Disney Universe Video Game ReviewWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | email@example.com
Disney Universe (Disney Interactive Studios)
This all-ages platform action game on PlayStation 3 features several characters from animated and live-action Disney and Pixar films. More than 45 classic (Snow White, Winnie the Pooh) and contemporary (Muppets, Tangled, TRON: Legacy) character costumes add variety and have a special upgradable property. More characters are available in the PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 versions and in the online shop, which also expand the experience with downloadable content. Each character’s special traits could have a strategic impact on the game, but players can really enjoy the fast-paced actions, environments, and scenarios that mirror the films at each level among six different worlds. Levels also contain special bonus challenges.
Everyone can get in on the act as gameplay centers on co-operative play. As many as four friends can play the local multiplayer modes, which also include rankings. Players can grab coins, stars, badges, powerups, and special items amid battles against endless enemies who can leave traps and hide the special items. Players solve some puzzles as enemies hinder their progress. Special attacks using the square, triangle, and x buttons give the good guys some help, but watch out because players can hurt each other – a precarious situation in an action-filled melee game. Players regenerate when they lose all their health while losing points from their overall score. The level designs miss the short session drop-in/drop-out format, so be sure to complete levels, which are autosaved, before moving on to keep progress. The playful antics entertain and overshadow some repetitive combat and fixed camera issues (***, rated e10+ for action violence, also available on Xbox 360, PC, and Nintendo Wii).
Available downloadable content for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions includes the new “Jungle Book” five-costume pack for $2.99 on PlayStation Network or 240 Microsoft points on the Xbox Live Network. Look for “The Muppets” costume pack in March or try the other Disney Villains Costume Pack including Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmatians), Hades (Hercules), Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), The Evil Queen (Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs) and Ursula (The Little Mermaid).