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Skylanders Giants

 

 

SCORE: 88

Skylanders Giants 

 

I do not know what it is, but I can not get enough of Skylanders Giants. I love the concept of these little figures that are put on a portal and transported into the game. I love how they can be transported across to different systems. There is one thing I think Activision could have done better.

If you already have the Wii, PS3, or Xbox 360 version of Skylanders Giants, there is little reason to purchase the Wii U version. This is where I think an improvement could have come. The same three characters are in the starter packs of the Wii, Wii U, PS3, and Xbox 360. The Nintendo 3DS has one different character. Different character in each of the starter packs would encourage families to purchase on more than one system.

The Wii U Gamepad is generally used to show character stats. It can be swapped to a screen that shows the various quests the player can fulfill in a level. There are a wide variety of things the players can do in a level; these range from killing all the enemies to finding all the scrolls.

Certain mini games can also be played on the Wii U Gamepad screen. The tile game is the best example. It is easier to play on the touch screen in my opinion. Plus now that I know how to play it, I was dominating the computer. See if you can beat the computer eight to one in the nine tiles.

I love how Skylanders Giants lets us bring in our characters from the first Skylanders game. This provided us with a swath of different types and characters to play with. There are also plenty of new Skylanders that are pretty cool in Skylanders Giants. And we can not forget all the the different giants. Family members all find their personal favorites.

The storyline stays the same, so Skylanders Giants on the Wii U is mainly a port. I do think the graphics look a bit better. The violence and ghost issues still remain. What I do like is how Skylanders Giants shifts things around. We have to find a key, and solve puzzles in some areas. Other areas require combat. Which is generally over pretty fast especially if you are using powerful characters.

Skylanders Giants on the Wii U plays better than the Wii version. Not many are going to want to play it on both systems though. I enjoyed doing it, but I know others here at Family Friendly Gaming baulked at the concept. I hope to see another Skylanders game next year. I am curious to see where Activision takes the franchise.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 80%
Sound: 93%
Replay/Extras: 90%
Gameplay: 99%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%
System: Wii U
Publisher: Activision
R
ating: ‘E10+’ - Everyone 10+
{Cartoon Violence}
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