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Disney Pulls the Plug on Infinity series

Disney has cancelled it’s toys to life video game series today during it’s earnings report. Along with this being the end of Disney as a video game publisher it has announced that they are closing Avalanche studio in Utah which will ultimately lead to 300 jobs cut. The last game released in the series was Disney Infinity 3.0 and it was said earlier this year that there would not be a 4.0. John Blackburn SVP of Disney Infinity released this statement :

“By now you may have heard the news that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity. From the beginning, Disney Infinity was built for you—our fans—and I wanted to take a moment to thank you not just for your support over the years, but for creating a community that made Disney Infinity more than just a game.”

“Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it.”

“So what’s next for Disney Infinity? We have two final retail releases coming, including three new characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month, and the Finding Dory Play Set launching in June.”

“And as we turn to the next chapter in our story, I want to thank everyone who helped bring Disney Infinity to life, particularly Disney’s Glendale-based production and publishing teams, our external development partners, and of course the incredible Avalanche team for their tireless dedication to this project.”

“But most of all, I want to again thank you for making Disney Infinity a part of your lives—and for adding to the Disney legacy by being a part of this community.”

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Trophy Whores 248 – Trophy War Tally

The Great Trophy War  rages on!  The Trophy Whores and the Remember the Loot crew are locked in a bitter and eternal struggle — that will end on April 1.  It’s getting serious. Yield is crushing the Platinum count, and, Tricky, for fuel and luck, has an entire case of Thin Mints at his disposal.  I hope that he puts them in the freezer.

Despite the intense PlayStation Network battle for trophies and pride, the video game news industry keeps ticking.  The Trophy Whores take a break from their smack-talking ways to discuss the latest hoopla from around the Internet (and beyond!).

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Disney Infinity 3.0, Call of Duty, and No Man’s Sky.  Tricky has promised to get Alex to return to Twitter, but much like a stubborn ostrich with its head buried in the ground, Alex has refused to acquiesce.  If you are a fan of social media, then you will likely be enthralled by the discussion; however, if you don’t use social media, then you will likely be as horrified as when any Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan watches Turtles III, in which our favorite shell-backed heroes run with samurais in feudal Japan.  It was a terrible idea.

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Disney Infinity 3.0- Review

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Iron Man could fight Storm Troopers alongside Han Solo? Or, what if Donald Duck teamed up with Darth Vader to somehow save the day? I know.. You’re probably expecting me to announce that Marvel has made its way into the world of Kingdom Hearts….not today my dear reader. Today, I am here to talk about the revamped and exciting experience that is Disney Infinity 3.0.

Disney 3.0 focuses around a completely new group to the Disney universes and characters. One of Disney’s more recent acquisitions was Star Wars. The company has wasted no time in putting the franchise to good use and delivering longtime fans new and exciting additions to the franchise. Disney 3.0 is comprised of three level sets and a Toy Box Takeover level. All three are purchasable separately. For those who have purchased their games digitally, and for those new to the series and looking to dive right in, the Saga Bundle is available (exclusively for PS4) and includes a pre-release Boba Fett figure, the base starter kit (Twilight of the Republic,) and the Rise Against the Empire playset .

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What we liked about Disney Infinity 3.0:

It’s Not Disney 1 or 2.0:

I don’t know about you, but I bought the first Infinity for the figures, the second one because it was Marvel, and I earned a total of two trophies between both. I found the original Infinity games to be lackluster and developed to please a younger generation. I don’t think Disney Interactive ever saw this appealing to the older generation. With Disney Infinity 3.0, I thoroughly enjoyed playing through the two playsets I received/purchased.

Infinity 3.0 boasts a replay value to it. Each mission is multi-faceted and, like past titles, offers crossover character gameplay. Levels are spot on and larger than previous indications which could, at times, appear linear and could feel playable once. This time around, side missions are included, and the rewards are stellar. Instead of slapping a new coat of paint on Infinity 2.0, the teams at Avalanche and Sumo digital have painstakingly re-worked and well taken care of this game. Fans of Star Wars and Disney Infinity alike will love this new version.

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Community Creations:

You spend hours making levels, and you want the world to see them, rate them, and enjoy them. Okay, this is definitely a mode that will connect you with other members of the Disney Infinity community (which I have found to be a wonderful and very active) and play their levels. The cool thing about the Infinity community is the Infinity community. These levels are passionately crafted by teams and gamers alike! A very cool experience for those who are into crafting their own stuff. Also, a great way to continue your gameplay experience.

What We Didn’t Like About Disney Infinity 3.0:

Where Did My Money Go!?:

Disney Infinity is one of those titles that is really fun to play, there is no doubt in my mind about that. I truly enjoy both the nostalgia of many favorite (now) Disney characters and licenses. My absolute favorite characters are Sam Flynn and Quora from the Tron movies. The $30 dollars I shelled out on these characters was okay, but then… you cannot use them in your normal play sets and you have to buy the Toybox Takeover add-on. Don’t get me wrong, the concept is super cool, but the cost to the consumer could be an issue. Collectors won’t care, but the average family isn’t going to be able to afford $70 dollars for a starter set, $14 dollars a figure, and $40 a playset.

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The Verdict:

Disney Infinity 3.0 is fun for all ages. It has characters of Disney’s past, present, and future. This game will provide both returning and new players depth and customization found very rarely in modern gaming. If you’re a fan of Marvel, Star Wars, or Disney, make sure to check this one out, but beware the hefty price tag that comes with it.

*The Structure Network was provided a review kit by Disney Interactive.