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Score: 7.5 / 10
Movie based games have a track record of
being major letdowns. It seems that every summer, the big blockbusters
are released simultaneously along with their gaming counterparts and
feel like nothing more than a blatant attempt to cash in on the
popularity of a license. Toy Story 3 seems to change that stereotype by
offering up varied and interesting gameplay elements, even if it is at
the expense of providing a challenge.
Donít be fooled by the title of the game, as the story is not based
entirely of the movie. Instead, the game takes various elements and set
pieces from the movie to
create its story. The cut scenes are done
extremely well and all the characters look and sound like there movie
counterparts . While the story itself may not appeal to older gamers,
you can certainly see that a lot of care went into the presentation to
make it look and sound authentic.
Toy Story 3 is broken up into two elements: the main story and the Toy
Box mode. The gameís
story mode provides a wide variety of worlds from action packed levels
to some environments which require a great deal of stealth and others
which feature on rail segments. During the gameís story mode youíll get
to control multiple characters from the film. Some levels even require
you to control up to three characters and have them work with one
another in order to complete the level. Toy Story 3 contains eight
levels, all of which can be played through in a span of 5-6 hours. Each
of the gameís levels also contain collectable items, so depending on
your preference you may get more out of the story mode than others.
The toy box mode is likely where most people will spend there time as it
offers open world gameplay similar in some respects to Grand Theft Auto.
In toy box mode there are numerous missions and tasks scattered
throughout the map. Most of the missions take no longer than 10 minutes
to complete, but the sheer number of tasks can easily keep you busy for
sometime. The missions range from painting buildings around the Town to
stopping burglars from robbing the local bank. For completing these
missions you are rewarded with gold which can then be used to purchase
characters, buildings or clothing. There are also several locations
around the toy box where you can go searching for gold. Even if you do
not want to complete missions, the game offers so many customization
options that you can easily spend time sprucing up the Town to your
During the course of the game, there are a few instances where the in
game camera can be uncooperative. I frequently found myself dying in
tighter corners because the camera wouldnít give me a proper view of my
character and the surrounding environment.
Gamers looking for a challenging experience may have to look elsewhere
as its obvious that the target audience for Toy Story 3 is younger
children. While the game isnít particularly challenging, it offers up
some interesting gameplay elements that remain varied and will keep your
attention for quite a while. I was expecting another unnecessary use of
a movie license, but to my delight, Toy Story 3 really surprised me.
While the story mode has its moments, the toy box offers ridiculous
amounts of customization along with hours of varied open ended gameplay.