(Note: This review is my opinion only and is not a paid review. All pictures are taken with my PS Vita and/or my PlayStation TV)
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Superheroes is an open world/sandbox action-adventure game developed with Avalanche Studios and published by Disney Interactive. It is a sequel to the original Disney Infinity game. The game is available on multiple platforms including PC and iOS devices. Like the original, it required the purchase of figurines and “Play Sets” to gain more characters and levels. This review is for the PlayStation Vita version that was released on 9 May 2015. This game is PlayStation TV compatible.
The Disney Infinity series is similar to games such as Skylanders at it used collectible figurines to add characters to the game. Using n Infinity base, you would put the character on it to bring them into the game. The figurine also tracks the characters stats and level and lets you carry it over to newer versions of the game or into other people’s games.
Unlike Skylanders, there is no core game. Instead, there are Playsets, which are centered around certain groups of characters (Avengers, Spider-Man and characters from the Spider-Man Unlimited cartoon and Guardians of the Galaxy.) Only certain figures will work with those levels, though some cam be added by collection cross-over tokens within the playset. The Playsets from the first game do not work in this game There are also discs called Toybox Games available which have mini games you can play, though only Marvel characters can play in the Marvel levels.
The other mode is the Toybox, a sandbox game in which you can build and share your own levels.. Using set pieces unlocked in the game or imported through certain hexagonal power discs, you can create your own level and use any Disney Infinity figure from either game. You can upload your own levels to the Disney Infinity server or download one of the millions available. The best part is that if you created a level in the first game or on a different system and uploaded it, you can download it on the PS Vita (or any) version.
The PS Vita starter set comes with the game, the Spider-Man Playset, an Infinity Base and a special black-suited Spider-Man The figurine is the same as the first – figure, except painted to look like he is sporting the black suit he got in the mid 1980’s. In the game, he is also dressed in black with no differences to his abilities than the red and blue Spidey. He even shows up in your Infinity Collection (which tracks what figures you’ve used) as the regular Spider-Man.
Now the Infinity Base for the PS Vita version is unique for two reasons. First is that there is only room for one figure and play set piece. This is no surprise as only one person can play it on the Vita at a time. The second unique thing is that the base is wireless. Since there is no USB plug on the Vita, the base uses Bluetooth to connect with the handheld. The base is rechargeable and comes with a USB cable to connect to a computer.
Gameplay-wise, the Vita version is the same as the console ones. It uses the same figures and playsets as the console version. The graphics are not as great as on the PS4, but are fine for the PS Vita (though it is more noticeable playing it on the PS TV.) Some levels with a large amount of enemies may cause a bit of slow down but game remains playable.
If I have one problem with this version (and I do) it is that for a game on a portable system, it isn’t very portable. In order the play the game, you must have the base connected via Bluetooth. This can drain your Vita’s power very quickly. especially if you have Wi-Fi on as well. If you were able to load a character and playset up on the base and them save it on the system, you could turn off the base and take the game like most for the system. Even if you could only enter the pin from the character pack any play in the ToyBox (like on iOS) you could take the game without the base. This is not a game that you can take with you easily.
Overall, the PS Vita version of Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes is just as much fun as the home console version. I always like to see the Vita get more game as there seems to be less and less at the stores. Unfortunately I don’t think that the next Infinity game will make it to the Vita, which is sad because STAR WARS! If you have any of the home console versions already, there is not real reason to buy this one, unless you must have a black-suited Spider-Man. If the PS Vita is the only system you got, get it. If you are going somewhere and plan to use your PlayStation TV and some figures and playsets, it would be great. As a game for a handheld system, though, it is not very portable.
Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes can be bought online in Canada from EB Games for $59.99. Some physical stores might have copies available. See your nearest EB Games for details.