While Star Wars mobile games are going crazy with The Force Awakens content, the only way to play through bits of the new movie on your game console is via Disney Infinity 3.0 — and it feels very familiar.
Minor early plot snippets in the video, nothing major I promise.
While I'm sure we'll get some The Force Awakens content in Star Wars: Battlefront down the line (the Jakku DLC doesn't count), right now Disney Infinity 3.0 is the only thing going on console. The Force Awakens Play Set is out now, bundling together figures of ex-Stormtrooper Finn and savvy scavenger Rey with a play piece that unlocks a movie-themed adventure. Charming pilot Poe Dameron and evil jerk Kylo Ren are available for purchase separately.
Recently I said Disney Infinity 3.0 should have led with The Force Awakens, and what I've played of the new play set backs me up.
The Rise Against the Empire play set begins with our heroes undertaking a flying mission they can't possibly fail. Then they crash land on a desert planet and work their way through a platforming tutorial. Eventually they wind up at a hub where they must do random missions to earn enough currency to advance the plot.
Oh wait, wrong play set.
The Force Awakens play set begins with our heroes undertaking a flying mission they can't possibly fail. Then they crash land on a desert planet and work their way through a platforming tutorial. Eventually they wind up at a hub where they must do random missions to earn enough currency to advance the plot.
Instead of flying through an asteroid field in an escape pod, we're flying a First Order Tie Fighter through a Star Destroyer. Instead of crash landing on Tatooine, we're crash landing on Jakku. Instead of collecting money to pay off Han's debt, we're collecting salvage to Rey's sleazy dealer.
Sontarans. That's the one I was thinking of (see video.)
We trade on desert settlement for another. It's still lovely, but we just did this.
To be fair, there are a lot of parallels between the first movie of the original trilogy and Episode VII, so some similarities can't be avoided. The difference is that A New Hope came out in 1977, and we've had over three and a half decades to process it. The original trilogy Star Wars play set for Disney Infinity 3.0 has only been out for three months.
It is nice to take control of these characters, especially fresh from my first screening of the movie. I just wish they were doing different things.
On the plus side, the toys are as lovely as ever, and with last-minute holiday sales everywhere you can probably get them for a steal.
Fresh faces in familiar situations and settings is still better than six to eight hours of trade negotiations and senate meetings, but a brand new day for the Star Wars universe deserves a unique console experience.