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Skylanders Giants Review

More toys, same mundane experience.

I really wish I understood this Skylanders craze. Don’t get me wrong; I totally understand the obsession over the toys themselves, they’re pretty neat on their own right. Plus, bringing them into the game via the Portal of Power truly excites both my inner-nerd and inner-child. However, the game these plucky creatures get dropped into is so basic and mundane, it’s puzzling to me that there’s still a market for it all.

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PixlKids: Link vs. The Skylanders

Kids are, in fact, able to discern a quality title from a middling one.

A while ago, I made the decision, as most parents do, to involve my children in my hobbies. I did this by playing catch with them in the backyard, going to baseball games, playing video games, and most recently, writing a co-op review for PixlBit. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the experience, it’s that kids will surprise you with just how mature their perspective can be, even if they aren’t able to properly articulate it yet.

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Skylanders Sequel Announced

Called Skylanders Giants, it'll be released later this year.

Activision seems to like to make money. So it comes as no surprise that the publisher has announced a sequel to Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. Entitled Skylanders Giants, the game will be released later this year. As the name suggest, the sequel will have giant versions of the Skylanders characters.

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Skylanders Giants - Announcement Trailer

With the success of Skylanders Spyro's Adventure, Activision announces Skylanders Giants as a Fall 2012 title.

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Where is the Precision in Platformers?

It's alright when controls are tight.

I’ve gotten further than I ever had in Ratchet & Clank. I’m on Planet Oltanis and I made my way through the various light guards, sentry robots, and machine gun turrets. It hasn’t been easy, with Clank not available for this level. I lack a lot of the various platforming upgrades I’ve acquired through my playthrough. However, I’m here, and the shiny bright aura surrounding my prize is in my sights. All that remains are some floating platforms with slingshot orbs above them. I grapple onto the first one. No problem. The next one is easy to reach as well after waiting for it to be in line. I grapple onto the third and final orb. It pulls me in. I drop down. I land on the floating platform. Something’s wrong. I’m stuck in the falling animation.

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Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Review

After the excitement of the toys has worn off, kids will be left with a forgettable game.

When Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure first showed up at my door, I was giddy, to say the least. Being a huge Spyro fan for years and having an obsession with collecting all things video game related, this game seemed more than up my alley. Admittedly, my first impressions of the game were positive; it captured the vibrant look of past Spyro titles, and the goofy characters captured the series’ charm. The first few levels were strangely linear for a “Spyro” title, but I merely attributed this fact to being part of the tutorial and introduction. However, two hours in, I realized that this game had absolutely nothing to do with the little purple dragon, and was disappointed to see that his only reason for being there, was to form a familiar foundation.

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Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Launch Trailer

Spyro is back and he's brought his friends in the launch trailer for his latest adventure.

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Skylanders Spyro's Adventure - Character Gameplay Vignettes

A plethora of character vignettes for the upcoming Skylanders Spyro's Adventure, which will be available this October 16 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo 3DS. Starting with Whirlwind, and click through to watch the rest.

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Skylanders Spyro's Adventure - E3 Trailer

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