The Disney Infinity Scam

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When we first got Disney Infinity, I really thought it was a good game. Then they had to go a screw it up by improving it…

It’s a lot of fun to play. Disney’s version of Skylanders. You put a Disney character on the pad and boom, you get to play as that character in the game. The choices of characters were limited to the specially designed figures, mostly consisting of popular Pixar favorites (way too many Incredibles characters).

Special pieces open up story worlds for various characters. Other pieces grant extra powers to a character. While a third type of piece changes the look of the background.

Some classic Disney props could be opened within toybox mode. Buildings and designs from the theme parks, movies and even cartoons can be unlocked to play with.

Once Disney purchased Marvel, they could have just added new characters to the game. But nooooooo! They completely resigned the game to a 2.0 version that is largely incompatible with the 1.0 version. The 1.0 figures and their discs will work in 2.0, but 2.0 will not work in 1.0. Meaning if you want to play with Donald Duck or Thor (2.0 figures), you have to buy the new game.

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The 6-sided power discs are stackable, allowing up to three to be used at a time. In the new game they have added a new disc which fits in the same slot as the 6-sided disc, but is not flat. This new disc opens up a mini-game. Unfortunately, they are not as flat as their predecessors, so they do not stack, making storage awkward.

Many things Disney does feels like nothing but a money-making scheme. These games are no exception. “Collect all the figures! Collect all the discs! Now collect new figures that don’t work with your old ones! Give us your money!”

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I told my kids I wasn’t going to buy them 2.0, so they teamed up and bought it themselves with Amazon money they got for Christmas. They’re super excited to play as Black Widow and Iron Man in the Marvel world. I’m sure that the new moves the Marvel characters can do are great. But I’m also sure that they would have been just as happy to play with them with 1.0 restrictions.

So, is it a good game? Yes it is. As good as the first, with some cool new features. Is it a scam to get more money out of people? Yes it is.

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Our figures (so far):

  • Jack Skellington
  • Jack Sparrow
  • Perry the Platypus
  • Woody
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Iron Man
  • Phineas
  • Mr. Incredible
  • Mater
  • Thor
  • Captain Barbosa
  • Donald Duck
  • Mike Wazowski
  • Sully
  • Black Widow
  • Vanellope Von Schweetz
  • Mrs. Incredible
  • Rapunzel
  • Anna
  • Elsa
  • Jessie (not shown)
  • Buzz Lightyear (not shown)

Have YOU played 2.0 yet? What did you think?

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