Star Wars’ second playset is just as fun as the Twilight of the Republic playset, but harps big time on the nostalgia of the original trilogy.
Disney Infinity 3.0 is a game that I have thoroughly enjoyed so far. Though it can get expensive quickly, I don’t mind shelling out money for Star Wars figures that serve a dual purpose – 1. Playing as them during the different game modes of Disney Infinity 3.0 and 2. Collecting them as if they were regular action figures. Seriously, they look amazing on my shelf in my game room.
There’s something about placing the figure on the portal and watching them come to life in the game.
In Rise of the Empire, the playset comes with Tattooine-farmer boy Luke Skywalker from A New Hope and Princess Leia Organa in her white Alderaan garb and famous hair-over-the-ear style buns, also from A New Hope. Characters are available for purchase separately, including Darth Vader (who looks superb in his Disney Infinity-themed appearance), Han Solo, Chewbacca, & Boba Fett. You can use any other Star Wars figure from the other playsets, but must unlock their in-game character token first (which can be done with relative ease).
The story is similar to the Twilight of the Republic story in that it mixes up certain events from the movies and allows most characters to be interchangeable for the sake of the game, so there’s nothing canon here. It’s a charming, upbeat romp through the galaxy. The story takes you through Tattooine, Hoth, and Endor, while mixing in the usual space battles and interplanetary flying.
Running through iconic scenes like the Cantina, the Walker battle on Hoth, and the Battle of Endor will surely have Star Wars fans (and their kids) smiling the entire time. Taking down an AT-AT on foot and also in a speeder respectively is a joy. The mechanics are similar to that of Twilight of the Republic, only Princess Leia and Luke can shoot with their blasters. Luke isn’t as powerful with the Force just yet, but features a good mix of abilities.
At the release of this playset, available characters include Anakin Skywalker, Asohka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul, and Yoda from the prequel trilogy, the aforementioned characters from the original trilogy, and also Zeb, Ezra, Sabine, and Kanan from the animated series “Rebels.” It’s a blast changing characters on the portal mid level, simply looking to play as another of your favorite Star Wars characters.
Rise of the Empire is a superb add-on that is well worth the price tag, even more so if you can get it on sale (Disney Infinity merchandise frequently is). For our full review of Disney Infinity 3.0 with a numeric score, click here.
+ Art direction suits these characters incredibly well – Leia is a true Disney Princess now.
+ A joy to blast through iconic settings and scenes from the movies.
– Game engine is still sluggish, with long load times and freezing.
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