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POSTED 24/9/15


SKYLANDERS SUPERCHARGERS

Activision



Oh set me up with the islands in the sky, that’s where I’m gonna go when I die...

Damn, I’ll be poor even in death!

Yes, Activision’s ingenious money-suck enters a fifth iteration, but what makes this infinitely less nefarious is that their games at the core of this “toys to life” thingy are rather great.

For the ostriches amongst you, we’re basically talking Ratchet & Clank in a less spacey, more fantasy-based universe. Oh, to have Ratchet & Clank toys with computer chips up jammed their clackers... But we digress.

The big pull this year is added vehicular action. Be it land (included), sea (sold separately) or air (sold separately), there’s a whole racing element added to the platforming environment. The figures don’t fit into the vehicles though. Meh.

When it’s propelling forwards Mario Kart style it’s a little wibbly, but you’ll adjust. When it’s in a platformy arena setting, however, the controls are totally stuffed. We’re stunned that something which Disney Infinity mastered instantly is so broken here.

Still, even with its third iteration DI mangled online, yet it’s something that SuperChargers nails straight up. Kart against friends locally or anybody online, or play the meat and potatoesy game cooperatively. It just works – and it isn’t sold separately.

The story? That Kaos dude’s back, this time with hyper-evil weapon the ‘Doomstation of Ultimate Doomstruction’. We’ve a feeling that maybe, just maybe, it will epically fail...

Anyway, as we’ve come to expect from Skylanders, SuperChargers offers great gameplay with a whole bunch of access gates that require extra toy outlay to play – but they add gameplay rather than being required to finish the game. The only issue is that Disney, amiibo and now LEGO Dimensions offer arguably more appealing toys.

Ignoring figure appeal and creativity options to just judge gameplay though, save for the vehicular control disaster Skylanders is the place that’s the best.

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