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5.0 out of 5 stars Again an excellent follow up and this time with a USB powered Portal!!, 26 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Skylanders Giants: Starter Pack (PS3) (Accessory)
Before reading any further, if you are trying to decide between the "starter pack" or the "booster pack" take one major thing in consideration!

** The new Portal of Power which comes with the Skylanders Giant's start pack is a USB CONNECTED and DOES NOT require batteries at all and DOES work with the first game too - making it a massive reason to upgrade!!! **

I absolutely loved the first game and only stopped playing for ONE simple reason - the batteries kept running out and they have finally fixed this ONE negative aspect of the game.

So even if you already own a portal of power from the first game, it is actually good value for money to buy the new starter pack again for Giants because 1) You get 3 new characters 2) You get a portal of power which is USB powered and 3) its actually the same price as the booster pack anyway on Amazon at least.

Why they didn't do this in the first place is beyond me?

Anyway the game itself...

The game works and feels almost exactly like the last one except the odd change and mostly improvements.
If you loved the first one like I did, you will love this one even more.

- The story is slightly shorter but its still lengthy story campaign.
- A new max level of 15 with old and new characters.
- More abilities to unlock for old characters.
- The ability to choose the difficulty including easy, normal, hard and NIGHTMARE once you complete the game once.
- Slightly crisper and nicer graphics.
- The in-game movies have been improved a lot visually, but still the lip-syncing is a completely off.
- They have removed the shaking of the stick to open boxes and now its just bashing the 'A' button instead.
- Now Kaos is a lot less annoying a character to listen to on screen!
- The new Giants are beautifully made, just like the previous toys.
- The Giants have eyes and certain parts which light up when on the portal.
- The new POP actually lights up at the bottom now and again it is now USB connected!!

You also have a whole new set of season 2 characters which have orange bases and new stances (but are basically the same existing characters standing differently).

They have also added a whole bunch of new features which just improve on the game as a whole.

- You can now spend your ingame gold on stuff..... imagine that!!
- You can buy hats, challenges and other items so all that gold saved up from the previous game can be used now.

- Also *UPDATE AFTER FINISHING THE GAME* the end fight with Kaos is actually well designed, fun and does not drag on and on and on like the first one did! Great improvement!!

Skylanders is one a game which is easy to mock and insult because it comes off as an attempt to make money out of kids and parents and yes it is! But it can't be ignored that Skylanders is actually a very well designed, built and thought-out product with a MASSIVE amount of re playability to it.

Its all your own personal choice if you choose to buy all the characters, but would maybe buying a new triple pack every month really hurt your pocket? That extends the game lifespan by another month or two a lone every time you get a new set of characters.

It works and its great and now that the POP is USB powered there really is nothing I can honestly say is negative about the game.... except if your a parent with kids... I feel sorry for you.
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Initial post: 3 Nov 2012 13:52:17 GMT
spyrofan says:
Hi there,

Very helpful review, thanks. Just a quick question about the USB portal of power- does this new portal work with the first game as well?
Thanks in advance

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2012 17:19:48 GMT
SNS says:
The new USB powered POP does indeed work with the first game.

The only thing you cant use in the first game are the Giants or the new characters in series 2 as these simply don't exist in that game.

You can how ever use any series 2 character in the first game, who has a series 1 counterpart, but they will only be recognized as a series 1 character.

You can't use the new series 2 core powers in the first game.

Also if you take a lvl15 into the older game, it will be seen as lvl10 and capped out.

All a bit of a pain, as you would think it would be patchable, but I can understand how it would make characters over powered.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 17:47:57 GMT
spyrofan says:
Excellent, thanks for your help!

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 22:29:06 GMT
kelly says:
i am new to skylanders and my boy wants it for xmas now what i was wondering is that do i need the oridgnal one first then get the giants or can i just get giants and it be ok

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2012 22:39:23 GMT
SNS says:
You can buy "Giants" as an entirely stand alone product and both the series 1 and 2 (which include the Giants) will work with it.

Its only the first game "Spyros Adventure" which is limited to series 1 figures (or their series 2 versions with new stances - its all a bit confusing). Giants do NOT work on the first game!

The only thing you're Son would miss from not playing "Spryo's Adventure" is the story line, because the first game leads into the second game directly... but the story isn't all that important IMO.

But as you are both new to the game... you are best starting off with the "Giants" starter pack because the Portal of Power is USB charged, which is an improvement over the battery powered version you get with the start pack for the first game.

The only catch to this is that you cannot buy the first game as a stand a lone product. It is ONLY sold with the portal, so its a bit of a sticky situation!

Posted on 11 Dec 2012 20:59:49 GMT
skinny minny says:
Love your review of the product and I have a similar question to the one from Kelly - my grandson has asked for this and I don't know whether to get the Spyros starter pack or go straight to this Giants pack. I understand about the usb v batteries and that's a no brainer really - but your comment about a 'portal' has me confused as I have no idea what that is! Does one come with the Giants pack too? is there anything from the Spyros pack that he would need to play the Giants game? All help v gratefully received!!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2012 21:19:43 GMT
SNS says:
The "portal of power" is the large round device you place the figures onto.

The first game only comes (Spyro) with the battery powered POP.

But the second game (Giants) has a choice of a starter pack which includes the USB powered POP or a booster pack which is just the stand alone game.

The booster pack is intended more for people who already own the first one and already had a POP. I would recommend the Giants starter pack as its actually better value for money cos you also get 3 characters.

Posted on 28 May 2013 09:05:50 BDT
Hi. Are you able to tell me which languages are included on the disk besides English?

Thank You
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