Disney excels at making money, and Disney Infinity proves it. If you are unfamiliar with the toy your kid is probably begging you for, let me get you two acquainted. Disney Infinity is a 2-player, multi-platform videogame that involves the purchase of multiple peripherals to get more characters, levels, bonuses etc. The game is centered around the portal, which is used to place both the game world and the playable characters (in the form of figurines). This means that in order to play as more characters you need to shell out more cash to purchase more figurines, and to play more game worlds you have to purchase those too.
That’s a lot of stuff to buy… is it worth it?
First off, my kids are too young to play it, and lack the vocal faculty to beg for it. My wife, on the other hand, wanted it for her birthday, and who am I to argue with a wife who wants videogames for her birthday?
No one, that’s who.
So on her birthday we went to Sam’s Club and purchased the Disney Infinity 2.0 Starter Pack. The starter pack includes a copy of the game (make sure to get the one that corresponds with your particular system), the Avengers world, and three figurines – Thor, Iron Man, and Black Widow. We got our for around $55, which really isn’t that bad for what you get.
Where you start to find an enormous leak in your bank account is the inevitable desire for more and more characters and worlds. We got lucky with the starter pack because my favorite Marvel character is Thor and Paige’s (at least in the LEGO games) is Iron Man, so we started with the characters we already wanted. That being said, the next day we bought the Guardians of the Galaxy combo pack that comes with Star-Lord, Gamorra and the GotG world, and was another $35. Then a couple of days later we bought Hulk because Charlie, our 2 year old LOVES Hulk (and to smash things). Each of these characters run between $10-14 and are pretty hard to find used. We were fortunate enough to have a friend give us Captain America, but we still bought Rocket Raccoon. There is also a Spider-Man world and set of characters, but neither of us really care for Spider-Man or the characters playable in that world so there’s some saved cash there… Being the completionists that we are, we still have to get Hawkeye, Groot and Drax so that’s another $30-45 right there.
What I’m trying to say is that our sons are going to have a whole lot of Disney Infinity to play with because their parents got a little carried away and had a little disposable income at the time.
So yes, it definitely costs more than the average videogame when you factor in all of the peripherals that aren’t necessarily required, but will be bought anyway. The upside is, the game is a lot of fun and the figurines make a perfect addition to a nerd-shelf, which is something I recommend all homes have. The game itself is basically an open world “sandbox” style game that has a simple RPG style system used to level up your characters. The more you play as a particular character, the more powers they can unlock. We have had a lot of fun flying around New York, trying to put an end to Loki’s nefarious schemes and keeping Ronan the Accuser away from Knowhere, and the replay value is off the charts. The Avengers storyline is relatively short, but the missions are entertaining (who doesn’t love smiting Frost Giants with Mjolnir, am I right?), and the characters maintain their level when you start a new game, so you can continue playing through the story to level up the characters completely.
If you and your kids love the Marvel universe, this is definitely one of the best games available. The missions are engaging, but short enough that they don’t start feeling like a chore (a common problem with the LEGO games), the gameplay is relatively straightforward, and the storyline is fun. Ultimately, I think this game is worth it, but I would definitely pick and choose which properties you think you and yours would like the most, at least at first. For us it was the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, for you it might be Spider-Man. Either way the game is entertaining for both kids and adults, and is definitely one of the best games out there as far as Marvel is concerned. It’s worth it.