Disney PlayMation Marvel Review – Garden, Night, Day Tested

Disney Playmation gives toys the power back with a connected wearable experience that triggers imagination and active play.

The last four years toys have been bringing their goods to video-games with the likes of Skylanders, Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions leveraging physical playthings for on-screen action. PlayMation reverses this exchange with impressive results.

The Starter Pack ($119.99) comes with a arm-mounted Repulsor Cannon that acts as your interface to the imaginary Marvel world. Through its speaker players are instructed on each mission along with sound effects and high quality voice acting.

They run, jump, hide and shoot various targets to progress the adventure all the while being tracked by the gear’s accelerators. While you play the tech vibrates and lights up to let you know how you are doing, and then at the end you are awarded points and upgrades.

It sounds and feels like a video-game to play, but rather than sedentary screen gazing the player is super active as they must jump around to avoid being shot, or dive behind a sofa to escape enemy fire. Once the the sound of blaster fire has subsided they can poke their heads up and shoot out the remaining foes.

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection – Quick Guide (PEGI 16+)

Quick guide to Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

1. Genre

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is an HD remake for PS4 of the Uncharted trilogy, originally on the PS3.

The trilogy tells the story of treasure hunter Nathan Drake, whose adventures take him all over the world and involve lots of action movie-style danger from both the environment and plenty of enemies both human and otherwise.

In the game, players will control Drake from a third-person perspective as he runs, jumps, and climbs through different environments. He also guns down dozens, if not hundreds, of antagonists.

The story is told through cutscenes and conversation between Drake and other characters who accompany him.

While Uncharted 2 and 3 had multiplayer modes, The Nathan Drake Collection does not, though players will get access to the multiplayer beta for the upcoming PS4 sequel Uncharted 4.

The Uncharted games share many similarities with the new Tomb Raider games like the recently released Rise of the Tomb Raider.

2. Story

Over the course of the trilogy Drake travels the world tracking down various kinds of treasure, often with supernatural origins and powers. The story often focuses on his relationships, e.g. with on-and-off romantic partner Elena and father-figure Sully.

3. Developer

The original Uncharted trilogy was developed by Naughty Dog, who is also developing the upcoming Uncharted 4, but was ported to PS4 for this collection by Bluepoint Games.

4. Format

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection costs £49.99/$59.99 on the PlayStation Store.

5. Duration and Difficulty

It could take up to 30 hours to complete the trilogy, longer if players seek all of the collectibles. There are multiple difficulty levels so players more interested in the story can play on easy and have less risk of having to repeat sections.

6. UK Rating

In the UK and Europe, PEGI rates Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection as only appropriate for those aged 16 and older for realistic looking violence and strong language.

The GRA expands on its PEGI rating by explaining that the collection contains “frequent moderate violence and occasional strong bad language”. The violence “consists of hand to hand fighting and use of guns”, and although it’s “bloody and there are some injuries” it “lacks any gory elements.”

7. Other Ratings

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In the US, the ESRB rates Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection T for Teen (http://www.esrb.org/ratings/ratings_guide.jsp), with content descriptors for blood, language, suggestive themes, use of tobacco, and violence. The description lists available weapons (“pistols, machine guns, rocket launchers, and grenades”), as well as melee attacks and stealth takedowns (“e.g., choking and neck snapping”), and describes combat as “highlighted by realistic gunfire, large explosions, and blood-splatter effects”. It also provides examples of some sexual innuendo (“is that an ancient Tibetan dagger in your pocket?”), depictions of sexual activity (clothed straddling and kissing), smoking, and swear words (including the “s” word).

Lobby group Common Sense Media recommends the collection, but only for those aged 15 and older, describing the trilogy as “hilarious action games with frequent firefights, some blood”.

8. Themes

As with many games, there seems to be a conflict between the personality of the protagonist – a character with his own moral compass and people he cares greatly about – and the sheer volume of people he kills, which might bother some players.

Since Drake travels to different locations around the world he meets people from many different cultures, and some may not be happy with how they’re represented, especially in scenarios that pit Nathan – who is white – against people of colour.

9. Why people play:

People play the Uncharted games for the different environments you get to explore, the bursts of action, and the characters and the interaction between them. Like the hero of an action movie Drake might have killed a lot of people, but players still hold him in high esteem.


ROBLOX Xbox One Game-Play Interview

spoke to CEO and Founder, David Baszucki, about the thinking behind the new move. What is Roblox in a nutshell? “Roblox is a platform where 7 million people a month come to play games created by the community. It can be played on PC, Mac or tablet and now we are excited to have announced for Xbox One as well.”

Was there a reason for choosing Xbox over PlayStation or Nintendo? “We’ve had a long relationship with Microsoft. So we’re launching on Xbox One with 15 titles especially good for the Xbox.”

This looks similar to Disney Infinity in its cross platform game development? “Compared to Disney Infinity’s toy box there’s a [greater] depth to creation in Robolox. Everything in Roblox from the high level game play to the individual assets are created by the community. It’s not a hybrid as part of a more core product like Disney Infinity.”

It’s a free game, but there are in-app purchases? “Creators on Roblox are the people who power monetization. Take Bird Simulator for instance, if you want to be an eagle that’s where you’ll use virtual currency — something figured out by the developer themselves.”

“Top developers on Roblox can cash out virutal currency and use it to fund college. Some earn over $20,000 a month.”

Finally I asked Baszucki what stood Roblox apart from Disney Infinity, Little Big Planet or Super Mario Maker style game creation experiences? “Roblox covers the full range of game development in a smooth fashion.”

Although no final date confirmed Roblox is expected to arrive in December on Xbox One.

LEGO Dimensions Mystery World

In this episode we discover a new Mystery Dimension!
Just below the Jurassic World Portal sits a locked portal which you require 20 gold blocks to unlock!
Inside we discover a battle arena based on the first LEGODimensions advert. With 3 waves of enemy’s from each of the franchises making 14 gold bricks up for grabs!
A fun little alternative to the main game!