'Skylanders' to revive gaming genre

2014-05-26 11:11
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Cape Town - One of the most successful new franchises in recent history is back for another year of bringing toys to life. More than a game, Skylanders gives players a chance to not only have an experience that goes beyond the console, but to recapture the magic of collecting toys.

“How we got here as a franchise, is important to where we’re going next’, Activision CEO Eric Hirschberg said at the recent reveal event.
“Disruptive innovation is what got us here, and disruptive innovation is what will keep us here. Our strategy with Skylanders is simple. We make kids say ‘wow’ for a living. And when you make kids say wow, incremental updates are not enough”.

Set in the Skylands, the game series features the heroic Skylanders as they regularly thwart the plans of series big bad Kaos. Fed up with his recent losses, Kaos engineers a new plan to break the most wanted villains out of prison, but goes overboard as usual and scatters the bad guys and their heroic wardens all across the Skylands.

In Trap Team, it’s up to players to not only recapture them, but to convert the most wanted to their side. So how will they pull that feat off? With new toys of course.

Impressive action

Check out this Skylanders video:

Where do they get those wonderful toys?
Much like with previous instalments in the series, a starter pack will be available that gives gamers several new figures and a brand new portal of power, a base from which their various Skylanders can enter the game world. But this year, there’ll also be a slot for traps.

Made of the rare Traptanium element, each trap corresponds to one of several elements in the game, and is used to house a villain. You don’t need a trap for each villain however, so parents won’t have to worry about breaking the bank on buying a crystal for each of the 40 new villains who now populate the Skylands.

Instead, a villain can be sent to a hub and called back anytime to his crystal, ready for action. So what’s it like in action? Rather impressive actually. Defeating a villain is a daunting task, but also gives players a glimpse of what they’ll be able to do once they capture said fiend. Once a villain is down for the count, players need to insert the right crystal, which drags your newly-acquired ally into it.

Once inside, the villain will have something to say, usually letting loose a few chirps from the portal of power. It’s pretty impressive in action actually. But there’s so much more to the game than just catching a criminal. Much, much more.
As explained before, players will get the chance to wield the abilities of a villain, but they’ll be able to do so by switching between a converted miscreant and a Skylander hero on the fly. With a single button press, gamers can go from blocking attacks with new characters such as Snap Shot or Wildfire, to rolling into battle with the Chompy Mage or rocking out with Wolfgang.

This adds a whole new layer to the game, opening up new strategies for players that extend beyond boss battles and further into the Skylands.

New generation hardware
There’ll be a ton of new Skylanders on offer, mighty Trap Masters who wield weapons made of Traptanium. They’ll be joined by series regulars, while the latest game will also allow for every single Skylander released so far to be playable as well.

That means that your collection of Skylanders, built over the last three years, won’t go to waste. Building on the success of Swap Force, Trap Team will also take full advantage of new generation hardware such as the PlayStation 4, to create the best-looking Skylanders experience yet.

The game is out in time for the holiday season, on 5 October. It’ll be hitting the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
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