One great thing about having time off for the holidays (other than spending time with family) is that I have time to really do some gaming. It’s not all Halo 4 or Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for me. As you know I love Skylanders. Skylanders Giants was released a few months ago and now I have some time to really get into it during my time off from work.
For me, playing Skylanders is really fun, especially with my daughter. Much like the Lego games, Skylanders Giants is perfect for a parent to play with their kids. It’s not too challenging and it’s easy to jump into without having to learn complicated controls or try to figure out what’s going on. Let’s be real, unless you are a kid under the age of 10, there is no real challenge in playing any of the Skylanders games, but the games are fun especially if you play them with your children.
The game can be finished fairly quickly (unless you are playing with your child) by older, seasoned gamers, but there are plenty of things to extend the gameplay a bit. Reaching level 15 for all your Skylanders, collecting all the hidden hats, treasure chests and gems hidden on each level, completing all the heroic challenges, and taking on all the arena battles can keep in going for a bit longer (but not much longer). Again, this is essentially a kid’s game so don’t expect the same level of depth as you would playing Skyrim or Mass Effect.
Depending on how you look at it, the real gimmick to the Skylanders series is the toys, which of course, are sold separately. This time around, there are about 40 new characters to collect that include, Giants, LightCore, and Series 2 figurines. For my daughter and I, we are just buying the new characters and Giants.
As with Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures, you can finish Skylanders Giants with just the characters that came with the Starter Pack or even with the characters that you collected from the first game. You really don’t need to by any of the new character unless you want to (and your kids will want you too). Another thing to note is that while you can use the new figurines in the original game, but the Giants will not work. Also, while the new figurines will function in the original game, they will do so without any of the new “powers”.
In order to extend the investment on all of the Skylanders that we have purchased, my daughter got the Nintendo 3DS versions of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure and Skylanders Giants for Christmas. Unlike the console version of the games, the 3DS versions have a completely different storyline and because it is a platformer, there’s an actual jump button. I’m also considering purchasing the Skylanders Battleground Mobile Starter Pack to extend gameplay to iOS devices.