Friday, December 21, 2012

Skylanders Giants is the Hot Video Game this Holiday

Last year around this time, we received Skylanders Spyro's Adventure for our Wii to review. It was an instant huge hit with our boys and I admit even I enjoy playing it with them. We immediately became a Skylanders obsessed home. We have over 20 figures and a year later the boys still love playing this game. When I saw that ActiVision was releasing Skylanders Giants this fall, I just knew it was going to be another winner.

Skylanders Giants builds upon the breakthrough fundamentals of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure — merging the physical and virtual realms with an innovative line of cross-platform toys with "brains," which players everywhere can magically bring to life in the world of Skylands. Using the mystical Portal of Power, players once again lead a team of heroic Skylanders in an all new adventure to save their world. Portal Masters will journey through new areas of Skylands, encountering new enemies, solving fun puzzles, overcoming different hazards and obstacles, and finding a variety of collectable rewards and treasure.

So obviously there is a new game, but what else is different about Skylanders Giants? Well first of all there are eight new Giant Skylanders characters. These figures are more than twice the size of regular Skylanders and they use their size to their advantage during the game. Giants can throw huge boulders out of their path, jump down from high ledges and more. Tree Rex is the Giant that comes with the game packs. We love the way the light shines through him. There are also new LightCore Skylanders characters that do the same.

Additionally, the game features new Hero Challenges, more Battle Mode gameplay, and advanced integration across console, handheld, mobile and Skylanders Universe. Gameplay is a lot of fun and this time around there are different levels of difficulty you can play. I recommend the easy level for younger children but for older kids and adults, give yourself the extra challenge of playing on the more difficult levels.

Skylanders Giants is hand down the gift to give this holiday. And I don't just mean the game and figures but all of the accessories too. I walked into Toys R Us yesterday morning to finish up my Christmas shopping and the amount of Skylanders stuff I saw was insane. Of course my kids are getting lots of it including Giants characters, storage cases, battle arena and more. If you are looking for the perfect gift for a child who enjoys video games, you cannot go wrong with Skylanders Giants.

Skylanders Giants is available in a Starter Pack for $74.99 on the Wii, Wii U, Xbox360, PS3 and 3DS Platforms. For those who already have Spyro's Adventure and a Portal of Power, there is a Portal Owners Pack avilable for $59.99 on the Wii, Xbox360 and PS3 platforms. And don't forget to check out the FREE Skylanders iOS mobile apps: Cloud Patrol and Lost Islands. Even my three year old loves playing those on my iPhone.

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Please note that the opinions and views expressed in this review are my own and based on my personal experience with the product and/or company. You may encounter a different experience with this than I did. I received free product to review. This post contains affiliate links.


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