $74.99 at most retailers.
Review Platform: Xbox 360
Review Copy Provided By: Activision
Release Date: September 17, 2013