Game Review: Skylanders SWAP FORCE has arrived!

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By Julie Terrone, Contributor

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Hey Portal Masters! The highly anticipated Skylanders SWAP FORCE game was just released on and we got to test it out. Experience all new adventures, with your favorite characters from the first two installments from Activision (Spyro’s Adventures and GIANTS) and 16 new interchangeable ones! Put your skills to the test in a variety of survival arenas; take on your rivals in the Skylands battle arenas and discover over 20 hidden bonus missions! Oh yeah, and don’t forget about Kaos and his new evil plan to destroy the Skylanders!

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CHARACTER INFORMATION:

Fans can now transform 16 new SWAP FORCE inter-action figures into more than 250 unique characters by swapping the top and bottom halves of the toys. More than 50 collectible characters including 32 never-before-seen Skylanders heroes each with unique powers and personalities. Some great new and exciting features give characters the ability to fly, climb, dig, bounce or teleport. 8 new LightCore characters,  16 new Core Skylanders characters and 16 new versions of fan favorite Skylanders from previous games will be released in new stance positions. By the way, ALL Skylanders figures/characters from Spyro’s Adventure and GIANTS are compatible in this new game!

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE SWAP FORCE STARTER KIT:

new Portal is included and it now hooks up to you console via USB to allow for constant power instead of changing batteries on the previous wireless portals;  Ninja Stealth Elf;  a character poster ;2 Swappable characters: Now two characters turn into 4 new guys for you to play with:. Blast Zone and Wash Buckler -can turn into Blast Buckler when you swap the top of Blast Zone onto the bottom of Wash Buckler or Wash Zone if you swap the opposite ends; .Check out this out on  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WhbfuJZAXlY

HOW TO ENJOY PLAYING THIS NEW GAME:

Different levels of play are available to choose from Easy, Medium, Hard and Nightmare.Some great high resolution graphics are noticeable and certainly bring out the details of the characters and the rich environments to life. Players now immerse themselves into the game like never before.

Solo Survival Mode; Team Survival Mode where Two-players cooperate; Rival Mode where Two-player “verse” each other ; Battle Arena Mode where it is Player vs. player-style; Ring Out Mode – Players must fight to knock their opponents out of the battle arena.

AVAILABLE PLATFORMS: 

Nintendo Wii™, Wii U™, 3DS™

Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft

Sony PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system

WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT:

Available now at: Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, Best Buy and most major stores.

HOW MUCH:

$74.99 – Skylanders SWAP Force starter pack
$14.99 – individual SWAP Force action figure
$9.99 – individual core Skylanders action figure

The Verdict:

We have been waiting for this game for a long time and it did not disappoint! My 6 year old son couldn’t get the package opened fast enough; he started the game right up and could not wait to swap the new characters and use our previously owned characters in the new stories. He enjoyed playing all levels and before I knew it, he was up to level 5 on easy mode. We look forward to embarking on all new adventures in the mysterious Cloudbreak
Islands (home to a mystical volcano that erupts every hundred years) to replenish the magic in Skylands and beating Kaos while collecting treasures along the way.

 We were sent a starter kit for our PlayStation 3 console, and 2 core action figures:  Zoo Lou and Count Down to test for this review. 

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