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My boy of 9 has the last two Skylanders and wanted this one desperately (his words). He hasn't played the giants game as much as the first as he thought it two simple without enough levels, I was reluctant to buy this one but succumb to his pleading.

The big difference is the characters can be body swapped, legs and heads can be swapped so the skylander can perform different, i.e quick legs mean the character will move quicker, simple. Not all the characters that you buy are swappable, make sure you check before you buy the characters, they have swap on the box.

The bodies are connected by a magnet, very clever how the game knows what going on.

The game it self is pretty much the same as the last two installments, I liked the idea that the old Skylanders can be used on the game but they don't have the swap feature which will mean more characters being purchased, more figures sitting near the console and less money in my wallet.

My boy also has the Disney Infinity Starter Pack (PS3) which I personally prefer as you can identify with the characters, although Skylanders missions are far more challenging.

There is nothing not to like about swap force, its additive, fun, challenging, just a shame its going to cost me more money.
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on 19 October 2013
This game runs on the exact same idea as Skylanders 1 and 2 (Giants) by which you have a USB connected PORTAL (a close range scanner) which you place a toy on and that character appears in the game.

You then level up that character through story missions, arena battles and challenges.

You can swap that character out at any time with another toy and do the same and each one saves the progress for that unique character onto a chip inside the toy!

The main difference this time, is that the new "swap force" characters are in two parts; a top and a bottom and the TOP and BOTTOM have separate abilities to learn and unlock. Level progression is saved to the TOP half though!!

And it works and it is a lot of fun to interchange different movement styles with different attack styles. There is a total of 250 combinations if you have all swap force characters. These swap force characters are also quite large and about the same size as GIANTS.

If you are an experienced Skylander player you will already have lots of character to use and to access all in game areas, but if you are new to all this you may find the massive number of toys excessive, but you don't need them all to complete the game.

Pros -

- The visuals (while still not next gen) have had a massive improvement and you can tell.
- A very long storyline compared to a lot of other games released.
- The controls are still spot on, for the most part.
- The swap force technique works great.
- You can use the GIANTS in the game and it actively encourages it by having chests that only GIANT can open.
- Small improvements to the user interface and menu system.
- They individual story missions are a lot longer and varied.
- We now have challenges in each story mission depending on the movement style of the character.

For instance the squid who comes with the start pack can walk up walls and some story missions have sections where you have to move up a wall and avoid objects coming out. While others may involve flying through loops on a time limit and so on. Those are fun, but can be frustrating.

- You can also now JUMP which feels natural and adds so much.
- You have 'Portal Master' levels for yourself and as you level up you can unlock extra things in game.

Cons -

- This time they have GATES which can only be opened by a correct combination of swap force characters (i.e fire and water, etc) and challenges requiring a certain movement type. Those are fun, but it does pressure you to now invest in one of each element AND one of each movement style.

- Still no bank in game to hold character gold?
- Still no online co-op or arena fights?
- Yet another new portal is needed.
- The ever increasing number of Skylanders.
- Still we cannot skip NPC conversations.
- Some of the side challenges (like shooting ranges) are just too hard.

But ultimately the game is fun, improved upon and enjoyable.
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on 10 November 2013
We have the other two Skylanders games, so buying this was a no-brainer.

The pack contains a brand new portal as well as a regular Skylander and two swappable characters, which you can take apart and create new characters.

The gameplay is good, with lots of detail and fun new characters. You can adjust the difficulty, which makes it accessible for everyone.

Good graphics, good sound and good storyline means that this game is another winning combo from the Activision stable.
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on 30 November 2013
My Kids love this game, but i am a bit annoyed that its dropped down to £40 already. I preordered it months & months ago & payed £52.
But the game is of a very high standard & very imaginative & fun for my boys.
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on 20 November 2013
Once again a great game in the series my son just loves it. Would recommend this game for kids but great to play as an adult.
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on 26 November 2015
Better than the first one. Love the music that accompanies each of the trapped bad guys. My youngest commented on the quality of the graphics. Plenty of play value, especially if you limit the number of figures you purchase, (both my kids prefer to play with their favourites anyway), and buy the traps when they're on offer!
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on 22 October 2014
My grandson already has this on Wii but his Dad bought him a PS3 a little while ago. My grandson wanted the new Skylanders game in Wii. so he can carry on the game.
Reading up on the Skylanders new game, it seemed that it was better rated in PS3 format (compared to the Wii), so I bought him the game again in PS3 to try out before we made a decision about the new game. It was £30 cheaper than when it was released last Christmas and he was treated because he's been doing well at school.
He thinks it's fab and got up early to play it before school this morning,

The game was nicely packaged (not battered) and he was thrilled to bits.
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on 7 May 2016
My son and I both love the skylander games although they can be rather pricey when you add in the cost of additional figures, this is why I always buy it after the next one has come out as its normally only app. £15 and then a pack of figures as well app.£7 means your only paying £22.
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on 2 December 2013
Kids can spend hours on this without getting bored, as long as they have plenty of spare figures that is.
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on 29 April 2015
This game is much better on PS3 than the Wii. The graphics are superior and it has none of the glitching and freezing issues that we have experienced with the Wii. Great game for adults or children. All your "old" skylanders figures still work but you do have to buy the swappable figures with the various abilities (of which there are 8 - climb, dig, rocket, sneak, teleport, speed, bounce & spin) to be able to play the games fully.
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