We love the first “Disney Infinity” and like many we were wondering when Disney’s acquisition of Marvel properties would show up in the game. We were expecting some figures, maybe a play set, but “Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)” brings the entire world of Marvel to Xbox.
There are two parts to “Disney Infinity”: the story mode and the game-creation mode, Toy Box. Story mode is, obviously, focused on Marvel superheroes this time around. (The Avengers grace “Marvel Super Heroes’” starter pack.) In story mode, the Avengers have to fight Loki, who has teamed up with other Marvel villains to attempt to freeze New York City. Using The Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, players have to defend the city and complete numerous missions in the large metropolitan area. For fans of The Incredibles level from the first game, it feels like that – but considerably larger.
In addition to the starter pack kit, we got to go hands on with the Spider-Man add-on, featuring Spidey, Nick Fury, Venom, Iron Fist, and Nova. (Yeah, Iron Fist and Nova. Look them up, they’re pretty rad.) “Marvel Super Heroes” does a nice job of making each of these many characters feel unique. Traversing New York is different for each hero, for example: The Hulk can jump incredible distances, Iron Man and Nova can fly, and Spider-Man uses his webs to swing through the streets. It all feels very much like you’d expect a Marvel game to be, with the added content of power-up discs, character swapping, and all the zaniness that comes with the “Disney Infinity” package.
What makes “Disney Infinity” extra fun is the ability to switch characters on the fly. Certain characters have specific missions, but for the most part you can swap them in an out as you see fit. And while the New York missions are locked to the Marvel heroes, the full array of “Disney Infinity” figures (like Merida from Brave and Maleficent) are available to use in the game’s Toy Box mode.
“Marvel Super Heroes” takes this create-your-own-game mode and adds new elements which make building levels and games even easier. Pre-made set pieces give gamers a helping hand in designing levels, and a larger selection of objects, enemies, and NPCs allows for more vibrant, unique creations. We love that the game combines both fun, customizable gameplay and cool creative tools. And while the figures and characters get the attention, the game’s ability to let younger players create their own games (and maybe even take a step on the path to game development) is the really important part of this game.
You’ll be able to tinker with your own games when “Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)” launches in September on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.