Skylanders Giants

What Skylanders: Giants Offers Returning Players
by Jeff Marchiafava on Jun 06, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Toys for Bob
Rating: Everyone 10+
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure came out less than a year ago, so we can understand if you're a bit skeptical about what the sequel will entail. Our E3 demo of Skylanders: Giants outlined just what the new title is bringing to the series.

Greater Difficulty:
Toys For Bob said that one of the most common requests from Skylanders players is a greater challenge, and as such Skylanders: Giants will feature different difficulty levels to accommodate the casual and hardcore alike.

More Secrets and Collectibles:
Collecting is a core concept of the Skylanders series, and Toys For Bob is pushing our completionist tendencies to the limit with more collectible items and secret areas. The demo contained a secret cave that required players to push down a block from later in the level in order to gain access to it.

Better Elemental Zones:
Spyro's Adventure contained elemental zones, areas of levels that were restricted to Skylanders figures of the same element type. This time around elemental zones are even bigger, and feature more distinct art styles. An undead zone in the demo was clad in darkness and contained a gate made of out bones to keep out the living.

Increased Level Cap:
Skylanders: Giants will increase the level cap from 10 to 15, ensuring all of your old figurines will get some use in the new game. Then again...

Lots More Figurines:
Skylanders: Giants will feature plenty of new characters to collect. There will be eight Giant figurines (which are bigger than normal characters and can use in-game objects that are too large for smaller characters), eight Light Core characters (whose figurines contain glowing parts), and 24 Series 2 figures (which feature new poses and upgrades). Additionally, there will be eight brand new characters, so you better start saving up your money.

Skylanders: Giants is currently scheduled for release this October.